Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church - Parish Life http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/ 60 Holy Week and Pascha in Newcastle http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180421_1.html Sun, 08 Apr 2018 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;">This year, our parish had a number of traditional services for Holy Week and Pascha.&nbsp; Matins with the singing of the exapostilarion &ldquo;Thy Bridal chamber&rdquo; ("Чертог твой") was served in the evening on Wednesday 4 April. On Thursday 5&nbsp;April, Great and Holy Thursday, Divine Liturgy was served in the morning and Matins with the reading of the Twelve Passion Gospels was served in the evening.&nbsp; On Friday 6 April, Great and Holy Friday, Vespers with the bringing out of the Shroud of Christ was served at 3.00pm.&nbsp; On Saturday 7 April, Great and Holy Saturday, Midnight Office&nbsp;was served late in the evening, with Paschal Matins and Divine Liturgy following in the early hours of Sunday 8 April, the Sunday of Pascha. &nbsp; Concelebrating with the parish rector at Paschal Matins and Divine Liturgy was Priest Theodor Postelnisescu, the rector of <a href="http://www.roeanz.com.au/parohia-sfantul-apostol-andrei-newcastle-p">the Romanian Orthodox Community of the Apostle Andrew</a>.&nbsp; Easter baskets containing eggs, cakes and other festive foods were blessed following Matins.&nbsp; Following Divine Liturgy, the clergy and a small group of the faithful gathered in the church hall for a festive meal.</span></p> Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180421_1.html Services on 13-14 February, Bright Saturday http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180419_2.html Sat, 14 Apr 2018 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 Friday 13 April and Saturday 14 April we had services for the Saturday after Pascha, Bright Saturday.&nbsp; Paschal Matins was served on Friday evening and the Paschal Hours and Divine Liturgy were served on Saturday morning.&nbsp; At Divine Liturgy the choir sang under the direction of Elena Gan.&nbsp; Following the Prayer before the Amvon at Divine Liturgy <a href="/prayersandblessings.html#SECTION_302">the prayer at the breaking of the Artos</a> was read.&nbsp; In place of a sermon, the parish rector read aloud the Paschal Epistle of Metropolitan Hilarion <a href="http://www.synod.com/synod/2018/20180406_mhpaschalepistle.html">in Russian</a> and <a href="http://www.synod.com/synod/eng2018/20180406_enmhpaschalepistle.html">in English</a>.&nbsp; At the dismissal, pieces of the blessed Artos were given to the faithful.</span></p> Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180419_2.html Services on 16-17 April, Radonitsa http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180419_1.html Tue, 17 Apr 2018 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 Monday 16 April and Tuesday 17 April we had services for the second Tuesday of Pascha, &ldquo;Radonitsa&rdquo; - the day of rejoicing.&nbsp; In the practice of the Russian Orthodox Church, this is the first day after Pascha on which services for the departed are customarily offered.&nbsp; Matins was served on Monday evening and Divine Liturgy was served on Tuesday morning.&nbsp; Immediately following Divine Liturgy a general panikhida was served in church, at which a great many of the departed were mentioned by name.&nbsp; Amongst those commemorated were the ever-memorable <a href="/rocoranzbishops.html#SECTION_301">Archbishop Sava (Raevsky)</a>(+1976), the anniversary of whose repose it was, and <a href="https://www.eadiocese.org/news_170127_2.html">the ever-memorable Monk Joseph (in the world, Reader Isaac Lambertsen)</a>(+2017).&nbsp; Archbishop Sava was the second Ruling Bishop of our Diocese and the hierarch who, in 1966, consecrated our church.&nbsp; Monk Joseph was a graduate of the Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, NY, who translated the entire Menaion, Octoechos and Pentecostarion from Church Slavonic into English.&nbsp; Eternal memory!&nbsp; Graveside litias were then served in Wallsend, Sandgate and East Maitland cemeteries.</span></p> Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180419_1.html Services on 30-31 March, Lazarus Saturday http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180404_1.html Sat, 31 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0400 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva;">On Friday 30 March and Saturday 31 March we had services for the sixth Saturday of Great Lent, Lazarus Saturday.&nbsp; On this day the Orthodox Church commemorates the resurrection of Lazarus of Bethany from the dead after four days in the grave.&nbsp; Many parishioners confessed their sins in preparation to receive Holy Communion on Saturday. &nbsp;At the end of the service pussy-willow branches were blessed in anticipation of Palm Sunday and a collection was taken up to assist <a href="http://jerusalem-mission.org/">the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem</a>.&nbsp; A memorial litia was also served for the men, women and children who perished in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_Kemerovo_fire">the fire in Kemerovo, Russia, on 25 March 2018</a>.</span></p> Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180404_1.html A General Service of Anointing with Oil http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180330_2.html Tue, 27 Mar 2018 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 the evening of Tuesday 27 March our parish rector presided at a General Service of Anointing with Oil.&nbsp; Serving together with him was Priest Dalibor Pavlovic of <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Saint-Naum-of-Ohrid-Serbian-Orthodox-Church-Newcastle-1653885268168192/">the Serbian Orthodox Church of Saint Nahum of Ohrid in Broadmeadow</a>.&nbsp; Approximately 25 faithful from both parishes gathered in our church to pray and receive anointing with oil for the healing of soul and body.&nbsp; For Orthodox Christians this service, otherwise served only for individuals in circumstances of great need, is a customary part of Great Lent.&nbsp;</span></p> Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180330_2.html Services on 24-25 March, the Fifth Sunday in Great Lent http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180326_1.html Sun, 25 Mar 2018 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 24 March and Sunday 25 March we had services for the Fifth Sunday in Great Lent, the day of commemoration of Saint Mary of Egypt (+AD 421).&nbsp; Joining us for Divine Liturgy on Sunday was Father Theodore Postelnisescu, the rector of Newcastle&rsquo;s Romanian Orthodox Community of the Holy Apostle Andrew.&nbsp;&nbsp; In his sermon at Divine Liturgy the parish rector spoke about the life of Saint Mary of Egypt and of her enduring example of repentance.</span></p> Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180326_1.html Services on 10-11 March, the Third Sunday in Great Lent http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180312_1.html Sun, 11 Mar 2018 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 10 March and Sunday 11 March we had services for the Third Sunday in Great Lent, the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross.&nbsp; As Saturday 10 March was a day of commemoration of the departed there was a general pannikhida prior to the service on Saturday evening , at which were commemorated the departed hierarchs and clergy of the Australian-New Zealand Diocese, together with our departed parishioners, family members and friends.&nbsp; In accordance with Orthodox custom an image of the Holy Cross, beautifully decorated with flowers, was set forth for veneration at the end of the Saturday evening service.</span></p> Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180312_1.html