Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Dormition Parish in Melbourne



On the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee, Bishop John served the Divine Liturgy at the parish of the Dormition of the Mother of God in Melbourne, concelebrating with the rector, father Vladimir.

It is a thriving missionary parish and has been operating since the 1990s.


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Protection of the Mother of God in Melbourne


Bishop John celebrated the services for the feast of the Protection of the Mother of God in Melbourne


It is spring and the garden is in full bloom


Sunday, September 27, 2020

Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Melbourne


The feast of the Exaltation of the Precious Cross in Melbourne. The all-night Vigil and Divine Liturgy were only attended by the members of the community, due to the continuing ban on gatherings.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Nativity of the Mother of God


The feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God in Melbourne, Australia.

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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul in Melbourne


The Annunciation monastic community has moved to Melbourne.

The first Divine Liturgy in the new location took place on the feast of St John of Shanghai and San Fransisco. Due to the current restrictions, only the residents of the community were able to be present at the Vigil and Liturgy for the Apostles Peter and Paul on 28-29.6./11-12.7. Nevertheless, the Liturgy marking the end of the Apostles’ fast was joyous and prayerful.

Glory to God for all things!

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Sunday, April 19, 2020

Paschal Epistle

Paschal Epistle
of His Grace John,
bishop of Melbourne and Australia

Beloved in Christ, pastors, clergy, brothers and sisters in Christ,

Christ is risen! Truly He is risen!

There is nothing on this earth which gives such joy to the human heart as the mystical assurance of Christ’s Victory over death and corruption. This is the gift of eternal life, eternal joy, which begins here and now, in this seeming valley of sorrows.

Temporary trials and sorrows are fleeting. They are small school lessons which enable our hearts to grow in our relationship with the Living, Almighty God. He constantly wishes us the utmost good, and cares for our souls as a loving Father. He arranges for our spiritual progress, so we can become more sober, and experience pure joy.

Therefore, dear brothers and sisters,

Let us purify our senses, and we shall behold Christ, radiant with the unapproachable light of the Resurrection! And we shall clearly hear Him say: Rejoice! As we sing the hymn of victory!
(Paschal Canon, Ode 1)

The Holy Fathers encourage us to purify our senses, to turn away from the frivolities of earthly life, and to reject tempting and deceitful thoughts which often confuse us. If we follow this instruction, we will receive joy and peace from above, and will be able to say with the Apostle Paul:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (…) Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 8:35-38)

Christ is risen! Truly He is risen!

+Bishop John
of Melbourne and Australia
Russian Orthodox Church Abroad

Monday, April 13, 2020

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Children’s camp in England

In August, a children’s camp was held in England, with approximately 20 children from our various sister churches participating. The children had lessons on the Law of God, daily church services, many games and excursions.

Nun Evgenia from the Annunciation Hermitage in Australia (ROCA) and nun Pelagia from the Convent of St John of Shanghai in the Ukraine (ROCA) gave lessons to the younger children throughout the camp. The older children had daily group discussions on more challenging topics, with each topic presented by a parent.

On the final day of the camp, which coincided with the camp chapel feast day of St Olav of Norway (29.7./11.8), the Very Reverend Archimandrite Daniel (GOC) served the Divine Liturgy, with the children chanting, reading and serving. Father Daniel’s also gave thought-provoking talks to both children and parents, which were very popular.

Services in the chapel evening and morning.



Lesson activities

Singing practice



Mosaics made by the children

Excursion to the ocean

The children enacted select Lives of Saints. Here St Eusthathios Placidas.


Monday, April 29, 2019

Pascha in Sydney

On Pascha Bishop John again visited Sydney, serving at the parish of Sts Cosmas and Damian (GOC) at Dulwich Hill. The service was in Greek and English. He concelebrated with priest George Jan (GOC) and ordained subdeacon Elias to the diaconate during the Paschal midnight liturgy. Fr Deacon Elias will be assigned to serve both at St John of Kronstadt (ROCA) and Sts Cosmas and Damian parishes (GOC).

In the afternoon, Bishop John visited the home-chapel of St John of Kronstadt, where father Nebojsa had celebrated the full paschal service the night before. During his visit, a group of parishioners sang the paschal hours.

The start of Paschal Matins


Parishioners of all ages

Subdeacon Elias standing at the iconostasis until he was brought into the Altar for ordination.


First litany by the new deacon.


Just above the church, we saw a plane write “Christ is risen!” in the sky! The flying calligrapher in the plane is in the process of writing + ХРИСТОС АНЕСТИ +

At the home-chapel of St John of Kronstadt

Paschal Vespers on the first day of Pascha.

Small Entrance at the Liturgy on the second day of Pascha.

Holy Week in Melbourne

From the services of Great Friday and Great Saturday in Dandenong.

After the Divine Liturgy on Holy Saturday.

Word after bringing out the Shroud.


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Orthodox Church Abroad

Bishop John of Melbourne
Vicar bishop of Australia

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