Saint Panteleimon's is an Orthodox Christian parish of Russian tradition serving the New South Wales Central Coast and the northern suburbs of Sydney. We are a parish of the Australian and New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia, a self-governing part of the Russian Orthodox Church. Established in 2000, our parish is one of the newest in our Diocese. Download an English-language copy of our current Schedule of Services (Autumn 2017) in PDF format here. A Russian-language copy of the current Schedule of Services can be downloaded here.
Saint Panteleimon Russian Orthodox Church
4/7 Comserv Close; WEST GOSFORD, NSW 2256 Australia Detailed Map
Matins with the reading of the Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete and the Life of St Mary of Egypt, Wednesday 29 March
At 6.00pm on Wednesday 29 March, the eve of the Thursday of the Great Canon, we will have Matins with the reading of the entire Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete and the Life of St Mary of Egypt. This is a solemn and moving service that, in addition to preparing the faithful for the commemoration of Saint Mary of Egypt the following weekend, focuses one’s attention on the task of repentance. The service is a long one, generally ending at around 9.30pm. Those particularly wishing to hear the Life of Saint Mary of Egypt, read aloud (in English) in two parts, may do so between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.
Our next services: 1-2 April, the Fifth Sunday in Great Lent
Our next weekend services will be All-night vigil at 6.00pm on Saturday 1 April and Divine Liturgy at 9.00am on Sunday 2 April, the Fifth Sunday in Great Lent and the day of commemoration of Saint Mary of Egypt. Note: In NSW daylight saving time ends at 2.00am on Sunday 2 April.
The General Service of Anointing, Sunday 2 April
In the Orthodox tradition it is customary to have the General Service of Anointing ("Соборование") during Great Lent. In this service there are seven readings from the Apostol, seven readings from the Holy Gospel, seven prayers, and the faithful are - if there are sufficient clergy present - anointed seven times with oil, blessed and sanctified during the service, for the healing of soul and body. The practice of anointing with oil for spiritual and physical healing is referred to by the Apostle James: "Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven" (James 5:14-15). This year our parish will have this service at 6.00pm on Sunday 2 April. Note: This is a sacrament in which only baptised Orthodox Christians may participate. Those planning to confess beforehand should do so well in advance.
Palm Sunday Collection for the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem
On Sunday 8 April 2017, Lazarus Saturday, our parish will take up a collection to benefit the Russian Eccelesiastical Mission in Jerusalem. This collection is generally taken up on Palm Sunday every year in all the parishes, monasteries and missions of our Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. Collection envelopes will be available in church from Sunday 26 March. Many places of immense spiritual and historical significance in the Holy Land have been entrusted to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, and we have many monastics there who care for these holy places, undertake good works, and pray for the whole world. Please give generously! Those who wish to make a donation online direct to the Mission may do so here.
Services on 18-19 March, the Third Sunday in Great Lent - 19/03/2017
On Saturday 18 March and Sunday 19 March we had services for the Third Sunday in Great Lent, the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross. As Saturday 18 March was a day of commemoration of the departed there was a general pannikhida prior to the service on Saturday evening. This year being the centenary of the Russian Revolution, prayers were especially offered at this memorial service for "the repose of the departed servants of God who innocently died, endured suffering and torture, were exiled and imprisoned and tasted bitter death" during the harsh years of Soviet persecution. Also commemorated was the ever-memorable Metropolitan Laurus (Skurla)(+2008), it having been the anniversary of his repose on Thursday 16 March. At Divine Liturgy on Sunday many of the faithful, amongst whom were friends of the parish from Sydney, received Holy Communion. Following the service a memorial litia was served for Metropolitan Laurus and for our parishioner Tatiana Krikunov, it being the fortieth day of her repose.
A baptism - Varvara Rezk - 05/03/2017
On Sunday 5 March the parish rector baptised Varvara Rezk, the infant daughter of Roufail and Olesya Rezk and a baby brother to Mina, Sylvia, Ricky, Arseny, Seraphim and Stephan. Varvara, who was baptised in honour of the Great-Martyr Barbara, had as her sponsors at Holy Baptism Oxana Novosyolova and Nina Rezk. We offer warm congratulations to Varvara's parents and godparents, and wish the newly-baptised handmaiden of God many years!
Services on 4-5 March, the First Sunday in Great Lent - 05/03/2017
On Saturday 4 March and Sunday 5 March we had services for the First Sunday in Great Lent, the Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy. Joining the parish clergy for Divine Liturgy on Sunday was Protodeacon German Polorotov of the Saint Xenia Church of the Saints Kyrill and Methodius Mission in Tweed Heads, NSW, a respected clergyman of our Diocese who has served faithfully as a deacon for over 25 years. As is the custom in parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia on the Sunday of the Triump of Orthodoxy, a moleben “For the Conversion of those in Error” was served following the Prayer before the Amvon. A collection for the Holy Trinity Seminary was then taken up. In the evening, Vespers with the Passia was served.
Useful information about when weddings can be celebrated, together with a list of available dates in 2017 and 2018 - 04/03/2017
In conjunction with Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Wallsend, our parish has developed and published an explanation of the reasons why weddings cannot be celebrated on certain days and dates and during certain seasons. It incorporates a list of Sundays and Fridays on which weddings can be celebrated that has now been updated to include Sundays and Fridays in 2018. This information, which can be accessed either here or via our ‘Needs’ page under ‘Weddings’, has been prepared to help our parishioners and friends when planning weddings in parishes of the Australian-New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church. Should anyone have any questions about this information, please contact us.
