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

Русская Версия


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.

Faith and Wisdom

A new ministry will begin in our church called 'Faith and Wisdom'. These talks/discussions will help our congregation to better understand their faith and to grow in their faith. This is open to all adults and will cover all aspects of our faith including the basic concepts of Orthodoxy. Details are as follows:

Day: Every Sunday starting from 28 October 2018
Time: 11.30-12pm.
Place: Church

Service of Holy Unction

The service of Holy Unction will be on Wednesday 3rd April at 6 pm.

Russian Easter Bazaar

Saturday, 13 April 2019, 10am to 2pm at the Church hall 4 Matina Street, Narrabundah, Canberra.

Russian Easter cakes, piroshki, borscht, pelmeni, (gluten free available), craft, Russian souvenirs, Church kiosk.

Everybody welcome.

The dean of the cathedral is Archpriest Alexander Morozow.

For general enquiries please email For information and enquiries about hiring the parish hall, please see the contact page.

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

Printable Schedule

Recent Updates

14 January 2019
January edition of Listok (in Russian).
23 August 2018
August edition of Listok (in Russian).


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, 30 March5:00 pmAll Night VigilThird Sunday of Great Lent
Veneration of Cross
Sunday, 31 March9:00 amDivine Liturgy
Wednesday, 3 April6:00 pmHoly Unction
Anointing with oils
Saturday, 6 April5:00 pmAll Night VigilAnnunciation of the Most Holy Mother of God
Fourth Sunday of Great Lent
Sunday, 7 April9:00 amDivine Liturgy
Wednesday, 10 April6:00 pmMatins
Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete
St Andrew's Standing
Friday, 12 April6:00 pmMatins
The Akathist Hymn
Laudation of the Mother of God
Saturday, 13 April5:00 pmAll Night VigilFifth Sunday of Great Lent
Venerable Mary of Egypt
Sunday, 14 April9:00 amDivine Liturgy
Wednesday, 17 April6:00 pmGreat Compline6th week of Great Lent
Friday, 19 April6:00 pmMatinsLazarus Saturday
Saturday, 20 April9:00 amDivine Liturgy
5:00 pmAll Night VigilPalm Sunday
The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem
Sunday, 21 April9:00 amDivine Liturgy
Monday, 22 April6:00 pmGreat ComplineGreat and Holy Monday
Tuesday, 23 April6:00 pmGreat ComplineGreat and Holy Tuesday
Wednesday, 24 April6:00 pmMatinsGreat and Holy Thursday
Thursday, 25 April6:00 pmMatins
Reading of the 12 Passion Gospels
Great and Holy Friday
Friday, 26 April3:00 pmVespers
Christ’s body taken down from the Cross
6:00 pmMatins
Burial of Jesus Christ
Great and Holy Saturday
Saturday, 27 April9:30 amVesperal Divine Liturgy
Christ resting in the Grave
11:00 pmBlessing of Easter fare
(kulitchi, paskha, eggs) at the Community hall
11:25 pmMidnight Office
Return Of Christ’s Shroud to the Altar
Sunday, 28 April12:00 amPaschal Matins and LiturgyPascha
The Radiant Resurrection of Christ
Monday, 29 April9:00 amDivine LiturgyBright Monday
Saturday, 4 May5:00 pmAll Night VigilSecond Sunday of Pascha
St. Thomas Sunday - Requiems at cemetеries
Sunday, 5 May9:00 amDivine Liturgy

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

Parish Life

Upcoming Events

  • January edition of Listok (in Russian)… Read on…
  • August edition of Listok (in Russian)… Read on…
  • April edition of Listok (in Russian)… Read on…
  • Our behaviour During Services… Read on…(PDF)

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.