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A short while ago, Perth experienced its very own Glendi Festival. For those that don't know what the Glendi is, basically it's a giant festival dedicated to embracing Greek culture and sharing it with others.
It was held on Sunday the 26th of April and was, simply put, a great success. There were foods and sweets, Greek dancing, cooking demonstrations, and plenty of entertainment for the whole family. With many representatives from our own Church community, it was great to see the level of dedication and energy, without which, could not have made the Glendi as successful as it was.

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Monday, 01 June 2015 13:44

Evangelismos Youth: Pizza Perfection

The Evangelismos Youth evenings provide an opportunity for young people of the Church to come together, share in their Faith, and make long-term friendships. Our youth group is very diverse and multi-cultural but we share in the same One True Orthodox Faith.

Last Friday, we made Koliva. Koliva is an offering for the remembrance of those that have fallen asleep in Christ. Each item that goes into making it has a symbolic meaning. The koliva (boiled wheat) is symbolic because just as the wheat is buried in the soil, dies, and is later reborn, so do we pray for those in whom we remember.
Our special guest, Mary K., along with her little helpers, gave the demonstration. We learnt how Koliva is made and had a few laughs doing it. It seemed that afterwards when we got to taste the final product, the sugar sent a couple of our young ones into hyper drive. While their energy was refreshing, our sympathies went out to the parents who had to put them to bed.
For photos of the night, check out our photo gallery here.

With Pentecost Sunday having just passed, we thought we'd organise something special for this week. So, in Zorba's kitchen, we'll be doing homemade pizzas. That's right we're doing it the Greek way, where thin crusts and conservative toppings are punishable. You'll find none of that here! So, come along and join us for our 'masterclass', where it may get messy, a little crazy but we're sure everyone will walk away with their taste-buds satisfied. A word of warning, just don't mention seafood toppings otherwise you may encounter the large end of a wooden spoon.
So, that's this Friday the 5th of June, at 6:30pm. See you all there.

Friday, 29 May 2015 12:00

What's New

Upcoming Events

  • Sun May 31
    • 7:30AM, Pentecost Sunday - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Mon Jun 1
    • 7:30AM, Monday of the Holy Spirit - Divine Liturgy
  • Fri Jun 5
    • 6:30PM, Evangelismos Youth - Pizza Perfection
  • Sat Jun 6
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Evangelismos Youth

Scheduled for tonight is a Koliva demonstration and tasting night. We'll speak about what Koliva is, how it is prepared, and even offer a demonstration showing you how to make it. 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 May 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:

  • 40th Anniversary of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos
  • Pressure on Hagia Sophia to be Converted into a mosque

 

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia - "Lychnos" Periodical

The "Lychnos" is a Greek Orthodox periodical produced specifically for young people by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. It covers current issues facing young people, scripture readings, questions and answers, and more. We highly recommend reading through it. The May edition of the "Lychnos" periodical is out and can be downloaded from here.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 13:30

A Simple Story from a Humble Monastery

Let me share with you a story. A story that while is not long, will leave you with a sense of peace.
My story occurs at a monastery on Mount Athos, one afternoon, during the Fast of the Apostles. I was standing on the pier, gazing at out the sea. I could feel the warmth of the Sun, and hear the calming sounds of the waves. It was as if any stress or problems that still existed within me were being washed away.
I made many friends during my time there. One friend in particular, was spending the afternoon fishing, using some fishing wire, a hook, and dough for bait. He was there for almost an hour without a catch but that in itself was of no concern to him. We were at peace. Then all of a sudden, the waters were stirred up by something beneath. I never did manage to see what was beneath but at that moment, hundreds of fish started going crazy. They leaped through the air at heights of about a metre and all raced towards the pier. The pier was then covered with fish.
I couldn't help but laugh to myself at my friend's unfortunate situation. Having fished for so long, without a catch, and then all of a sudden to have the fish surrender themselves. It created a few chuckles. The monks too were amazed but thankful for this gift from God. They retrieved some buckets and began collecting the fish, that they may be as food for the monastery.

How amazing is this! Just a demonstration of God's providence. Just like when Moses had led the Israelites out of Egypt and they began to grow hungry. God sent them manna from heaven every day, and commanded that they only take enough for the day. In all things God provides for us. As Jesus says:

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Sadly, we saw fewer faces than usual last week. Due to the number of people with colds, we had a more comfortable crowd but that didn't stop us from our weekly dose of fun.
This year, the Ascension of Christ fell on the 21st of May, which was last Thursday. So, as we do every year, we placed the dried flowers from the Epitaphios into bags for handing out on Sunday. The reason why the dry Epitaphion flowers are give out to the faithful is so that they can use a little at a time when incensing their houses.
We managed to prepare just under 300 bags of flowers. This gave us a good opportunity to get to know each other better, and learn something new about ourselves.
After we had completed preparing the flowers, we decided to head to Leederville for some food and drinks. Thankfully, the weather was perfectly suited to it. We enjoyed some weirdly tasting softdrink varieties, as well as a huge proportion of hot chips. Before we knew it, it was starting to get late and we decided to call it a night.

This week, hmmm... what's on our schedule? We're making Koliva!!! At our 'Koliva Kreations' night we'll have a real time demonstration on how to make koliva, as well as a real time eating of it afterwards. For those of you that don't know, koliva is boiled wheat that is prepared traditionally for memorial services, remembering the departed. The koliva is symbolic because just as the wheat is buried in the soil, dies, and is later reborn, so do we pray for those in whom we remember. That although they have died in this world, they may live eternally in the next. As the day following Friday is Saturday of Souls, where we remember all the dead in the year, we thought it was only fitting to show you the process for making koliva.

