Chapel of St. Gregory of Nyssa and St Macrina.
An Antiochian Orthodox Christian Resource Centre

Diamond Harbour, Canterbury, New Zealand

Resident Priest Rev. Fr. Michael Elder
Postal address 2 Ngatea Rd, No 1 RD Lyttelton 8033, New Zealand
Phone +64 3 3294 674
Fax +64 3 3294 674

Services in the House Chapel 2  Ngatea Rd, Diamond Harbour
Sundays (The Divine Liturgy) 10.30am
Weekdays (Vespers and Orthros)   Times vary, please contact the chapel.
Other activities, including study groups  Arranged as required, please contact the chapel.

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1. To make the Orthodox Christian faith better known and understood.

2. To provide services of worship and prayer according to the established Orthodox Christian Tradition.

3. To provide information and studies on Orthodox Christian biblical, liturgical, historical and theological themes using the resources of the library at the Mission.

4. To make better known the spiritual treasures of the Christian East, much of which has been hidden and forgotten for centuries.

5. To offer a spiritual haven for those of little or no religious conviction, who may desire a helping hand in their search.


  "Show me how a person worships and I will tell you what he believes". - a Desert Father.        "The Church is the living image of eternity in time". - Fr George Florovsky

  Orthodoxia - "right belief" and orthopraxis "right praising" are two Greek words which describe for us how teaching and praise are closely interwoven in Orthodox worship. If one follows attentively the Church's prayers and services, all the Orthodox teachings and rich spiritual experiences can be learned from them.

 The services, whose beginnings may be traced back to the rites of the Hebrews in the Old Testament, are a treasury of Scripture readings, prayers, hymns, and canons composed by the saints and pious, gifted Christians throughout the ages.

  Easter - Pascha - is the feast of feasts for the Orthodox Christian.  During Pascha, the Church shines brilliantly with Christ's resurrection. proclaiming once more, the triumphant news; the faithful greet one another with a holy kiss of peace and the greeting, "Christ is risen!" the alter doors and curtain are left open all week - "Bright Week"; to show that the gates of paradise are opened by Christ for us believers though we be sinners, to enter in for eternal life and joy in the heavenly realm.


  "No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known." (John1, 18)

"The aim of the Christian life is the acquisition of the Holy Spirit." - St Seraphim of Sarov (1759-1833)

Sacred Tradition

  "Tradition is the Holy Spirit alive in the Church." - Vladimir Lossky

  "Just as the grace of the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles at Pentecost, so Sacred Tradition carried the spiritual life of the Church in an unbroken stream to Orthodox believers today. Through Sacred Tradition we are in communion with the spiritual life of all generations which precede us, back to the Apostles. Scripture and Tradition belong to the one life of the Church moved by the same Holy Spirit, which operates in the Church, manifesting itself in tradition and inspiring sacred writers." - Sergius Bulgakov.

 "Whilst reading Scripture the fathers read not words but the living Christ". - Paul Evdokimov


"Prayer is the test of everything. If prayer is right everything is right." - Saint Theophan the Recluse (1815-94)

"Remember God more often than you breathe." - St Gregory of Nazianzuz (329-390)