Services for Great Lent

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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 penitential 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.

7.30 pm
Wed, 17 Mar 2021
7:30 pm
Fri, 19 Mar 2021
10:00 am
Sun, 21 Mar 2021

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.

Wed, 24 Mar 2021
7:30 pm
Fri.,  26 Mar 2021
10:00 am
Sun,  28 Mar 2021 

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.

7.30 pm
Wed,  31 Mar 2021
7:30 pm
Fri., 2 Apr 2021
10:00 am
Sun, 4 Apr 2021  

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.

7.30 pm
Wed, 7 Apr 2021
7:30 pm
Fri, 9 Apr 2021
10:00 am
Sun, 11 Apr 2021 

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.

7.30 pm
Wed, 14 Apr 2021
7:30 pm
Fri, 16 Apr 2021
10:00 am
Sun, 18 Apr 2021 


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Learn about the services for Holy Week and Pascha.

Learn about the Liturgical feasts of the year.



The Good Shepherd Orthodox Church, located in Clayton, Melbourne, is a living witness to the power of the Gospel and the fullness of the Christian Faith in modern, secular Australia.

We are a vibrant Australian Christian community under the direction of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand & the Philippines, within the jurisdiction of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East.

The Church of Antioch is the continuation of the Christian community founded in Antioch by the Apostles Peter (who served as its first bishop) and Paul. The Patriarchate of Antioch is the oldest of the ancient Patriarchates constituting the one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ.

All services are in the English language and are held in the Main Chapel of the Religious Centre at Monash University, Clayton Campus, conveniently located in the centre of Melbourne’s residential population.

Parking in the University car parks is free after 7:00 pm, but please take note of all signs regarding Loading Zones, No Standing and Disabled Parking, these restrictions apply and are enforced.

For directions to the Religious Centre click here