So, grab your diaries and pencil it in! This Friday, the 29th of May, at 6:30pm, 'Koliva Kreations'. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Friday, 22 May 2015 12:00

What's New

Upcoming Events

  • Sun May 24
    • 8:00AM, Fathers of the 1st Council - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Fri May 29
    • 6:30PM, Evangelismos Youth - Koliva Kreations
  • Sat May 30
    • 8:00AM, Saturday of Souls - Divine Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Evangelismos Youth

Tonight, we will be focussing on the Ascension of Christ. We will start off first with a talk from Father Emmanuel, after which we will place the flowers from the Epitaphios into small bags, ready to be handed out on Sunday. More information on the night can be found here. We welcome all young people to come along and help.

 

Bookstore

About a month ago, we spoke about a new book that was coming to our bookstore, "I Know a Man in Christ: Elder Sophrony the Hesychast and Theologian," by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos. Well, we would just like to report that it has finally arrived and is ready for purchasing. More information on the book can be found here. So, drop by our bookstore this Sunday and purchase a copy for either yourself or a friend.

In last week's activity, we had a lot of fun! We embraced two key aspects of Greek culture in our 'Night of Crete'; Greek dancing and Greek food. While some found the faster paced dancing a bit challenging, it didn't stop them from having a go. From the Zorba to the Pentozali, it was quite an energetic night for all of us.
After we were all danced out, we sat down, had some olives, and listened to the sweet sound of the Cretan Lyra. For some, it was the first time trying an 'υποβρύχιο' (meaning 'submarine') of sweet mastiha. Though, just like any Greek table, there was plenty of food to go around.

This Thursday we have the Ascension of our Lord. The Ascension of our Lord is celebrated every year on the fortieth day after Easter and is always celebrated on a Thursday. So, this Friday, that is what we will be focussing on. After a talk from Father Emmanuel about this feast day, we will be coming together and packing flowers from the Epitaphios into bags to give out on Sunday, as is traditional every year. Please come along and help us in our celebration. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Friday, 15 May 2015 12:00

What's New

Upcoming Events

  • Sun May 17
    • 8:00AM, Sunday of the Blind Man - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Wed May 20
    • 7:30AM, Dismissal Feast of Pascha - Divine Liturgy
    • 6:30PM, Vespers (Combined Service at the Church of Sts. Constantine & Helen)
  • Thu May 21
    • 8:00AM, Ascension of Our Lord; Constantine & Helen - Divine Liturgy (Combined Service at the Church of Sts. Constantine & Helen)
  • Fri May 22
    • 6:30PM, Evangelismos Youth - The Ascension of Christ
  • Sat May 23
    • 8:00AM, English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Evangelismos Youth

Tonight we have a very Greek night for you; a Night in Crete. We'll be learning some Greek dances, enjoying Greek food, and listening to some Greek music. As Fr Emmanuel will be down in Albany for a Vespers service, there will not be a talk on tonight. Instead, we will meet up down in the hall and get started. More information on the night can be found here.

Next Friday, the 22nd of May, after listening to a talk about the Ascension of Christ, the Youth will be placing the flowers from the Epitaphios in bags. We welcome all young people to come along and help.

 

Ascension of Christ / Feast Day of Sts. Constantine & Helen

Next Thursday, the 21st of May, is the Ascension of Christ, as well as the feast day of Sts. Constantine & Helen. As a result, there is a Vespers service on the evening before, at 6:30pm, and a Divine Liturgy on at 8:00am for these feasts, at the Church of Sts. Constantine & Helen, and all priests will be in attendance.

Sunday, 10 May 2015 20:34

Evangelismos Youth: A Night in Crete

In our last Evangelismos Youth activity, we gathered together and made some Mother's Day cards. With Mother's Day only a couple of days later, it seemed fitting to make something that came from the heart, and would express to our Mothers how much we love them. For those that sought more of a challenge, there were origami hearts and roses waiting to be made.

We also got to enjoy some nice and fresh Sage tea. The aroma quickly filled the hall, leaving people dying to try some. That, along with some pleasant conversation, was a great way to end the day.

Can you believe that we are already coming into our fourth night of the term. What do we have for you this week, you ask? Well, we are celebrating all things Crete. Specifically focussing on Greek dancing, we'll hopefully leave you a little more experienced and more than likely, a little tired (in a good way). We'll also be enjoying some Greek food and listening to some Cretan music during the intervals. Some of the more famous Cretan musicians are Nikos Xilouris and Vasilis Skoulas. In their music they utilise the Cretan Lyra, which is a music instrument central to the traditional music of Crete.

Also, due to Father Emmanuel holding a Vespers service down in Albany, followed by a Liturgy service on Saturday morning, we won't have our weekly talk in the Church. Instead, we'll just meet up down in the hall and get started with our Cretan night. So, that's 6:30pm this Friday the 15th of May. We hope to see you all there.

Friday, 08 May 2015 12:00

What's New

Upcoming Events

  • Sun May 10
    • 8:00AM, Sunday of the Samaritan Woman - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Thu May 14
    • 7:30AM, Hieromartyr Therapon - Divine Liturgy
  • Fri May 15
    • 6:30PM, Evangelismos Youth - A Night in Crete
  • Sat May 16
    • 8:00AM, English Liturgy - Albany (with Vespers the night before)
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Evangelismos Youth

Tonight we are helping you to make something special for your Mum. Come along as we delve into arts and crafts with homemade gifts for Mother's Day. More information on the night can be found here.

 

English Liturgy

Just a reminder that this Saturday we have an English Liturgy starting at 8am.

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