Orthodox Easter Concert 5 June 2016

Performers: St Nicholas Singers, Anatoly Belinsky, Valeriy Maksymov, Natalia Chernousova, Veronica van der Knaap, Iryna Maksymova

Venue:, St Augustines church, 5 Cracroft Terrace, Cashmere

Time: 3:00 pm, Sunday  5th of June 2016

Tickets:, Adults: $25, Family: $60 (2 adults and 3 children), Students and seniors: $15

Refreshments will be provided during interval.

For ticket information and other queries please contact Anna ruschch@gmail.com or 02102394354

For poster please click here

Charity Concert 20 Dec 2015 3pm

St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church Presents:

“A Rule of Faith and an Image of Humility” charity concert.

Sunday, 20 December 2015 at 3:00pm. The ticket also includes a raffle ticket, a surprise gift, a glass of wine  and refreshments.

For all ticket enquirers please contact Iryna Maksimova, ph 03 3524243, mob 027 6603886



First-Hierarch of ROCOR, His Eminence Hilarion Will Visit Christchurch with Miracle Working Kursk Root Icon

Dear brothers and sisters

From 21 to 23 March 2015, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, First-Hierarch of ROCOR, His Eminence Hilarion will visit our church with the miracle working Kursk Root icon of Theotokos of the “Sign”.

21 March 18:00  Vigil.

22 March 9:00 Divine Liturgy.

22 March 9:00, 18:00 Holly Unction.

23 March the priest with the Icon will visit parish.

24 March the bishop with the Icon will leave Christchurch.

Choral Concert “In Thee Rejoices All Creation”

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At the beginning of this year the parish of the Russian Orthodox Church in Christchurch began renovating and redecorating the interior of the church on Brougham Street.

The main aim of the project is to replace iconostasis, and to decorate the altar and church walls in style of old Byzantian and Russian church art. The method employed is that of the authentic tempera, in which the paint is created from natural pigments, egg yolk and high-quality plant-based oils.

Currently we are preparing for the redecoration of the altar. This is an elaborate, multifaceted and costly process. We turn to all Christian people to ask for help and support with this special project.

Assistance and participation is welcome and will be greatly appreciated.

As a part of our fundraising activities will be a choral concert of Church music. It will take place on the 28th of September at 4 pm in the church of St. Nicholas in Christchurch.

Due to limited seating space we would like to ask you to book the tickets beforehand.

$25 per person. Еach ticket includes a glass of wine and a light snack.

For all queries please contact. Father Valentine (322 54 64) and Iryna Maksymova (027 6603886).

Bank account for donations: St Nicholas Church 01-1188-0098576-000.


St Nicholas Choir Conert 4 May 2014


All proceeds will support the continuation of the decorative painting of the St Nicholas Orthodox church in the style of XII century Russian church art.

The church is small and now after the renovation it has beautiful acoustic .

There will be around 30 seats available for audience.

If you would like to make a booking   please do it now, as the payment reserves a seat. Contact Iryna ruschch@gmail.com/ 03 3524243/027 6603886

Nativity Epistle of Metropolitan Hilarion

Nativity Epistle of Hilarion, Metropolitan of New York & Eastern America, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

Most Reverend fellow archpastors, most honorable fathers–concelebrants, God-loving monastics, dear brothers and sisters!

Motivated by the best thoughts and deepest feelings of brotherly love and spiritual joy, I greet the faithful children of the Russian Church Abroad, scattered worldwide as God’s wheat, with the celebration of the Nativity of Christ. I send my sincere wish from remote Australia that the coming new 2014th year bring rich spiritual fruit for each of us individually and for the entire Church!

In their writings the Holy Fathers of the Church portray the Feast of the Nativity as great, universal and joyful; the beginning and basis for all other Feasts. It is no wonder the Holy Church sings: “Christ is born, give ye glory, Christ cometh from the heavens. Meet ye Him, Christ is on earth, be ye exalted …”

The Holy Church calls upon us to worthily celebrate the Nativity of Christ. It was not that long ago that in many countries Christians laid aside worldly and earthly cares. Government offices shut down, trade ceased and everyone hurried to God’s churches for festive services during which all prayed and partook of the Holy Mysteries of Christ. After the services many engaged in works of piety, visiting hospitals and prisons, providing substantial assistance to the poor. Philanthropic assistance to the poor and orphaned was inherently characteristic of our ancestors. Not a Feast went by without being accompanied by attention to those that struggle and are heavy laden (Matt 11:28).

With the simplicity of the shepherds, let us go to the cave in Bethlehem to worship the living God Who became a living Man. In other words, let us go to church bringing the Infant Christ the gift of warm tears of compunction, a heart enlivened with delight and boundless devotion; and to our neighbors and the needy – benefaction and love.

It is time for us, beloved, to bless ourselves with the Cross of Christ — the cross of self-sacrifice and love in the spirit of light filled Christian understanding. It is time for us to improve in all aspects of our lives. Let us contemplate this during these holy days, referred to as “Christmas-tide”, and make a firm decision to become better, closer to God and to each other.

I take this opportunity with great pleasure to announce the upcoming XIII All-Diaspora Youth Conference to be held in San Francisco from June 27 to July 4 this year. This forum will be devoted to missionary work in the field of philanthropy and will coincide with the 20th anniversary of the glorification of St. John the Wonderworker (Maximovich) by the Russian Church Abroad. This great hierarch of the Russian diaspora exemplified a life of prayer, a life active in selfless good deeds. On behalf of the Synod of Bishops and Archbishop Kyrill, the ruling bishop of the Western American Diocese, I extend a heartfelt invitation to our clergy and representatives of our youth to this gathering. I hope that this conference called “In the Footsteps of St. John” will spiritually and intellectually enrich all the participants. Concurrent with the Youth Conference a Council of Bishops will be held to discuss the pressing issues of internal Church life and the external ministry of our dear Church. This will also give our Archpastors the opportunity to participate in important discussions with our young people. May these general Church gatherings, for which we prayerfully prepare, vouchsafe us the mercy and blessings from God: inexhaustible heroism, courage, vigilance of spirit, a selfless, captivating and inspiring faith, and other gifts of grace, so necessary in serving the Church, in serving God and people in our complex world.

May the coming New Year, beloved Archpastors, pastors, brothers and sisters, be one of Christian renewal of our hearts – a year of spiritual sobriety and ennoblement of our entire life! Let us become genuinely and deeply aware of the necessity of spiritual struggle, dictated by the spirit of life, and concern ourselves with the conscientious fulfillment of all our Christian duties: whether they are personal, family or employment responsibilities, or our duty as Orthodox Christian members of the Church, i.e. performing generous charitable works. May the feast be for us a time of prayer, the strengthening of our internal energies, the refreshment of our soul with Christian ideals, feelings and activities!

With love in the new-born Christ and requesting your holy prayers,

†Hilarion, Metropolitan of New York & Eastern America, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia

Nativity of Christ 2013 / 2014

Frescowritten by Vojislav Lukovich, www.srpske-pravoslavne-ikone.com

Frescowritten by Vojislav Lukovich, www.srpske-pravoslavne-ikone.com