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Friday, 12 May 2017 12:00

What's New (12/05/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sun May 14
    • 8:00AM, Sunday of the Samaritan Woman, Hieromartyr Therapon - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Sat May 20
    • 6:30PM, Eve of Sts Constantine and Helen - Vespers (Combined Service at Church of Sts Constantine and Helen)

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman, Hieromartyr Therapon (14/05/2017)

Epistle: Hebrews 7:26-28; 8:1-2

Gospel: John 4:5-42

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Friday, 05 May 2017 12:00

What's New (05/05/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sun May 7
    • 8:00AM, Sunday of the Paralytic - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Mon May 8
    • 7:30AM, John Theologian and Evangelist - Divine Liturgy
  • Wed May 10
    • 7:30AM, Mid-Pentecost - Divine Liturgy
  • Sat May 13
    • 8:00AM, Martyr Glykeria, Sergios the Confessor, Euthymius of Iveron - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
Sunday of the Paralytic (07/05/2017)

Epistle: Acts 9:32-42

Gospel: John 5:1-15

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Sunday, 30 April 2017 21:59

Explosion - Implosion

The following article was written by Father Emmanuel in his early years as a Deacon.

I remember in the early nineteen seventies whilst studying sociology at university there were new theories warning about over-population in the world. Dr David Suzuki was one of these theorists warning the world of an impending catastrophe if population growth was not stemmed back. The theory was based on the view that the environment could not sustain an increase of people, as it would cause the outstripping of resources and alter the balance of nature.

Dr Suzuki’s views posed a real problem for me as an Orthodox Christian. Most importantly, his theories of catastrophe were not consistent with God’s law. For as it is written, God blessed man and said, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:28)

The doomsday prophecies of the population theorists hit a chord with many people which are upheld to this very day. For implied in their message was the view that sustainability of the earth’s resources could only be achieved through our good management involving population control. (Throughout the world 50 million abortions are performed every year.)

My difficulty with these theories is that they supposed knowledge beyond God’s providence and blessing and eventually leading us on to the wrong path in direct opposition to God’s will. I can not accept that any man’s thinking, no matter how plausible, can perceive beyond God’s providence in a world that is certainly time limited and perishable. It goes without saying that we have a responsibility to manage the earth’s resources and environment; but man wants to play god.

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Formed last year with the support of the State Government, the WA RSL and various Greek associations, the Battle of Crete Memorial Committee is seeking to erect a designated war memorial in Kings Park to recognise the sacrifices made by ANZACs and Greeks in the Battle of Crete campaign of the Second World War.

In-principle approval has been received from the Kings Park Board for a designated war memorial to be established in Kings Park; a place where people can pay their respects, learn and reflect on the Battle of Crete, and where wreath laying ceremonies may be held in future. The Committee is now ready to embark on the next stage of the project related to design and creation of a suitable memorial, and the fund raising necessary to make it happen.

Your contributions and support in the coming months will greatly assist us in reaching out to the broader community and helping the project come to fruition. We will be in touch again soon.

 

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The above images were sourced by Dr John Yiannakis.

Left: A very early photo from 1915 of Greeks marching in a carnival wearing traditional costume.

Right: The first known wreath-laying commemoration of Oxi Day in Perth, held in 1942.

Friday, 28 April 2017 12:00

What's New (28/04/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sun Apr 30
    • 8:00AM, Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Sat May 6
    • 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
Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers (30/04/2017)

Epistle: Acts 6:1-7

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

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 19:50

Sunday School Term 2 Program Now Available

We would just like to let everyone know that the Term 2 Program for our Evangelismos Parish Sunday School is now available online.

Please go to our Sunday School page, or click here, to view the program.

Friday, 21 April 2017 12:00

What's New (21/04/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sun Apr 23
    • 8:00AM, Sunday of Thomas, George the Great Martyr - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Tue Apr 25
    • 7:30AM, Apostle and Evangelist Mark - Divine Liturgy
  • Sat Apr 29
    • 8:00AM, Jason and Sosipater of the 70, Martyr Cercyra, Eusebius, Zeno - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Renewal Saturday - Monastery of St John, Forrestfield

Tomorrow, we have a Divine Liturgy at 8am, which will be held at the Monastery of St John. Everyone is welcome to join us.

