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Tuesday, 07 July 2015 21:50

Coming Soon to our Bookstore

Metropolitan Augoustinos N. Kantiotes: A Short Biography

Book excerpt:

"... Fr. Augoustinos Kantiotes was born in 1907 on the island of Paros, Greece. As a priest-monk he travelled throughout Greece, where his fiery preaching stirred people to a greater love for Christ and their suffering nation. But it was the war years and the messages he preached were not popular with the German and Italian Occupants, and later in the Civil War, with the Communists. Fr. Augoustinos' adventure-filled life included many trials and tribulations, and he miraculously escaped death many times. Loved and revered by the populace, Divine Providence saw him elected bishop of Florina in 1967, where he energetically continued to care for his flock's spiritual and material needs. But his immense popularity and his battles against corruption often disgruntled those in positions of power, and Fr. Augoustinos was subject to many persecutions, including a (failed) attempt by the government to medically diagnose him as officially insane. However none of these persecutions deterred him in his quest to uphold the Truth, and inspired by a self-sacrificing love for God and his neighbour, he influenced myriads of people and changed countless lives, up until his passing into eternal life in 2010, at the grand age of 103. Even today, his bold example, the numerous books he authored, and the publications of his sermons in print and audio form, continue to influence people to a higher standard of living.
Fr. Augoustinos is well known throughout Greece and to Greeks abroad, but this is the first time his life is presented in English. It is a short summary of a life that, if everything were to be written in detail, would fill encyclopaedia volumes. We invite you to join Fr. Augoustinos in his journeys..."

Will be available for purchase in-store soon upon the arrival of stock. Watch our website for updates.

Last week we welcomed a visit from the Greek Orthodox Christian Society of Sydney. While their Society work is mostly missionary, they have a strong focus on youth in the Church. Their visiting group was made up of twenty-five members, with ranging specialities, such as chanters and theologians. Having an active life within the Church through Sunday Schools, youth groups, periodicals ("Lychnos"), radio programmes and the promotion and distribution of Orthodox Christian books, it was truly a blessing to welcome them to our part of Australia.

Their party arrived last Friday, the 3rd of July, in the early morning. After having had a chance to settle in and get some rest, first introductions began with tours of St Nektarios Church, as well as Sts Constantine and Helene. Making their way up to our Church (Evangelismos) in the evening, Fr Emmanuel gave a small tour, after which we enjoyed some chanting of hymns from the group, making us feel like we were in Mount Athos.
With the regular members of the Evangelismos Youth arriving shortly after, a special presentation on the role of youth in the Church was given by one of the members of the society. We also enjoyed a theatrical play, as well as some Greek singing, a speciality of the group. We learnt about the role of the society and its growing importance in our current and future generations. Time quickly departed from us and we had to, inevitably, make our way back to our houses to get some sleep for the days ahead.

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Friday, 03 July 2015 12:00

What's New

Upcoming Events

  • Sun July 5
    • 8:00AM, 5th Sunday of Matthew - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Tue July 7
    • 7:30AM, Greatmartyr Kyriaki - Divine Liturgy
  • Sat July 11
    • 8:00AM, Greatmartyr Euphemia - Divine Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Greek Orthodox Christian Society of Sydney

This week, the Greek Orthodox Christian Society of Sydney is visiting Perth. A number of services have been set up, available for you to attend. More information on the planned events and the group can be found here.

Sunday, 28 June 2015 20:04

Evangelismos Youth: A Short Break

Last Friday we all gathered for what was, our last activity for the term. It was our 'Introduction to Iconography' night, where we all learnt something new about Icons. In case you don't already know, the Greek word for 'Icon' is 'Αγιογραφία', which can be separated as follows:

Αγιο, meaning Holy or, not of this world, and

Γράφω, meaning to write

With this we can say that Icons are not paintings or creations of the imagination but instead, are writings of things not of this world. They are truths about a Holy person's life, or particular event. While similar and yet completely different to biographies, Icons represent things not of this world through truth and with the blessing of the Church. While aspects like colour of an Icon can be somewhat modified based on each Iconographer's style, the underlining 'writing' of the truth, so to speak, must remain unchanged.
After many questions being asked and answered, our Iconography talk reached its end. Making our way down to the hall, we all had some tea, snacks, and good conversation.

Well, here we are. Having concluded our Evangelismos Youth program for the term, a feeling of relief and excitement have struck us; relief, for the much needed break ahead of us, and yet excitement, for what we'll bring you next term. For everyone who joined us in the term finished, thank you for your support. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves and we hope to see you next term.

Friday, 26 June 2015 12:00

What's New

Upcoming Events

  • Sun Jun 28
    • 8:00AM, 4th Sunday of Matthew - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Mon Jun 29
    • 7:30AM, Apostles Peter & Paul - Divine Liturgy
  • Tue Jun 30
    • 7:30AM, Synaxis of the 12 Apostles - Divine Liturgy
  • Wed July 1
    • 7:30AM, Unmercenaries Kosmas & Damian - Divine Liturgy
  • Sat July 4
    • 8:00AM, Divine Liturgy (w/Greek Orthodox Christian Society) - Monastery of St John, Forrestfield
    • 5:00PM, Vespers (w/Greek Orthodox Christian Society) - Church of Sts Constantine & Helene

 

Evangelismos Youth

This Friday we have our Iconography Night. Bring along an icon and join us as we learn about iconography and the use of icons in the Church. More information on the night can be found here.

