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Sunday, 14 January 2018 12:00

Life of the Soul

UNION WITH GOD, HEALING AND THE RESURRECTION

"Life of the soul" said St Gregory Palamas (14th Century) is union with God, "as life of the body is union with the soul." When the body is separated from the soul it ceases to live. In the same way the soul that is separated from God experiences death. This spiritual death is the true everlasting death as life of the soul through union with God is true and authentic everlasting life. "The words that I speak to you are spirit" said the Lord (John 7:63) "and they are life. But there are some of you who do not believe".

THE FIRST INVITATION

Our experience and invitation of union with God occurs through the Church at Sacrament of Baptism. The Sacrament of Baptism unites us to the Body of Christ. As we are joined to Christ we become members of the same Body the Head of which is Christ. "For by one Spirit we were all baptised into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and have all been made to drink into one Spirit". (l Corinth. 12:11)
As our own body is made of many different members serving different purposes they nevertheless function as a whole. The different members of the body cannot disown the body which they draw life from and serve according to their respective and appointed functions. "Now you are the body of Christ" said St Paul (1 Corinth. 12:27) and members individually. As members of the same body, Christians have an obligation to love one another and all of God’s creation.

Whilst Baptism unites us to Christ and the life of Christ, we must also understand that we must first experience death. "Do you not know" said St Paul (Romans 6:3-9) "that as many of us as were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, and just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him."

THE SECOND INVITATION

Having been joined to the Body of Christ we are obliged to keep His Commandments of Love. We must therefore live according His will otherwise we face spiritual death. Our defiance of God’s Commandments separates our soul from Him whereas obedience to His Law unites us to Christ who is the source of all life. "I am the way the truth and the life" said Our Lord. (John 14:6) Sin is the defiance of God and His will by our disobedience. We are obliged to repent and separate ourselves from sin through the Sacrament of Confession which acts as a second renewable Baptism. Christ promised us the forgiveness of sins which is available to us through the Sacrament of Confession. Confession cleanses us of sin so that we might be ever ready to receive Him. This then is God’s second and renewable invitation to us to be cleansed of sin and be united to Him whilst we still enjoy the gift of earthly life.

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Friday, 12 January 2018 12:00

What's New (12/01/2018)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Jan 13
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Jan 14
    • 8:00AM, 38 Monastic Fathers Who Were Slain at Sinai and Raitho - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Wed Jan 17
    • 7:30AM, Anthony the Great - Divine Liturgy
  • Thu Jan 18
    • 7:30AM, Holy Fathers Athanasius and Cyril (Patriarchs of Alexandria) - Divine Liturgy
  • Sat Jan 20
    • 8:00AM, Euthimios the Great - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
38 Monastic Fathers Who Were Slain
at Sinai and Raitho (14/01/2018)

Epistle: Ephesians 4:7-13

Gospel: Matthew 4:12-17

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

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 12:00

English Liturgies - Resuming Jan 20

After spending most of last year in preparation and growth, we are pleased to announce that this year we will be conducting English Liturgy services every Saturday, beginning from Jan 20.

These services are not meant to replace the regular Sunday services but are instead to be run in parallel, appealing to the English speaking population of our community.

A complete list of the services can be found on our website here.

We look forward to seeing you all then.

Friday, 05 January 2018 17:49

WAMGLTA AGM Announcement

Dear Stakeholders of the teaching of the Greek language in WA

This is early notice regarding the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The West Australian Modern Greek Language Teachers' Association Inc. (WAMGLTA). The AGM is scheduled to take place on Saturday 10 March at 1.00pm, at a venue to be confirmed. Light refreshments will be provided. Existing and new members welcome! The AGM Agenda and other relevant documents will be disseminated in due course. For further details or queries, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0402 400 367.

