Services on 2-3 March, the Sunday of the Last Judgement and Meatfare Sunday
On Saturday 2 March and Sunday 3 March we had services for the Sunday of the Last Judgement. As Saturday 2 March was a day of commemoration of the departed, All-night Vigil on Saturday evening was preceded by a general memorial service at which prayers were particularly offered for the newly-departed Reader Paul Douriaguine (+26 February). Receiving Holy Communion for the first time at Divine Liturgy on Sunday was the newly-baptised infant Alexander. At the end of the Sunday service prayers of blessing were read over a new set of green vestments for the altar and church and a new set of black vestments for the rector, both sets of vestments being the work of the Convent of Saint Elisabeth in Minsk, Belarus. A memorial litia was then served for Reader Paul, after which the parish rector offered condolences to the Douriaguine family on behalf of the parish. At Bishop George’s request, a collection was taken up to benefit Saints Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Institute, the theological and higher education institute of the Australian and New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. It being just one week before the beginning of Great Lent, the parish Ladies’ Auxiliary served pancakes following the service.