Monthly Archives: July 2016

My Light in the World

As Orthodox Christians, what’s the first thing we do when we walk into to the church? If we say ‘have a lengthy conversation with fellow parishioner’ that may be true but of course it is not correct. The first thing we do, or that we are supposed to do, is light a candle, saying a prayer, placing it in the sand, venerating the icon and then taking our place in the nave to worship God. The practice of lighting a candle when entering is rooted in the Paschal tradition of receiving the light of Christ from the priest at the midnight Resurrection service. He exits the altar with a lit candle while the following hymn is chanted: “Come receive the light from the light, that is never overtaken by night; and glorify Christ who is risen from the dead” (Deute lavete phos). The utter darkness within the building is quickly overcome with light as the priest passes the flame to the faithful and they in turn pass it on to others. Continue reading

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WEEKLY PROGRAM | 10 – 16 JULY

SUNDAY 10 JULY
† 3rd Sunday of Matthew | Matthew 6:22-33  Romans 5:1-10
45 Martyrs of Nicopolis
• 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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In times of affliction, unceasingly call out to the merciful God in prayer

∼ Words from the Church Fathers ∼

Put up your prayers, all your cares to God. He cares for you. Do not become faint-hearted, and do not distress yourselves. He who searches out the hidden depths of a man’s soul, knows your desires too, and has the power to fulfil them as he knows. For your part, ask of God, and do not lose your courage. Do not think that, since the longing you have is holy, you have a right to complain, when are not heard. God fulfils your longings in a way that you do not know. So be at peace then, and call upon God.
– St. Nektarios of Aegina

In times of affliction, unceasingly call out to the merciful God in prayer. The unceasing invocation of the name of God in prayer is a treatment for the soul which kills not only the passions, but even their very operation. As a doctor finds the necessary medicine, and it works in such a way that the sick person does not understand, in just the same way the name of God, when you call upon it, kills all the passions, although we don’t know how this happens.
– St. Barsanuphius the Great, Instructions 421

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Too Many Worries Make People Forget God

An Excerpt from “With Pain and Love for Contemporary Man” by Elder Paisios of Mount Athos (Holy Monastery “Evangelist John the Theologion”, 2006)

Geronda (spiritual elder in Greek), does worrying about too many things take us away from God?

Look, let me try to explain. When a little child is playing and is all absorbed with his toys, he’s not aware that his father may be next to him caressing him. If he interrupts his play a bit, then he will become aware of his father’s caresses. Similarly, when we are preoccupied with too many activities and are anxiously concerned about them, when we worry too much about worldly matters, we cannot become aware of God’s love. God gives but we do not sense it. Be careful not to waste your precious energy on redundant worries and vanities, which will turn to dust one day. When you do this, you not only tire your body, but you also scatter your mind aimlessly, offering God only your fatigue and yawns at the time of prayer – much like the sacrifice offered by Cain. It follows that your inner state will be like that of Cain’s, you will be full of anxiety and sighs provoked by the devil standing by your side. Continue reading

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WEEKLY PROGRAM | 3 – 9 JULY

SUNDAY 3 JULY
† 2nd Sunday of Matthew | Romans 2:10-16  Matthew 4: 18-23 
• 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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The action of Love

∼ Words from the Church Fathers ∼

Do not say that faith in Christ alone can save you, for this is not possible if you do not attain love for Him, which is demonstrated by deeds. As for mere faith: “The demons also believe and tremble” (James, 2:19). The action of love consists in heartfelt good deeds toward one’s neighbour, magnanimity, patience, and sober use of things.

St. Maximus the Confessor, Chapters on Love, 1.39-40

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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

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2nd Sunday After Pentecost

Matthew 4: 18-23

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

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ today in today’s Gospel we hear our Lord say “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.” Our Lord said this to call the apostles. This is not just the apostles’ call but it is our own. What this statement says is that if we follow the Lord Jesus Christ we will bring men to Him. Continue reading

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