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 Spring (September, October and November) 2018 Schedule of Services in PDF format here. A Russian-language copy of the Spring 2018 Schedule of Services can be downloaded here.
At 7.00pm on Thursday 29 November we will have a moleben and akathist to Saint Panteleimon, the heavenly patron of our parish and an unmercenary healer. This service will be entirely in Church Slavonic. At akathists in our parish all of our parishioners, benefactors and friends are commemorated by name. Others wishing to be commemorated at this service – or who wish to put forward names for commemoration – are welcome to contact us. Our next moleben and akathist to Saint Panteleimon in English will be on Thursday 20 December. NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances the akathists in November and December 2018 have been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience.
On Saturday 17 November and Sunday 18 November, we had services for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost and the day of commemoration of the Martyrs Galacteon and Epistime (+251 AD). At Divine Liturgy on Sunday, prayers were again offered for Orthodox Church unity and for peace in Ukraine. As it was also the anniversary of the election of Patriarch Tikhon and the day of commemoration of the Holy Fathers of the 1917-18 Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Prayer for the Prosperity of the Russian Church was also read. In his sermon the parish rector spoke about the faith of the Holy Fathers of the 1917-18 Council, many of whom were martyred for Christ, and of the continuing significance of their decisions in parish life. Following Divine Liturgy a collection was taken up to benefit the Fund for Assistance to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia and the final announcement concerning the 2018 parish Annual General Meeting was made.
Our 2018 Annual Report, including the independently audited 2017-18 Financial Statements, is now available. The 2018 Annual Report will be presented to our parish Annual General Meeting (AGM) this coming Sunday, 18 November 2018. A copy of the report is available in PDF form here. Copies have been emailed to parish members this week and a small number of printed copies will be available at the AGM. We encourage our parishioners and friends with questions or comments in relation to our Annual Report to contact us.
On Saturday 3 November and Sunday 4 November, we had services for the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost and the day of commemoration of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God. As Saturday 3 November was Saint Demetrius Saturday, a day of commemoration of the departed, there was a general memorial service prior to All-night vigil on Saturday evening. At Divine Liturgy on Sunday, prayers were again offered for Orthodox Church unity, for relief from drought in Australia, and for peace in Ukraine. At the end of the service a brief moleben was served before a copy of the Kazan Icon of the Mother God. Following Divine Liturgy announcements were made concerning the coming parish Annual General Meeting.
On Saturday 20 October and Sunday 21 October we had services for the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council (787 AD). At Divine Liturgy on Sunday, prayers were again offered for Orthodox Church unity, for relief from drought in Australia, and for peace in Ukraine. In his sermon the parish rector spoke about the work and significance of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, the council at which the Orthodox veneration of icons was restored. Following Divine Liturgy announcements were made concerning the coming parish Annual General Meeting and a collection to benefit refugees in south-eastern Ukraine displaced as a result of ongoing social and political turmoil in that country. Concerning Ukraine, the parish rector also spoke briefly about the late disturbances in life of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and of the response of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia to the situation.
On Saturday 6 October and Sunday 7 October we had services for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of Protomartyr and Equal-to-the-Apostles Thekla of Iconium (+1st Century). At Divine Liturgy on Sunday, prayers were again offered for Orthodox Church unity, for relief from drought in Australia, and for peace in Ukraine. After Divine Liturgy the parish rector congratulated our choir conductor Matushka Marie Carles on her approaching name-day (12 October, the day of commemoration of Saint Mary of Palestine) and wished her God’s help in all her work for the parish. “Many years” was then sung for her, and at a specially-prepared lunch afterwards the parish Sisterhood presented her with flowers and a gift.
This year our Diocese will hold its eighth annual Orthodox Teen Retreat. Established in 2011, our Diocesan Teen Retreats cater for young people aged 14-17. This year’s Teen Retreat will be held to the south of Sydney at Stanwell Tops from Sunday 16 December until Friday 21 December. The theme is 'Bringing the saints to our lives'. For more information visit www.rocorteenretreat.info.
This year our Diocese is again convening a Diocesan youth conference or "Syezd". Established in 1965 at the instigation of the ever-memorable Archbishop Sava (Raevsky, +1976), these conferences have been an important spiritual and social event for the youth of our Diocese ever since. This year’s conference – the theme of which is ‘The Life and Wisdom of the Holy Fathers’ – will be held from 27-31 December in Melbourne and is open to young people aged 18 - 30. More information is available here.
On Tuesday 26 March and Wednesday 27 March 2019 the clergymen of the Australian-New Zealand Diocese will gather in Sydney for their customary Great Lenten Pastoral Conference. On Tuesday evening the clergy will meet at the church of All Saints of Russia in Croydon for the Rule of Preparation for Holy Communion at 5.00pm and Lenten Matins and confession at 6.00pm. On Wednesday morning from 8.00am the Hours and the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts will be served at Saints Peter and Paul Diocesan Cathedral in Strathfield with Bishop George presiding and the clergy concelebrating. Those of the faithful who wish to do so are welcome to attend the service on Wednesday morning and – if properly prepared – to receive Holy Communion. Following Divine Liturgy the clergy will meet to discuss a range of pastoral and liturgical matters.
The Holy Bishops' Council of the Russian Orthodox Church took place in Moscow from 29 November 2017 until 2 December 2017. On Monday 4 December 2017, the Great Feast of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple and the centenary of the enthronement of Patriach Tikhon (Belavin) as Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, His Beatitude Patriarch Theodoros II of Alexandria officiated at Divine Liturgy in Christ the Saviour Cathedral, concelebrating with the Primates of the majority of Local Orthodox Churches and a multitude of hierarchs and other clergy. Links to a selection of documents approved by the Council and news items relating to this historic event in the life of the Russian Orthodox Church are set out below.
These documents and news items, together with many others, are available in Russian here.