Services on 2-3 November
On the evening of Saturday 2 November, Saint Demetrius Saturday, the parish rector served a general panikhida. Later that evening and on the morning of the next day there were services in honour of Saint Hilarion the Great. Following the Prayer before the Amvon at Divine Liturgy on Sunday 3 November, two beautiful new icons were blessed. These icons, a gift to the parish from parishioner Ekaterina Waters, were of the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia and of the Righteous Women Martha, Alexandra and Elena of Diveyevo. After the dismissal, Nestor Petroff congratulated the parish rector on behalf of the parish with the approach of his name-day, the feast of Saint James, Brother of the Lord (October 23/November 4). As Sunday 3 November was also the day of commemoration of Saint Hilarion, Schema-Metropolitan of the Kiev Caves, the name-day of Metropolitan Hilarion, many years was then sung first for Vladyka, and afterwards for Father James. That afternoon the parish rector and a small group of our parishioners journeyed to the Convent of Our Lady of Kazan in Kentlyn, New South Wales, for the celebration of the Convent's patronal feast. The November feast of the Kazan Icon commemorates the miraculous deliverance of Russia from the Poles in 1612.