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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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Feast of St John of Kronstadt in Sydney

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The parish of St John of Kronstadt celebrated its January feast day at the Greek church of Sts Cosmas and Damian this year, accommodating a larger number of parishioners. The service was entirely in English, with Bishop John presiding and father Nebojsa Mirkovic concelebrating.

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At the small entrance, father Nebojsa was awarded with the nabedrennik and kamilavka.

After the service, the parish gathered for an extended meeting and discussion.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Christmas greeting from the Annunciation Hermitage

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Feast of Saint Nicholas in Brisbane

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On Sunday, 10/23.12, the monastery of St Nicholas (Free Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand) celebrated their patronal feast. Bishop Ambrose presided at the festal services in concelebration with Bishop John, Archimandrites Hristifor and Simeon, Protopriest Zvonimir, and Priests Alexander and Atanasije.

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Bishop John presided at the Divine Liturgy on Saturday 9/22.12. Thereafter followed a moleben asking God’s blessing for the Free Serbian Diocesan Council meeting, which subsequently elected Archimandrite Hristifor (Nedjic) as candidate to be Bishop for the Free Serbian Diocese of Australia and New Zealand.

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Meeting Bishop Ambrose on Sunday 10/23.12.

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Procession around the Church

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The Slava.

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The St Nicholas Church has been frescoed beautifully over the course of the past year.

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After the service, the parish sisterhood offered a sumptuous meal in the hall.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Bishop Ambrose in Sydney

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On Sunday, November 12/25, 2018, the feast day of St John the Merciful, Bishop Ambrose visited the Greek Old Calendar parish of Sts Cosmas and Damian in Sydney. He concelebrated with father Nebojsa Mirkovic (ROCA).

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Baptism in Sydney

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On Friday, 26.10/9.11. 2018, the servant of God Natalia was received into the Holy Orthodox Church by the Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation.

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The services of the making of a Catechumen, the Baptism, and the Chrismation were performed in English by priest Nebojsa Mirkovic, with the sponsors and a few guests present. In accordance with the canons of the Church, the baptism occurred by full immersion three times.

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The next day, she communed of the Holy Mysteries for the first time at the Divine Liturgy at the same church.

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Natalia was raised in the roman-catholic heresy, but having come to know Christ at a mature age, is now an Orthodox Christian. She is a member of the parish of St John of Kronstadt in Sydney. May God grant health and salvation, and many years, to our sister in Christ, the newly-illumed Natalia, and may she keep her baptism pure from any stain, error or sin!

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Visit of Bishop John to Lyons

On Sunday 15/28.10, the parish of St Nicholas the Wonderworker in Lyons (France), welcomed Bishop John. At the Divine Liturgy, he concelebrated with Protopriest George (GOC), Protopriest Hristo, Protodeacon German Ivanoff-Trinadzaty and Deacon Eugene Doroshin.

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Many children attended the service, which was marked by a distinctive sense that the parish is one spiritual family in Christ. There were many communicants. The excellent choir was adeptly led by Geman Ivanoff-Trinadzaty junior. After the service the parish sisterhood offered an extensive lunch in the parish hall.

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Children’s camp in England

During August 2018, an informal children’s camp was held in England, where Bishop John contributed with teaching Law of God classes. The children experienced communal camp life, daily church services, living in tents and taking their turn in a roster of duties.

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Everyone sang and read at the services together.

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We had our meals together, during which we listened to reading from an edifying children’s book.

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Daily blessing of porridge at breakfast!

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The children had lessons every day. This years’ theme was the Divine Liturgy.

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Vespers in candlelight.

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The children prayed every morning and evening in the improvised barn-chapel, which they themselves helped decorate.

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View of the altar in the barn-chapel.

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Finding the spot in the service book…

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The altar server with the censer ready.

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We celebrated the Divine Liturgy on Sunday and at the end of the camp.

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The children baked their own prosphoras, which were offered at the Liturgy.

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In addition to other excursions, we made a pilgrimage to the monastery of St Fursey, a 7th century Irish missionary monk who established a monastery on the site of an earlier Roman fortress.

Troparion of St. Fursey of Burgh Castle, Tone 5
Establishing thy monastery in a Roman fortress / thou didst teach men that the Orthodox Faith is a true bastion / against the onslaughts of every evil force, O Father Fursey. / Wherefore pray to God for us / that we may all be bastions of the Faith / standing firm against the rising tide of falsehood, / that our souls may be saved

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The walls of the huge Roman fortress where St Fursey built his monastery.

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Group photo of the pilgrims.

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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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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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