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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 18:06

Drawing Near to God

The below was written based on several Bible Study talks conducted by Father Emmanuel, in an effort to convey some of the key points from our lessons.

To begin with, it is important that we first have an understanding of what our faith is.
Our faith is not something that is cultural and acted on out of habit but instead is something that is living. It is something that can transform a person from a state of sin, to a child of light. When we say faith, we mean to trust in and believe in the One Living God. However, it does not end there but transcends beyond this understanding and becomes a kind of love that cannot be expressed in words. God is love, and this love that we feel is God’s presence within us.

In our lives, for whatever reason, God may choose to reveal Himself to us. The way in which He reveals Himself and the extent of it is different for everybody.
Archimandrite Sophrony (Sakharov), the disciple of Saint Silouan the Athonite, in his book, refers to the experience of the uncreated Energies of God. He describes that, at times, the presence of God may be felt as a feeling of intense love and warmth. This feeling can vary in its duration but is usually brief and is a state of grace to encourage a person’s initial interest and progress towards God.

The manner in which people progress towards to God varies enormously. Nevertheless, this progression can be categorised into three distinct phases; the action of God’s revelation to His people in a personal manner, the departing of this revelation, and the action of choosing to dwell with God wholly.

In the first stage, God can enter into the hearts of his people, and filling them with His love, they may be overcome with joy. Some Saints for example are moved to a state of ecstasy, and this ecstasy is difficult to explain. This experience may spiritually transport the Saint to place outside themself. God reveals Himself to them, so that they may draw near to Him.
Once a person experiences this revelation, it cannot be ignored. God has called out to them and has filled them with His love. The only question is, how will they respond?

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Friday, 08 December 2017 12:00

What's New (08/12/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Dec 9
    • 7:30AM, The Conception of the Holy Mother by Saint Anna - Divine Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Dec 10
    • 8:00AM, 10th Sunday of Luke - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Tue Dec 12
    • 7:30AM, Spyridon the Wonderworker - Divine Liturgy
  • Fri Dec 15
    • 7:30AM, Martyrs Eleutherios and His Mother Anthia - Divine Liturgy
    • 9:30AM, Supplicatory Canon to the Theotokos
  • Sat Dec 16
    • 8:00AM, Prophet Haggai, Martyrs Marinus, Theofania, Modestos - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
10th Sunday of Luke (10/12/2017)

Epistle: Ephesians 6:10-17

Gospel: Luke 13:10-17

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

All members of Evangelismos community are invited to attend our Greek Language School's "End of Year Christmas Assembly" located at the school's building, on Saturday 9 December, at 10.30am. The event will showcase the children's work from their Greek studies throughout the year. We look forward to the presence of family and the wider Evangelismos community to support them in their efforts.

Saturday, 02 December 2017 19:49

Stuck for Christmas Gifts?

The Evangelismos Bookshop has a range of gifts perfect for friends and family, particularly for your children and godchildren.
A range of children's books, prayer books, gold and silver decorative icons, crosses and even icons to go on your Christmas tree are in stock.

                               

Please note the bookshop will be closed from 20th December and reopening on Thursday 11 January 2018 – weekdays. Sundays open as usual after the Divine Liturgy.

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Friday, 01 December 2017 12:00

What's New (01/12/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Dec 2
    • 8:00AM, Porphyrios the Kafsokalyvites, Martyr Myrope, Theofilus - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Dec 3
    • 8:00AM, 14th Sunday of Luke - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Tue Dec 5
    • :30AM, Savas the Sanctified - Divine Liturgy
  • Wed Dec 6
    • 7:30AM, Nicholas of Myra the Wonderworker - Divine Liturgy
  • Fri Dec 8
    • 9:30AM, Supplicatory Canon to the Theotokos
  • Sat Dec 9
    • 7:30AM, The Conception of the Holy Mother by Saint Anna - Divine 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
14th Sunday of Luke (03/12/2017)

Epistle: Ephesians 5:8-19

Gospel: Luke 18:35-43

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 20:19

Fundraising Tea Towels

Get your limited edition of our Greek Language School tea towels, featuring drawings of the students by the students themselves. They're $20 each and are available for purchase after church this Sunday.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 06:35

Customised Religion

Some people would like to see changes introduced to Orthodoxy without first understanding or realising its treasure. For these people the Church is seen as ancient, institutionalised, highly ritualised and irrelevant to their experience of the modern age. Orthodoxy for these people is not suitable because it is not custom made or designed for their own individual experience.

In these troubled times of great social turmoil, people gaze out to the universe guided by their perception and personal feelings in an attempt to find an answer to the most important questions facing them in their life. If it were any other field or discipline, commercial endeavour or pursuit, you could be assured that these same individuals would thoroughly research their subject before drawing any conclusions and investing their time and money in ventures that have no proven methodology.

Unknown to many people, Orthodoxy is highly disciplined, and has a clear developed methodology. In contrast to this, the new customised approach to religion demands that we put our own experiences before any established methodology because the individual is regarded as the centre of all experience. The argument here is that the self is the centre of universal experience. With this approach it is no wonder that the expression of one’s own opinions feature highly in contemporary spiritual movements. Consequently many people today make decisions about spirituality on the flimsiest of evidence.
Orthodoxy demands the opposite to this approach in that it is God centred. Its methodology is the Word of God, and is manifested by faith and Truth, which continues as a living experience for all the faithful guided by the Holy Spirit.

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Friday, 24 November 2017 12:00

What's New (24/11/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Nov 25
    • 7:30AM, Greatmartyr Katherine - Divine Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Nov 26
    • 8:00AM, 13th Sunday of Luke - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Thu Nov 30
    • 7:30AM, Apostle Andrew the First Called - Divine Liturgy
  • Fri Dec 1
    • 9:30AM, Supplicatory Canon to the Theotokos
  • Sat Dec 2
    • 8:00AM, Porphyrios the Kafsokalyvites, Martyr Myrope, Theofilus - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
13th Sunday of Luke (26/11/2017)

Epistle: Ephesians 4:1-7

Gospel: Luke 18:18-27

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 October 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:

  • Campaign Raises $1.1 Million
  • Obedience and Discipline - Characteristics of the Faithful, by Archbishop Stylianos of Australia
  • The Feast of Archangel Michael at Crows Nest, NSW

The Christmas and New Year program for 2017/2018 is now available. Please see below for a list of services or alternatively, download the full program here.

Friday, 17 November 2017 12:00

What's New (17/11/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Nov 18
    • 8:00AM, Martyrs Plato and Romanos, Anastasios Neomartyr, Basil Hosios - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Nov 19
    • 8:00AM, 9th Sunday of Luke - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Tue Nov 21
    • 7:30AM, Entry of the Theotokos to the Temple - Divine Liturgy
  • Fri Nov 24
    • 9:30AM, Supplicatory Canon to the Theotokos
  • Sat Nov 25
    • 7:30AM, Greatmartyr Katherine - Divine 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
9th Sunday of Luke (19/11/2017)

Epistle: Ephesians 2:14-22

Gospel: Luke 12:16-21

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

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