Monthly Archives: May 2016

Homily for the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman in the Orthodox Church

The Power of Conversation with Enemies and Strangers: Homily for the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman in the Orthodox Church

Christ is Risen!

The world today has more than a little in common with the time and place in which Jesus Christ ministered. Both in the first and the twenty-first century, people easily divide up into groups that hate one another and view their enemies as less than human. If someone is of the wrong religion, political party, or ethnic group or stands on the opposite side of some issue, too many respond simply with condemnation.

We may wonder, then, how to demonstrate the new life of our Saviour’s resurrection in a time when severe disagreements and divisions are so common – both in our own country and around the world. Christ’s conversation with the Samaritan woman provides a challenging example of how to interact with even the most unlikely people, of how to overcome the barriers that exist between those who consider themselves simply enemies. Remember that the Jews hated the Samaritans as religious and ethnic half-breeds because they had mixed the ethnic heritage and the religion of Israel with that of other peoples. No self-respecting Jew would have anything to do with a Samaritan, much less ask one for a drink of water. The Samaritans knew that, but Christ did the unthinkable by striking up a conversation and asking the woman for a favour. As a result of this unlikely conversation, a Samaritan woman came to recognize Him as the Messiah, to believe in Him, and to lead many of her own people to the faith. She ultimately became Saint Photini, an evangelist and martyr with the title “Equal to the Apostles.” Continue reading

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WEEKLY PROGRAM | 22 – 28 MAY

SUNDAY 22 MAY
† Sunday of the Paralytic | Epistle: Acts 9:32-42  Gospel: John 5:1-15
• 7.30 – 11.00am
Orthros and Divine Liturgy 
• 10.30 – 11.00am
Sunday School Lessons for ages ranging 5 to 17 yrs. Lessons take place in the building behind the church and begin at the time of Holy Communion until Church dismissal. 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.
• 11.00am – 12.00pm Each Sunday, join us for tea & coffee in our Coffee Room.

This week’s Readings:

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Sunday of the Paralytic

In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

How tragic is today’s story of the life of Christ. A man had been paralysed for years. He had lain at a short distance from healing, but he himself had no strength to merge into the waters of ablution. And no one – no one in the course of all these years – had had compassion on him. Continue reading

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Feast of the Myrrh-Bearing Women…

Feast of the Myrrh-Bearing Women, St Joseph of Arimathea and St NicodemusMark 15: 43-47, 16: 1-8

In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

We keep today the feast of a number of the followers of Christ of whom we think seldom, because they are mentioned very little in the Scriptures. And each of them could be a lesson for us.

St. Joseph of Arimathea was a rich man who listened to Christ with an open mind and did not commit himself. Neither did Nicodemus; but Nicodemus was a learned man, part of the Sanhedrin. He had been listening to Christ, he had been asking questions from Him, he wanted to understand, he wanted to be sure. But neither of them had committed themselves to follow Christ, to declare themselves as His disciples. Continue reading

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St John Chrysostom

∼ Words from the Church Fathers ∼

St. John Chrysostom: . . . thou mayest not endure those who say that He was stolen. . . .

When then [Mary Magdelene] came and said these things, [the disciples] hearing them, draw near with great eagerness to the sepulchre, and see the linen clothes lying, which was a sign of the Resurrection. For neither, if any persons had removed the body, would they before doing so have stripped it; nor if any had stolen it, would they have taken the trouble to remove the napkin, and roll it up, and lay it in a place by itself; but how? They would have taken the body as it was. Continue reading

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Paschal Hours 2016

From Easter Sunday until the Saturday of Renewal or ‘Bright’ week, in place of morning and evening prayers, compline, and the thanksgiving prayers after communion, the Paschal Hours are read.

Paschal Hours 2016 in Greek and English

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Entering into the Joy of the Resurrection: A Homily for St. Thomas Sunday in the Orthodox Church

Christ is Risen!

On this Sunday of St. Thomas, we have only begun our celebration of Pascha, of our Lord’s victory over death in His glorious resurrection on the third day. Perhaps one of the reasons that Pascha is a season of forty days is that it takes us a good while to let the good news sink in. For not only is Christ raised from the dead, we are too. The tomb is no longer a shadowy place of separation from God or a disappearance into oblivion, but an entry way to the Kingdom of Heaven where the departed are in the presence of the One Who has conquered death. Yes, the Risen Lord calls every human being to life eternal, including you and me and all our departed loved ones. Continue reading

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