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Friday, 07 July 2017 12:00

What's New (07/07/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Jul 8
    • 8:00AM, Greatmartyr Procopios, Theophilios the Myrrhbearer - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Jul 9
    • 8:00AM, 5th Sunday of Matthew - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Tue Jul 11
    • 7:30AM, Greatmartyr Euphemia - Divine Liturgy
    • 6:30PM, Saint Paisios - Vespers (Combined Service at the Monastery of Saint John)
  • Wed Jul 12
    • 8:00AM, Saint Paisios - Divine Liturgy (Combined Service at the Monastery of Saint John)
  • Fri Jul 14
    • 9:30AM, Salutations to the Virgin Mary

 

English Liturgy

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

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
5th Sunday of Matthew (09/07/2017)

Epistle: Romans 10:1-10

Gospel: Matthew 8:28-34; 9:1

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

Friday, 07 July 2017 06:10

Announcement - St Paisios Celebration

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia would like to inform the faithful in Perth about the program for the celebration of the memory of Saint Paisios the Athonite. His memory will be celebrated at the Greek Orthodox Monastery of Saint John in Forrestfield with all the priesthood percent.

The program is the following:

  1. Tuesday 11th of July: Vespers 6.30pm
  2. Wednesday 12th of July: Mattins and Divine Liturgy with all the clergy of our city. A morning tea will follow in the Monastery’s hall.
    A free 19 sitter bus will depart the Annunciation of the Theotokos church 8:30 Wednesday morning for those not being able to drive. To reserve a seat please contact Georgia Koutouzi at Saint Basil's Aged Care Services office on 9201 9655.
Friday, 30 June 2017 12:00

What's New (30/06/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Jul 1
    • 7:30AM, Unmercenaries Kosmas and Damian - Divine Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Jul 2
    • 8:00AM, 4th Sunday of Matthew - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Fri Jul 7
    • 7:30AM, Greatmartyr Kyriaki - Divine Liturgy
    • 9:30AM, Salutations to the Virgin Mary

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
4th Sunday of Matthew (02/07/2017)

Epistle: Hebrews 9:1-7

Gospel: Matthew 8:5-13

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

Friday, 23 June 2017 12:00

What's New (23/06/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Jun 24
    • 8:00AM, Nativity of John the Baptist - Divine Liturgy (Combined Service at Monastery of St John)
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Jun 25
    • 8:00AM, 3rd Sunday of Matthew - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Thu Jun 29
    • 7:30AM, Peter and Paul the Holy, Glorious Leaders of Apostles - Divine Liturgy
  • Fri Jun 30
    • 7:30AM, Synaxis of the 12 Apostles - Divine Liturgy
    • 9:30AM, Salutations to the Virgin Mary

 

Holy Monastery of Saint John of the Mountain Feast Day (24 June)

Tomorrow is the feast day of Saint John of the Mountain. The following services will be held to commemorate this feast:

  • Sat Jun 23 (Tonight)
    • 6:00PM, Vespers Service (Combined Service - Holy Monastery of Saint John)
  • Sat Jun 24 (Tomorrow)
    • 8:00AM, Matins & Divine Liturgy
    • There will be a luncheon after the service.
      Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
3rd Sunday of Matthew (25/06/2017)

Epistle: Romans 5:1-10

Gospel: Matthew 6:22-33

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

 

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 June/July edition of the "Lychnos" magazine is out and can be downloaded from here.

Some of the stories that you can read about are:

  • Fishers of Men
  • Salvation: Do We Need It In Our Times? - Part A
  • Why Do We Repeat So Many Set Prayers?

...and much more!

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.

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