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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

What's New

Upcoming Events

  • 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

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

We welcome other readers to contribute their stories.

 

Mount Athos, also known as the Holy Mountain, is a peninsula in Halkidiki, north Greece. Since the ancient times, the peninsula has been home to Christians seeking the spiritual life. Mount Athos, although being technically apart of the European Union, enjoys a certain autonomy that separates it from the rest of Greece. It is governed by the "Holy Community" under the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, which consists of the representatives of the twenty Holy Monasteries.

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Friday, 02 January 2015 12:00

What's New

Upcoming Events

  • Sun Jan 4
    • 8:00 AM, Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Mon Jan 5
    • 7:30 AM, Eve of the Theophania - Orthros & Great Hours - Divine Liturgy St Basil the Great - Great Blessing of the Waters
  • Tue Jan 6
    • 7:30 AM, Orthros - Divine Liturgy St John Chrysostomos - The Holy Epiphany - Great Blessing of the Waters
  • Wed Jan 7
    • 7:30 AM, Synaxis of St John the Forerunner - Divine Liturgy
      (Location of service is subject to further announcement)
  • Sat Jan 10
    • 4:00 PM, Vespers
Saturday, 27 December 2014 11:50

Holy Epiphany Celebration 2015

GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AUSTRALIA

FEAST OF LIGHTS

 

COMBINED EPIPHANY CELEBRATION

Blessing of the Waters with the Holy Cross at Matilda Bay Reserve

(Corner of Hackett Drive & Mounts Bay Road, Crawley)

The Greek Orthodox Parishes of Perth together with the Holy Monastery of Saint John of the Mountain are organising the annual Epiphany Celebration on the foreshore of the Swan River at Matilda Bay Reserve (adjacent to the Rowing Club) with the retrieval of the Holy Cross from the Waters on:

SUNDAY 11 JANUARY 2015

Service Commences at 12.30pm

Parking available at UWA and next to the Rowing Club

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Friday, 26 December 2014 12:00

What's New

Upcoming Events

  • Sun Dec 28
    • 8:00 AM, Sunday After the Birth of Christ - Divine Liturgy
  • Thu Jan 1
    • 7:30 AM, St Basil the Great; Circumcision of Our Lord - Divine Liturgy
  • Sat Jan 3
    • 4:00 PM, Vespers
Thursday, 25 December 2014 09:00

Christmas Message 2014 by Archbishop Stylianos

GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AUSTRALIA

 

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2014

 

STYLIANOS

By the grace of God Archbishop of Australia
to all the Reverend Clergy and devout faithful
of our holy Archdiocese.

 

Dearest brothers and sisters, and beloved children in the Lord,

All of Christendom is preparing this year, once again, to celebrate Christmas, within a world that is troubled, frantic and contradictory.

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Thursday, 25 December 2014 08:58

The Meaning of Christmas

When I think of Christmas I think of hope. "For with God, all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26) ...Yet the Creator chose to enter the world in humility without a place to stay. His birth fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah (7:14) "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel", which is translated 'God is with us'.

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With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia, a trip to Greece and Constantinople has been organised for the month of June next year. The theme is Journey of St Paul and Classical Greece - including Constantinople.

Very Rev. Archimandrite Elpidios Karalis together with Mr Dimitri Kepreotes, from the Archdiocese Central offices in Sydney, will be leading the group.

An audience with His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I has also been organised when the group visits Turkey.

For further information on the trip please click on a page below or download the flyer from here.

Friday, 19 December 2014 12:00

What's New

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Dec 20
    • 7:30 AM, St Ignatius - Divine Liturgy
    • 3:00 PM, Holy Unction
    • 4:30 PM, Vespers
  • Sun Dec 21
    • 8:00 AM, Sunday Before the Birth of Christ - Divine Liturgy
    • 4:00 PM, St Nektarios Parish - Christmas Carols & Children's Party
  • Wed Dec 24
    • 7:00 AM, Orthros - The Great Hours - St Eugenia the Venerable - Great Vespers Christmas - Divine Liturgy St Basil the Great
  • Thu Dec 25
    • 6:00 AM, Nativity of Christ - Divine Liturgy
  • Fri Dec 26
    • 7:30 AM, Synaxis of the Holy Theotokos - Divine Liturgy
    • 10:00 AM, Church Maintenance - Volunteers Wanted
  • Sat Dec 27
    • 7:30 AM, St Steven Archdeacon First Martyr - Divine Liturgy
    • 4:00 PM, Vespers
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