 

Dr Angela Evangelinou-Yiannakis
WAMGLTA Chairperson
5 January 2018

Friday, 05 January 2018 12:00

What's New (05/01/2018)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Jan 6
    • 7:00AM, Holy Epiphany of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ - Great Blessing of the Waters - Matins & Divine Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Jan 7
    • 8:00AM, Synaxis of John the Forerunner and Baptist - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Sat Jan 13
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
Synaxis of John the Forerunner and Baptist (07/01/2018)

Epistle: Acts 19:1-8

Gospel: John 1:29-34

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

Saturday, 30 December 2017 21:19

Combined Epiphany Celebration - 7 Jan 2018

GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AUSTRALIA

COMBINED EPIPHANY CELEBRATION

Blessing of the Waters with the Holy Cross at Matilda Bay Reserve

SUNDAY 7 JANUARY 2018

(Hackett Drive, Crawley - Opposite UWA)

 

The Greek Orthodox Parishes of Perth with the Holy Monastery of St. John of the Mountain are hosting the annual Epiphany Celebration on the foreshore of the Swan River at Matilda Bay Reserve with the retrieval of the Holy Cross from the Waters on Sunday 7 January 2018.

Service Commences at 12:30pm

Parking available at UWA and Street Parking

  • Tents for Shade
  • Souvlakia & Sausage Sizzle from 11:00am
  • Cold Drinks
  • Sweets
  • Jumping Castle

Strong swimmers over the age of 15 and who are interested in swimming for the Holy Cross are to contact Fr Elpidios on 0407 260 071

BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY FOR THIS TRADITIONAL EPIPHANY CELEBRATION

 

The complete 2018 Epiphany Celebration Pamphlet can be downloaded from here.

Friday, 29 December 2017 12:00

What's New (29/12/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Dec 30
    • 4:00PM, Saturday following Christmas - Vespers
  • Sun Dec 31
    • 8:00AM, Sunday before Epiphany - Matins & Divine Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Mon Jan 1
    • 7:00AM, Circumcision of Jesus, Saint Basil the Great - Divine Liturgy
  • Fri Jan 5
    • 7:00AM, Eve of Epiphany - Great Blessing of the Waters - Matins & Great Hours, Divine Liturgy of St Basil the Great
  • Sat Jan 6
    • 7:00AM, Holy Epiphany of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ - Great Blessing of the Waters - Matins & Divine Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
Sunday before Epiphany (31/12/2017)

Epistle: 2 Timothy 4:5-8

Gospel: Mark 1:1-8

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 December 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:

  • Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
  • 41st Nameday Celebrations for Our Primate Archbishop Stylianos Held in Sydney
  • Feast of the Holy Theophany of Our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ

 

Greek Orthodox Christian Society of Sydney - "Lychnos" Magazine

The "Lychnos" is a Greek Orthodox magazine produced specifically for young people by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. It covers current issues facing young people, scripture readings, questions and answers, and more. We highly recommend reading through it. The December/January edition of the "Lychnos" magazine is out and can be downloaded from here.

Some of the stories that you can read about are:

  • The Christmas Within You
  • What was Wrong by Voting “NO”?
  • How Do We Preserve Our Orthodox Faith in a Multicultural Society?

...and much more!

Monday, 25 December 2017 00:00

Christmas Encyclical 2017

GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AUSTRALIA

 

CHRISTMAS ENCYCLICAL 2017

STYLIANOS

By the grace of God
Archbishop of Australia
To all the Clergy and devout faithful
of our Greek Orthodox Archdiocese

"Come believers, let us see the place
where Christ has been born,
let us therefore follow
to where the star is proceeding."

 

Brother concelebrants and children in Christ,

The message of the Gospel of Christ is not vague and cloudy fiction. It is light and life and it comes to shed light, to give life and to renew "those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death" (cf. Lk 1:79).

It is for this reason that the proclamation of the Incarnation of God is a knife that enters fully alight into the History of the world. And it inevitably separates humanity into believers and non-believers, into fighters willing to fight until death and those ambivalent of dying.

