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Friday, 22 September 2017 12:00

What's New (22/09/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Sep 23
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Sep 24
    • 8:00AM, 1st Sunday of Luke, Our Lady of Myrtles, Protomartyr Thekla - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Tue Sep 26
    • 7:30AM, Translation of John the Theologian - Divine Liturgy
  • Fri Sep 29
    • 9:30AM, Supplicatory canon to the Theotokos
    • 6:00PM, Supplicatory canon to the Theotokos - English
  • Sat Sep 30
    • 8:00AM, Gregory the Illuminator of Armenia, Mardonios and Stratonikos - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
1st Sunday of Luke,
Our Lady of Myrtles, Protomartyr Thekla (24/09/2017)

Epistle: 2 Timothy 3:10-15

Gospel: Luke 5:1-11

Click here to download this week's readings and explanations.

 

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia News

In case you haven't already had a look, the September edition of the "Vema" Newspaper is out and can be downloaded from here (the Greek version is also available from here).

Some of the stories that you can read about are:

  • VOTE 'NO' In the postal plebiscite, to protect marriage, family and the future of our children, by Archbishop Stylianos of Australia
  • Orthodox and Heterodox (Part E), by Archbishop Stylianos of Australia
  • St John's Annual Pilgrimage to Perth

 

Greek Orthodox Faithful Flock to Prayer Service for the National Postal Vote

In times of crisis and trial, prayer and fasting are most important. We pray to God for His help and His deliverance, and we pray to the most holy Lady Theotokos and the Saints for their intercessions.

The latest trial is that of the legalisation of same-sex marriage. With the numerous threats this has had on us as Orthodox Christians and the Truth, not to mention the impact it will have on families, children, and society as we know it, prayer is most important.

Last week, at the request and blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, a special service was held in Sydney to pray for the national postal vote. A beautiful icon of the Virgin Mary, dedicated with the new name "Bride of God and Protectress of Marriage" was painted for the historic occasion.

In his recent Encyclical on marriage, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos writes, "It …constitutes a sacred and inviolable obligation for all of us, excluding no one, to record 'NO' on the relative Postal Survey Form, and to express “with one mouth and one heart” our absolute objection to such an unholy Legislation, which would put at risk the interests of the Family and Marriage for the whole of society..."

To read more about the prayer service, click here

Friday, 15 September 2017 12:00

What's New (15/09/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Sep 16
    • 8:00AM, Greatmartyr Euphemia - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Sep 17
    • 8:00AM, Sunday after Holy Cross, Martyrs Sophia, Pistis, Elpis and Agape - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Fri Sep 22
    • 9:30AM, Supplicatory canon to the Theotokos
    • 6:00PM, Supplicatory canon to the Theotokos - English
  • Sat Sep 23
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

English Liturgy

Just to remind everyone, tomorrow we have an English Liturgy from 8:00am. Everyone is invited to attend.

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
Sunday after Holy Cross,
Martyrs Sophia, Pistis, Elpis and Agape (17/09/2017)

Epistle: Galatians 2:16-20

Gospel: Mark 8:34-38; 9:1

Click here to download this week's readings and explanations.

Monday, 11 September 2017 19:55

St Nektarios Parish Raffle

Raffle Ticket

Tickets can be purchased from the church of St Nektarios at 9375 1222 or alternatively from Father John Athanasiou 0411 061 554

Friday, 08 September 2017 12:00

What's New (08/09/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Sep 9
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Sep 10
    • 8:0AM, Sunday before Holy Cross - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Wed Sep 13
    • 6:00PM, Eve of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross - Vespers & Salutations (Combined Service at Church of Evangelismos)
  • Thu Sep 14
    • 7:3AM, EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS - Divine Liturgy
  • Fri Sep 15
    • 9:3AM, Supplicatory canon to the Theotokos
    • 6:00PM, Supplicatory canon to the Theotokos - English
  • Sat Sep 16
    • 8:0AM, Greatmartyr Euphemia - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
Sunday before Holy Cross (10/09/2017)

Epistle: Galatians 6:11-18

Gospel: John 3:13-17

Click here to download this week's readings and explanations.

