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WEEKLY PROGRAM | 22 – 29 APRIL 2018


ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ ΑΝΕΣΤH! CHRIST IS ARISEN!

Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death,
and to those in the tombs, bestowing life!
Truly the Lord is risen!

SUNDAY 22 APRIL
† Sunday of The Myrrh-bearers | Mark 15: 43-47-16:1-8
• 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.

This week’s readings:


MONDAY 23 APRIL
St George, Great-Martyr the Trophy-bearer
• 7.00 – 9.30am
Orthros and Divine Liturgy
• 10.00am  Meeting of Elderly Citizens in the Church Hall
• 5.00 – 8.45pm Greek Language School – Senior School


TUESDAY 24 APRIL
7.00pm Orthodox Youth of Brunswick and Coburg meeting this week at the COBURG parish


WEDNESDAY 25 APRIL
St Mark the Apostle and Evangelist
• 7.00 – 9.30am
Orthros and Divine Liturgy
• 5.00pm Paraklesis to the Theotokos followed by Bible Study (in Greek)


THURSDAY 26 APRIL
No services


FRIDAY 27 APRIL
No services


SATURDAY 28 APRIL
• 9.00am – 1.00pm Greek Language School – Prep to Year 6
• 3.45pm Service of Vespers


SUNDAY 29 APRIL
GOSPEL READING: John 5: 1-15
EPISTLE READING: Acts 9: 32-42


 

WORDS FROM THE CHURCH FATHERS

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