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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.

Friday, 15 December 2017 12:00

What's New (15/12/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Dec 16
    • 8:00AM, Prophet Haggai, Martyrs Marinus, Theofania, Modestos - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Dec 17
    • 8:00AM, 11th Sunday of Luke - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Wed Dec 20
    • 7:30AM, The Priest Martyr Ignatios - Divine Liturgy
  • Fri Dec 22
    • 7:00AM, Orthros - The Great Hours
  • Sat Dec 23
    • 8:00AM, Saturday Before Christmas - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Sacrament of Holy Unction - 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
11th Sunday of Luke (17/12/2017)

Epistle: Colossians 3:4-11

Gospel: Luke 14:16-24; Matthew 22:14

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

 

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.

For any inquiries contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

For any inquiries contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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

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.

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