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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 20:30

Visitors to Perth 1909

We are fortunate in Perth to regularly receive visits from speakers, foreign dignitaries and scholars who address the local Greek community about issues and topics pertaining to Greece – modern and ancient. In the last few months a few such presentations have been delivered. Most recently, Professor Andrew M Chugg delivered an informative and well attended lecture at Leederville TAFE about the death of Alexander the Great. (Professor Chugg’s visit, hosted by the Hellenic Community of WA, the Hellenic Council of WA and the Pan-Macedonian Association of WA, was highlighted in the HCWA e-News.) Such visitations were rare in the pre-1970s era, but not unheard of. Here is an example of an early (maybe earliest) presentation by a visiting academic to the local Greek community.

During May and June 1909 Professor Darnley Naylor of Adelaide University visited Perth and Kalgoorlie for a series of lectures. He was principally here to advocate for the WA University Movement prosecuting their case for a university to be established in Perth. Professor Naylor would appear before a State Royal Commission advocating for a local university. He was lecturer and tutor at Ormond College University of Melbourne, from 1895 to 1906, and was appointed to the Chair of Classics at Adelaide University in February 1907. While here, Professor Naylor presented several public lectures about ancient Greece and Rome. One of these lectures involved a reception organised for him by the local Greek community. The June 12, 1909, Western Mail newspaper article below further explains the event.

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 07:19

Beyond All Ages, Times and Places

In this disposable age there is an obsession for labelling everything 'new.' The word 'new' has become synonymous with the words 'different', 'better' and 'improved.' But the meaning given to the word 'new' equally and correspondingly devalues what is 'old'. Old is rendered redundant because its commercial opportunity has been exhausted.

'New' is the driving force behind fashion which is forever changing so that people remain dissatisfied with what they have.

It is important to remember however, that what the marketplace appears to be dictating merely mirrors the 'wants' and 'wishes' of the people all be it with strong elements of persuasion and manipulation. We contribute to the madness that is out there because of the values we uphold. Human nature is known for its weaknesses and these are exploited to the limit for monetary gain.

A characteristic of 'new' is the strong held view that we must have it 'now'. An integral part of having what is 'new' is the mentality of having it 'now'. The belief that we should have things now encourages impulsive behaviour which is closely related to greed.

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Friday, 26 October 2018 12:00

What's New (26/10/2018)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Oct 27
    • 8:00AM, Great Martyr Nestor - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Oct 28
    • 8:00AM, 7th Sunday of Luke, Holy Protection of the Theotokos - Matins & Divine Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Supplicatory Canon to the Theotokos - English
  • Thu Nov 1
    • 7:30AM, Holy Unmercenaries Kosmas and Damian - Divine Liturgy
  • Fri Nov 2
    • 9:30AM, Supplicatory Canon to the Theotokos
  • Sat Nov 3
    • 8:00AM, Martyrs Acepsimas, Joseph, Aeithalas - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
7th Sunday of Luke,
Holy Protection of the Theotokos (28/10/2018)

Epistle: Galatians 6:11-18

Gospel: Luke 8:41-56

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Evangelismos 60th Anniversary Paniyiri

Evangelismos is celebrating it's 60th Anniversary Paniyiri on Sunday 4th November from 12 noon and everybody is welcome to attend. There'll be delicious food, Greek sweets, dancing and activities for the kids.

Online tickets are open now at, https://www.trybooking.com/book/sessions?eid=431339&embed=true

Friday, 26 October 2018 07:12

New in the Bookstore

The Barn & the Book
by Melinda Johnson

Sam wants to know if animals (especially Saucer!) can speak at midnight on Christmas Eve. Grace and Macrina are competing to write a story, and Elias is losing his patience. Meanwhile, Sister Anna hopes God will rescue her from teaching Sunday school. Christmas is coming, but hearts are full of secrets and frustrations. The Barn and the Book is a story about the traps we build when we try to see in the dark. We tumble into trouble and confusion on our own, but God can steer us clear of our traps and shine His kindly light into our darkness. [Ages 7-12, independent readers; read-aloud ready for all ages!]

 

Shepherding Sam
by Melinda Johnson

Sam’s Aunt Eva says he’s like a tornado—he causes a ruckus everywhere he goes. But Aunt Eva won’t give up on Sam, and neither will Saucer, the monastery’s corgi puppy. Saucer lives at the monastery, but he dreams of herding sheep. With no sheep in his life, Saucer tries to herd everyone else—farm animals, nuns, and especially Sam. Sam doesn’t want to follow anyone, not even a funny puppy. But Saucer knows that if he just keeps trying, he can bring this lonely boy back to the flock.

Friday, 19 October 2018 12:00

What's New (19/10/2018)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Oct 20
    • 8:00AM, Gerasimos of Cephalonia - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Oct 21
    • 8:00AM, 6th Sunday of Luke - Matins & Divine Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Supplicatory Canon to the Theotokos - English
  • Tue Oct 23
    • 7:30AM, Apostle James, the Brother of the Lord - Divine Liturgy
  • Fri Oct 26
    • 7:30AM, Demetrios the Myrrh-Streamer - Divine Liturgy
    • 9:30AM, Supplicatory Canon to the Theotokos
  • Sat Oct 27
    • 8:00AM, Great Martyr Nestor - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
6th Sunday of Luke (21/10/2018)

Epistle: Galatians 2:16-20

Gospel: Luke 8:26-39

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Evangelismos 60th Anniversary Paniyiri

Evangelismos is celebrating it's 60th Anniversary Paniyiri on Sunday 4th November from 12 noon and everybody is welcome to attend. There'll be delicious food, Greek sweets, dancing and activities for the kids.