 

English Liturgy

This Saturday we have an English Liturgy service on, for anyone who would like to attend. These services are particularly helpful to those who don't speak Greek very well and desire a greater understanding of the service.

 

Feast of the first among the Apostles, Saints Peter and Paul

Next Monday, the 29th of June, is the feast of Sts Peter and Paul and marks the end of our current fast for the Twelve Apostles. There is a Divine Liturgy service on at 7:30am and, as always, everyone is welcome.

 

Greek Orthodox Christian Society of Sydney

Next week, the Greek Orthodox Christian Society of Sydney will be visiting Perth. A number of services have been set up, available for you to attend. More information on the planned events and the group can be found here.

As previously mentioned, on the 3rd of July, we had scheduled an evening at Fired! for some ceramics. However, due to a surprise visit by the Greek Orthodox Christian Society of Sydney, this activity has been rescheduled for a later date. Instead, our regular Evangelismos Youth group members will be attending a special presentation during that week, causing our term program to end one week short. We hope you've all had a great term and hope to see you when we return in a month's time.

Last Friday we had our Home Cinema Sensation night in the Church hall. After much deliberation, we finally settled on a movie. "Shhhh, we're hiding. Everyone needs to be quiet, including me... SHHHHHH! Who's making that noise? Oh, it's me again..." That's right, we watched, "Madagascar"! With a projector, popcorn, and some mint tea, perfect for a Winter evening, what more can be asked for. We had some food, laughs, and pleasant conversation. A great evening indeed!

We are quickly nearing the end of our term with only one activity left. Our activity for this Friday is an iconography night. You'll learn about what iconography is, the different styles, and how it complements Orthodox worship. We also welcome everyone to bring in an icon to be displayed for the evening. After this first part of the evening, we'll head downstairs for some light food and drinks, and enjoy in each others' company. Everyone is invited to join us for what we anticipate will be an interactive and informative evening :)

We are pleased to announce a visit from the Greek Orthodox Christian Society of Sydney from the 3rd to the 5th of July. They have a strong focus on youth in the Church and their visiting group is made up of members with ranging specialities, such as chanters and theologians. Having an active life within the Church through Sunday Schools, youth groups, periodicals ("Lychnos"), radio programmes and the promotion and distribution of Orthodox Christian books, it is truly a blessing to welcome them to our part of Australia.

They will be attending the following services and everyone is welcome to come along to these.

  • Saturday, 4th of July
    • 8:00am - 10:30am - Divine Liturgy service at the Holy Monastery of St John of the Mountain
    • 5:00pm - 5:45pm - Vesper service at Sts Constantine and Helene, followed by a presentation, "The Orthodox Church, a hospital for the soul"
  • Sunday, 5th of July
    • 8:00am - 12:30pm - Orthros & Divine Liturgy service at all Churches; Members of the Society will be participating in Chanting during the Divine Liturgy Service and will present a brief Sermon in Greek and English, after which a morning tea will be held at each Church.
Friday, 19 June 2015 12:00

What's New

Upcoming Events

  • Sun Jun 21
    • 8:00AM, 3rd Sunday of Matthew - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Tue June 23
    • 6:30PM, Vespers (Combined Service - Monastery of St John, Forrestfield)
  • Wed June 24
    • 8:00AM, Nativity of St John the Baptist - Divine Liturgy (Combined Service - Monastery of St John, Forrestfield)
  • Fri Jun 26
    • 9:00AM, Supplications to the Theotokos
    • 6:30PM, Evangelismos Youth - Introduction to Iconography
  • Sat Jun 27
    • 8:00AM, English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Evangelismos Youth

For the Evangelismos Youth activity tonight, we'll be watching a movie together. Something funny, something relaxing, and something great to start your weekend. More information on the night can be found here.

 

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia News

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

  • The Gift and its Associated Problems, by His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos
  • Perth Greek Glendi Festival 2015
  • Iraklio, the Capital City of Crete

 

Monastery of St John of the Mountain Feast Day (24th of June)

Next Wednesday, 24th of June, is the Nativity of St John the Baptist. Therefore, there will be a Vespers service the evening before (Tuesday) starting at 6:30pm, as well as a Divine Liturgy on Wednesday morning starting at 8:00am. All priests will be in attendance at the monastery for these two services. Please come along and join us for the feast day.

David of Thessalonike
Feast Day: June 26

It was during the fifth century in Thessalonike that a man named David was found. Thessalonike, at that time, was isolated and required a certain self-sufficient lifestyle. As a result, the men from this land were known for their hardiness, resourcefulness, and depth of faith.

David was a very handsome man, however, his gentle manner, pious sincerity, and deeply religious conviction, meant his place was with God. So having heard his calling to the monastic life, he abandoned the world, and took up the tranquillity at a nearby monastery. This monastery was dedicated to the martyrs Theodore and Merkurios, and while he held them in reverence, it was St Symeon Stylites, the indestructible saint who sat on top a sixty-foot pillar to remind passers-by of the salvation of man through Jesus Christ, that he revered more.

David progressed through the monastic life fairly quietly until one Summer day when he climbed up an almond tree to escape the heat. While there on the limb of the tree, he decided to follow in the footsteps of his hero, St Symeon. He selected a stout limb and made a resolution to stay in the tree until God called him down. After startling a passing monk below, David asked that he be given sustenance for as long as required, just like St Symeon.

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