Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Protection of the Mother of God - Melbourne Parish Feast


The Protection of the Mother of God parish in Melbourne celebrated its feast day on the Protection of the Mother of God, October 1/14. The rector of the parish, Igumen Andrei (Erastov), concelebrated with igumen John (Smelic). Despite the feast falling on a weekday, quite a few people were able to attend the services.



Saturday, May 30, 2015

Baptism in Melbourne

On the eve of Pentecost (Saturday 17/30 May), the servant of God Svetlana was baptised at the St Gregory Theologian Church in Bentleigh (Melbourne). A handful of faithful and guests attended the Baptism.

Renouncing Satan, expulsion of all evil, and the making of a catechumen.

The anointing with the blessed “oil of gladness”

The servant of God is baptised in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The old man dies to sin, and the new Christian rises to life in God.

The seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Newly-illumined Svetlana with her sponsor.

May Christ our God grant His newly illumined servant Svetlana health, salvation and many years!

After the Baptism, Abbott John (ROCA) served Great Vespers in honour of the great feast, followed by a parish gathering in the hall.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Lenten, Holy Week and Paschal services in Australia



Pictures from St John of Kronstadt parish in Sydney:


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Pictures from the Tabinsk Icon of the Mother of God parish in Dandenong:

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Greek Orthodox Church of St Greogory the Theologian in Bentleigh (Melbourne) (Church of the True Orthodox Christians of Greece), which is currently served by clergy of ROCA:

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Greek Orthodox Church of the Dormition in Cheltenham (Melbourne) (Church of the True Orthodox Christians of Greece). Rector Protopriest Stylianos.


Annunciation Monastery:

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Concelebration in Melbourne


On the 5th Sunday of Great Lent, Bishop Photii of Marathon presided at Divine Liturgy at the Greek church of St Gregory the Theologian in Bentleigh (Melbourne).
Abbott John (ROCA) and Deacon John concelebrated, with Father Sotirios, the rector of the Church, participating.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Parish Feast - Church of St Stefan Decanski, Carrum Downs


sd10.jpgThe Free Serbian parish of St King Stefan Decanski in Carrum Downs (True Orthodox Christians of Greece / Free Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand) celebrated its parish feast liturgically on Sunday 23.11 (n.s.).

His Eminence, Bishop Ambrose presided at the Divine Liturgy, with igumen John (Smelic)(ROCA), Igumen Christopher (Nedjic), and priest Bojan (Vlajic) concelebrating.

Many faithful were in attendance, among them also Greeks and Russians.


Monday, November 24, 2014

Bishop Ambrose visits Protection Parish in Melbourne

On Monday 11/24 November Bishop Ambrose of Methoni (and Australia) visited the parish of the Three Martyrs of Vilnus. Concelebrating with him on the feast of the Iveron icon of the Mother of God, were Protopriest Stylianos, Hegumen John (Smelic), Hegumen Andrei (Erastov), and Hegumen Christofor (Nedjic).

Despite inclement weather and it being a weekday, many people showed  their love for the Theotokos and the church by driving 2 hours in heavy traffic to arrive for the start of Matins at 830am. As well as Byelorussians and Russians, there were Greeks and Serbs attending.

rimg1655-1024x768.jpgBishop Ambrose gave an interesting sermon including an account of his personal contact with the well known myhrr-bearing copy of the Iveron icon of the Theotokos in the 1980’s, and its guardian brother Joseph of Montreal. His Eminence also talked about Holy FatherTheodore the Confessor 98-9th century) Abbot of the Studite monastery. Saint Theodore lived an exemplary monastic life and was abbot of the famous Studite monastery in Constantinople. He produced a vast amount of writings, including liturgical hymns, homilies, panegyrics, and instructions for monastic life. He suffered much from the iconoclasts, and was finally banished and exiled by the emperor.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Protection of the Mother of God - Parish feast in Melbourne 1/14 October

parish-photo2014.jpgThe feast of the Protection of the Mother of God is a parish feast of the Russian parish in Yarraville.
Since it was a working day not too many people were able to come. However the feast went well, in joyous atmosphere. After liturgy, there was a moleben with a procession around the church. Then all proceeded to the hall for a festal meal.

Archive photo

Igumen Andrei Erastov

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Photo from service in Melbourne with Vladika Andronik


Parish of the Protection of the Mother of God, serving in the Belarusian Church of the Three Martyrs of Vilnius Anthony, John, and Eusthatius in the suburb of Yarraville, Victoria.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Archbishop Andronik’s visit to Australia

Schedule for hierarchal services with Archbishop Andronik of Canada and Syracuse.

Services at Annunciation Hermitage

  • Friday, 19th September: 6 pm Vespers and Matins
  • Saturday, 20th September: 10am Hierarchal Liturgy

Services at the Parish of the Protection of the Mother of God, Yarraville

  • Saturday, 20th September: 6 pm Vigil (Nativity of the Mother of God)
  • Sunday, 21st September: 10 am Hierarchal Liturgy
  • Friday 26th September: 6 pm Vigil (Elevation of the CROSS)
  • Saturday 27th September: 10 am Hierarchal Liturgy

Services at the Community of the Tabinsk Icon of the Mother of God

  • Saturday, 27th September: 4 pm Vigil with Akathist to the Tabinsk Icon
  • Sunday, 28th September: 10 am Hierarchal Liturgy

All faithful are welcome to join the services with Archbishop Andronik.
Please contact the various communities directly for more information.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bishop Photius’ visit to Australia


On Sunday, 4/17 August, the commemoration of the Holy Seven Sleepers of Ephesus, Bishop Photius of Marathon visited the Greek parish of the Holy Dormition of the Mother of God. Protopriest Stylianos and Igumen John concelebrated.


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  • Services once a month
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