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Tuesday, 25 December 2018 15:26

Christmas Day

What a special day today is, the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

What’s even more special is that we had Father Theoklitos Tsahouridis here to celebrate the day with us. Having returned to us from Greece for good, we are truly blessed to have him with us.

Photos from the day can be find in our Photo Gallery here.

Join with us as we chant:

“Christ is born, glorify Him!”

Tuesday, 25 December 2018 00:00

Christmas Encyclical 2018

GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AUSTRALIA

 

CHRISTMAS ENCYCLICAL 2018

+ STYLIANOS

By God's Mercy Archbishop of Australia
To all Clergy and the faithful of our Archdiocese

 

Brother concelebrants and children in the Lord,

"Christ is born, glorify Him!"

 

Thus we chant for centuries every year in our churches. But it does not yet seem that we have sufficiently understood the kind of unheard truth of our Faith with this our triumphant song. If one morning we took to the streets and shouted "the world is on fire, wake up!", surely we would cause a general alarm. On the contrary, the call "Christ is born" does not impress us any longer, nor does it surprise us; as if it is a wish that we say almost instinctively, like the greeting "good morning"; and as if it is about a dim mythological remembrance, not to say - even worse - that it is about a "conventional lie"!

And yet this message, that comes out of the depths of Orthodox worship and life, constitutes the most exciting message ever heard in the world. We will not be able to understand the theological validity and the world-saving significance of "Christ is born", if we think that here we are simply informed of the birth of a God. In any case, even Antiquity had spoken about "theogonies" and "theophanies" more than sufficiently.

The key to understanding the terrible truth of "Christ is born" is found not so much in the announcement of the birth as in the manner of formulation of this announcement. It does not tell us that "Christ was born", nor that "Christ will be born". It tells us that "Christ is born". What is the meaning of this strange present tense? It simply means that Christ, "the son of the Living God", is not a past that is gone, nor a future that is unattainable.

God is "present everywhere and fills all things". God is present here and today, in the every here and every day. From the moment that God became man, in the person of every man we can see the God-Man. Because if God was united with human nature "without confusion", in order to preclude every idolatry, yet he was united "without division", precluding every abomination.

St. Maximos the Confessor assures us that the Logos of God "is incarnated" continually within History and in every human person. The kind of concrete and visible form it will take in our corruptible body depends on how much space we will offer Him. The Apostle Paul had taught the same truth, in a more dramatic tone, when he said: "For I bear the marks of the Lord Jesus in my body" (Gal. 6: 17).

On the one hand, therefore, the verse "Christ is born" constitutes God’s unceasing present in the world of perpetual flow and instability. On the other hand, it indicates the unique stability and divine aspect of the world, namely the theandric character by grace within flowing History. In these two "roots" of the divine plan, we are called as faithful to live with a sense of responsibility and gratitude the unceasing present of God and the passing present of man.

These are the two basic sentiments - responsibility and gratitude - that must direct our life, knowing that nothing is done in History in the absence of God, but also nothing is done in the absence of man. When the boundaries of our own limited present remain open before the benevolent radiance of God’s presence everywhere, then they are no longer boundary marks on which our own personal time is exhausted. They change into definitions of divine Grace which transform the end of the human person into consummation, and our definite farewell into a Eucharistic doxology.

Therefore, with a renewed sense of optimism let us look again at the world with love and confidence, with patience and tolerance, with affection and enthusiasm. The moving power behind all this shall always be the assurance that "a young child was born for us, the pre-eternal God".

To Him be the glory and the power unto the ages. Amen!

 

 

With fervent prayers to the Lord

Archbishop STYLIANOS

 

Christmas 2018

Friday, 21 December 2018 12:00

What's New (21/12/2018)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Dec 22
    • 8:00AM, Great Martyr Anastasia - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Holy Unction
    • 5:30PM, Vespers
  • Sun Dec 23
    • 8:00AM, Sunday before Nativity - Matins & Divine Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Supplicatory Canon to the Theotokos - English
  • Mon Dec 24
    • 7:00AM, Orthros, The Great Hours, Great Vesper, Divine Liturgy St Basil The Great; St Eugenia
  • Tue Dec 25
    • 6:00AM, NATIVITY OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST - Divine Liturgy
  • Wed Dec 26
    • 7:30AM, Synaxis of the Theotokos - Divine Liturgy
  • Thu Dec 27
    • 7:30AM, Protomartyr Steven - Divine Liturgy
  • Sat Dec 29
    • 8:00AM, 14000 Holy Innocents Slain by Herod in Bethlehem - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
Sunday before Nativity (23/12/2018)

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

Gospel: Matthew 1:1-25

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

 

Bible Study Podcast

Fr Emmanuel’s Thursday night Bible Study classes are now available on Podcast.
They can be accessed from the following link.
https://evangelismos.church/category/thursdays-at-evangelismos/

 

Holy Unction Service - Dec 22

Tomorrow, Dec 22, at 4pm, we will be having a Holy Unction service in preparation for Christmas, followed by the Vesper service.
Holy Unction is one of the seven Holy Sacraments of our Church. We highly encourage everyone to join us.

 

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.

Some of the stories that you can read about are:

  • Christmas Encyclical 2018, by Archbishop Stylianos of Australia
  • The Nativity of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ
  • Celebration of St Arsenios Feast Day and the Tonsure of Novice Monk from Pantanassa Monastery
Tuesday, 18 December 2018 06:19

St Tabitha 2019 Wall Calendars

The St Tabitha 2019 Bi-lingual (Greek and English) Calendar is now available.

