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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 22:29

The Light Shines in the Darkness

Since the beginning of time when God created heaven and earth He commanded that there be light (Genesis 1:3). This light was divided from the sphere of darkness and the day was divided from the sphere of night. This pattern of day and night has continued without fail since Creation. As we know, light is essential for all living things. A “garden of delight” was created to place the man that God had formed from the earth. This garden was to provide for all of man’s needs. According to God’s plan this garden was a place without corruption, without illness or death, it was a perfect place where man was to enjoy full communion with God.

In the garden of delight there was no distinction or awareness of good and evil as there is in the world today, because man had not lost his innocence and was therefore not subject to evil. Adam and Eve however chose to disobey God and ate of the tree of knowledge which brought to them as God had warned, knowledge of good and evil with its full consequence, and that is death. They willingly chose this path because they believed the serpent, who told them that by acquiring the knowledge of good and evil, they would be like gods. To make matters worse, when they disobeyed God and realised their nakedness, God asked Adam and Eve in turn, to account for what had happened. Tragically Eve blamed the serpent and Adam blamed Eve. Even when asked, they chose not to blame themselves and accept responsibility for their disobedience. From this time on, man lost his communion with God, became mortal and introduced in his heart spiritual darkness. His new destiny was to be returned to the dust from which he was fashioned. He was banished along with Eve from the garden of delight which was specially prepared for him. He was now to live in a land that would consume him and itself be subject to the corruption and spiritual darkness he introduced in his own heart.
The reality and danger of this spiritual darkness exists in all men to the present day. The danger of this spiritual darkness which all humanity inherited from Adam and Eve is its dreadful and fearful consequence, spiritual death. Spiritual death is a consequence of the separation of man from God. This loss of communion with God and its effect is not limited to man’s relationship with God alone, but infects every aspect of his being and his everyday relationships with people. Its consequence is that it trivialises man who was made in God’s image. Self interest and pride dictate fallen man who had everything provided by God’s Grace in the garden of delight; fallen man lost his focus and remembrance of God, and with a darkened spirit became dispersed, fragmented, distracted, inclined towards serving other masters, continuing disobedience and constantly under attack from the demons who took pleasure in his fall and continuing fall from grace.

It is not in God’s plan however to leave man in this miserable fallen state. But as by free will man fell, by free will he is given the opportunity to be re-stored to a state of communion with God. This restoration or healing has been offered to man through Christ. This is why we refer to Christ as being our Saviour. God the Father sent His Son, the New Adam, to offer man an opportunity to return to Him.

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Friday, 02 February 2018 12:00

What's New (02/02/2018)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Feb 3
    • 8:00AM, Prophet Symeon (the God Bearer) - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Feb 4
    • 8:00AM, Sunday of the Prodigal Son - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Sat Feb 10
    • 8:00AM, Saturday of Souls, Haralambos the Hieromartyr - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
Sunday of the Prodigal Son (04/02/2018)

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

Gospel: Luke 15:11-32

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All interested persons are now invited to register for this year's Centre for the Greek Language (CGL) Examinations to be held in May at St. Andrew's Grammar (officially-recognised CGL Examination Centre).

Prospective candidates of Greek and also non-Greek background are invited to test their written and spoken Greek language competency skills through these annual examinations. Successful candidates will be issued with a Certificate of Attainment in Greek from Greece's Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, and the Centre for the Greek Language: Division for the Support and Promotion of the Greek Language (Thessaloniki, Greece).

There are 7 levels on offer, catering to a full spectrum of Greek language competencies. These include a level for children aged 8-12 years old (children who are over 8 years and below 12 years old on the 31st of May, 2018); a level for beginner adolescents and adults, through to a level for persons with excellent knowledge of the Greek language. Candidates younger than 16 are strongly advised to avoid taking the examinations for levels B2, C1 and C2 as the examination content for these levels may require general knowledge and experience beyond their years.

The full complement of levels on offer is as follows:

  • A1 for children 8-12 years old (Elementary knowledge)
  • A1 for adolescents and adults (Elementary knowledge)
  • A2 (Basic knowledge)
  • B1 (Intermediate knowledge)
  • B2 (Good knowledge)
  • C1 (Very good knowledge)
  • C2 (Excellent knowledge)

The 2018 CGL Examinations will be held on the following days:

  • Tuesday 15 May for levels A1 (for children 8-12 years & adolescents and adults), A2 and B1
  • Wednesday 16 May for levels B2 and C1
  • Thursday 17 May for level C2
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Friday, 26 January 2018 12:00

What's New (26/01/2018)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Jan 27
    • 8:00AM, Relics of St John Chrysostom - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Jan 28
    • 8:00AM, Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee (Triodion Begins) - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Tue Jan 30
    • 7:30AM, Synaxis of the Three Hierarchs - Divine Liturgy
  • Fri Feb 2
    • 7:30AM, Presentation of Our Lord and Saviour in the Temple - Divine Liturgy
  • Sat Feb 3
    • 8:00AM, Prophet Symeon (the God Bearer) - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee (Triodion Begins) (28/01/2018)

Epistle: 2 Timothy 3:10-15

Gospel: Luke 18:10-14

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Australia Day Evening Family Picnic - Tonight at 6pm

Bring your own picnic and claim your spot on the grass at our parish's new lawn area. Enjoy a stress-free evening with a jumping castle, face painting, loukoumades, ice cream and drinks for sale.

