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Friday, 06 February 2015 12:00

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  • Sun Feb 8
    • 8:00 AM, Sunday of the Prodigal Son - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Tue Feb 10
    • 7:30 AM, Haralambos the Hieromartyr - Divine Liturgy
  • Sat Feb 14
    • 8:00 AM, Saturday of Souls - Divine Liturgy
    • 4:00 PM, Vespers
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 17:00

The Life of a Saint: Saint Charalambos

Saint Charalambos
Feast Day: February 10

Charalambos was a priest who suffered inhuman tortures and martyrdom at the hands of pagan tormentors, greater than any other martyr. Despite possessing divine courage and steadfastness of faith, placing him among the Saints, he was still human; the sharpness of pain that he felt, was the same as that of an ordinary man. We venerate him as a Saint in the highest tradition of a martyr for his steadfast refusal to renounce the Lord.

Growing up in the town of Magnesia, Asia Minor, during the second century, Charalambos was ordained a priest at an early age. He served his home town in a province fiercely hostile to Christians. Thanks to his reputation as a preacher and man of God, he was placed as a leader of the tiny Christian body that grew steadily, despite the odds. He brought the light of the Lord's love to everyone in the community, subsequently bringing upon himself the envy and wrath of those in power.

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Friday, 30 January 2015 12:00

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  • Sun Feb 1
    • 8:00 AM, Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Mon Feb 2
    • 7:30 AM, The Meeting of Jesus Christ - Divine Liturgy
  • Sat Feb 7
    • 4:00 PM, Vespers
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 21:19

Latest Additions to Our Bookstore

The Mystery of Art: Becoming an Artist in the Image of God
by Jonathan Jackson

Emmy Award-winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson explores the profound implications of human creativity in the image of God, along with the process of becoming an artist (of any sort) dedicated to practicing his or her art from the context of a deep relationship with God. The true Christian artist is not necessarily one who treats religious themes, but one who creates through the power of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God.

Endorsement:
With the lyrical immediacy that narrates his own path as a Christian and an artist, Jonathan Jackson draws on both his own experience and the richness of the theological tradition of the Orthodox Church to present not only intelligent thinking on aesthetics nor his contemplations on spiritual matters, but a fresh and genuine spiritual path for all artists and indeed for all persons. A delight to read, this book is not merely written—it sings.
—Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick, Author of Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy and An Introduction to God

Friday, 23 January 2015 12:00

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  • Sun Jan 25
    • 8:00 AM, Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Fri Jan 30
    • 7:30 AM, Synaxis of the Three Hierarchs - Divine Liturgy
  • Sat Jan 31
    • 4:00 PM, Vespers
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 17:47

My Journey to Crete 2014

John Zeakis who is a Reader/ Chanter at the Church of “The Annunciation of Our Lady - Evangelismos” recently travelled to Crete in June/July of 2014. He has written the following informative article on his experiences together with some interesting facts about the island.

We welcome other readers to contribute their stories.

 

Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, is home to great monastic heritage where the monastic life is still pursued. Hundreds of monasteries and convents exist around Crete, with their doors always open to visitors. It is not uncommon to be greeted with a drink of fresh water and some Loukoumia. While many monasteries have become desolate and are mainly used as museums, the monastic life is still enduring. It is even common for people, as they pass by a Church or monastery, to make the sign of the Cross. It is refreshing how the inhabitants still embrace their faith and keep it as part of their culture. Not all people are like this and many have lost their way but with God's help, we hope that they will be led back.

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Friday, 16 January 2015 12:00

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  • Sun Jan 18
    • 8:00 AM, Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Sat Jan 24
    • 4:00 PM, Vespers
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 18:19

Latest Additions to Our Bookstore

A couple of new publications have made their way into our bookstore and here's what they are. Don't forget to rush in and pick up a copy for yourself or a friend!

  Marriage Service ΑΚΟΛΟΥΘΙΑ ΤΟΥ ΓΑΜΟΥ
by St Andrew’s Orthodox Press

A highly useful book in both Greek and English to help you follow along during the service.

Purchase In-Store for only $15

A Hesychast from the Holy Mountain in the Heart of a City
by Athanasios Papathanasiou

Elder Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia (1906–1991), who was formally glorified as a saint by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in November 2013

This is a short study of the life and teaching of Saint Porphyrios and is, in the words of its author Athanasios Papathanasiou, ‘an exercise in encounter with the present’. He takes into consideration present realities and conditions, both in the Church and society, and in the light of theology understood as a living discipline, endeavours to determine certain particular qualities of the saint, drawing particularly on the saint's own words as recorded in the book "Wounded by Love". His insights and interpretations have an immediacy and freshness of singular relevance to our perception of what constitutes a holy personage in the modern world and point to how we can reorient our thinking accordingly.

Purchase In-Store for only $9.50

 
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 14:00

Feast of Lights Celebration

Troparion

When Thou, O Lord, wast baptized in the Jordan,
The worship of the Trinity wast made manifest.
For the voice of the Father bore witness unto Thee,
Calling Thee the beloved Son,
And the Spirit in the form of a dove
Confirmed His word as sure and steadfast.
O Christ our God who hast appeared
And enlightened the world, glory to Thee.
(Translation from The Festal Menaion)

On Sunday the 11th of January, we celebrated the annual Feast of Lights to commemorate the baptism of Christ in the river Jordan. As is tradition, all the faithful gather at Matilda Bay where a "Blessing of the Waters" service is held. The service involves the reading of prayers for the competing divers, the releasing of doves to symbolise the descending of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus in the form of a dove, and the throwing of the Cross into the Swan River. As the cross is thrown into the river, we commemorate the baptism of Christ. The diver that retrieves the Cross first receives a blessing from the priest and a gold Cross.

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Friday, 09 January 2015 12:00

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  • Sun Jan 11
    • 8:00 AM, Matins & Divine Liturgy
    • 12:30 PM, Holy Epiphany Celebration 2015 (Matilda Bay)
  • Sat Jan 17
    • 8:00 AM, Anthony the Great - Divine Liturgy
    • 4:00 PM, Vespers
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