Welcome to the St Vasilios Church website. Outlined below is the Weekly Program of church services and activities for the current week
WEEKLY PROGRAM | 20 – 27 MAY 2018
SUNDAY 20 MAY
† Fathers of the 1st Council | John 17: 1-13
• 7.30 – 11.00am Orthros and Divine Liturgy
• 10.30 – 11.00am Sunday School Classes
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES FOR ALL AGES!
(A free voluntary program organised by the Church)
Lessons take place in the building behind the church and begin at the time of Holy Communion until Church dismissal. We have classes for ages ranging from 5yrs to teenage years. Lessons are taught in a relaxed, friendly environment. Please bring your children along to learn of their rich Orthodox faith and come close to God and His Love.
You’re invited to join us for a cuppa and a chat in the Church Coffee Room every Sunday following the service
This week’s readings:
TUESDAY 22 MAY
• 7.00pm Orthodox Youth of Brunswick and Coburg meeting this week at the COBURG parish
WEDNESDAY 23 MAY
• 5.00pm Paraklesis to the Theotokos followed by Bible Study (in Greek)
THURSDAY 24 MAY
FRIDAY 25 MAY
SATURDAY 26 MAY
† Saturday of Souls
• 7.00 – 10.00am Orthros and Divine Liturgy
• 9.00am – 1.00pm Greek Language School – Prep to Year 6
• 3.45pm Service of Vespers
SUNDAY 27 MAY
† SUNDAY OF PENTECOST
GOSPEL READING: John 7: 7-52, 8:12
EPISTLE READING: Acts 2: 1-11
WORDS FROM THE CHURCH FATHERS
“The whole earth is a living icon of the face of God.”
St. Anthony the Great
Do not be surprised that you fall every day; do not give up, but stand your ground courageously.
And assuredly, the angel who guards you will honour your patience.
St John Climacus
If you find that there is no love in you, but you want to have it, then do deeds of love, even though you do them without love in the beginning.
The Lord will see your desire and striving and will put love in your heart.
St. Ambrose of Optina
We know that prayer in and of itself cannot save us, but carrying it out before God can. For when the Lord’s eyes are upon us He sanctifies us, as the sun warms everything upon which it shines.
St Gregory Palamas
GREAT LENT – FINDING GOD IN FASTING
We fast joyfully: self-discipline is not self-punishment, it is liberation and renewal – the fast is a celebration of our freedom.
“…if our Father Adam had fasted, we should not have suffered banishment from Eden. The fruit that brought death upon me was pleasing to the eye and good to eat…”
From Vespers, Friday of the First Week of Lent
Fasting returns us to an awareness of our needs, and helps us discern the difference between what we truly need and the vast, unlimited range of what we want.
Fasting is not a discipline we take up for its own sake: we fast in order to discipline ourselves so that we can find ourselves in God. The fast is a period of intense waiting for the coming of the Bridegroom.
“So be at peace…and call upon God.”
St Nektarios of Aegina