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Thursday, 22 June 2017 20:27

The Enemy

“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you” (Luke 6:27)

Christ was crucified along with two thieves. One of the two thieves scoffed at Him asking, “Are you not the Christ? Then save yourself and us.” (Luke 23:39) But the other thief said, “Lord remember me in your heavenly Kingdom.” The Lord replied to the second thief “Truly I say to you from this day you will be with Me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)

Here as always the universal law of God’s word applies. When a person is pre-occupied with preserving his or her life for this life, he or she dismisses what this life is really for. By so doing, the person also dismisses why Christ died on the Cross for all of us. We fail to perceive that this life is perishable, whereas the life that Christ came to prepare for us in his heavenly kingdom is eternal.

Our enemy is the devil who was defeated by Christ on the Cross. The enemy cannot accept that Christ has saved the world and everything will be made new. He cannot accept that we are to be granted new life beyond the grave sharing in His great glory because of his jealousy for what God has prepared for us. So the thief scoffs because he has no vision of God rather than making amends and to cry out to God as the other thief did to have mercy on his soul.

The thief scoffs at Christ giving expression to the enemy’s cause, to provoke and to tempt God; to initiate a response from God given the desperate disposition that the thief finds himself in and revealing the doubt that is embedded in his heart. At this most urgent hour, full of doubt and close to his death he seeks to force God to reveal His authority and power with the aim of saving himself. But Christ chose to die on the Cross for all of us, to save us from the enemy. The act of desperation on behalf of the thief is not pleasing to God. His aim is purely to preserve his earthly life, fulfilling Christ’s words “Whoever wants to save his life will lose it but whoever loses his life for My sake, will save it. (Luke 9:24)

If we learn to love our enemy we effectively disarm him. Who is our enemy? Our real enemy is the author of the forces of darkness and evil, the devil. He seeks to invade our hearts and minds. He works through others and ourselves to do this.

To disarm the enemy we must not harbour ill will against anyone. It is important to remember that the enemy has no outlet other than through God’s fallen creation, attempting to gain entry to us by undermining our will and integrity through our thoughts and actions, knowing our volatility and vulnerability, we having fallen from grace and communion with God.

It is important to remember that the enemy is cut off from God. Therefore the desperate enemy attempts to undermine us in order to gain access to us and to control our life especially opposing those who struggle to progress towards God. This is the true battleground and spiritual warfare of our lives.

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Sunday, 18 June 2017 18:45

Salutations to the Virgin Mary

We would just like to announce that from this coming Friday, June 23, we will be having the Salutations to the Virgin Mary, commencing at 9:30am. These will be held every Friday at 9:30am, and will be conducted in Greek.

Friday, 16 June 2017 12:00

What's New (16/06/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Jun 17
    • 8:00AM, Martyrs Isaurus, Manuel, Sabel, and Ishmael Martyrs of Persia - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Jun 18
    • 8:00AM, 2nd Sunday of Matthew - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Fri Jun 23
    • 6:00PM, Eve of Nativity of John the Baptist - Vespers (Combined Service at Monastery of St John)

 

English Liturgy

Just to remind everyone, tomorrow we have an English Liturgy from 8:00am. Everyone is invited to attend.

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
2nd Sunday of Matthew (18/06/2017)

Epistle: Romans 2:10-16

Gospel: Matthew 4:18-23

Click here to download this week's readings and explanations.

 

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:

  • Turkish Vessels Violate Greek Territorial Waters
  • Orthodox and Heterodox (Part A), by Archbishop Stylianos of Australia
  • The Man Born Blind
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 19:59

How Do I Prepare for Holy Communion?

Years ago when I was a young boy I was bewildered by the strange school environment that I found myself in. There could not have been a greater contrasting difference between my family's migrant Greek speaking home and my school. Among many of the strange things that I had to contend with was the English language as we spoke only Greek at home. One of the many words that left me perplexed was the word "Eucharist" which I dismissed as a word not related to my Orthodox faith which I would hear on occasion during religion classes.

Years later when I began to understand my own Orthodox Christian faith better I re-discovered that strange word again - "Eucharist," - to my pleasant surprise it was the everyday Greek word for "Thank you" or "thanksgiving" - Ἑυχαριστῶ, pronounced - Efharisto.

What a discovery that was for me. This strange word was in fact very familiar to me. So the two words in Greek "Theia Efharistia" means Divine Thanksgiving or - "Holy Communion".

And what is Holy Communion? It is the very Body and Blood of Christ Himself offered for us sinners. All this is made possible by Christ's suffering and death on the Cross. This is not offered to us symbolically but it is His actual Body and Blood that we receive. For Christ said "Take eat this is My Body... this is My Blood." (Matthew 26 vs 26-28)
In other words all of Him for us, so that He may dwell in us, that we might have life in Him, because of the great Love that He has for us. He gives His life for us.

And why would He give all of Himself for us? Because without Him we have no life in us. He is the life in us. Preparing ourselves to receive Holy Communion opens the way for Christ to live in us and we in Him.

"Most Assuredly I say to you" said Jesus "unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you." (John 6 vs. 53)

To return to a state of grace then, we must be healed by partaking in the Sacraments of the Church and to actually receive Christ in us, we must receive Holy Communion which is His Body and His Blood.

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 19:31

Quiz Night Photos

Last Saturday, we had the Evangelismos Greek School Quiz Night. This year, it was held at the Hellenic Club of WA, and our Quiz Master was none other than John Stamatiou.

