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Friday, 27 January 2017 12:00

What's New (27/01/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sun Jan 29
    • 8:00AM, 17th Sunday of Matthew - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Mon Jan 30
    • 7:30AM, Synaxis of the Three Hierarchs - Divine Liturgy
  • Thu Feb 2
    • 7:30AM, The Meeting of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ - Divine Liturgy
  • Sat Feb 4
    • 8:00AM, Isidore of Pelousium, Nikolaos the Confessor, Joseph the Martyr - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
17th Sunday of Matthew (29/01/2017)

Epistle: 2 Corinthians 6:16-18; 7:1

Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28

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Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia News

In case you haven't already had a look, the January 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:

  • Message for the New Year, by Archbishop Stylianos of Australia
  • Europe in Deep Freeze

All interested persons are now invited to register for this year’s Centre for the Greek Language (CGL) Examinations to be held in May at St. Andrew’s Grammar (officially-recognised CGL Examination Centre).

Prospective candidates of Greek and also non-Greek background are invited to test their written and spoken Greek language competency skills through these annual examinations. Successful candidates will be issued with a Certificate of Attainment in Greek from Greece’s Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, and the Centre for the Greek Language: Division for the Support and Promotion of the Greek Language (Thessaloniki, Greece).

There are 7 levels on offer, catering to a full spectrum of Greek language competencies. These include a level for children aged 8-12 years old (children who are over 8 years and below 12 years old on the 31st of May, 2017); a level for beginner adolescents and adults, through to a level for persons with excellent knowledge of the Greek language. Candidates younger than 16 are advised to avoid taking the examination for levels B2, C1 and C2 as the examination content for these levels may require general knowledge and experience they lack.

The full complement of levels on offer is as follows:

  • A1 for children 8-12 years old (Elementary knowledge)
  • A1 for adolescents and adults (Elementary knowledge)
  • A2 (Basic knowledge)
  • B1 (Intermediate knowledge)
  • B2 (Good knowledge)
  • C1 (Very good knowledge)
  • C2 (Excellent knowledge)

The 2017 CGL Examinations will be held on the following days:

  • Tuesday 16 May for levels A1 (for children 8-12 years & adolescents and adults), A2 and B1
  • Wednesday 17 May for levels B2 and C1
  • Thursday 18 May for level C2

Fees have been set by Greece and are as follows:

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Friday, 20 January 2017 12:00

What's New (20/01/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sun Jan 22
    • 8:00AM, 15th Sunday of Luke - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Wed Jan 25
    • 7:30AM, Gregory the Theologian - Divine Liturgy
  • Sat Jan 28
    • 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
15th Sunday of Luke (22/01/2017)

Epistle: 1 Timothy 4:9-15

Gospel: Luke 19:1-10

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Friday, 13 January 2017 12:00

What's New (13/01/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sun Jan 15
    • 8:00AM, 12th Sunday of Luke - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Tue Jan 17
    • 7:30AM, Anthony the Great - Divine Liturgy
  • Wed Jan 18
    • 7:30AM, Athanasius and Cyril of Alexandria - Divine Liturgy
  • Sat Jan 21
    • 8:00AM, Maximus the Confessor, Neophytos the Martyr - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
12th Sunday of Luke (15/01/2017)

Epistle: Colossians 3:4-11

Gospel: Luke 17:12-19

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 17:24

I Am (For You)

I AM

-For You-

 

-You are from ME-

 

I Am immortal but chose to die on the Cross for you
I Am the giver of all Life
Death is the permanent separation of you from Me
I came to save you from sin and its consequence, death and its abyss
Though I Am Life, My own creation sought to cut me off from the land of living The Divine plan however was for Me to descend into Hades to preach the good news of the Gospel to all those who were held captive there before My coming into the world

I was Resurrected for you, to give you new life
I had no need to be Resurrected
My Resurrection was new life for you to take away your mortality from you
I was Resurrected for you so that you might share in My immortality
I Ascended into heaven for you so that for those of you that hear My word you would be with Me from ages to ages unto eternity
I had no need to Ascend into heaven as I never left the heavenly realm from which I came from even when I was with you in the world
I did this for you so that you could ascend into the heavenly realm with Me

From the beginning I infused you with My Light but you set out thinking you could make a life on your own without Me
You chose that which opposes My Light and fell into darkness
I was Transfigured before you, flooding you again with my Divine and Uncreated Light
I did this so that you would know who I Am
Everything I did was for you
I Am Love and only by love can you return to me

I Am in the Father and He is in Me
I came so that you could be in Me and I could be in You
I left you and sent you the Helper, the Holy Spirit
He gave you the Spiritual power to establish My Church and to heal your souls
I Am the Head of the Church and you are members of My Body
I gave you My life to establish the Church so that you might be healed and live eternally with Me

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Sunday, 08 January 2017 16:46

