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It is our great joy to welcome you to our humble parish. All people of good will are welcome to attend.

What’s On: Wednesday Evenings

On alternating weeks, at 6:30pm, we either serve Vespers (until approx. 7:30pm) or hold a Bible Study (until approx. 8pm).  Around 10 people are generally present at either.

Vespers is an evening service, one that is very contemplative and prayerful, including readings, psalms and traditional hymns.

Our Bible Study is led by Fr Andrew in the church office (best accessible via our back ramp).  Having studied Ephesians, Mark and Acts, the second half of 2018 will be occupied by studying the Epistle to the Romans.

What’s On: Saturday Evenings

On Saturday evenings, we serve the Vigil service, starting at 6pm (until approx. 8pm).  Around 10-15 people are generally praying at this service.

The Vigil service is composed of Vespers, Matins and First Hour, with psalms and hymns making up most of the service, with a Gospel reading as a centrepoint.

During the Vigil service, Orthodox Christians are welcome to the Sacrament of Confession. If you wish to come to Confession, you are able to do this by holding an unlit candle while standing on the left hand side of the church (a queue should form under the archway).

What’s On: Sunday Mornings

On Sunday mornings, we celebrate the Divine Liturgy, starting at 8:30am (until approx. 10:30am).  Around 30-40 people are generally praying at this service.

Partaking of Communion is done within the context of the Divine Liturgy. As such, people who are presenting themselves for Communion must be:

  • Orthodox Christians, who
  • Have read the appointed pre-Communion prayers, and
  • Have fasted (i.e. from midnight), and
  • Have recently been to Confession.

Visiting Orthodox Christians who wish to commune are asked to speak with Fr Andrew prior to the start of the service. In addition, as per the October 2018 decision of the Holy Synod of the Church of Russia (responding to the actions of the Church of Constantinople in Ukraine), we do not have a blessing to commune Orthodox Christians who are under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Other events:

We also celebrate services for major feastdays of the Christian Calendar.  We ask that you view our Parish Schedule for any additions or changes to our regular services.

Rules in Brief:

We ask our visitors to, in short, be respectful.  Most rules are covered by this simple injunction.  If you would like to sit down, please feel free to do so.

We also ask our visitors to dress modestly – covering from shoulders and clavicle down to the knees.  If you would like further details, we welcome you to view photo albums available on Facebook.

If in doubt, just ask – either by e-mail, by form (at the bottom of the page), or at the candle desk at church – and someone will be happy to help.

Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to welcoming you to Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church!