Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church - Parish Life http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/ 60 Services on 9-10 December, the Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost and the day of commemoration of the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_171213_2.html Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva;">On Saturday 9 December and Sunday 10 December we had services for&nbsp;the Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God, the "Directress" of the Russian Diaspora.&nbsp; At Matins on Saturday evening the faithful were anointed with oil from the lamp that burns before the original Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God in <a href="https://en.nycathedralofsign.org/">the Synodal Cathedral in New York</a>, and prior to Divine Liturgy on Sunday an akathist was read in Slavonic and English before a copy of the icon.&nbsp; As Sunday was the six-month anniversary of the repose of our parishioner <a href="/news_170618_1.html">Vadim ("Jim") Zdanowicz</a> a memorial litia was served after Divine Liturgy.&nbsp; Later in the day our parish rector visited <a href="/news_170422_1.html">the Russian and other Orthodox Kids' Camp</a> being held in Toukley on the New South Wales Central Coast, there serving the customary&nbsp;<a href="https://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/prayersandblessings.html#SECTION_291">moleben before the beginning of a good work</a>.</span></p> Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_171213_2.html Services on 3-4 December, the Great Feast of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_171213_1.html Mon, 04 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva;">On Sunday 3 December and Monday 4 December we had services for the Great Feast of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple.&nbsp; All-night vigil with the blessing of wheat, wine, oil and five loaves was served on Sunday evening and Divine Liturgy was served on Monday morning.&nbsp; In his sermon at Divine Liturgy the parish rector explained the history and significance of the feast and spoke of the importance of each Orthodox Christian being filled and formed by the life of the Church in order to worthily receive Christ.</span></p> Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_171213_1.html Our December 2017 parish newsletter http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_171209_2.html Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva;">Our December 2017 parish newsletter was published on 10 December 2017.&nbsp; It includes parish news for August-December, information about the month ahead, and the <em>Epistle of the Holy Council of Bishops to the Clergy, Monks and Nuns and All Faithful Children of the Russian Orthodox Church</em> in both Russian and English.&nbsp; To read it click&nbsp;<a href="/files/Newsletters/News-_from_Saint_Nicholas_15.pdf">here</a>.&nbsp; Copies&nbsp;are available in church and will be distributed together with the Summer 2017-18 Schedule of Services by post and email during the week beginning 11 December 2017.</span></p> Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_171209_2.html Updated information about marriage in the Russian Orthodox Church, together with a list of available dates in 2018 and 2019 http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_171209_1.html Sat, 09 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva;">In conjunction with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gosfordrussianchurch.org.au">Saint Panteleimon Russian Orthodox Church, Gosford</a>, our parish has developed and published an explanation of the legal and church requirements for marriage in parishes of the Australian-New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.&nbsp; This information has now been comprehensively revised and updated to reflect <a href="https://mospat.ru/en/2017/12/02/news153832/">the adoption by the Bishops' Council of the Russian Orthodox Church</a><em>&nbsp;</em>of the document<em> &lsquo;On the Canonical Aspects of Church Marriage&rsquo; </em>(<em><a href="http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/5075384.html">&lsquo;О&nbsp;канонических аспектах церковного брака&rsquo;</a></em>) on 2 December 2017 and the commencement of amendments to the Australian <em>Marriage Act 1961 (Cth) </em>on 9 December 2017.&nbsp; It includes an explanation of why weddings cannot be celebrated on certain days and dates and during certain seasons, and provides a helpful list of Sundays and Fridays on which weddings can be celebrated that has now been updated to include Sundays and Fridays in <strong>2019</strong>.&nbsp; The information can be accessed <a href="/specialservices.html#SECTION_33">here</a>.&nbsp; Should anyone have any questions about this information, please&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stnicholaswallsend.org.au/contact.html">contact us</a>.</span></p> Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_171209_1.html Services on 25-26 November, the Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_171129_1.html Sun, 26 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva;">On Saturday 25 November and Sunday 26 November we had services for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of Saint John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople (+407 AD).&nbsp; In his sermon at Divine Liturgy on Sunday the parish rector spoke about the immense influence of Saint John on the life of the Holy Orthodox Church and about his personal example to each Orthodox Christian: ascetic struggle, a love for the Holy Scriptures, care for the poor, a willingness to stand up to the elites of this world, and an unshakeable commitment to the purity of the Orthodox faith.