Combined Epiphany Celebration 2017

Today, we had our annual, combined, Holy Epiphany Celebration (Feast of Lights) at the Matilda Bay Reserve. The service was officiated by Father Elpidios, with the help of Fr Emmanuel and Fr John. The Feast of the Holy Epiphany (Theophany) commemorates the Baptism of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, as well as the divine revelation of the Holy Trinity. As it is written, "When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, 'This is My beloved Son, in whome I am well pleased.'" (Matthew 3:16-17)

There were a great many people who came along to this year's celebrations. After Father Elpidios blessed the congregation with Holy Water, the doves were released. One of them even came and sat at the head of the icon of the Theophany, as is fitting for today's feast.
The swimmers then gathered in the water, and Father Emmanuel released the Cross. The Cross was retrieved by the swimmer, Kyriakos Bird, who received a gold Cross for his efforts.

There was plenty of food and entertainment to go around. We had stalls for Souvlakia, sweet biscuits, and drinks, as well as a bouncy castle for the children. It was a great turnout, and the perfect event for the family!

We'd like to thank all the people who volunteered their time to help with the stalls, as well as Father Elpidios (Church of Sts Constantine and Helene), Father Emmanuel (Church of Evangelismos), and Father John (Church of St Nektarios), for helping us to celebrate this great feast day.

Photos from today's feast have been uploaded to our photo gallery, and can be accessed from here.

Friday, 06 January 2017 12:00

What's New (06/01/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sun Jan 8
    • 8:00AM, Sunday after Epiphany - Matins & Divine Liturgy
    • 12:30PM, Epiphany Celebration
  • Sat Jan 14
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
Sunday after Epiphany (08/01/2017)

Epistle: Ephesians 4:7-13

Gospel: Matthew 4:12-17

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

 

Epiphany Celebration

The 2017 Epiphany Celebration will be held this Sunday, January 8, at the Matilda Bay Reserve (Corner of Hackett Drive & Mounts Bay Road, Crawley).

There will be food and drinks available for purchase, as well as some light entertainment.

The service will begin at 12:30pm with all priests being present.

More information can be found here.

Sunday, 01 January 2017 20:07

Happy New Year

Καλή Χρονιά!

Today, we celebrated two special feasts; the Circumcision of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the feast of Saint Basil the Great.

On this day, our Lord was circumcised according to the Law given by God to Abraham that established the Old Covenant with the people. Christ's circumcision, marks the end of the Old Covenant and the beginning of the New Covenant. It was also on this day that our Lord received the name, "JESUS", meaning, "Saviour." Therefore, on this day we celebrate our redemption from death, in the New Covenant of Jesus Christ.

We also celebrated the feast of Saint Basil the Great today. It was one of ten days throughout the year, where we celebrate the special Divine Liturgy service attributed to Saint Basil. We also had a special Doxology service at the end, as well as an Artoklasia, and the cutting of the Vasilopita, as is tradition. Previously, we spoke of the meaning of the Vasilopita in our Church; it was one of the ways by which Saint Basil helped the poor people of his time. He would commission some of the women to bake sweet cakes for the poor people, and during preparation, he would place gold coins in the cakes. The cakes were then distributed to the poor people, and upon finding the coins, the people were filled with surprise and joy.

Some photos from today can be found in our photo gallery here.

Friday, 30 December 2016 12:00

What's New (30/12/2016)

Upcoming Events

  • Sun Jan 1
    • 8:00AM, Circumcision of Our Lord, St Basil the Great - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Thu Jan 5
    • 7:00AM, Eve of the Theophania - Orthros & Great Hours, Divine Liturgy St Basil the Great, Great Blessing of the Waters
  • Fri Jan 6
    • 7:00AM, The Holy Epiphany - Matins & Divine Liturgy, The Great Blessing of the Waters
  • Sat Jan 7
    • 7:30AM, Synaxis of St John the Baptist and Forerunner - Divine Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
Circumcision of Jesus Christ, St Basil the Great (01/01/2017)

Epistle: Colossians 2:8-12

Gospel: Luke 2:20-21, 40-52

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

Tuesday, 27 December 2016 22:08

Blessing of the Vasilopita - Sunday 1 January

The word Vasilopita translates from the Greek to, "bread of Basil." It is a sweet type of bread or cake that is baked every year for the feast day of Saint Basil the Great (January 1). During the baking of the bread, a coin is usually added to the mix. The person who receives the portion containing the coin is considered blessed.

This tradition began in the fourth century, when Saint Basil the Great, Bishop of Caesarea, wanted to distribute money to the poor people. It is believe that he commissioned women to bake sweetened bread, with gold coins placed inside. The families would cut the bread, and upon stumbling upon the gold coin, would be filled with joy.

On Sunday, January 1, there will be a blessing and cutting of the Vasilopita at our Church. Please come along and join us on this great feast day.

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