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

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Photo of the Church Welcome to the website of the St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Canberra. The cathedral parish is part of the Australian Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church (Abroad). We hope that your visit will be of benefit.

The dean of the cathedral 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

30 April 2016
May edition of Listok (in Russian).
4 April 2016
Details of the Easter bazaar.
13 March 2016
March edition of Listok (in Russian).
27 February 2016
January edition of Listok (in Russian).
5 December 2015
Announcement of the Russian Bazaar on 12 December


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 2 April5:00 PM - All Night VigilThird Sunday of Great Lent
Veneration of the Cross
Sunday 3 April9:00 AM - Divine Liturgy
Wednesday 6 April6:00 PM - All Night Vigil
Great Compline and Matins
Annunciation of the Most Holy Mother of God
Thursday 7 April7:00 AM - Vesperal Divine Liturgy
Saturday 9 April5:00 PM - All Night VigilFourth Sunday of Great Lent
St John of the Ladder
Sunday 10 April9:00 AM - Divine Liturgy
Wednesday 13 April6:00 PM - Matins with the Great Canon
"St Andrew's Standing"
Saturday 16 April5:00 PM - All Night VigilFifth Sunday of Great Lent
St Mary of Egypt
Sunday 17 April9:00 AM - Divine Liturgy
Tuesday 19 April6:00 PM - Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified Gifts
Wednesday 20 April6:00 PM - Holy Unction
Anointing with oils
Friday 22 April6:00 PM - MatinsLazarus Saturday
Saturday 23 April9:00 AM - Divine Liturgy
5:00 PM - All Night VigilPalm Sunday - the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem
Sunday 24 April9:00 AM - Divine Liturgy
Monday 25 April6:00 PM - Great ComplineGreat Monday
Tuesday 27 April6:00 PM - Great ComplineGreat Tuesday
Wednesday 27 April6:00 PM - MatinsGreat Thursday
Thursday 28 April6:00 PM - Matins
Reading of the 12 Passion Gospels
Great Friday
Friday 29 April3:00 PM - Vespers
Christ’s body taken down from the Cross
6:00 PM - Matins
Burial of Jesus Christ
Great Saturday
Saturday 30 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 1 May12:00 AM - Paschal Matins and LiturgyThe Radiant Resurrection of Christ
Monday 2 May9:00 AM - Divine LiturgyBright Monday
Saturday 7 May5:00 PM - All Night VigilSecond Sunday of Pascha - St Thomas Sunday
Sunday 8 May9:00 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.