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.


Saturday, 1 April 2023, 10am to 2pm at the Church hall
4 Matina Street, Narrabundah.

Kulichi, paskha, piroshki, pelmeni, borscht, & cakes. Gluten free available.
Church kiosk.

Cash only, no EFTPOS.

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

4 January 2022
January edition of Listok (in Russian).
18 May 2022
May special edition of Listok (in Russian).
6 May 2022
April edition of Listok (in Russian).
4 January 2022
January edition of Listok (in Russian).
9 September 20201
Weekly Reading Group.

Updates Related to COVID-19 - 3 November

The continuing spread of new Omicron variants of COVID-19 underlines the great importance of our continuing need to take all the necessary safeguards to minimise the risk of infection amongst those attending our church. While masks are no longer mandatory, they remain strongly recommended by our health authorities in settings such as ours. For this reason we encourage wearing masks when in church, given the number of our worshipers who have a higher Covid risk because of their age or because of underlying health issues. We also need to ensure that worshipers spread out in church as much as is practical.

Father Alexander

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, 18 March5:00 pmAll Night VigilThird Sunday of Great Lent
Veneration of the Cross
Sunday, 19 March9:00 amDivine Liturgy
Wednesday, 22 March6:00 pmGreat Compline
Saturday, 25 March5:00 pmAll Night VigilFourth Sunday of Great Lent
St John of the Ladder
Sunday, 26 March9:00 amDivine Liturgy
Wednesday, 29 March6:00 pmGreat Compline
Friday, 31 March6:00 pmMatins
The Akathist Hymn
Laudation of the Mother of God
Saturday, 1 April5:00 pmAll Night VigilFifth Sunday of Great Lent
Venerable Mary of Egypt
Sunday, 2 April9:00 amDivine Liturgy
Thursday, 6 April6:00 pmAll Night VigilAnnunciation of the Most Holy Mother of God
Friday, 7 April9:00 amVesperal Divine Liturgy
6:00 pmMatinsLazarus Saturday
Saturday, 8 April9:00 amDivine Liturgy
5:00 pmAll Night VigilPalm Sunday
The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem
Sunday, 9 April9:00 amDivine Liturgy
Monday, 10 April6:00 pmGreat Compline
Tuesday, 11 April6:00 pmGreat Compline
Wednesday, 12 April6:00 pmGreat Compline
Thursday, 13 April6:00 pmMatins
Reading of the 12 Passion Gospels
Great and Holy Friday
Friday, 14 April3:00 pmVespers
Christ’s body taken down from the Cross
6:00 pmMatins
Burial of Jesus Christ
Great and Holy Saturday
Saturday, 15 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, 16 April12:00 amPaschal Matins and LiturgyPascha
The Radiant Resurrection of Christ
Monday, 17 April8:30 amDivine LiturgyBright Monday


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

Upcoming Events

  • January edition of Listok (in Russian)… Read on…
  • May special 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.

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