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.

Orthodox Easter Bazaar

(Takeaway Only)

4 Matina Street, Narrabundah

Saturday 20th April
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pelmeni, piroshki , borsch, cakes, kulich.

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.

Recent Updates

6 January 2024
January edition of Listok (in Russian).

To help us overcome the financial impact that the pandemic has had on our finances, we ask you to consider a regular monthly financial contribution to our parish. Contributions directly into our parish bank account is the easiest way to make your donation. Our bank account details are as follows:

BSB: 032719
Account: 602930

Other updates for the parish community and communications from the parish clergy will be published here. Please check back regularly.

Schedule of Upcoming Services

Saturday 6 April5:00 PMAll Night VigilAnnunciation of the Most Holy Mother of God
Third Sunday of Great Lent
Sunday 7 April9:00 AMDivine Liturgy
Wednesday 10 April6:00 PMGreat Compline
Saturday 13 April5:00 PMAll Night VigilFourth Sunday of Great Lent
St John of the Ladder
Sunday 14 April9:00 AMDivine Liturgy
Wednesday 17 April6:00 PMGreat Compline
Saturday 20 April5:00 PMAll Night VigilFifth Sunday of Great Lent
Venerable Mary of Egypt
Sunday 21 April9:00 AMDivine Liturgy
Wednesday 24 April6:00 PMGreat Compline
Friday 26 April6:00 PMMatinsLazarus Saturday
Saturday 27 April9:00 AMDivine Liturgy
5:00 PMAll Night VigilPalm Sunday
The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem
Sunday 28 April9:00 AMDivine Liturgy
Monday 29 April6:00 PMGreat Compline
Tuesday 30 April6:00 PMGreat Compline
Wednesday 1 May
Thursday 2 May6:00 PMMatins
Reading of the 12 Passion Gospels
Great and Holy Friday
Friday 3 May3:00 PMVespers
Christ’s body taken down from the Cross
6:00 PMMatins
Burial of Jesus Christ
Great and Holy Saturday
Saturday 4 May9:30 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 5 May12:00 AMPaschal Matins and LiturgyPascha
The Radiant Resurrection of Christ
Monday 6 May8:30 AMDivine LiturgyBright Monday
Saturday 11 May5:00 PMAll Night VigilSecond Sunday of Pascha
St. Thomas Sunday - Requiems at cemetеries
Sunday 12 May9:00 AMDivine Liturgy


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 is located at:

1 Matina St
Narrabundah ACT 2604 (map)

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

Parish Life

Our behaviour During Services… Read on…(PDF)

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.

Information is available about how members of our community can help to support our parish financially, when unable to attend weekly services.