St. John the Baptist Parish, A Parish of the Russian Orthodox Church, Canberra, Australia

Русская Версия


Photo of the Church Welcome to the English website of the St. John the Baptist Church, the Canberra parish of the Australian Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church (Abroad). We hope that your visit will be of benefit.

Unction Service and Kurst Root Icon

The Unction with Oils Healing Service in the presence of the Kursk Root icon of the Mother of God will be on Monday 30 March at 6.00 pm

Discussion Group

There will be a discussion group at 7 PM after Great Compline on Wednesday 18 March, in the church. The topic will be the Old Testamnet. All Welcome.

Easter Bazaar

Saturday 28 March at the church hall - see the flyer.

Choral Conference

On 1-4 May 2014, St John the Baptist Parish hosted the 2014 diocesan Choral Conference (Певческий Съезд). Photos, music and videos are being added to the conference page.

The rector of the parish is Archpriest Alexander Morozow.

For general enquiries please email

Our parish website also has web pages in Russian with different content.

Printable Schedule

Recent Updates

14 March 2015
Announcement of the Easter Bazaar (28 March).
3 February 2015
January edition of Listok (in Russian).
22 November 2014
November edition of Listok (in Russian), Parish Bazaar.
5 November 2014
Additional audio recordings from the Choral conference.


Visitors are always welcome at our services. The All Night Vigil is celebrated beginning at 5 PM on Saturday evenings and the Divine Liturgy at 9 AM on Sunday mornings. Confessions are heard during the Vigil service. The principal language of the services is Church Slavonic. Some English is used in the Divine Liturgies and usually somewhat more during the All Night Vigils. The parish church and school are located at:

1 Matina St
Narrabundah ACT 2604 (map)

Schedule of Upcoming Services
Saturday 28 March5:00 PM - All Night VigilFifth Sunday of Great Lent - St. Mary of Egypt
Sunday 29 March9:00 AM - Divine Liturgy
Monday 30 March6:00 PM - UnctionUnction with Oils Healing Service in the presence of the Kursk Root icon of the Mother of God
Wednesday 1 April6:00 PM - Great ComplineSixth week of Great Lent
Friday 3 April6:00 PM - MatinsLazarus Saturday
Saturday 4 April9:00 AM - Divine Liturgy
5:00 PM - All Night VigilPalm Sunday - the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem
Sunday 5 April9:00 AM - Divine Liturgy
Monday 6 April6:00 PM - All Night VigilAnnunciation
Tuesday 7 April9:00 AM - Divine Liturgy
Wednesday 8 April6:00 PM - Great ComplineGreat Wednesday
Thursday 9 April6:00 PM - Matins
Reading of the 12 Passion Gospels
Great Friday
Friday 10 April3:00 PM - Vespers
Christ’s body taken down from the Cross
6:00 PM - Matins
Burial of Jesus Christ
Great Saturday
Saturday 11 April9:30 AM - Vesperal Divine Liturgy
Christ resting in the Grave
11:00 PM - Blessing of Easter fare (kulitchi, paskha, eggs) at the Community hall
11:25 PM - Midnight Office
Return Of Christ’s Shroud to the Altar
Sunday 12 April12:00 AM - Paschal Matins and LiturgyThe Radiant Resurrection of Christ
Monday 13 April9:00 AM - Divine LiturgyBright Monday
Saturday 18 April5:00 PM - All Night VigilSecond Sunday of Pascha - St Thomas Sunday
Sunday 19 April9:00 AM - Divine Liturgy
and Requiems at Cemeteries

For updates to the service schedule and other parish events, follow us (@stjohn_baptist) on Twitter or on Facebook.

Parish Life

Upcoming Events

Recent Snapshots

Church interior

Parish Membership


We would encourage those who attend our services and are part of the Orthodox community in Canberra to become parish members. An explanation of the importance of parish membership (PDF) is available in Russian and English, as is a parish membership form, (PDF) also in Russian and English.