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.

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

1 May 2021
May edition of Listok (in Russian).
5 January 2021
January edition of Listok (in Russian).
17 December 2020
Important update regarding COVID-19
19 June 2020
Important update regarding COVID-19
26 May 2020
Important update regarding COVID-19
10 May 2020
Important update regarding COVID-19
19 March 2020
April edition of Listok (in Russian).

Updates Related to COVID-19

We are pleased to advise worshipers at our church that the introduction of the Check in CBR application for which we have been registered now allows us to have up to 50 attendees at services. This relaxation of restrictions is conditional on those attending initially downloading the app onto their phones and then checking in their attendance at the candle stall each time they come to a service. Please be aware that for those worshipers who cannot sign in electronically themselves, the candle stall duty staff will need to do this on your behalf using their own phones.

This means that for normal Sunday services, people wishing to attend are no longer required to advise me of their intention beforehand. However, if for some reason we look like exceeding our capacity limit on a particular day, please be aware that you may be asked to wait outside the church until we can accommodate you.

Father Alexander

To help us through this period, 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, 17 April5:00 pmAll Night VigilFifth Sunday of Great Lent
Venerable Mary of Egypt
Sunday, 18 April9:00 amDivine Liturgy
Wednesday, 21 April6:00 pmHoly Unction
Anointing with oils
Holy Unction
Friday, 23 April6:00 pmMatinsLazarus Saturday
Saturday, 24 April9:00 amDivine Liturgy
5:00 pmAll Night VigilPalm Sunday
The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem
Sunday, 25 April9:00 amDivine Liturgy
Monday, 26 April6:00 pmGreat ComplineGreat and Holy Tuesday
Tuesday, 27 April6:00 pmGreat ComplineGreat and Holy Wednesday
Wednesday, 28 April6:00 pmMatinsGreat and Holy Thursday
Thursday, 29 April6:00 pmMatins
Reading of the 12 Passion Gospels
Great and Holy Friday
Friday, 30 April3:00 pmVespers
Christ’s body taken down from the Cross
6:00 pmMatins
Burial of Jesus Christ
Great and Holy Saturday
Saturday, 1 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, 2 May12:00 amPaschal Matins and LiturgyPascha
The Radiant Resurrection of Christ
Monday, 3 May9:00 amDivine LiturgyBright Monday
Saturday, 8 May5:00 pmAll Night VigilSecond Sunday of Pascha
St. Thomas Sunday - Requiems at cemetеries
Sunday, 9 May9:00 amDivine Liturgy
Saturday, 15 May5:00 pmAll Night VigilThird Sunday of Pascha
The Myrrh-bearing Women
Sunday, 16 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

Details of the ministries provided by Fatih&Wisdom Ministries are now available on the other ministries page.

Upcoming Events

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