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Tuesday, 15 May 2018 18:46

Bible Study Review - May 10

We would first of all like to acknowledge the efforts of Father Emmanuel, the spiritual Father for many of us, in preparing and conducting the Bible Study lessons each week. They allow us to grow in knowledge and spiritual understanding for the ultimate goal of drawing nearer to God. Furthermore, it should be noted that the ideas drawn in this article are merely summations of the talks given to us each week, and are not intended to replace the talks themselves.

The main focus point for this week was money, and the love of it based on the themes of the last chapter of the first letter of St Paul to St Timothy.

We should be careful that we don’t let money become the centre of our lives. Just as it is written, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (1 Timothy 6:10)

We only have to look at the betrayal of Jesus by Judas. It was out of love of money and greed that he was driven to betray Jesus and to deliver him up to the Jews to be crucified. They gave him 30 pieces of silver to betray Jesus. Just as is referred in the above, “Money is a root of all kinds of evil.”

To illustrate the effect that the love of money can have, and how it contradicts the teachings of the Holy Gospel, an example was given. In this example, there was a gardener, and the gardener didn’t earn very much but whatever he made, he gave to those in need. God provided for this man and took care of him. One day, a thought entered his mind, and he thought to himself that he would keep a little aside for when he grows old and needs it. He started doing this, putting money aside, until one day, he got sick. Spending all his money on doctors, they eventually came back to him and said they would have to amputate one of his legs. The man, hearing this, went away and remembering what he had done repented for hoarding his money away. Hearing his repentant spirit an angel of the Lord came done and the man seeing this, said that he would no longer store up money for himself and asked for God to heal him. At that moment, the angel touched him, and he was instantly healed. When his physician inquired about him for fear of his ill health he was astounded to find him in good health working in the field once again.

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Friday, 11 May 2018 12:00

What's New (11/05/2018)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat May 12
    • 8:00AM, Epiphanius and Theophanus Bishops of Cyprus - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun May 13
    • 8:00AM, Sunday of the Blind Man - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Wed May 16
    • Fast Free
    • 7:30AM, Leave-Taking of the Feast of Pascha - Divine Liturgy
  • Thu May 17
    • 7:30AM, Holy Ascension - Divine Liturgy
  • Sat May 19
    • 8:00AM, Hieromartyr Patrick of Proussa - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
Sunday of the Blind Man (13/05/2018)

Epistle: Acts 16:16-34

Gospel: John 9:1-38

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The fun-filled Evangelismos Greek School Quiz Night is back once again on Friday 1 June 2018. This year's event promises to live up to the excitement of last year's Quiz Night with some great prizes on offer and presenting you with the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge.

Entry is just $15 per person and tables of eight are available. So why not get your own table together and help support the Evangelismos Greek School?

See below for more. Bookings are essential by contacting Irene Starr on 0432 377 543 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Friday, 04 May 2018 12:00

What's New (04/05/2018)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat May 5
    • 8:00AM, Great Martyr Irene - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun May 6
    • 8:00AM, Sunday of the Samaritan Woman - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Tue May 8
    • 7:30AM, Apostle John the Theologian - Divine Liturgy
  • Sat May 12
    • 8:00AM, Epiphanius and Theophanus Bishops of Cyprus - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman (06/05/2018)

Epistle: Acts 11:19-30

Gospel: John 4:5-42

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Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia News

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

  • Patriarchal Encyclical for Holy Pascha
  • Easter Message 2018, by Archbishop Stylianos of Australia
  • Special Assembly at St Andrew's Grammar (WA) in Preparation for Holy Week
Friday, 27 April 2018 12:00

What's New (27/04/2018)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Apr 28
    • 8:00AM, The Nine Martyrs of Cyzikus - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Apr 29
    • 8:00AM, Sunday of the Paralytic - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Sat May 5
    • 8:00AM, Great Martyr Irene - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
Sunday of the Paralytic (29/04/2018)

Epistle: Acts 9:32-42

Gospel: John 5:1-15

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As Australia commemorates ANZAC Day, it is appropriate to briefly remember Gallipoli’s Hellenic links. The disastrous Gallipoli campaign, which commenced on 25 April 1915 as an attempt to seize the Dardanelles and open a sea route to Constantinople (Istanbul) to enable Britain to establish a southern front against her enemies and alleviate Russia’s southern supply problems by knocking Turkey out of the Great War, is regarded by many as a turning point for Australia: Our young nation’s “baptism by fire”. For most Australians it conjures up images of bravery, mateship and honour; not to mention death, destruction and sacrifice.