There was plenty of food, drinks and prizes to go around.

With so many people joining us for the evening, there is no doubt that it was a success.

Photos from the evening can be found in our Photo Gallery here.

We hope everyone had a fantastic time and we hope to see you all again next year.

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Friday, 09 June 2017 12:00

What's New (09/06/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Jun 10
    • 8:00AM, Alexander and Antonina, Hieromartyr Timothy of Proussa - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Jun 11
    • 8:00AM, 1st Sunday of Matthew, All Saints - Matins & Divine Liturgy

 

English Liturgy

Just to remind everyone, tomorrow we have an English Liturgy from 8:00am. Everyone is invited to attend.

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
1st Sunday of Matthew, All Saints (11/06/2017)

Epistle: Hebrews 11:33-40; 12:1-2

Gospel: Matthew 10:32-33; 37-38; 19:27-30

Click here to download this week's readings and explanations.

 

Evangelismos Greek School Quiz Night - Tonight!

Held on Friday 9 June, 7:00pm-9:30pm, at the Hellenic Club of WA.

There will be plenty of food, prizes, and fun!

Come down and join us for this year's Evangelismos Greek School Quiz Night!

For more information, click on the flyer below.

Friday, 02 June 2017 12:00

What's New (02/06/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sun Jun 4
    • 7:30AM, Pentecost Sunday - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Mon Jun 5
    • 7:30AM, Monday of Holy Spirit - Divine Liturgy
  • Sat Jun 10
    • 8:00AM, Alexander and Antonina, Hieromartyr Timothy of Proussa - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Saturday of Souls

Tomorrow is the Saturday of Souls, where we remember all those who have fallen asleep. The service begins at 7:30am and will be in Greek. Everyone is invited to attend.

 

Pentecost Sunday - 7:30AM Start

On Sunday we celebrate the feast of Pentecost. The service will begin at 7:30am sharp, to accommodate the additional part of the service which we read at the end.

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
Pentecost Sunday (04/06/2017)

Epistle: Acts 2:1-11

Gospel: John 7:37-52; 8:12

Click here to download this week's readings and explanations.

 

Evangelismos Greek School Quiz Night - Friday 9 June

Held on Friday 9 June, 7:00pm-9:30pm, at the Hellenic Club of WA.

There will be plenty of food, prizes, and fun!

Come down and join us for this year's Evangelismos Greek School Quiz Night!

For more information, click on the flyer below.

Thursday, 01 June 2017 21:51

Why Should You Go to Confession?

A pragmatic view:

 

Confession will help you with everything you have to face in life, past, present and future.

Do you find this hard to believe?

Confession opens your heart to God. With God all things are made possible.
When you go to Confession you restore and renew the power, enlightenment and purity God gifted to you on the day of your Baptism - a spiritual communion with God.

Many Orthodox Christians are unfamiliar with the seven Sacraments of the Church. The practice of these Sacraments is however, essential to healing our soul. You cannot do without the Sacraments. They are the means by which we come in to communion with God and receive His blessing and experience mystical healing and transformation. The Sacraments are not as many people perceive ritualistic ceremonies.

Despite this, many people think and have been told often by misinformed relatives and friends that it is not necessary to go to Confession and that this is not an Orthodox Tradition.
Clearly this is not the case as Confession in the Orthodox Church has existed since Apostolic times, consistent with Christ’s teaching and essential to the practice of our faith and the healing of our soul. If the soul and heart is healed so then it follows that our physical and mental health also benefit as we learn to strive and walk the righteous path leading to our salvation. To walk the righteous path requires changes in us that are inspired by our remorse for what has not gone right in our lives. This remorse or regret in us becomes the active spirit of repentance.

People also may regard Confession as unnecessary because it can be confronting. It is easier to simply dismiss or to rationalise it away. But just like many things in life neglect and ignorance is costly because it does not rectify the wrongs and positively align us with God’s truth in order to spiritually progress. Otherwise our life will tend to stagnate in all its efforts, responsibilities and activities.

God bestows grace and blessings to us to progress in life, which is activated by the Holy Spirit through all the Sacraments and especially through Confession. These blessings do not just benefit ourselves but also those whom we love and whom we are in contact with, our whole family, all the faithful and to all people. Confession can bring limitless inner joy, allowing light heartedness and contentment that is difficult to describe. It deals directly with our heart and its concerns and helps resolve the difficulties we face in life by the absolution of our sins.

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Friday, 26 May 2017 22:38

Pink Hat Luncheon

Pink Hat Luncheon

Friday, 26 May 2017 12:00

What's New (26/05/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sun May 28
    • 8:00AM, Fathers of the 1st Council - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Sat Jun 3
    • 7:30AM, Saturday of Souls - Divine Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

English Liturgy

Just to remind everyone, tomorrow we have an English Liturgy from 8:00am. Everyone is invited to attend.

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
Fathers of the 1st Council (28/05/2017)

Epistle: Acts 20:16-18, 28-36

Gospel: John 17:1-13

Click here to download this week's readings and explanations.

 

Evangelismos Greek School Quiz Night - Friday 9 June

Held on Friday 9 June, 7:00pm-9:30pm, at the Hellenic Club of WA.

There will be plenty of food, prizes, and fun!

Come down and join us for this year's Evangelismos Greek School Quiz Night!

For more information, click on the flyer below.

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