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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 19:34

'Speak Greek in March', 2017

The retention of our language in the Diaspora needs constant support, or otherwise it runs the risk of succumbing to the pressures of globalisation and assimilation to the dominant culture and language. There are many reasons for this, including the prevalence of intermarriage and the preference and ease for children born in Australia to become monolingual, speaking only English, the lingua franca of our adopted country.

"Furthermore, our school system that teaches Greek as a second language, needs new ideas and the ongoing support of the community in order to make the learning of Greek attractive to our youth." Mr Zafiropoulos continued.

The Committee chose March for the campaign for a number of reasons. March incorporates a plethora of Greek cultural activities, it is the beginning of the school year, includes the celebration of the Greek National Day and the Antipodes festival. Of course, choosing one month for the campaign is only a marketing technique, as the objective of the organising Committee is to encourage and promote the speaking of Greek throughout the year.

For the 2016 campaign, an exciting concept had been developed to ensure a heightened interest on a daily basis on the campaign’s goals. We had identified 31 themes, one for each day of the month. The themes varied from simple topics like the “alphabet”, “arithmetic” and “grammar” to “philosophy”, “politics”, “economics”, “the Olympics” and “mythology” to name a few. All the themes chosen are English words, which have their origin in the Greek language.  People with expertise in any of the themes were invited to contribute brief content in the form of text, pictures, video or sound for inclusion in the website. These themes had been strategically placed on specific days to reflect the historical significance or appropriateness of the theme. For example, the “history” theme was on 25th March, Greek Independence Day; the “philosophy” theme was on 7 March, Aristotle’s death in 322BC and the “theatre” theme was on 20 March, which is the International Theatre Day for Children.

While the campaign originated in Melbourne, it is quickly spreading to other parts of Australia, particularly Perth and Canberra, as well as overseas. The aspiration of the organising Committee is that the campaign becomes embraced not only by the Hellenic Diaspora, but also by other minority communities in Australia.

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Monday, 27 February 2017 18:56

Albany English Liturgy (11 Mar) - Cancelled

We would just like to announce that the proposed English Divine Liturgy service in Albany, for 11 March, has been cancelled.

Saturday, 25 February 2017 14:32

Byzantine Iconography Course

For more information on the above course, please click here.

Saturday, 25 February 2017 12:10

Evangelismos Parish Feast Day Lunch

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Friday, 24 February 2017 12:00

What's New (24/02/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sun Feb 26
    • 8:00AM, Cheesefare Sunday - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Mon Feb 27
    • 3:30PM, Great Compline
  • Tue Feb 28
    • 3:30PM, Great Compline
  • Wed Mar 1
    • 7:30AM, Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts
    • 3:30PM, Great Compline
  • Thu Mar 2
    • 3:30PM, Great Compline
  • Fri Mar 3
    • 7:30AM, Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts
    • 7:00PM, 1st Salutations to the Theotokos - Divine Liturgy
  • Sat Mar 4
    • 8:00AM, St Theodore - English Liturgy
    • 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
Cheesefare Sunday (26/02/2017)

Epistle: Romans 13:11-14; 14:1-4

Gospel: Matthew 6:14-21

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GREAT LENT

Tomorrow, Clean Monday, is the begining of Great Lent for the Orthodox Church. On this day, we begin preparing ourselves for the Great Feast of Holy Pascha. Great Lent is the forty-day period that begins on Clean Monday and ends on Holy Pascha, which is the most important Feast of the Christian year. As a result, a strict fast is observed on Clean Monday.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 07:17

Lenten Program for 2017 Now Available

We would just like to announce that the 2017 Lenten Program is now available. To download a copy, please click here, or, alternatively, collect one from the Pangari at the back of the Church.

English Greek

Monday, 20 February 2017 21:43

Faith Without Grace?

The following article was written by Father Emmanuel in his early years as a Deacon.

THE LIFE OF GRACE

I recently asked myself the question. Is it possible to have faith without grace? I did not search for any answer at the time. A few days later I was reading holy Scripture where St Paul wrote to the Ephesians: "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God…" (Eph. 2:8)
It is therefore impossible to practice the faith out of one’s own disposition, out of one’s own intent. Faith may be practiced because of the gift of God, because of the gift of grace. "Life is the strength to act" says Theophan the Recluse (1815-1894: Extract from The Art of Prayer – An Orthodox Anthology pp.137), "Spiritual life is the strength to act spiritually, according to the will of God. Man has lost this strength; therefore until it is restored in him, he cannot live spiritually, no matter how much he intends to. That is why the flow of grace into the soul of a believer is essential for a true Christian life. True Christian life is the life of grace. A man makes some religious resolution: but in order to be able to act according to it, it is necessary that grace be united with his spirit. The re-establishment of the moral strength of the spirit is effected by the regenerating action of baptism, through which man is granted justification and the strength to act ‘after God in righteousness and true holiness.’ (Eph. 4:24)

So two basic questions remain: What is grace? And how does one attain and retain grace if it is by grace that we are saved?
Firstly, it is important to know that all good things come from above. The active ingredient of faith is grace. Grace is the energy of God working through His servants who are those who learn to hear Him and follow Him. I say learn to hear and follow Him because the very act of turning to God is also a gift from above. When St Paul was on his way to Damascus to persecute and cause havoc to the Christians, Christ appeared to him as a brilliant light that blinded him and stopped him in his path. Paul learned to listen and to follow Christ. God chose Paul. It was not Paul who chose God. Moreover, it was not Paul who worked his way to a state of grace, but the gift of "grace was given" so that Paul "should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ." (Eph. 3:8) Paul referred to himself as "a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power." (Eph. 3:7)
But though the gift is freely given, it cannot be freely retained if the gift is not actively worked with humility. For grace is charged with the love of God which is the active calling of our Creator, to become holy once again. Grace is the calling of God to restore His creation through the love of Christ we "may be filled with all the fullness of God." (Eph. 3: 19)
To receive grace and to do nothing with it is like a state of unconsciousness. Under these circumstances it cannot but be withdrawn from us. The gift of grace is not given for us alone and it is not given as the same gift for all. "But to each of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift." "And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers…" (Eph. 4:7,11)

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Friday, 17 February 2017 12:00

What's New (17/02/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sun Feb 19
    • 8:00AM, Judgement (Meatfare) Sunday - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Sat Feb 25
    • 8:00AM, Tarasios of Constantinople, Martyr Reginus of Scopelos - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
Judgement (Meatfare) Sunday (19/02/2017)

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 8:8-13; 9:1-2

Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46

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Friday, 10 February 2017 12:00

What's New (10/02/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sun Feb 12
    • 8:00AM, 17th Sunday of Luke, Prodigal Son - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Sat Feb 18
    • 7:30AM, Saturday of Souls - Divine Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
17th Sunday of Luke, Prodigal Son (12/02/2017)

Epistle: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10

Gospel: Luke 15:11-32

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Saturday, 04 February 2017 11:56

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