Monthly Archives: May 2020

Sunday of the Paralytic, John 5: 1-15

The Paralytic: Hoping, Healing, and Heralding

On the third Sunday after Holy Pascha, we hear the story of Jesus healing the Paralytic at Bethsaida (John 5:1-15). This passage is taken from what Biblical scholars have designated as “The Book of Signs,” i.e. John 1:19 through John 12. It precedes “The Book of Glory,” which deals with Christ’s Paschal Mystery (His passion, death and rising). The Book of Signs occupies much of John’s Gospel because, as Fr Joseph Fitzmeyer notes: “It is the part of the Gospel where the Word reveals Himself to the world and is not accepted other than by His own.” Continue reading

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Mid-Pentecost

In the middle of the feast, O Saviour, fill my thirsting soul with the waters of godliness, as Thou didst cry unto all: If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink! O Christ God, Fountain of life, glory to Thee! (Troparion)

On the Wednesday of the Paralytic, we celebrate the Feast of Mid-Pentecost. Continue reading

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When you are praying alone…

~ Words of the Church Fathers ~

When you are praying alone, and your spirit is dejected, and you are wearied and oppressed by your loneliness, remember then, as always, that God the Trinity looks upon you with eyes brighter than the sun; also all the angels, your own Guardian Angel, and all the Saints of God. Truly they do; for they are all one in God, and where God is, there are they also. Where the sun is, thither also are directed all its rays. Try to understand what this means.

St John of Kronstadt


Humility is the only thing we need; one can still fall having virtues other than humility – but with humility one does not fall.

Elder Herman of Mt Athos

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Divine Liturgy for Synaxis of the Holy Powder

8/05/2020

Matins and Divine Liturgy for the feast of the Synaxis of the Holy Powder (or manna) which emitted from the tomb of Saint John the Theologian.

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Divine Liturgy for Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women

3/05/2020

Special guest Archepiscopal Vicar of Northcote District Very Reverend Evmenios

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On Christ in the hearts of the faithful

~ Words of the Church Fathers ~

‘That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith’ (Eph. 3:17).

He has not Christ who only has Him on his tongue. Nor does he have Christ who only has Him on paper. Nor he who only has Him on the wall. Nor, indeed, he who has Him in a museum. He has Him in truth who has Him in his heart. For Christ is love, and the throne of love is the heart. If Christ is in your heart, then He is your God. If He is only on your tongue, or on paper, on the wall or in a museum, then, even if you call Him God, He is a plaything for you. Beware then, O man, for none can play with God with impunity!

The heart is apparently a small organ, but God can abide in it. And when God abides in it, it is filled to overflowing and nothing else can stand in it. If, however, the whole world were to dwell in it, without God, it would remain empty.

My brethren, let Christ the risen and living Lord dwell in your hearts by faith, and your hearts will be filled to overflowing. For He can in no other way abide in your hearts than by your faith. If you have no faith, Christ will remain only on your tongue or on paper, or on the wall or in the museum. What use is that to you? What use is it to you to have life on your tongue but death in your heart? For if you have the world in your heart and Christ on your lips, you have death in your heart and life on your lips. Water on the tongue is of no help to the thirsty. Let the living Christ into your heart, and your thirst will be truly quenched, and you will know unspeakable sweetness.

O risen Lord, cleanse our hearts from the deadly guests in them, and do Thou Thyself abide in them, that they may live and glorify Thee. To Thee be glory and praise for ever. Amen.

St Nikolai Velimirovic

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Serving Even When We Do Not Get What We Want

Homily for the Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearers, Mark 15: 43– 16:8

Christ is Risen!

We live in a time in which it is easy to think of ourselves as isolated individuals whose purpose in life is to get whatever we happen to want. Personal freedom is a great blessing from God, but since Adam and Eve we have abused it by thinking and acting as though fulfilling our immediate desires is the only thing that really matters. Our Lord Jesus Christ conquered the corrupting consequences of that prideful, selfish attitude in His glorious resurrection. Raising us up with him from slavery to all the distortions of our souls that root in the fear of death, He has restored our true identity as His beloved sons and daughters, making us members of His own Body. Continue reading

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True freedom in the light of God’s truth

~ Words of the Church Fathers ~

Some people by the word freedom understand the ability to do whatever one wants. People who have the more allowed themselves to come into slavery to sins, passions, and defilements more often than others appear as zealots of external freedom, wanting to broaden the laws as much as possible. But such a man uses external freedom only to more severely burden himself with inner slavery. True freedom is the active ability of a man who is not enslaved to sin, who is not pricked by a condemning conscience, to choose the better in the light of God’s truth, and to bring it into actuality with the help of the gracious power of God. This is the freedom of which neither heaven nor earth are restrict.”
+ St. Philaret of Moscow

Until a man’s earthly life finishes its course, up to the very departure of the soul from the body, the struggle between sin and righteousness continues within him. However, high a spiritual and moral state one might achieve, a gradual or even headlong and deep fall into the abyss of sin is always possible. Therefore, communion of the holy Body and Blood of Christ, which strengthens our contact with Him and refreshes us with the living streams of the grace of the Holy Spirit flowing through the Body of the Church, is necessary for everyone.
+ St. John the Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco, “The Church as the Body of Christ”

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Transfer of Relics of St Athanasios

Orthros & Divine Liturgy, 2 May 2020

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