Monthly Archives: April 2018

Sunday of the Paralytic – John 5:1-15

Christ is Risen!

On this fourth Sunday of the season of Pascha, we remember Jesus Christ’s healing of the paralytic, the paralyzed man who had not been able to move for 38 years, probably his entire life. He had seen others healed miraculously in a nearby pool of water, but he had no one to help him get there when the angel stirred the water. So he was stuck, unable to move, unable to heal himself, and unable to receive God’s blessing. Continue reading

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Words of the Church Fathers – St Peter the Damascene

~ Words of the Church Fathers ~

We all receive God’s blessings equally. But some of us, receiving God’s fire, that is, His word, become soft like beeswax, while the others like clay become hard as stone. And if we do not want Him, He does not force any of us, but like the sun He sends His rays and illuminates the whole world, and he who wants to see Him, sees Him, whereas the one who does not want to see Him, is not forced by Him. And no one is responsible for this privation of light except the one who does not want to have it.

God created the sun and the eye. Man is free to receive the sun’s light or not. The same is true here. God sends the light of knowledge like rays to all, but He also gave us faith like an eye. The one who wants to receive knowledge through faith, keeps it by his works, and so God gives him more willingness, knowledge, and power.

St Peter the Damascene

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WEEKLY PROGRAM | 22 – 29 APRIL 2018

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:

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On the Sunday of the Holy Myrrh-Bearers

The Reading is from Mark 15:43-47; 16:1-8

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen. Christ is Risen!

The Gospel reading today should be familiar to you. The verses from chapter 16:1-8 comprise the reading before the closed doors of the Church on the night of Holy Pascha. According to most Biblical scholars St. Mark’s Gospel originally ended here on a dramatic note. The Angel asks the Myrrh-bearing women to go tell the disciples (and Peter in particular) the news that they would meet the risen Lord in Galilee, but according to this Gospel the women do not do as commanded. Instead they flee from the tomb: “for trembling and astonishment had come upon them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” We must not be too hard on them. Put yourself in their place. How would we respond to such a startling scene? A redactor, or perhaps an editor added what we know are two alternative endings to complete the story. This doesn’t bother us at all. We have known all along that the Gospels are the collected memories of the communities that gathered around the Apostles. They are the product of the Church rather than single individuals. Continue reading

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Homily on the Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women

“…Their poor ointments, with which they meant to preserve from corruption Him who Himself keeps the heavens from decay, and with which they desired to anoint Him from whom the heavens take their fragrance! O most fragrant Lord, the only fragrance of the human being and human history; how wondrously didst Thou reward these devoted and faithful souls who did not forget Thee dead in Thy tomb! Thou didst make the Myrrh-Bearing Women the bearers of the tidings of Thy Resurrection and Thy glory! They did not anoint Thy dead body, but Thou didst anoint their living souls with the oil of gladness. The mourners of the dead became the swallows of a new spring.”

– St. Nikolai Velimirovic

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WEEKLY PROGRAM | 15 – 21 APRIL 2018

ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ ΑΝΕΣΤH! CHRIST IS ARISEN!

SUNDAY 15 APRIL
† Sunday of Thomas | John 20: 19 – 31
• 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. Continue reading

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Sunday of Thomas – John 20:19–31

Today’s gospel is very complex and requires considerable reflection so that various significant theological implications can be grasped. There are three matters which I wish to touch on to give insights into this gospel reading. Continue reading

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