Our Diocesan Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul celebrates its patronal feast
On Thursday 11 July and Friday 12 July our parish clergy Archpriest James Carles and Protodeacon Martin Naef, together with a number of our parishioners, participated in services for the patronal feast of the Diocesan Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Strathfield, NSW. On Thursday evening All-night Vigil with the blessing of wheat, wine, oil and five loaves was served with Bishop George presiding. On Friday morning there was the Lesser Blessing of Water, a hierarchical Divine Liturgy, and a moleben to the Holy Preёminent Apostles Peter and Paul with a procession around the church. At the services on Thursday evening and Friday morning the Cathedral clergy and clergy from other Sydney parishes concelebrated. At the end of the service on Friday many parishioners were presented with beautiful parish Certificates of Appreciation for their work in support of the Cathedral. A great many people then gathered in the parish hall for a festive lunch. At lunch the Russian Orthodox Male Choir of Australia gave a brief concert. A series of photographs can be viewed at the Cathedral Facebook page here, and some video footage of parts of the service can be viewed here.