Online tickets are open now at, https://www.trybooking.com/book/sessions?eid=431339&embed=true

Friday, 19 October 2018 07:32

The Dog Is Better Than I

Whilst debating the issue of relationships a young woman who was arguing in favour of multiple relationships in place of monogamous relationships stated "We have ascended from the Apes not from fallen Angels." Another woman also defending her pro-multiple relationships stance used evolution to justify her position. In both cases these women used their belief in evolution as the basis to justify their morality in relationships. What we believe in, the way we think shapes the way we live. The early Fathers of the Church warned us about what thoughts we entertain, for these can shape our life and the way we behave.

When people act irrationally in an aggressive and violent manner, their behaviour can become unpredictable and often referred to as ‘animal like.’
As innocent young children we believed that it was the wild beasts of the jungle that posed the greatest threat to our safety. Little did we know that our greatest threat was our own human nature, mankind himself.

It is without question that people/ society both in times of peace and war exhibit such ugliness, such violence and darkness, and with such ferocity, that it defies imagination, reminding us how flimsy and unstable our so called ‘civilised’ society and our own very life can be.

When God created man he appointed him lord and master of the entire visible world (Gen. 1:26). "On this account" wrote St Makarios of Egypt (4th Century Philok. Vol.3, pp. 299,300) "fire had no power over him, water did not drown him, no animal injured him, poisonous snakes had no effect on him. But once he had been deceived, he surrendered his lordship to his deceiver." From the moment Adam and Eve had been deceived by the devil, the natural authority, order and harmony they enjoyed over the visible world had been broken. From this time on comparisons of human nature to animal like nature have become confused.

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Friday, 12 October 2018 12:00

What's New (12/10/2018)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Oct 13
    • 8:00AM, Carpus, Papylus, Agathodorus and Agathonica - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Oct 14
    • 8:00AM, Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council - Matins & Divine Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Supplicatory Canon to the Theotokos - English
  • Thu Oct 18
    • 7:30AM, Luke the Evangelist - Divine Liturgy
  • Fri Oct 19
    • 9:30AM, Supplicatory Canon to the Theotokos
  • Sat Oct 20
    • 8:00AM, Gerasimos of Cephalonia - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council (14/10/2018)

Epistle: Titus 3:8-15

Gospel: Luke 8:5-15

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Evangelismos 60th Anniversary Paniyiri

Evangelismos is celebrating it's 60th Anniversary Paniyiri on Sunday 4th November from 12 noon and everybody is welcome to attend. There'll be delicious food, Greek sweets, dancing and activities for the kids.

Online tickets are open now at, https://www.trybooking.com/book/sessions?eid=431339&embed=true

Friday, 12 October 2018 07:20

Inquiring and Acquiring Knowledge

People often ask, what will I do with my life?
It is good to ask this question;
But the answer always lies with us, for if we desire a meaningful and fruitful life we must strive to continuously come closer to God.

God provides us with everything that we should have
And because of this, we should have no anxiety about anything, other than to please Him so that through His goodness and mercy we might me saved.

Questions, many questions we ask;
If we do not welcome Christ into our hearts no answers can be found even for the most basic questions in life, as we are diverted from the truth.
“Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” (Col.2:6)

Few people think about God in their lives, though God is in their every breath, in every heartbeat, in every leaf, in every grain of sand. At the depths of the deepest ocean, and in the outer reaches of space.
God is in everything and nothing exists that was not created by Him.
There are no boundaries to His presence and no limits to His love.

We strive to understand the mysteries of God’s creation;
and it is good for us to learn.
But it is better to inquire and to acquire knowledge through faith
than to go on searching as if it were possible to discover truth without Christ.
God’s wisdom is opened to us
by a door,
this door is Christ;
But such is our disregard for God,
that we long for good things,
as if these could be attained by our own means.
“I am the door” said Christ, “if anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” (John 10:9)

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 19:22

Greek School Souvlaki Lesson

During the last lesson of Term Three, the Evangelismos Greek Language School put into practice some of the ideas from the recent  Professional Learning session offered by the West Australian Modern Greek Language Teachers’ Association Inc. (WAMGLTA). The school ran a ‘Souvlaki-ordering Class’.

The first part of the language lesson involved all classes learning ‘meaningful chunks of text’ relating to the ordering of souvlaki. This was followed by the very generous offer of Kyrios Vasilis to prepare and cook souvlaki for the children. As such, all the children were treated to a real live ‘Souvlaki Shop’ where they could put into practice what they had learned!

It was overheard that this was one of our best lessons! Thank you, Kyrie Vasili and Kyria Nektaria for your help on the day, and WAMGLTA for the inspiration!

 

Ms Irene Starr (Coordinator, The Evangelismos Greek Language School)

Friday, 05 October 2018 12:00

What's New (05/10/2018)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Oct 6
    • 9:00AM, Apostle Thomas - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Oct 7
    • 8:00AM, 3rd Sunday of Luke - Matins & Divine Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Supplicatory Canon to the Theotokos - English
  • Fri Oct 12
    • 9:30AM, Supplicatory Canon to the Theotokos
  • Sat Oct 13
    • 8:00AM, Carpus, Papylus, Agathodorus and Agathonica - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

English Liturgy - Tomorrow, 9AM

The English Liturgy tomorrow will be starting at 9am due to a Baptism being included in the Divine Liturgy service. This time is a one off, next week will resume the normal time of 8-10 am. Everyone is welcome to attend.

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
3rd Sunday of Luke (7/10/2018)

Epistle: 2 Corinthians 11:31-33;12:1-9

Gospel: Luke 7:11-16

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Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia News

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

  • $649,693 Raised for Victims of Attica Fires
  • People and Commonwealth, by Archbishop Stylianos of Australia
  • The Significance of the Seven Ecumenical Councils - Part 1
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