It is a great reference tool for the whole year and is a must for every orthodox household.

The calendar 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

The proceeds from the Calendars will assist the Philoptohos of St Tabitha with its charitable works within our community.

PRICE $20

If you would like one, they can be purchased after the service outside the church and at our bookshop.

Friday, 14 December 2018 12:00

What's New (14/12/2018)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Dec 15
    • 8:00AM, Martyrs Eleutherios and Anthia - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Dec 16
    • 8:00AM, 11th Sunday of Luke, Prophet Haggai, Modestos, of Jerusalem - Matins & Divine Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Supplicatory Canon to the Theotokos - English
  • Mon Dec 17
    • 7:30AM, Dionysios of Zakynthos - Divine Liturgy
  • Thu Dec 20
    • 7:30AM, Priest Martyr Ignatios - Divine Liturgy
  • Fri Dec 21
    • 9:30AM, Supplicatory Canon to the Theotokos
  • Sat Dec 22
    • 8:00AM, Great Martyr Anastasia - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Holy Unction
    • 5:30PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
11th Sunday of Luke,
Prophet Haggai, Modestos, of Jerusalem (16/12/2018)

Epistle: Colossians 3:4-11

Gospel: Luke 14:16-24

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

 

Bible Study Podcast

Fr Emmanuel’s Thursday night Bible Study classes are now available on Podcast.
They can be accessed from the following link.
https://evangelismos.church/category/thursdays-at-evangelismos/

 

Holy Unction Service - Dec 22

On Saturday, Dec 22, at 4pm, we will be having a Holy Unction service in preparation for Christmas, followed by the Vesper service.
Holy Unction is one of the seven Holy Sacraments of our Church. We highly encourage everyone to join us.

Thursday, 13 December 2018 06:16

New Vasilopita Coin at the Bookstore

New Vasilopita Coin showing the New Year of 2019, a momento to keep forever.

Buy yours now before they sell out, as when they're gone, that's it.

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Friday, 07 December 2018 12:00

What's New (07/12/2018)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Dec 8
    • 8:00AM, Conception of the Theotokos Forefeast - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Dec 9
    • 8:00AM, 10th Sunday of Luke, Conception of the Theotokos - Matins & Divine Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Supplicatory Canon to the Theotokos - English
  • Wed Dec 12
    • 7:30AM, Spyridon the Wonderworker - Divine Liturgy
  • Fri Dec 14
    • 9:30AM, Supplicatory Canon to the Theotokos
  • Sat Dec 15
    • 8:00AM, Martyrs Eleutherios and Anthia - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
10th Sunday of Luke,
Conception of the Theotokos (09/12/2018)

Epistle: Galatians 4:22-27

Gospel: Luke 13:10-17

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

 

Bible Study Podcast

Fr Emmanuel’s Thursday night Bible Study classes are now available on Podcast.
They can be accessed from the following link.
https://evangelismos.church/category/thursdays-at-evangelismos/

 

Holy Unction Service - Dec 22

On Saturday, Dec 22, at 4pm, we will be having a Holy Unction service in preparation for Christmas, followed by the Vesper service.
Holy Unction is one of the seven Holy Sacraments of our Church. We highly encourage everyone to join us.

Tuesday, 04 December 2018 20:29

Summer BBQ - Lenten Burgers Recipe

If you came to our Lenten BBQ Fundraiser on Sunday, which supported the missionary work of Father Themi in Africa, then you will no doubt have had one of these burgers.

In fact, due to the large number of requests we have received, we decided to share the recipe with you all!

A special thanks goes to Maria Oliver for providing the recipe and allowing us to post it.

Please find the recipe as follows.

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 10:00

Summer BBQ Fundraiser - Photos

What a great day we had on Sunday!

Wonderful weather, delicious food, and great company :)

Thank you to everyone who helped make the day the success that it was.

The money that was raised will go towards supporting people in need around the world, starting with Fr Themi's missionary work in Sierra Leone, Africa.

We've received great feedback. Hopefully, the next fundraiser won't be too far off.

So, please watch this space for more information and continue to show your support for a worthy cause.

Photos from the day can be found in our photo gallery here.

Friday, 30 November 2018 12:00

What's New (30/11/2018)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Dec 1
    • 8:00AM, Nahum the Prophet - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Dec 2
    • 8:00AM, 14th Sunday of Luke - Matins & Divine Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Supplicatory Canon to the Theotokos - English
  • Tue Dec 4
    • 7:30AM, Great Martyr Barbara - Divine Liturgy
  • Wed Dec 5
    • 7:30AM, Savas the Sanctified - Divine Liturgy
  • Thu Dec 6
    • 7:30AM, Nicholas the Wonderworker - Divine Liturgy
  • Fri Dec 7
    • 9:30AM, Supplicatory Canon to the Theotokos
  • Sat Dec 8
    • 8:00AM, Conception of the Theotokos Forefeast - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
14th Sunday of Luke (02/12/2018)

Epistle: Ephesians 6:10-17

Gospel: Luke 18:35-43

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

 

Bible Study Podcast

Fr Emmanuel’s Thursday night Bible Study classes are now available on Podcast.
They can be accessed from the following link.
https://evangelismos.church/category/thursdays-at-evangelismos/

 

Summer BBQ - Sun Dec 2

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