Welcome


PROGRAM FOR CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR HOLY SERVICES

Fr Ephraim and Fr Athanasios, The Church Committee,
the Ladies’ Philoptohos Group,
the Sunday School Teachers and Christian Youth Group of our Church
Wish all the community
A JOYOUS, HOLY CHRISTMAS
AND BLESSED NEW YEAR 2019

SUNDAY 23 DECEMBER
† Forefeast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
† Ten Martyrs of Crete
• 7.30 – 11.00am Orthros and Divine Liturgy
• 10.30 – 11.00am
Sunday School Classes
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES FOR ALL AGES!
Our final Sunday School Classes for 2018 will be on Sunday 23 December. Notification of the recommencement date for classes in 2019 will be published early in 2019 in the Church Bulletin.

CHRISTMAS CAROLS AT MELBOURNE TOWN HALL
Sunday 23rd December, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston St, Melbourne
A variety of traditional Christmas Carols in Greek and English for all ages. This is a combined Christmas celebration for all Parishes and Communities in Melbourne. All are welcome to attend and entrance is free. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase at the Hall.


MONDAY 24 DECEMBER
• 5.00 – 8.00am
Orthros, Hours, Vespers and Divine Liturgy of St Vasilios


TUESDAY 25 DECEMBER
NATIVITY OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST
• 5.00 – 8.00am Orthros and Divine Liturgy


WEDNESDAY 26 DECEMBER
† Synaxis of the Theotokos
• 7.00 – 9.30am
Orthros and Divine Liturgy


THURSDAY 27 DECEMBER
† Protomartyr St Stephen
• 7.00 – 9.30am Orthros and Divine Liturgy


SUNDAY 30 DECEMBER
• 7.30 – 11.00am Orthros and Divine Liturgy


MONDAY 31 DECEMBER
Great Festal Vespers
• 7.00pm
Presided by His Grace Bishop Iakovos of Militopolis


TUESDAY 1 JANUARY
† FEAST DAY OF ST VASILIOS
• 7.30am
Archieratical Divine Liturgy of St Vasilios officiated by His Grace Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis and Bishop Iakovos of Militopolis


FRIDAY 4 JANUARY
• 7.00 – 9.30am Orthros and Hours


SATURDAY 5 JANUARY
• 7.00 – 11.00am Orthros and Divine Liturgy followed by Great Agiasmos Service


SUNDAY 6 JANUARY
† HOLY EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST
• 7.00 – 11.00am Orthros and Divine Liturgy followed by Great Agiasmos Service


MONDAY 7 JANUARY
† Synaxis of St John the Forerunner and Baptist
7.00 – 9.30am Orthros and Divine Liturgy


He who inclined the heavens and came down to dwell in the Virgin is coming to be born in the flesh in the cave of Bethlehem,
just as it was written.
The One who gives life to infants in the womb
will be seen as a newborn Babe.
With joy, let us go out to meet Him in the uprightness of our hearts.
Orthros Service


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

“So be at peace…and call upon God.”
St Nektarios of Aegina