&nbsp; Following Divine Liturgy a memorial litia was served for the ever-memorable servants of God <a href="https://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/rocormetropolitans.html#SECTION_288">Metropolitan Philaret (Voznesenky)</a>, third First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (+21 November 1985); <a href="https://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/parishhistory.html#SECTION_56">Archpriest John Lupish</a>, the founder of our parish (+22 November 1977); and the Russian heroes of the White Movement who, fleeing the Bolshevik yoke, arrived in Gallipoli on 22 November 1920.&nbsp; A collection was then taken up to aid the <a href="https://www.fundforassistance.org/">Fund for Assistance to the Russian Orthodox Church Outisde Russia</a>, raising $190.00.</span></p> Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_171129_1.html Services on 21-22 November, the anniversary of the repose of Archpriest John Lupish (+1977) http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_171124_2.html Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/display_image.php?ext=png&relativeimage=images/banners/Fr_John_Lupish_40_Years_E.png&archive=0&final_h=91&final_w=200&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva;">On Tuesday 21 November and Wednesday 22 November we had services in prayerful remembrance of the fortieth anniversary of the repose of the ever-memorable founder of our parish, <a href="https://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/parishhistory.html#SECTION_56">Archpriest John Lupish</a>.&nbsp; A Great Pannikhida or &ldquo;parastas&rdquo; was served on Tuesday evening.&nbsp; On Wednesday morning, the anniversary of Father John&rsquo;s repose in 1977, Divine Liturgy for the departed was served.&nbsp; Following a memorial litia and the blessing of koliva at the end of Divine Liturgy, our rector spoke briefly about Father John&rsquo;s simple and steadfast service over twenty-five years in the parish and of the importance of remembering our leaders, those who have spoken the word of God to us (Hebrews 13:7).&nbsp; Gathered in church were family members including Father John&rsquo;s two sons Subdeacon Vitaly Lupish and John Lupish and his youngest grand-daughter Elizabeth; former parishioners of Father John&rsquo;s; and a small number of our current parishioners. &nbsp;Over lunch in the church hall Father John&rsquo;s sons spoke movingly about his courage, his humility, his kindness, and his willingness to endure difficulty for the sake of others.&nbsp; After lunch a graveside pannikhida was served at Sandgate Cemetery.&nbsp; May Father John&rsquo;s memory be eternal!</span></p></div> Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_171124_2.html Our Summer 2017-18 Schedule of Services http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_171124_1.html Sat, 25 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva; font-size: 13px;">Our Summer 2017-18 Schedule of Services - covering&nbsp;December, January and February - is now available in PDF format.&nbsp; A copy of the English-language Summer 2017-18 Schedule of Services is available&nbsp;<a href="/files/Service%20Schedules/2018/Wallsend-Summer-2017-18-E.pdf">here</a>, and a copy of the Russian-language&nbsp;Summer 2016-17 Schedule&nbsp;of Services is available&nbsp;<a href="/files/Service%20Schedules/2018/Wallsend-Summer-2017-18-R.pdf">here</a>.&nbsp; Both can also be accessed on&nbsp;<a href="/services.html">our Services page</a>, and printed copies in both languages will be available in church from the evening of Saturday 25 November.</span></p> Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_171124_1.html A baptism - Sofiya Hockley http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_171113_2.html Sun, 12 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/news/2017/Sofiya_Hockley_baptism.jpg&archive=0&final_h=84&final_w=150&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva;">On Sunday 12 November the parish rector baptised the infant Sofiya, the second daughter of Adam and Evgeniya Hockley and a younger sister to Anastasia.&nbsp; Sofiya was baptised in honour of the Martyr Sofiya of Rome and had as her sponsor Anastasia Rotsey.&nbsp; We warmly congratulate Adam, Evgeniya and Anastasia and wish the newly-illumined handmaiden of God Sofiya many years!</span></p></div> Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_171113_2.html Services on 11-12 November, the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_171113_1.html Sun, 12 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva;">On Saturday 11 November and Sunday 12 November we had services for the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of the Hieromartyr Zenobius, bishop of Aegae in Cilicia, and his sister Martyr Zenobia (+285 AD).&nbsp; In his sermon at Divine Liturgy on Sunday, parish rector Archpriest James Carles explained that the persecuting judge had offered Zenobius two choices: &ldquo;Life and death &ndash; life if you bow down before the gods, and death if you do not&rdquo;.&nbsp; Zenobius&rsquo; reply, he said, had been that &ldquo;Life without Christ is not life, but death; and death for Christ&rsquo;s sake is not death, but life&rdquo;, and so the courageous brother and sister had been tortured and put to death.&nbsp; Referring to the current debate in Australia around religious freedom Father James commended to the faithful the example of the martyrs and confessors, noting that a lack of religious freedom in earlier times had not prevented them from confessing Christ.&nbsp; Following the service parish Warden Nikolai Goura and Head Sister Anna Morhun congratulated Father James on his recent name-day &ndash; the day of commemoration of the Apostle James, Brother of the Lord, on 5 November &ndash; presenting him with a gift on behalf of the parish and wishing him continued good health.</span></p> Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_171113_1.html