Monthly Archives: July 2016

Sermon of the Transfiguration

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit!

On 6th August, dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we commemorate the event when our Lord’s human nature was transfigured by the Holy Spirit, proceeding from Our Heavenly Father, Whose voice witnessed to His Son’s divine nature. Continue reading

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Temptations

∼ Words from the Church Fathers ∼

Temptations come on some people for the cleansing of previous sins, on other for the beautification of their current perfection, and on yet others, as preparation for things to come, except temptations, which are for the increase of a man’s faith and virtue, as it was with Job.
– St. Maximos the Confessor, Chapters on Love, 2.45


Temptations come so that hidden passions may be revealed and so that it will be possible to fight them, and so that the soul may be rid of them. They are also a sign of God’s mercy. So give yourself with trust into God’s hands and ask his help, so that he will strengthen you in your struggle. God knows how much each one can bear and allows temptations according to the measure of our strength. Remember that after temptation comes spiritual joy, and that the Lord protects them that endure temptations and suffering for the sake of His love.
– St. Nektarios of Aegina, The Path to Happiness, 4

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WEEKLY PROGRAM | 24 – 30 JULY

SUNDAY 24 JULY
† Fifth Sunday of Matthew | Matthew 8: 28-34,9:1
† St Christina, Great Martyr
• 7.30 – 11.00am
Orthros and Divine Liturgy 
• 10.30 – 11.00am
Sunday School 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 After Church each Sunday, join us for tea & coffee in our Coffee Room.

This Week’s Readings:

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Knowing God

∼ Words from the Church Fathers ∼

If a person wants to get an idea about the pyramids of Egypt, he must either trust those who have been in immediate proximity to the pyramids, or he must get next to them himself. There is no third option. In the same way a person can get an impression of God: he must either trust those who have stood and stand in immediate proximity to God, or he must take pains to come into such proximity himself.
– St. Nicholas of Serbia, Thoughts on Good and Evil

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As it is impossible to verbally describe the sweetness of honey to one who has never tasted honey, so the goodness of God cannot be clearly communicated by way of teaching if we ourselves are not able to penetrate into the goodness of the Lord by our own experience. -St. Basil the Great, Conversations on the Psalms, 29

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Homily for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 8: 28-34,9:1

It may be hard for us to relate to today’s gospel passage. We are not possessed by demons, living in a cemetery, and so frightening that no one will come near us. And probably none of us have ever seen a whole herd of pigs run off a cliff and drown in the sea. On the surface, the story of Jesus Christ casting demons out of these wretched men may seem irrelevant to us. But if we look into the narrative more deeply, and with an eye on our epistle passage from St. Paul, we will see that it speaks to us directly. Continue reading

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WEEKLY PROGRAM | 17 – 23 JULY

SUNDAY 17 JULY
Fathers of the Fourth Council | Matthew 5: 14-19  Titus 3:8-15
St Marina, Great Martyr
• 7.30 – 11.00am
Orthros and Divine Liturgy 
• 10.30 – 11.00am
Sunday School 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 After Church each Sunday, join us for tea & coffee in our Coffee Room.

This Week’s Readings:

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When are we living in Christ?

∼ Words from the Church Fathers ∼

When are we living in Christ? When we live according to His Gospel and His Church. For He Himself, and not only His Gospel, is in the Church with all of His perfections and virtues.

The Church is the eternally living Body of the God-man Christ. In her we find the medium of the holy mysteries. In her we find the means of holy good deeds.

Our Lord Jesus Christ abides inseparable from the Church in this world. He abides with each member of the Church throughout all ages. He has His entire self for us in the Church, and continually gives Himself to us entirely, so that we might be enabled to live in this world as He lived.

-St. Justin Popovich, Explanation of I John, 4:9, 17

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