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Earlier in the year, we spoke about a trip that was being organised to Greece and Constantinople for the month of June. Well, several weeks ago, the group returned back to Australia. Leading the group was Very Rev. Archimandrite Elpidios Karalis, together with Mr Dimitri Kepreotes from the Archdiocese Central offices in Sydney. On behalf of the Evangelismos community, we'd just like to welcome everyone back.
Like me, I'm sure you're all dying to hear how the trip went. Thankfully, Father Elpidios has given us a quick overview of the trip, along with some pictures and a recording. A more detailed article will be included in the next edition of the Vema, so keep your eyes out for this. Keep reading for the overview by Father Elpidios, parish priest of Sts Constantine and Helene.


Hello everyone. It's great to be back in Perth and it's great to be back at the Church of Saints Constantine and Helene.

As you are all aware a group of 20 people from all over Australia travelled to Constantinople and Greece in June of this year. The group was led by myself and Mr Dimitri Kepreotes from Sydney. Half of the group were from Perth and the rest came from NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

Our first stop was at Constantinople and we spent three days in this large city. The group had an Audience with His All-Holiness, Patriarch Bartholomew 1, who is the 270th successor to St Andrew, the first-called apostle and brother of St Peter. Everyone listened attentively as His All Holiness spoke to us in the upper rooms of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Following the brief meeting with the Patriarch everyone came forward and received the Patriarch's blessing and a small gift. The following day, Sunday of all Saints, we attended the Patriarchal Church of St George for the Divine Liturgy. At the conclusion of the service we received the antidoron from the hands of the Patriarch.

Friday, 24 July 2015 12:00

What's New

Upcoming Events

  • Sun Jul 26
    • 8:00AM, 7th Sunday of Matthew - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Mon Jul 27
    • 7:30AM, Greatmartyr Panteleimon - Divine Liturgy
  • Fri Jul 31
    • 9:00AM, Supplications to the Theotokos
    • 10:00AM, Cleaning of the Church
  • Sat Aug 1
    • 8:00AM, English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers


Evangelismos Youth

Welcome to Term 3! Due to Father being away this Friday, the Evangelismos Youth evenings will be recommencing next week, the 31st of July; we will NOT be gathering tonight. Click here to read more.


Supplications to the Theotokos

We would just like to remind everyone that on most Fridays we have Supplications to the Theotokos, at 9:00am.

Also, directly after the service, a small group come together and assist in the cleaning of the Church. As the Church is the house of God, it is only right that it be kept well maintained. Volunteers are always welcome.


Evangelismos Bookstore - Mid-Year Sale

Last Sunday, the Evangelismos Bookstore had a massive mid-year sale. Prices were slashed by up to 50%. The sale will be continuing for the next couple of Sundays, so come along to Church and pick up a book for either yourself, a family member, or a friend, while stocks last. Click here for more information.


Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia News

In case you haven't already had a look, the July 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 - Part 2, by His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos
  • News updates on the financial situation in Greece


Speak Up for Marriage

His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos has called all to action in an urgent Encyclical on the proposed legislation for same sex marriage.

Please click here to sign the petition and oppose the redefining of marriage.


Greek Orthodox Christian Society of Sydney - "Lychnos" Magazine

The "Lychnos" is a Greek Orthodox magazine produced specifically for young people by the Greek Orthodox Christian Society of Sydney. Some of the areas it covers are, current issues facing young people, scripture readings, and questions and answers. We highly recommend it. The June/July edition of the "Lychnos" magazine is out and can be downloaded from here.

Some of the stories that you can read about are:

  • Social Media Today and Our Orthodox Faith
  • Saint Macrina the Younger
  • Why doesn't God destroy the devil?

...and much more!


Central Youth Committee of Victoria and Tasmania

The CYC of Victoria and Tasmania represent the Youth of these states. On their website,, you will find many resources. There is even a section on monthly talks and lectures, which are recorded and made available online. You can find these recordings here.

That's right, it's us again! It's been a couple of weeks since you've seen us but here we are, renewed, and ready to go. We hope everyone had an enjoyable break. The last time that we saw each other was during the visit of the Greek Orthodox Christian Society of Sydney. We picked up some tips, compared notes, and learnt about our faith.
So, I bet you're wondering what we've been up to during this short break. We've been planning, we've been re-evaluating, and we've been thinking about where we'd like to see this group go. Our focus for the group has always been on bringing young people into the Church and to the realisation of Truth that is God. This is the core purpose of the group. Where we'd like to see this group go is, with the expansion and implementation of branching groups; one for children, one for young adults, and one for adults themselves. We'd like to see our youth become young leaders, taking ownership of different roles within the Church. Obviously, there is still a lot of work to be done before we can reach these goals, however, it is good to keep them in mind when planning for the future.