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
Sunday of Thomas, George the Great Martyr (23/04/2017)

Epistle: Acts 12:1-11

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:

  • Pascha - The Fountain of Life Eternal!
  • Sunday Schools - The Real Face of Catechism
  • Bringing the Holy Light Home

...and much more!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 22:08

The Spiritual Progression of Man to God

An Orthodox Christian Spiritual Grid

-THEOSIS-

(The Union of Man with God)

 

THE OLD CREATION
(Fallen Man – Adam and Eve)
THE NEW CREATION
(The God-Man CHRIST)
Attributes of
The Fall
Attributes of
The Transformation
Attributes of
The Divine Gifts
Attributes of
The Divine Nature
Expulsion Reconciliation Adoption Theosis
Mortality New Birth Resurrection Eternity
Ignorance Knowledge Understanding Wisdom
Forgetfulness Remembrance Prayerfulness Omniscience
Laziness Attentiveness Asceticism Omnipresence
Fragmentation Dignity Communion Unity
Indifference Discrimination Compassion Love
Confusion Rationality Dispassion Order
Darkness Enlightenment Luminosity (Uncreated) Light
Egocentricity Selflessness Theocentricity Omnipotence
Nakedness Adornment Grace Righteousness
Impurity Catharsis Healing Purity
Anxiety Repentance Obedience Peace
Willfulness Abandonment Providence Humility
Corruption Sacrifice Incorruption Perfection
Discord Harmony Radiance Beauty
Suffering Forbearance Healing Salvation

 

Fr Emmanuel Stamatiou

Monday, 17 April 2017 22:13

Christ is Risen!

Χριστός Ανέστη!

Yesterday, we celebrated the great feast of Pascha; the Resurrection of our Lord, who is the Way to salvation and eternal life.

"Christ is risen from the dead,
by death trampling on death,
and on those in the tombs bestowing life."

We saw a huge number of people for the Easter Resurrection service, which is fantastic, and we were even pleased to have so many people join us for the Vespers of Love that evening.

The photos have been uploaded to our photo galleries (Easter Service, Vespers of Love), and we've also included a small sample below for your viewing.

Receiving the Light The Midnight Service

Vespers of Love Giving out the Red Eggs

Sunday, 16 April 2017 00:00

Easter Encyclical 2017

GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AUSTRALIA

 

+STYLIANOS

By the grace of God
Archbishop of Australia
To all the Clergy and devout faithful
of our Greek Orthodox Archdiocese

Brother concelebrants and children in Christ,

"Come let us drink a new drink,
not one marvellously brought forth
from a barren rock..."

This exhortation of the Paschal canon is not merely a rhetorical figure of speech. It is a prescription of life and a concrete possibility of salvation. It is also a confession of gratitude to Christ, who came forth form the Tomb and abolished the pains of Hades and of Death.

"Come, let us drink a new drink." We, people, thirst for justice and joy. We thirst for forgiveness, light and love. We thirst for life, immortality and eternity. Perhaps, there is no other creature of God that is so demanding and so unsatisfied, as is the human person. Moreover, there is also no other creature of God that feels so intensely its needs and deprivations, as does the human person. It is for this reason that God has made people the centre of His interest and providence.
After His Incarnation, Christ is crucified and is risen, so that He might secure for humanity deliverance and blessedness.

The whole mystery of the Divine Economy points to the Cup of Life. The condescension of the Incarnation culminates in the glory of the Divine Eucharist. Therefore, we, the faithful, are called to drink from the blood "of the slain lamb" of the Book of Revelation.

If the blood was not of the New Testament, it would still be the blood of "calves and goats", and the drink would not be "new". And if it was not the blood of the One who alone is sinless, it would not have been able to grant remission of sins, "shed for us and for many". However, we must especially note, that, in order to receive "remission of sins and eternal life", there is no talk about "eating", but rather about "drinking".

Namely, that which is characteristically emphasised is the new "drink", and not the "food". One might ask, what is the deeper symbolic significance of this characteristic detail? Whilst we know that the nourishment of people generally includes both "food and drink", yet we all know that it is "drink" which constitutes the basic food of the infant.

Therefore, the symbolism here is that, if we are to taste the new drink, we must "become infants with respect to evil". We must become like the child. We must believe like children, who consider nothing impossible, when they know that they have a father.
In other words, we are called to be born again, rendering void all our past sinful life through repentance, precisely as Christ epigrammatically asked the same thing from Nicodemus.

May God also show His mercy on us, so that we may overcome whatever obstacles in this painful journey against the current. In this way, tasting the new drink, we shall be able to chant in the presence of all deaths and above all graves, "Christ is Risen"!

To Him be glory and power unto the ages of ages. Amen.

With fervent prayers in the Risen Christ

 

Archbishop STYLIANOS
Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of Australia

EASTER 2017

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