Services on 2-3 November, the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
On Saturday 2 November and Sunday 3 November, we had services for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of Saint Hilarion the Great of Gaza (+371 AD). Matins was served on Saturday evening and Divine Liturgy was served on Sunday morning. As Saturday 2 November was Saint Demetrius Saturday, a day of commemoration of the departed, there was a general memorial service prior to Matins on Saturday evening. At Matins and Divine Liturgy we were joined by Protodeacon German Polorotov of Saint Xenia Russian Orthodox Church, Tweed Heads. Following the Prayer before the Amvon, new blue vestments for the altar and table of oblation, the church and altar servers were blessed. At the dismissal, the protodeacons intoned Many Years for Metropolitan Hilarion – whose name-day it was – and for the parish rector – in anticipation of his name-day on 5 November. A collection was then taken up for the Fund for Assistance to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, raising $233.00.