Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church - Parish Life http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/ 60 Our July 2017 parish newsletter http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_170723_2.html Sun, 23 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva;"><span style="font-size: 13px;">Our June 2017 parish newsletter was published on 23 July 2017.&nbsp; It includes parish news for June-July, information about the month ahead, details of the forthcoming Russian Orthodox Sacred Music Conference, and more.&nbsp; To read it click&nbsp;</span><a href="/files/Newsletters/News-_from_Saint_Nicholas_13.pdf"><span style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva;">here</span></a><span style="font-size: 13px;">. &nbsp;Copies&nbsp;are available in church and will be distributed by post during the week beginning 24 July 2017.</span></span></p> <p align="left">&nbsp;</p> Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_170723_2.html Services on 22-23 July, the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_170723_1.html Sun, 23 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <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 22 July and Sunday 23 July we had services for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of Venerable Anthony of the Kiev Caves (+1073 AD), the founder of Russian monasticism. &nbsp;At Divine Liturgy the customary <a href="/files/Liturgical-Resources/Ukraine_Petitions_EN_June_2014.pdf">Prayer for Ukraine</a> was read. &nbsp;In his sermon the parish rector spoke about the life and monastic struggle of Venerable Anthony, the continuing importance of the monastic life, and the opportunities to practice humility and obedience when living in the world. &nbsp;It being a sunny winter day, the parish children played soccer together in the churchyard following the service.</span></p> Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_170723_1.html An article about Orthodox Christianity is published in the July 2017 edition of 'Aurora', the magazine of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_170717_2.html Wed, 05 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p style="line-height: 150%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva;">An article about Orthodox Christianity entitled 'Feasts and fasts: the Eastern Orthodox Church', appeared in the July 2017 edition of <em>Aurora</em>, the magazine of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. &nbsp;Written by our parish rector at the invitation of <em>Aurora</em>'s editor, the article briefly summarises the history, beliefs and spiritual life of the Orthodox Church. &nbsp;The article can be read <a href="https://mnnews.today/aurora-magazine/july-2017/20624-of-feasts-and-fasts-the-eastern-orthodox-church/">here</a>.</span></p> Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_170717_2.html Services on 8-9 July, the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_170717_1.html Sun, 09 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <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 8 July and Sunday 9 July we had services for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God, one of the great spiritual treasures of the Russian Orthodox Church.&nbsp; Traditionally understood to be the work of the Apostle Luke, the icon was kept in Constantinople for many centuries before coming to Russia in the 1300s.&nbsp; Taken to the United States in 1949, it was triumphantly returned to the Tikhvin Monastery in Russia&rsquo;s north in 2004.&nbsp; After serving a brief moleben before a copy of the icon at the end of Divine Liturgy on Sunday, the parish rector spoke about its history and the experience of Christian people receiving answer to prayers offered before it.&nbsp; At the end of the service prayers of blessing were read over new incense received from the&nbsp;<a href="https://saintelizabethskete.org/">Saint Elizabeth Skete</a>&nbsp;in Mohawk, New York.</span></p> Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_170717_1.html