 

Exaltation of the Holy Cross - Sep 14

On Thursday, September 14, we have the great feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
His Grace Bishop Nikandros will be present for the Vespers the evening before (September 13), beginning at 6pm, with Salutations to the Holy Cross to follow. Everyone is invited to join us on these special days.

Are you interested in volunteering to offer friendship to our elderly community who are experiencing loneliness?

St. Basil’s is aware that many elderly people lose contact with family and friends over the years resulting in isolation, loneliness and boredom. Our volunteer service helps to match Volunteers like yourself with Home Care Clients or Care Facility Residents to help overcome these issues

We are looking for Volunteers who are willing to sacrifice some of their time to help by volunteering in the Northern & Eastern suburbs.

We are able to provide you with some training and can also reimburse your fuel costs for visits as a volunteer.

For further details please contact:

St. Basil’s Aged Care Services
Tel: 92019655

Thursday, 07 September 2017 23:07

Same Sex 'Marriage' Talk - Sep 15, 7pm

Monday, 04 September 2017 22:14

WAMGLTA Memberships

WAMGLTA Membership Flyer

Monday, 04 September 2017 22:00

Protecting the Sanctity of Mariage

Click here to download the full PDF icon card.

Friday, 01 September 2017 12:00

What's New (01/09/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Sep 2
    • 8:00AM, Martyr Mammas, John the Faster, Philadelphus, Philip - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Sep 3
    • 8:00AM, 13th Sunday of Matthew - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Fri Sep 8
    • 7:30AM, Birth of the Theotokos - Divine Liturgy
    • 9:30AM, Supplicatory canon to the Theotokos
    • 6:00PM, Supplicatory canon to the Theotokos - English
  • Sat Sep 9
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
13th Sunday of Matthew (03/09/2017)

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 16:13-24

Gospel: Matthew 21:33-42

Click here to download this week's readings and explanations.

Monday, 28 August 2017 17:34

The Kiss

The following article was written by Fr Emmanuel Stamatiou soon after he was ordained a Deacon of the Church.

THE KISS OF A YOUNG CHILD

Following the service of the Divine Liturgy one Sunday while I was preparing for a Baptism I was approached by a little girl who was about five years of age. There was no one else in the Church at the time. I stopped what I was doing, for she remained still and close by my side. I was busy positioning the font and preparing the table upon which the holy Gospel was to be placed along with other essential items required for the Sacrament. Having realised that the little person was waiting patiently at my side I turned around, looked down and asked, can 1 help you? Yes she said, I would like to kiss your hand. She kissed my hand and immediately exited the Church.

Why would a little girl be so happy to kiss the hand of a deacon? Who taught her that this was a good thing to do and for what benefit? From what I could see the child initiated the action herself, there was no adult in sight. She did not kiss the hand to receive a sweet.

She left with a blessing. She could not show it to her mother and say look what I have got, but what she received was very real, as it was real for the person through whom the blessing was given. I was deeply touched by the little girl's presentation and pure heart. I was humbled by her approach. Many adults cannot humble themselves to receive such a blessing. What most people see is the hand of an unworthy priest.

What is important to understand however, is that the hand of the priest which bears the blessing does not emanate from his person or his personality but from his priesthood which is greater than himself and anyone who serves within the priesthood. The blessing is God's blessing and if discharged with faith; both the priest and the recipient are humbled before God.

This young child was in a spiritual place, the house of God. She came to receive God's love and blessing and walked away with joy. She received a blessing which came from God and is beyond every person's comprehension. For this blessing there can be no distinction made between a child and an adult if we approach the priest in the correct manner. She like all innocent children of God seek out the blessing through a pure and sincere heart. This state of Grace is often lost however by adults who choose to rely on reason rather than placing their trust in God.

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