Monthly Archives: August 2018

How to Share in the Glory of Christ’s Resurrection: Homily for the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos

At the very heart of our faith as Orthodox Christians is the good news that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. He truly died and was buried as a human being, but Hades and the grave could not contain Him as God. Because He is risen, those who die enter into His presence as they await the resurrection of the body and the Last Judgment. Those who have loved and served Him experience paradise already as a foretaste of heaven, for they are with the Lord to Whom they united themselves during their lifetimes. Our Saviour rose as a whole person with a glorified body and then ascended into heaven forty days later. That is how He has made it possible for us all to share in the eternal joy of the heavenly kingdom. Continue reading

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The Koimisis – Falling Asleep of the Theotokos

Apolitikion
The Koimisis—Falling Asleep of the Theotokos
O Mother of God, in giving birth you still preserved virginity; and in falling asleep you did not forsake the world. You are the Mother of Life and have been transferred to life, and through your prayers have delivered our souls from death.

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WEEKLY PROGRAM | 5 – 12 AUGUST 2018

SUNDAY 5 AUGUST
† 10th Sunday of Matthew | Matthew 17: 14-23
• 7.30 – 11.00am Orthros and Divine Liturgy
• 10.30 – 11.00am
Sunday School Classes
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Sunday Homily for 10th Sunday of Matthew

Matthew 17: 14-23

In this gospel, Jesus teaches us that the only way we can overcome the evil in this world, is through prayer and fasting.

The incident in today’s Gospel took place immediately after the Transfiguration. At the Transfiguration three of our Lord’s disciples, Peter, James and John saw our Lord Jesus Christ as He truly is, shining with the glory of God that was His before all ages. They knew then that He was King and God, as we acknowledge at our baptism. And Jesus spoke to them of the “restoration of all things”. Continue reading

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ON THE FEAST OF TRANSFIGURATION

Apolytikion
You were transfigured on the Mount, Christ God revealing Your glory to Your disciples, insofar as they could comprehend. Illuminate us sinners also with Your everlasting light, through the intercessions of the Theotokos. Giver of light, glory to You.

Kontakion
You were transfigured upon the mount, O Christ our God, and Your disciples, in so far as they could bear, beheld Your glory. Thus, when they see You crucified, they may understand Your voluntary passion, and proclaim to the world that You are truly the effulgence of the Father.

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THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD
Such are the marvels, truly worthy of God, celebrated in this present feast, which is an image and prefiguring of the future state of the righteous, whose splendour the Lord spoke of, saying: “Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun” (Matt. 13:43). It is because of this that the Kontakion of this Feast is said daily (when there is not a great feast) in the Service of the Typica in perpetual commemoration of the glory that will be the lot of the Saints. According to tradition, the Lord’s Transfiguration came to pass forty days before His Crucifixion; this is why the Transfiguration is celebrated forty days before the Exaltation of the Cross.”
(taken from: http://goarch.org/chapel/saints)

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WEEKLY PROGRAM | 29 JULY – 5 AUGUST 2018

SUNDAY 29 JULY
† 9th Sunday of Matthew | Matthew 14: 22-34
• 7.30 – 11.00am Orthros and Divine Liturgy
• 10.30 – 11.00am
Sunday School Classes
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