It is for this reason that the proclamation of Christ comes not without suffering. It cannot go hand in hand and coexist together with old customs and values "as though nothing great had taken place." On the contrary, the Christian message is painful precisely because it is concrete, and it is addressed in a particular context. The proclamation of Christ is therefore definitive and decisive.

It changes not only the appearance of the world. Above all, it changes the future of the world. It is a radical transubstantiation of the postulates and possibilities of History. It does not simply stop people from being animal-like, prudently reinstating them within their proper boundaries and inspiring them with the hope and optimism of deification by grace.

How fictitious, however, do all these things sound, Sisters and Brothers, in the night and in the confusion of the world!
The ploys of the evil one are so misleading that constant re-examination is necessary, our Christian attributes and life are in constant need of verification. For this reason:

"Come believers, let us see the place
where Christ has been born".

Come, let us search! Come, let us see. Come let us no longer verify the facts of the Cave, but those of contemporary life and society which still bear a Christian name. Does Christ exist within us? Does He exist within our life? In our outlook? In our education? In our legislation? In our art? In our sorrow and in our joy?
How much of Christ therefore exists in all these things, if we examine ourselves as individuals, or as a collective, as family, society and as Church?

This spiritual and profound measuring will be our salvation. Because Christ, who in becoming incarnate is a child, did not come to judge, but to save the world.
Wherever we find Christ present in our institutions and in our establishments, in our programs and in our aspirations, there will we be able to say to ourselves and others unreservedly:

"Let us therefore follow
to where the star is proceeding".

Let us hope that, in everything that is at our disposal on each occasion, that we will identify those things that are to our advantage. With Christ, who is alive and remains to the ages, as our only legitimate criterion. Amen!

 

 

With fervent prayers

Archbishop STYLIANOS

 

Christmas 2017

 

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Friday, 22 December 2017 12:00

What's New (22/12/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Dec 23
    • 8:00AM, Saturday Before Christmas - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Sacrament of Holy Unction - Vespers
  • Sun Dec 24
    • 8:00AM, Sunday before Nativity - Matins & Divine Liturgy
    • 5:00PM, Great Vesper – Christmas
  • Mon Dec 25
    • 6:00AM, NATIVITY OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST - Divine Liturgy
  • Tue Dec 26
    • 7:30AM, Synaxis of the Theotokos - Divine Liturgy
  • Wed Dec 27
    • 7:30AM, Protomartyr Steven - Divine Liturgy
  • Sat Dec 30
    • 4:00PM, Saturday following Christmas - Vespers

 

English Liturgy

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

 

Holy Unction Service

Tomorrow, at 4pm, we will be having a Holy Unction Service in preparation for Christmas.
Holy Unction is one of the seven Holy Sacraments of our Church. We highly encourage everyone to join us.

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
Sunday before Nativity (24/12/2017)

Epistle: Hebrews 11:9-10; 32-40

Gospel: Matthew 1:1-25

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

 

NATIVITY OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST - Monday, Dec 25

Once again, this great feast of the Lord is upon us.
As you know, we will be starting the service at 6am sharp.
It is a very special day, where there can only be one place for us to gather, and that is in the house of the Lord. Please bring your families and join us, that with one mind and one body we may give thanks and praise to Christ our God.
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!

Sunday, 17 December 2017 21:49

St Tabitha 2018 Bi-Lingual Calendars

The St Tabitha 2018 Bi-lingual (Greek and English) calendar is now available. Featuring outstanding colour photos of our parishes in WA. These calendars are a great reference tool for the whole year and make a great Christmas gift. It includes:

  • All the Feast Days and Fasting Days of the year
  • The days that Divine Liturgies are conducted in the Greek and English languages
  • Contact details of the local Archdiocesan offices, Monastery and the Parishes in Perth
  • Selected passages from the various saints of our church
  • Outstanding colourful photos

Available for sale at our church hall, as well as from Presvytera Mary Stamatiou. Cost only $20 each - proceeds assist the Philoptohos of St Tabitha with its charitable works within our community.

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