Services on Forgiveness Sunday and during the First Week of Great Lent - 03/03/2017
On the evening of Sunday 26 February, Forgiveness Sunday, we had Vespers with the customary rite of asking forgiveness. There having been no morning service, a small number of people came to pray, venerate the holy icons with prostrations and to ask forgiveness of one another. On the following morning, Clean Monday, the solemn Great Lenten services commenced at 8.00am. Matins was followed by the First, Third, Sixth and Ninth Hours, Typika, and Vespers, the services finishing only after 1.00pm. On the first four evenings of the week Great Compline was served with the reading of the Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete. The Odes of the Great Canon were read by the parish rector alternately in Slavonic and English. At all of the weekday services the laity present assisted with the reading and singing.
Our Autumn 2017 Schedule of Services - 24/02/2017
Our Autumn 2017 Schedule of Services - covering March, April and May 2017 - is now available in PDF format. It includes all our services for Great Lent, Holy Week, Pascha and the Great Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, on which day we will celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of the Signing of the Act of Canonical Communion between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia. A copy of the English-language Autumn 2017 Schedule of Services is available here, and a copy of the Russian-language Autumn 2017 Schedule of Services is available here. Both can also be accessed on our Services page, and printed copies are available in church.
Services on 18-19 February, the Sunday of the Last Judgment - 19/02/2017
On Saturday 18 February and Sunday 19 February we had services for Meatfare Sunday, the Sunday of the Last Judgement. As Saturday 18 February was a day of commemoration of the departed there was a general pannikhida prior to the service on Saturday evening. This year being the centenary of the Russian Revolution, prayers were especially offered at this memorial service for "the repose of the departed servants of God who innocently died, endured suffering and torture, were exiled and imprisoned and tasted bitter death" during the harsh years of Soviet persecution. At the end of Divine Liturgy on Sunday a collection was taken up to benefit Orthodox Action. Afterwards many stayed behind to enjoy pancakes prepared by our Ladies’ Auxiliary in anticipation of Maslenitsa, Cheesefare Week.
The repose and funeral of Tatiana Krikunov - 16/02/2017
On Wednesday 8 February we learned with sadness of the repose of one of our oldest parishioners, Tatiana Krikunov. Aged 92, Tatiana had been associated with our parish from its earliest days. On Thursday 16 February our parish rector presided at her funeral at the Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral in Strathfield, after which she was laid to rest beside her husband in Rookwood Cemetery. Tatiana is survived by her son Vitaly, his wife Irene and their son Nicholas, to whom we offer heartfelt condolences. May God grant her rest!
Services on 14-15 February, the Great Feast of the Meeting of the Lord - 15/02/2017
On Tuesday 14 February and Wednesday 15 February we had services for the Great Feast of the Meeting of the Lord. All-night vigil with the blessing of wheat, wine, oil and five loaves was served on Tuesday evening and Divine Liturgy was served on Wednesday morning. It being a working day, only small number of people gathered for Divine Liturgy. As is customary in the Sydney parishes of our Diocese, following the Prayer before the Amvon the parish rector blessed seasonal fruit. At the end of the service a memorial litia was served for the ever-memorable Archbishop Paul (Pavlov), the Ruling Bishop of our Diocese from 1980 until 1992, and Archpriest Nicholas Grant, his loyal friend and secretary. Vladyka Paul reposed on this day in 1995, Father Nicholas having reposed on the previous day. Prior to the litia the parish rector spoke about these two men and their contribution to the Diocese. May their memory be eternal!
Services on 10-11 February, the day of commemoration of All Saints of Ekaterinburg - 11/02/2017
On Friday 10 February and Saturday 11 February we had services in honour of All Saints of Ekaterinburg, our parish rector having visited some of the holy places of that region - Ekaterinburg itself, Ganina Yama, Alapayevsk, Verkhoturye and Merkushino - in October 2015. All-night vigil was served on Friday evening and Divine Liturgy was served on Saturday morning. Set forth for veneration was the parish icon of the saints, beautifully decorated by Ekaterina Waters. At the prayer "Save, O God, Thy people" at All-night Vigil all sixty-four of the saints were commemorated by name. Following the Prayer before the Amvon at the end of Divine Liturgy a brief moleben was served and a prayer to the saints was read. After the dismissal, a memorial litia was served for the newly departed Monk Joseph - formerly the Reader Isaac Lambertsen - who reposed following a brief illness on 27 January 2017. Father Joseph had translated the service to these saints from Slavonic to English in January 2016. May his memory be eternal!
Services on 4-5 February, the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee and of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia - 05/02/2017
On Saturday 4 February and Sunday 5 February we had services for the the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, the first preparatory Sunday for Great Lent, and in honour of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia. At Divine Liturgy on Sunday the Prayer for the Prosperity of the Russian Church was read. In his sermon the parish rector spoke about the importance of combining the humility and penitence of the Publican with the righteousness of the Pharisee (Luke 18:10-14) and of the example of steadfast faith presented to us by the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia.
A fundraising dinner to benefit the Presentation Convent and the Holy Transfiguration Monastery - 01/02/2017
On the evening of Sunday 28 May 2017 a fundraising dinner will be held at the Fontana Amarosa Reception Centre, next to the Greek Orthodox Church of Saints Raphael, Nicholas and Irene in Liverpool, NSW, to assist the Presentation Sisterhood in Bungarby, NSW and the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Bombala, NSW, monastic communities of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia. During the evening there will be a performance by the Melisma Ensemble, a slideshow presentation by Abbot Sergei of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery on ‘Hagia Sophia: The Mother of Churches’, and a performance from the Russian Orthodox Choir. Child-minding will be available. Tickets are $50.00 for adults and $15.00 for children aged 15 and younger. Seating will be at round tables of 12. More information, including information about a fundraising raffle, is available at https://cabrapokrov.org/fundraising-for-monasteries.