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On Saturday 10 October and Sunday 11 October we had services for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of Saint Chariton the Confessor (+c.350 AD).  Matins was served on Saturday evening and Divine Liturgy was served on Sunday morning. Attendance at both services was restricted by public health regulations to thirty people.  In anticipation of the feast of the Protection of the Mother of God on Wednesday 14 October, Divine Liturgy was preceded by the Lesser Blessing of Water and followed by a moleben to the Mother of God.  The moleben was served before our new icon of the Mother of God, after which prayers of blessing were read over the icon and new white vestments for the Divine Table, the Table of Oblation, and the icon stands.  The parish rector then congratulated Matushka Marie with the approach of her name-day (12 October, Saint Mary of Palestine), thanking her for her work conducting the choir, baking prosphora, and organising attendance in both our parish and the Gosford parish.  Many Years was sung for her, and Head Sister Irene Lupish presented her with a beautiful bouquet of flowers.  Updated 16 October 2020: Following the service, local historian Alek Schulha, a dear friend of our parish, drew the winning ticket in a fundraising raffle organised by the parish Ladies' Auxiliary that raised over $2000.00.

Services on 10-11 October, the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost - 11/10/2020

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