Christ is Risen!
Welcome to the Site of the Russian Church in Geelong!
We are approaching the end of the Easter cycle, and the great feast of Pentecost, also known as the feast of the Holy Trinity, will be celebrated on Sunday. We remember the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles, and therefore only now, at the all-night vigil on the eve of the holiday, for the first time we will sing the prayer to the Holy Spirit “O, Heavenly King.” And on the very holiday on Sunday, immediately after the liturgy, there will be Vespers, at which very strong prayers are read, which we listen to on our knees.
Although our state has eased restrictions in connection with Covid, the situation has not changed in our church, and we can have up to 50 people praying for services in our temple. However, this does not particularly bother us, since during the winter time it rarely has more than this number. Therefore, everyone who wants to attend services can freely come to the church.
Be careful with your health. We hope that the infections will end soon and we will soon be able to return to church for prayer.
As soon as the restrictions change, we will inform you.
Donations to the Church.
Donations to our church can be made directly to:
Commonwealth Bank Russian Orthodox Church Abroad Geelong
BSB 063551 Account no 10508449
Catechism classes for adults
On Wednesday 21 April at 6 pm we’ll have our next catechism class in English language!
A Brief History of the Parish
Russian Immigrants began to settle in the city of Geelong in 1948. From German camps, fearing repatriation to the Soviet Union, our forefathers set off for Australia and some of them made there way to our city. Their numbers were small but their faith was strong and it wasn’t long before they invited a priest to serve. The first service was served at the end of 1950 in an Anglican Church hall, with the official date of the establishment of the Parish being the 1st of April 1952.
In 1955 the Russian community in the city consisted of 35 families. There were also Orthodox from other nationalities – Greeks and Serbs. Within this small group of faithful there was a great desire to have their own church temple. Fundraising was begun for the building of a church and out of their meagre means people donated for the common goal each according to their means. In the beginning they purchased the land and very quickly built a shed in which were served Devine services and various fundraising events. Already in November 1955 the foundation stone for the new temple was layed and blessed. From their meagre funds, building materials were purchased and the parishioners, with their own hands, worked on their days off on the building of the church. The building works were completed in 1962. In timing with the completion of the church, a new wave of Australian immigration opened up from China. Many of these immigrants found themselves in Geelong. The new arrivals were delighted to have the opportunity to attend the church and to also have the use of the shed in which they established a school. Parish life thrived.
The church temple was consecrated in 1968. In 1979 the shed was removed and a hall and school were built. At the turn of the century problems were found with the roof of the church. In conjunction with the renovations of the roof a decision was made to renovate the interior of the church. A new iconostasis was erected and new frescos painted. The interior work isn’t complete: a few icons to complete the set of the 12 major Feasts, a new Table of Oblation, candle and icon stands still need to be commissioned.
Priests of our Parish
Protopriest Alexander Zhidko-Bazilevich (1896-1981). Father Alexander was the rector from the official establishment of the Parish in 1952 (he served regularly from 1951) until 1957.
Abbot Dimitri (Obuhov) (1906-1982). Rector from 1959 to 1962.
Protopresbyter Nicholas Ostyanko (1926-1986). Rector from 1962 to 1969.
Protopriest Vladimir Evsukov (1942-1980). Rector from 1969 to 1975.
Protopriest Michael Protopopov (1944-). Rector from 1976 to 1982.
Protopriest Alexander Morozow (1953-). Rector from 1982 to 1983.
Priest Oleg Smirnov (1937-). Rector from 1983-1984.
Protopriest Gabriel Makarov (1958-). Rector from 1984 to 1998.
Protopriest Simeon Kichakov (1950-2018). Rector from 1998 to 2017.
Protopriest Yaroslav Belikow (1962-). Rector from 2019 to present.
Friday 18 June at 6 pm: parastas (Matins for the departed).
Saturday 19 June at 8:30 am: Liturgy – commemoration of the departed Saturday.
At 6 pm: all-night vigil (at this all-night vigil, for the first time since Easter, we will sing the prayer “O Heavenly King”).
Sunday 20 June at 8:30 am: Liturgy, followed immediately by Vespers with kneeling prayers. Feast of Pentecost, also called the Feast of the Holy Trinity.
Monday June 21 at 8:30 am: Matins and Liturgy. Day of the Holy Spirit.