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The Orthodox view of death refers to Christ's victory over death on the Cross and the new life granted to us through His Resurrection.

Death is seen as an unnatural state. It was never part of God’s plan for His Creation to experience death. It is man's transgression that caused our separation from God and its consequence - death.

Out of love and concern for His creation therefore, Christ came into the world, to die for us and through His Resurrection grant new life to us mortals.
Christ did this by taking on our human nature whilst fully retaining His Divine nature, and trampling on our death and restoring new life in us by His Holy Resurrection.

This gift of new life is gifted to us on the day of our Baptism.

But to earn this gift we have to value and strive for it by our own free will and with the right instruction and living a good Christian life we can progresses towards our union and communion with God. Simply put, we progress towards union with God by our love for God and by the keeping His Commandments; whilst we also continue to love others as we do our own selves.

Death is not seen as our end or our annihilation but as our 'falling asleep.'
When a person 'falls asleep,' the soul is temporarily separated from the body. But the soul continues to live. In this state the soul of a departed person benefits from our prayers at the funeral service.
Our prayers are directed to God in the funeral service to forgive their sins and errors and to offer forgiveness and comfort to their soul. This is why in the Orthodox Christian Tradition we pray for the deceased on the day of their death and on the day of their funeral, but also at various other times during certain specific intervals as well long after their passing from this life.

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The annual Centre for the Greek Language (CGL) examinations are over for another year, marking 13 years of the CGL in WA! Sent from Greece to all CGL Centres around the world, the examinations were conducted at St. Andrew’s Grammar on Tuesday 16 May and Wednesday 17 May. There were 20 candidates this year, spread across the following levels;

Level A1 (8-12 year olds): 4 candidates;
Level A1 (Adolescents & Adults): 4 candidates;
Level A2: 2 candidates;
Level B1: 2 candidates;
Level B2: 3 candidates; and
Level C1: 5 candidates.

 

Levels A1 (8-12 year olds) & A1 (Adolescents & Adults)
Levels A1 (8-12 year olds) & A1 (Adolescents & Adults)

 

The examinations commenced before 9am on both days and concluded before the end of the school day. Everything ran smoothly as a result of much prior planning and preparation. On this, I would like to thank all those who assisted me in the lead up to the examinations and during both examination days. My thanks go to Mr Simon Midson, Mrs Leanne McTavish and Mr Pavlos Iosifidis for coordinating the room changes needed at St. Andrew’s Grammar for the use of four classrooms on Tuesday and two on Wednesday. I also thank the CGL Committee members; Mr Pavlos Iosifidis, Mrs Katerina Reklitis, Ms Evridiki Politi and Mrs Eva Tsapazi for their assistance during the exam period, and particularly Mr Iosifidis for his assistance throughout the two days and during the Oral Exams.

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Friday, 19 May 2017 12:00

What's New (19/05/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sun May 21
    • 8:00AM, Sunday of the Blind Man, Constantine and Helene - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Wed May 24
    • 7:30AM, Dismissal Feast of Pascha - Divine Liturgy
  • Thu May 25
    • 7:30AM, Ascension of Our Lord - Divine Liturgy
  • Sat May 27
    • 8:00AM, John the Russian, Martyrs Elladius and Therapon - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Saints Constantine & Helene Feast Day (21 May)

This Sunday, 21 May, is the feast day of Saints Constantine & Helene. The following services will be held to commemorate this feast:

  • Sat May 20 (Tomorrow)
    • 6:30PM, Vespers Service (Combined Service - Church of Saints Constantine & Helene)
  • Sun May 21
    • 8:00AM, Divine Liturgy (Normal Sunday Service - All Parishes Open)
    • After the Service, Luncheon in Lower Hall (Church of Saints Constantine & Helene)
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Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
Sunday of the Blind Man,
Constantine and Helen (21/05/2017)

Epistle: Acts 26:1, 12-20

Gospel: John 9:1-38

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Evangelismos Greek School Quiz Night - Friday 9 June