To the Turks, the Gallipoli campaign is considered a defining moment for Kemal Ataturk and modern Turkey as the foreign invaders were repelled. For the British, it is another example of poor decision-making while running a war from a room/bunker in London. For the people of Lemnos (about which I have written elsewhere), it is the hospital, recreation site and base for the Allied campaign of 1915.

Gallipoli is derived from the Greek term, kali poli: good town. In Turkish, it is known as Gelibolu, which is a play on the Greek name. Gallipoli was settled in the 600s BC by Ionian and Aeolian settlers. Twelve towns were established on the peninsula of the Hellespont, the body of water now called the Dardenelles (another Greek link with Dardanus being an ancient Hellenic polis on the Asian shore of the strait, which in turn took its name from Dardanus, a son of Zeus and Electra.) Not far from Gallipoli, at Aegospotami, the Spartan commander Lysander defeated Athenian forces in 405BC bringing an end to the Great Peloponnesian War. The Hellenic character of the region did not change much over 2,600 years. What did change was who controlled the area. Greeks, Persians, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans have all claimed the peninsula.

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Friday, 20 April 2018 12:00

What's New (20/04/2018)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Apr 21
    • 8:00AM, St Alexandra - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Apr 22
    • 8:00AM, Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Mon Apr 23
    • :30AM, Great Martyr George the Trophy-Bearer - Divine Liturgy
  • Apr 25
    • 7:30AM, Apostle and Evangelist Mark - Divine Liturgy
  • Sat Apr 28
    • 8:00AM, The Nine Martyrs of Cyzikus - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers (22/04/2018)

Epistle: Acts 6:1-7

Gospel: Mark 15:43-47; 16:1-8

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 17:24

Archbishop Iakovos and Martin Luther King

Two weeks ago, on April 4, various commemorative services were held in the United States to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King. In those difficult and turbulent times, many parts of the American south were crucibles of hate. So much so that on March 11, 1965, white American Unitarian minister James Reed was brutally clubbed to death by segregationists while marching for civil rights in Alabama. Days later, on March 25, Martin Luther King led thousands of non-violent demonstrators to the steps of the Alabama capitol in Montgomery, after a 5-day 54-mile march from Selma. Archbishop Iakovos would travel to Selma and march with King for a few hours. The photo below is of Archbishop Iakovos marching with King as King holds a wreath for Reed’s memorial service.

Many Greeks have seen this iconic "Life" magazine cover below. Not all appreciate the courage it took for a Greek Orthodox leader at that time to stand arm in arm with African-American leaders. Coretta Scott King, King’s widow, would later highlight how important it was to have the support of Archbishop Iakovos:
"At a time when many of the nation’s most prominent clergy were silent, Archbishop Iakovos courageously supported our Freedom Movement and marched alongside my husband, and he continued to support the nonviolent movement against poverty, racism and violence throughout his life."

Archbishop Iakovos explained that it was that obligation to speak up that led him to Selma:
"We have fought oppressive and repressive political regimes, based on Christian principles, for centuries. A Christian must cry out in indignation against all persecution. That’s what made me walk with Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma."

 

Dr John N Yiannakis OAM

Friday, 13 April 2018 12:00

What's New (13/04/2018)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Apr 14
    • 8:00AM, Renewal Saturday - Divine Liturgy (Combined Serviced at Monastery of St John)
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Apr 15
    • 8:00AM, Sunday of Thomas - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Sat Apr 21
    • 8:00AM, St Alexandra - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
Sunday of Thomas (15/04/2018)

Epistle: Acts 5:12-20

Gospel: John 20:19-31

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Greek Orthodox Christian Society of Sydney - "Lychnos" Magazine

The "Lychnos" is a Greek Orthodox magazine 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 April/May edition of the "Lychnos" magazine is out and can be downloaded from here.

Some of the stories that you can read about are:

  • Πάσχα - Passage, Ανάσταση - Resurrection!
  • Loneliness in Our Times
  • How Do We Know We Have a Soul?

...and much more!

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