This brings us to the main question of, what do we have planned for the upcoming term? Well, we've decided to mix things up a bit. This term, we won't be releasing a program of set events. Instead, we'll be meeting as usual each Friday evening in the Church for a talk by Father Emmanuel, after which we'll move down into the hall for coffee and conversation. The idea is that we keep the second part of the evening fairly relaxed, so that if there's anything specific that people want to do, we can do it.

Important: Due to recent developments, the youth evenings will officially recommence next week, the 31st of July, at 6:30pm. We look forward to seeing everyone then.

Saturday, 18 July 2015 12:00

Latest Addition to Our Bookstore

The Road to Prevelly
by Geoffrey Edwards

The Road to Prevelly begins with early days on the Group Settlement in Western Australia then, during World War 2, travels through the mountains of Greece down to the Monastery of Preveli on the south coast of Crete - and back to Western Australia.

It then makes it's way down to Margaret River and 100 acres of bush land right on the coast. The story continues with the struggle to establish the holiday resort, develop the village of Prevelly and finally build the lovely Greek Chapel of St. John the Theologian on the hillside overlooking the village and ocean.

Available in-store for only $22.00.

Friday, 17 July 2015 12:00

What's New

Upcoming Events

  • Sun Jul 19
    • 8:00AM, Fathers of the 4th Council - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Mon Jul 20
    • 7:30AM, Prophet Elijah the Tishbite - Divine Liturgy
  • Fri Jul 24
    • 9:00AM, Supplications to the Theotokos
    • 10:00AM, Cleaning of the Church
  • Sat Jul 25
    • 4:00PM, Vespers


Evangelismos Youth

We hope everyone had a good and restful break. With the school term is about to start, we'd like to remind everyone that the Evangelismos Youth will also be recommencing. Our first activity is next Friday, the 24th of July. More details to follow.


Supplications to the Theotokos

We would just like to remind everyone that on most Fridays we have Supplications to the Theotokos, at 9:00am. Directly after the service, we all get together and assist in the cleaning of the Church. As the Church is the house of God, it is only right that it be kept well maintained. Volunteers are always welcome.


Remembrance Day - Cypriot Community of WA

This Sunday, the 19th of July, we will be joined by the Cypriot Community of WA for a memorial service at our Church. Directly after, at 12:00pm, there will be a wreath laying service at the war memorial in Kings Park. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Friday, 17 July 2015 07:36

The Life of a Saint: Saint Elijah

Saint Elijah
Feast Day: July 20

Elijah, or Elias as he was also known, unlike other men, did not die the death of a mortal man. Instead, he was raised up into Heaven by the hand of God. Elijah is believed to have been a prefiguration of either Jesus Christ or Saint John the Baptist, and although most commonly known as a prophet, is venerated as a Saint. He was a man of God, a wonder-worker, who communed with God and is venerated on equal grounds as the mighty Moses. During the Transfiguration of Christ on Mount Tabor, it is noted that as Christ's face shone like the Sun and His garments became as white as snow, that there appeared Moses and Elijah, talking with Him. (Matthew 17:2-3)

Saint Elijah lived in the eighth century B.C. and was from Tishbe of Gilead, during the reigns of Ahaziah and Ahab. During that time, the tribes of Israel had started to forget God. Instead, they began worshipping the false god Baal, that was introduced by the wife of Ahab, Jezebel. She brought forth idolatrous priests, erected temples to Baal, and began converting the people to the worship of it. Elijah stormed against the evils of the priests of Baal, who were contaminating the pure worship of God and demoralising the land. Elijah did not stop fighting against this evil at every opportunity, and preached the word of God with great passion and eloquence, bringing many who had strayed, back to God. After being discredited by Elijah, the false prophets of Baal returned to Jezebel for additional strength and the influence of the throne.

Saturday, 11 July 2015 19:41

Evangelismos Bookstore: Mid-Year Sale!!

Hold onto your hats everyone. Over the next couple of Sundays, the Evangelismos Bookstore will be having a MID-YEAR SALE!

That means we'll be slashing prices on select books by up to 50%. These books must go!

Below is a sample of books which you can expect to be discounted. Stocks are limited, so rush in while stocks last.

Purchase either in-store or by contacting our Evangelismos Bookstore at, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Friday, 10 July 2015 12:00

What's New

Upcoming Events

  • Sun Jul 12
    • 8:00AM, 6th Sunday of Matthew - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Fri Jul 17
    • 7:30AM, Greatmartyr Marina - Divine Liturgy
  • Sat Jul 18
    • 8:00AM, English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers


The Greek Orthodox Christian Society Visits Perth

As you know, last week we welcomed the Greek Orthodox Christian Society from Sydney. You can read more about their visit by clicking here, or by scrolling down in this email, if you have subscribed.

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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