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Monday, 04 September 2017 22:14

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WAMGLTA Membership Flyer

Monday, 04 September 2017 22:00

Protecting the Sanctity of Mariage

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Friday, 01 September 2017 12:00

What's New (01/09/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Sep 2
    • 8:00AM, Martyr Mammas, John the Faster, Philadelphus, Philip - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Sep 3
    • 8:00AM, 13th Sunday of Matthew - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Fri Sep 8
    • 7:30AM, Birth of the Theotokos - Divine Liturgy
    • 9:30AM, Supplicatory canon to the Theotokos
    • 6:00PM, Supplicatory canon to the Theotokos - English
  • Sat Sep 9
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
13th Sunday of Matthew (03/09/2017)

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 16:13-24

Gospel: Matthew 21:33-42

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Monday, 28 August 2017 17:34

The Kiss

The following article was written by Fr Emmanuel Stamatiou soon after he was ordained a Deacon of the Church.

THE KISS OF A YOUNG CHILD

Following the service of the Divine Liturgy one Sunday while I was preparing for a Baptism I was approached by a little girl who was about five years of age. There was no one else in the Church at the time. I stopped what I was doing, for she remained still and close by my side. I was busy positioning the font and preparing the table upon which the holy Gospel was to be placed along with other essential items required for the Sacrament. Having realised that the little person was waiting patiently at my side I turned around, looked down and asked, can 1 help you? Yes she said, I would like to kiss your hand. She kissed my hand and immediately exited the Church.

Why would a little girl be so happy to kiss the hand of a deacon? Who taught her that this was a good thing to do and for what benefit? From what I could see the child initiated the action herself, there was no adult in sight. She did not kiss the hand to receive a sweet.

She left with a blessing. She could not show it to her mother and say look what I have got, but what she received was very real, as it was real for the person through whom the blessing was given. I was deeply touched by the little girl's presentation and pure heart. I was humbled by her approach. Many adults cannot humble themselves to receive such a blessing. What most people see is the hand of an unworthy priest.

What is important to understand however, is that the hand of the priest which bears the blessing does not emanate from his person or his personality but from his priesthood which is greater than himself and anyone who serves within the priesthood. The blessing is God's blessing and if discharged with faith; both the priest and the recipient are humbled before God.

This young child was in a spiritual place, the house of God. She came to receive God's love and blessing and walked away with joy. She received a blessing which came from God and is beyond every person's comprehension. For this blessing there can be no distinction made between a child and an adult if we approach the priest in the correct manner. She like all innocent children of God seek out the blessing through a pure and sincere heart. This state of Grace is often lost however by adults who choose to rely on reason rather than placing their trust in God.

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Sunday, 27 August 2017 19:33

Blessing of the Phanouropita

Celebrating the feast day of Saint Phanourios, a special service was held today for the blessing of the Phanouropita.

Saint Phanourios has become the patron saint of things lost, and his name is invoked in prayers for the recovery of items.

Dismissal Hymn

"A heavenly song of praise is brightly sung on the earth; the hosts of the Angels keep an earthly festival now in splendour and radiant joy; from on high, they praise with hymns thy suff'rings and struggles; and below, the Church doth laud the heavenly glory thou foundest by thy contests and pains, O glorious Phanurius."
The Great Horologion. (1997). 1st ed. Brookline: Holy Transfiguration Monastery.

Friday, 25 August 2017 12:00

What's New (25/08/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Aug 26
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Aug 27
    • 8:00AM, 12th Sunday of Matthew - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Tue Aug 29
    • 7:30AM, Beheading of the Forerunner - Divine Liturgy
  • Fri Sep 1
    • 7:30AM, Beginning of the Indictus - Divine Liturgy
    • 9:30AM, Supplicatory canon to the Theotokos
  • Sat Sep 2
    • 8:00AM, Martyr Mammas, John the Faster, Philadelphus, Philip - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
12th Sunday of Matthew (27/08/2017)

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Gospel: Matthew 19:16-26

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Thursday, 24 August 2017 07:03

Vote No!

Postal Brochure - Page 1

Postal Brochure - Page 2

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Monday, 21 August 2017 19:11

Evangelismos Dinner Dance

On Saturday, 19 August, we had the Evangelismos Dinner Dance at Floreat Athena FC, and what a huge success it was!

In addition to the abundance of food, and fun, we even had a special performance by the St Andrews Grammar Dance Group.

It was a great night out for all the members and families of our community.

A special thanks goes out to our Committee who made the night possible, as well as all those who assisted in any way on the night.

If you weren't able to make it on Saturday, we've uploaded some photos from the night to our Photo Gallery for viewing.

Dinner Dance

Friday, 18 August 2017 12:00

What's New (18/08/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Aug 19
    • 8:00AM, Martyr Andrew the Soldier, Martyrs Timothy, Agapius, Thecla - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Aug 20
    • 8:00AM, 11th Sunday of Matthew - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Wed Aug 23
    • 7:30AM, Apodosis of the Dormition - Divine Liturgy
  • Thu Aug 24
    • 7:30AM, St Kosmas the Aetolian - Divine Liturgy
  • Fri Aug 25
    • 9:30AM, Supplicatory canon to the Theotokos
  • Sat Aug 26
    • 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
11th Sunday of Matthew (20/08/2017)

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 9:2-12

Gospel: Matthew 18:23-35

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 06:48

Out of the World

DO NOT LOVE THE WORLD

Why is it increasingly difficult for those who follow Christ to be understood by the world? Clearly the living are all in the world; but of those who proclaim to follow Christ, not all are necessarily of it. Those who are true servants of Christ cannot be of this world though they live in it.
In his first epistle, St John the Theologian clearly addresses this issue when he wrote (1 John 3:2) "Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him." Meaning that the world did not accept or acknowledge Christ the Messiah, whose mission and love was to fulfil the Will of the Father and save the world. But alas the world did not accept Him, so the consequence of the world's hatred and rejection of Christ also is a consequence for those who belong to Christ and have become children of God. "Do not love the world," says St John (1 John 15) "or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him."

These are the divinely inspired words of St John reflecting the very words of Christ Himself when He said: "If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world, would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. (John 15:18-19)

FRIENDS OF THE WORLD
THE NEW HUMANITARIANS

Today there is an expectation and a belief that one ought to be a friend of the world and of God. It is believed that this is not only possible but highly desirable and the ultimate state that one should strive for. They have not fathomed the words of Christ because they cannot comprehend the living truth. It is impossible to belong to the world and have knowledge of God. They may converse about the subject of God, they may read Scripture, and they may stand for social justice, but to become children of God requires much more than this. To become children of God is to struggle against evil and to be hated for it. Why? Listen to the Words of Christ. They have not been written only to sound profound. They are the living truth, they are what is happening, and what will happen to those who belong to Him. Are we prepared for this? How shall we endure?

In the Athonite Gerontikon (Sayings of the Holy Fathers of Mount Athos, Thessaloniki 1977, pp. 429) an elder is quoted as saying, "If you want the enemy not to fight you, (meaning the devil and his influence in everyday life) all you have to do is eat, drink, sleep and do whatever you feel like. Then the devil will not bother you with either temptations or problems. He is like a dog. You don't bother the devil and he stays quiet. You bother him and he throws himself at you and bites."

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