Sunday, July 12, 2020

Feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul in Melbourne

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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.

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Services in the chapel evening and morning.

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Lessons

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Lesson activities

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Singing practice

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Artwork

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Mosaics made by the children

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Excursion to the ocean

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

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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.

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The start of Paschal Matins

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Parishioners of all ages

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

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Axios!

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First litany by the new deacon.

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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 +

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At the home-chapel of St John of Kronstadt

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Paschal Vespers on the first day of Pascha.

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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.

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After the Divine Liturgy on Holy Saturday.

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Word after bringing out the Shroud.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Palm Sunday in Sydney

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On Palm Sunday 2019, Bishop John visited his flock in Sydney at the St John of Kronstadt parish, currently at the St Cosmas and Damian Greek Orthodox Church (GOC) in Dulwich Hill.

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On Palm Sunday, he concelebrated with priest George (GOC) and priest Nebojsa (ROCA). About 150 people attended, most of whom received Holy Communion.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Feast day of the Annunciation monastic community

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19ann-2.jpgOn March 25/April 7, the monastic community of the Annunciation celebrated its patronal feast day. The Vigil with the Litya was filled with festal hymns in place of most of the fasting texts, giving great joy to all present.

In the morning, we celebrated midnight office, the hours and the Divine Liturgy, where all received Holy Communion. At the conclusion of the service, we made a procession around the monastery. At the meal, the order of the Panagia concluded the festal celebrations.

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Joyous occasion: Wedding in Sydney

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On Sunday 14/27. January 2019, the servants of God Nikola and Natalie received the Mystery of Marriage. Father Nebojsa Mirkovic served at the Greek church of Sts Cosmas and Damian in Sydney (Dulwich Hill).

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Many years to the newly weds!

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Christmas in Sydney

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Joyous services for the Nativity of our Lord in Sydney (Parish of St John of Kronstadt) on 24-25.12/6-7.1.19. Nearly all the parishioners received Holy Communion and celebrated the feast with a common meal.

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Sydney, NSW
Parish of St John of Kronstadt.

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  • Serving priest: Father Nebojsa Mirkovic
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    Sundays and feast days: Matins 730 am
    Divine Liturgy: 9 am.
    Please contact us to confirm what time Liturgy is served.
  • Saturdays and eves of feasts: Vespers 530 pm
    or All-night Vigil 6 pm

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  • Services once a month
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Western Victoria
Annunciation of the Mother of God Women’s Monastic Community

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  • Spiritual Father: Bishop John.
  • Address: 266 Nowhere Creek Rd, Nowhere Creek, 3469
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  • Sundays and feast days: Divine Liturgy: 9 am
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