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.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Transfiguration at the Convent of the Annunciation in London

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On the great feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord, Bishop John visited the historical Convent of the Annunciation in London, UK. The Convent was established in the 1950s by St. John of Shanghai and San Fransisco and nuns from the Holy Land, guided by the ever-memorable Abbess Elizabeth (Ampenoff).

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The Midnight Office, Hours and Liturgy were read and chanted in Slavonic, Arabic and English, and attended by faithful of diverse national backgrounds. Bishop John blessed the grapes and fruits brought by the people. After the service, the sisters invited the parishioners for tea.

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Newly-ordained priest Nicolae Capitanu (Old Calendar Orthodox Church of Romania) services the large population of Old Calendar Romanian faithful in London.

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Pentecost in Sydney

On the feast of Pentecost in Sydney, at the parish of Sts. Cosmas and Damian, father Nebojsa Mirkovic (ROCA) conducted the services in three languages: English, Greek and Slavonic. The church was well attended on this great feast, and many received Holy Communion. By the time the Slava cake was cut at the end of the long service, many had unfortunately left!

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Paschal Greeting from Australia

Paschal Greeting from Metropolitan Agafangel

Monday, April 9, 2018

Pascha in Australia 2018

Holy Saturday and Pascha at the St John of Kronstadt parish in Sydney

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Paschal services at the Tabinsk Icon of the Mother of God in Dandenong.

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Great Saturday and Annunciation feast at the Annunciation Hermitage

This year the feast of the Annunciation fell on Great Saturday, according to the typikon of St Savvas, which is used in the Russian Church.

The festal hymns for the “beginning of our salvation” were combined with the hymns to the very culmination of our Saviour’s great self-emptying Passion for the salvation of us all.

All present stood around the tomb and chanted the moving lamentations together in English.

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The next morning we read the hours, then the Old Testament prophesies of the Resurrection of Christ at the Liturgy of St Basil the Great.

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The Gospel at the Liturgy of St Basil the Great.

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Vladyka blessed wine and bread for our refreshment, but we did not serve a festal meal in the trapeza, keeping the fast until the Resurrection of Christ.

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Sydney, NSW
Parish of St John of Kronstadt.

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  • Serving priest: Father Nebojsa Mirkovic
  • Address:
  • Service times:
    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

Dandenong, VIC
Community of the Tabinsk Mother of God Icon

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  • Services once a month
  • Visits by Bishop John

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
  • Service times:
  • Sundays and feast days: Divine Liturgy: 9 am
  • All-night Vigils (including Divine Liturgy) on select occasions.
    Please contact us to confirm what time Liturgy is served.

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