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On Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May we had services for the Fourth Sunday of Pascha and in honour of the Translation of the Relics of Saint Nicholas, the patronal feast of our parish.  All-night vigil with the blessing of wheat, wine, oil and five loaves was served on Saturday evening.  On Sunday morning our festive Divine Liturgy was preceded by the lesser of blessing of water.  A great many parishioners were present together with friends from the Central Coast and Sydney’s north.  Receiving Holy Communion for the first time was the newly-baptised Nicholas East.  In his sermon, the parish rector spoke about the righteous life of Saint Nicholas and of his steadfast defence of Orthodoxy, the movement of his relics from Myra in Lycia (modern-day Turkey) to Bari in Italy, and the help that Christians have received over the centuries through his prayers.  Following Divine Liturgy a moleben to Saint Nicholas was served.  On what was a pleasant and sunny winter morning, there was a cross-procession around the church in which the faithful, including the children, carried icons.  After the customary singing of “Many Years” for the hierarchs and the faithful of the Russian Orthodox Church, many gathered in the parish hall for a festive lunch.

Our parish feast-day of Saint Nicholas - 22/05/2016

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