Sunday 29 January 2012


The Roman Catholic Ukrainian Greek Eparchy of Saints Peter and Paul of Melbourne is a Byzantine Rite Eastern Catholic Eparchy of the Catholic Church in Australia based in Melbourne. Founded in 1958, the Eparchy is attached to the Archdiocese of Melbourne, but immediately subject to the Holy See. Like all Catholic dioceses it is a member of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference. The Roman Catholic Church is made up of the Latin or Western Catholic Church and 21 Eastern Catholic Churches, one of which is the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

The Eparchy is non-geographic, but demographic in that it has jurisdiction wherever Ukrainian Greeks are found in Australia, New Zealand and throughout Oceania. It has many churches, schools, nursing homes and other institutions in Australia and New Zealand. The Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, in North Melbourne, Victoria, is the seat of the Eparch, currently Petro Stasiuk, C.SS.R. The Cathedral Church in Melbourne was completed in 1963. On 3rd December the Cathedral was consecrated after the Iconostasis was installed.

Liturgy times in this church are: Sunday 8.00am –Recited Liturgy; 9.30am –Divine Liturgy –Ukrainian; 11.30am –Divine Liturgy –English. Unfortunately, when we visited the church was closed so we could not take any interior shots. The cathedral is situated in a beautiful part of North Melbourne with treelined wide streets and some wonderful old Victorian terrace houses.

This post is part of the Sunday Psalms meme.

The video below is a setting of passages from Psalm 103 (Bless the LORD, O my soul), from the evening church liturgy (vespers). Chanting is the Choir of Saint Michael´s Golden Dome Monastery comprising students of the Kyiv Orthodox Theological Academy of Kyiv patriarchate, from Kyiv, Ukraine.

1 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.


  1. Such a gorgeous cathedral, Nick, and superb captures as always! The videos is awesome and particularly with the music! A superb post for the day! Hope your weekend is going well!


  2. What a beautiful church! Wonderful image.

  3. This church is such a grand, stylish lady! At streetscape view, it is if she offers "wings" over the streetscape! An interesting post!

  4. The Psalm was beautiful, I am always intrigued by these 'branches' of the Catholic church.

  5. What a grand and beautiful church! Thank you for showing many places in your town.

  6. What a beautiful church! I must get to Melbourne one of these days.

  7. Beautiful, awe inspiring images.

    By the way, I just had to come over here and repay you a visit from the comment you left for me minutes Sunday Shadow Post..."The Shadow of your Smile"....I am going to mention your blog in my post for tomorrow also, because of the fact that you put two and two together and came up with the very association I thought of when I uploaded the Sandpiper image along with titling the post as I did!! High 5!!

  8. Wow, your beautiful churches!! Our churches are shed in relation to this .. but the important thing is probably what is happening within:-)

    Hope you have a blessed week.
    Regards from Tania in Norway

  9. What wonderful a place where alike is possible.

    Thank you for sharing such nice sight, making further proof, that faith constits of various colours and people. Wonderful the video beneath. Thank you very much for your kind participation ! Please have a good new week and please join again soon.

  10. That psalm is so beautiful, I just sat here with my eyes closed and listened to the whole thing. The church has some interesting architecture...maybe one day you will be able to share some photos from the inside if you ever visit there again. That would be amazing to see.

  11. My father, Dan Tracey, designed this cathedral and I was 10 when it was opened. I always get a thrill every time I see the beautiful dome rising above the Melbourne skyline. These are excellent pictures, as good as any I have on file and its wonderful for me to read such positive comments about a building which is very special to me

    1. Thank you for your kind words, CMT. It is a lovely church and you are right to be proud of your father's work.


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