 

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia News

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

  • NY Meeting Pivotal to Name Dispute Talks
  • New Year 2018, by Archbishop Stylianos of Australia
  • The Greek Diaspora and the Macedonia Issue

Saturday 10 March 2018

Commencing 1.00pm at St. Andrew’s Grammar

(Greek Room, Palassis Building)

Light Refreshments Provided

 

AGENDA
  1. Welcome and Opening of Meeting
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of Previous AGM
  4. Confirmation of Minutes
  5. Annual Report
  6. Financial Report
  7. Election of Office Holders and other Committee Members
    • Chairperson
    • Deputy Chairperson
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
    • Committee Members
  8. Other Business (of which notice has been given)
    • WAMGLTA Rules – proposed changes
  9. General Business
    • CGL Examinations 2018
    • Speak Greek in March Campaign 2018
    • WAMGLTA Initiatives
    • Special Meeting for Modern Greek ATAR Results
    • Other
  10. Close

 

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS
Friday, 19 January 2018 12:00

What's New (19/01/2018)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Jan 20
    • 8:00AM, Euthimios the Great - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Jan 21
    • 8:00AM, 15th Sunday of Luke (Sunday of Zacchaeus) - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Thu Jan 25
    • 7:30AM, Gregory the Theologian - Divine Liturgy
  • Sat Jan 27
    • 8:00AM, Relics of St John Chrysostom - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

English Liturgies - Resuming Tomorrow

Just to remind everyone, starting tomorrow we will be resuming our English Liturgy services. These will be conducted every Saturday from 8:00am. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
15th Sunday of Luke (Sunday of Zacchaeus) (21/01/2018)

Epistle: 1 Timothy 4:9-15

Gospel: Luke 19:1-10

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 16:32

St Basil’s Family Fun Day - 21 Jan, 4-7pm

On behalf of St Basil’s Aged Care Services Fr Emmanuel would like you to know of the upcoming St Basil’s Family Fun Day to be held at St Nektarios Church.

This is an annual event held by St Basil’s but has been scheduled later in January this year to offer families the opportunity to attend.

Bring your own picnic and claim your spot on the grass at our parish's new lawn area. Enjoy a stress-free evening with a jumping castle, face painting, loukoumades, ice cream and drinks for sale.

Sunday, 14 January 2018 12:00

Life of the Soul

UNION WITH GOD, HEALING AND THE RESURRECTION

"Life of the soul" said St Gregory Palamas (14th Century) is union with God, "as life of the body is union with the soul." When the body is separated from the soul it ceases to live. In the same way the soul that is separated from God experiences death. This spiritual death is the true everlasting death as life of the soul through union with God is true and authentic everlasting life. "The words that I speak to you are spirit" said the Lord (John 7:63) "and they are life. But there are some of you who do not believe".

THE FIRST INVITATION

Our experience and invitation of union with God occurs through the Church at Sacrament of Baptism. The Sacrament of Baptism unites us to the Body of Christ. As we are joined to Christ we become members of the same Body the Head of which is Christ. "For by one Spirit we were all baptised into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and have all been made to drink into one Spirit". (l Corinth. 12:11)
As our own body is made of many different members serving different purposes they nevertheless function as a whole. The different members of the body cannot disown the body which they draw life from and serve according to their respective and appointed functions. "Now you are the body of Christ" said St Paul (1 Corinth. 12:27) and members individually. As members of the same body, Christians have an obligation to love one another and all of God’s creation.

Whilst Baptism unites us to Christ and the life of Christ, we must also understand that we must first experience death. "Do you not know" said St Paul (Romans 6:3-9) "that as many of us as were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, and just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him."

THE SECOND INVITATION

Having been joined to the Body of Christ we are obliged to keep His Commandments of Love. We must therefore live according His will otherwise we face spiritual death. Our defiance of God’s Commandments separates our soul from Him whereas obedience to His Law unites us to Christ who is the source of all life. "I am the way the truth and the life" said Our Lord. (John 14:6) Sin is the defiance of God and His will by our disobedience. We are obliged to repent and separate ourselves from sin through the Sacrament of Confession which acts as a second renewable Baptism. Christ promised us the forgiveness of sins which is available to us through the Sacrament of Confession. Confession cleanses us of sin so that we might be ever ready to receive Him. This then is God’s second and renewable invitation to us to be cleansed of sin and be united to Him whilst we still enjoy the gift of earthly life.

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Friday, 12 January 2018 12:00

What's New (12/01/2018)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Jan 13
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Jan 14
    • 8:00AM, 38 Monastic Fathers Who Were Slain at Sinai and Raitho - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Wed Jan 17
    • 7:30AM, Anthony the Great - Divine Liturgy
  • Thu Jan 18
    • 7:30AM, Holy Fathers Athanasius and Cyril (Patriarchs of Alexandria) - Divine Liturgy
  • Sat Jan 20
    • 8:00AM, Euthimios the Great - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
38 Monastic Fathers Who Were Slain
at Sinai and Raitho (14/01/2018)

Epistle: Ephesians 4:7-13

Gospel: Matthew 4:12-17

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