Sunday 5 February 2012


The Greek Orthodox church dedicated to the Presentation of the Lord (Υπαπαντή του Κυρίου - Ypapanté tou Kyríou) is located on 29 Victoria St, Coburg, an outer northern Melbourne suburb. Traditionally, Coburg is a working class suburb with many people of Greek, Italian, Turkish, Asian and now African origin. As a multicultural city, Coburg has many interesting shops, places of worship and celebrates many ethnic traditions and festivals.

The Presentation of the Lord is celebrated on February 2nd (Candlemas) and this particular church organises a feast and grand liturgy where a special celebration commemorates the church's dedication. The church, although fairly modern in its exterior architectural design still has all of the features of a functional Byzantine Orthodox church in its interior.

This post is part of the Sunday Psalms meme.

Church exterior
Church interior
The icon of the Presentation of the Lord. Note the oil lamp and the gold and silver votive offerings by the faithful whose prayers have been answered.
Candles lit by the faithful as they enter the church
Psalm 148, chanted by the Greek Orthodox monks of the Simonos Petra Monastery in Mount Athos, Greece.

Psalm 148

Praise the Lord from the heavens; give praise in the heights.
Praise him, all you angels; give praise, all you hosts.
Praise him, sun and moon; give praise all shining stars.
Praise him, highest heavens, you waters above the heavens.
Let them all praise the Lord's name; for the Lord commanded and they were created,
Assigned them duties forever, gave them tasks that will never change.


  1. Such a gorgeous church and your captures are terrific, Nick, as always! Beautiful colors and superb composition!


  2. Amazing design of this pristine white church, I always like to see the interior of a church to, beautifully shown here, thanks Nick.

  3. Great shots, once I too shot a lot of church buildings.

  4. Thank you for showing this medern and authentic church, Nick. Very beautiful.

  5. A fascinating modern design with those arches at the front of the church.

  6. Unusual and cool architecture but it looks very Greek inside.

  7. «Louis» appreciates the diversity of churches you are showing. He always looks forward to the next one!

    Don't miss the splendid new setting of Psalm 23 he added below his post for Psalm 47.

  8. Thanks for including the singing which I like so much.
    In the old-style Orthodox churches in Jerusalem we never see seats. The faithful do a lot of standing.

  9. what a gorgeous church~
    marvellous shots.

    thanks for the follow, following you right back.

  10. so much beauty captured...thank you!

  11. How very pretty. Wonderful images of a beautiful church.


  12. Fabulous church! That first shot with the arches against the sky - super!

  13. Thank you for this journey to the other end of the world, to see such joy and beauty being possible. An impressive church, modern, yet filled with ancient spirit.
    Thank you very much for your kind participation; please have a good new week and please join again soon.

  14. The church looks simple from the outside, but what a lot of fanciness and detail on the inside! Really nice.


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