The forty days of Great Lent is a time of expectant preparation heading towards that moment when we meet our Resurrected God and King. Services during these weeks energise the faithful in their journey toward Pascha.
Visitors are most welcome at any service.
Week of the Triumph of Orthodoxy
Great Lent commences with the most pentitential service of the entire year, the Great Canon of St. Andrew & Great Compline. The Triumph of Orthodoxy is a memorial and celebration of the Church's reception of the Seventh and final Ecumenical Council.
Week of St. Gregory of Palamas
St. Gregory Palamas lived in the 15th century and defended the Church's teaching that the faithful can be united to God in this life. This week we celebrate the memory of his spiritual teaching.
Week of the Veneration of the Holy Cross
On the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross, we have reached the mid-point of Lent. We bring the Holy Cross into the middle of the Church and sing hymns of victory and joy.
Week of St. John of the Ladder
St. John Climacus wrote the book, “The Ladder of Divine Ascent,” which describes the Christian life as climbing a ladder that ascends to God. It is a book of great spiritual wisdom and has inspired countless Christians in the last 1,300 years.
Week of St. Mary of Egypt
St. Mary of Egypt is a signal example of living a life of repentance. She lived a life of great infamy until a dramatic conversion led her to a life of great repentance. Her memory reminds us that all of us can approach the Lord and receive his healing mercy.
All services are in the English language and are held in the Religious Centre at Monash University, Clayton Campus, conveniently located in the centre of Melbourne’s residential population. Sunday services are held in the Main Chapel and other services are held in the Small Chapel.
Parking in the University car parks is free on weekends and after 7:00pm each weekday, but please take note of all signs regarding Loading Zones, No Standing and Disabled Parking as these restrictions apply and are enforced even at the weekends. Permit zones do not apply at the weekends but apply until 7:00pm every weekday.