Monday, 15 May 2017 17:07

Prayer Is Our Life

One of the most difficult things to do is to pray well. Prayer is like a spiritual barometer of our inner state of health. Even those who are well practised at it can fall into all kinds of strife. Why is this so?
Because prayer demands the attention of our whole person calling upon the mind, the soul, the physical self and most importantly our heart. To turn our attention wholly to God is not easy to do. Yet such devotion is an integral aspect of true love.
Jesus instructs us to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)
Central to the practice of good prayer therefore is the ability for us to direct our full and undivided attention towards God. Even well known prayers that we commit to memory such as the Lord’s Prayer or the Creed should be said as if for the first time calling upon our whole person to attention before God. This requires great concentration and inner strength.
Interests of other kinds that demand our full attention, be they people, activities or material things that take precedence over God can serve as powerful interferences in worship and prayer. Worship and prayer are essential expressions of our love for God. We may feel justified in immersing ourselves in all kinds of activity which are all absorbing and engrossing in our lives. Such activities may include our career, study, occupation, sport, recreation, possessions and so on. But if we allow other things to take precedence over God we will find ourselves in spiritually treacherous ground. For it is only by acknowledging God that we become truly fulfilled in whatever we do, for He is the source of all life and existence. And by this means, by acknowledging Him the source of all that exist and that is love, we can then realise what is paramount in prayer, and that is to practice remembrance of God who is central to every aspect of our life. The more God is forgotten in daily activity, the more difficult it becomes for us to pray or even have our prayers answered because our prayer is reduced to little more than an additive rather than assuming its rightful place as a central and essential ingredient of our relationship and love for God. God not only provides all that we have but has given us life itself to experience those gifts. How can we then enjoy those gifts but fail to remember Him?

How quickly we forget that all things were created by God? Nothing therefore has any legitimate precedence before Him and nothing is beyond Him for all things are of Him and in Him. “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men” (John:1:3)
God does not exclude Himself from His creation, though He does not require anything to sustain Him. He has chosen to be one with His creation. So He is served by us through what is already His.

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Friday, 12 May 2017 12:00

What's New (12/05/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sun May 14
    • 8:00AM, Sunday of the Samaritan Woman, Hieromartyr Therapon - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Sat May 20
    • 6:30PM, Eve of Sts Constantine and Helen - Vespers (Combined Service at Church of Sts Constantine and Helen)

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman, Hieromartyr Therapon (14/05/2017)

Epistle: Hebrews 7:26-28; 8:1-2

Gospel: John 4:5-42

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Friday, 05 May 2017 12:00

What's New (05/05/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sun May 7
    • 8:00AM, Sunday of the Paralytic - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Mon May 8
    • 7:30AM, John Theologian and Evangelist - Divine Liturgy
  • Wed May 10
    • 7:30AM, Mid-Pentecost - Divine Liturgy
  • Sat May 13
    • 8:00AM, Martyr Glykeria, Sergios the Confessor, Euthymius of Iveron - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
Sunday of the Paralytic (07/05/2017)

Epistle: Acts 9:32-42

Gospel: John 5:1-15

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Sunday, 30 April 2017 21:59

Explosion - Implosion

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

I remember in the early nineteen seventies whilst studying sociology at university there were new theories warning about over-population in the world. Dr David Suzuki was one of these theorists warning the world of an impending catastrophe if population growth was not stemmed back. The theory was based on the view that the environment could not sustain an increase of people, as it would cause the outstripping of resources and alter the balance of nature.

Dr Suzuki’s views posed a real problem for me as an Orthodox Christian. Most importantly, his theories of catastrophe were not consistent with God’s law. For as it is written, God blessed man and said, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:28)

The doomsday prophecies of the population theorists hit a chord with many people which are upheld to this very day. For implied in their message was the view that sustainability of the earth’s resources could only be achieved through our good management involving population control. (Throughout the world 50 million abortions are performed every year.)

My difficulty with these theories is that they supposed knowledge beyond God’s providence and blessing and eventually leading us on to the wrong path in direct opposition to God’s will. I can not accept that any man’s thinking, no matter how plausible, can perceive beyond God’s providence in a world that is certainly time limited and perishable. It goes without saying that we have a responsibility to manage the earth’s resources and environment; but man wants to play god.

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Formed last year with the support of the State Government, the WA RSL and various Greek associations, the Battle of Crete Memorial Committee is seeking to erect a designated war memorial in Kings Park to recognise the sacrifices made by ANZACs and Greeks in the Battle of Crete campaign of the Second World War.

In-principle approval has been received from the Kings Park Board for a designated war memorial to be established in Kings Park; a place where people can pay their respects, learn and reflect on the Battle of Crete, and where wreath laying ceremonies may be held in future. The Committee is now ready to embark on the next stage of the project related to design and creation of a suitable memorial, and the fund raising necessary to make it happen.

Your contributions and support in the coming months will greatly assist us in reaching out to the broader community and helping the project come to fruition. We will be in touch again soon.

 

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The above images were sourced by Dr John Yiannakis.

Left: A very early photo from 1915 of Greeks marching in a carnival wearing traditional costume.

Right: The first known wreath-laying commemoration of Oxi Day in Perth, held in 1942.

Friday, 28 April 2017 12:00

What's New (28/04/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sun Apr 30
    • 8:00AM, Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Sat May 6
    • 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 of the Holy Myrrhbearers (30/04/2017)

Epistle: Acts 6:1-7

Gospel: Mark 15:43-47; 16:1-8

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 19:50

Sunday School Term 2 Program Now Available

We would just like to let everyone know that the Term 2 Program for our Evangelismos Parish Sunday School is now available online.

Please go to our Sunday School page, or click here, to view the program.

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