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Outlined below is the Weekly Program of church services and activities for the current week. Click HERE for the weekly church program in PDF form.


WEEKLY PROGRAM | 17 – 24 NOVEMBER 2019

SUNDAY 17 NOVEMBER
† 9th Sunday of Luke |Gospel Reading: Luke 12:16-21
Matins Gospel Reading: John 21:14-25
Epistle Reading: St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 6:11-18
• 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.

You’re invited to join us for a cuppa and a chat in the Church Coffee Room every Sunday following the service!

This week’s readings:


MONDAY 18 NOVEMBER
• 8.45am Service of Holy Unction
• 10.00am
  Meeting of Elderly Citizens


TUESDAY 19 NOVEMBER
• 7.00pm
Parishes of St Vasilios and the Presentation of our Lord Youth Group will meet in the BRUNSWICK Church Hall


WEDNESDAY 20 NOVEMBER
• 5.00
pm Vespers followed by Bible Study (in Greek)


THURSDAY 21 NOVEMBER
† Entry of the Theotokos to the Temple
• 7.00 – 9.30am
Orthros and Divine Liturgy
• 5.00pm
Vespers for St Iakovos Tsalikis
• 7.30 – 8.30pm
TEENAGE YOUTH GROUP in Church Hall, upstairs behind the Church with Fr John Frangos.  *ALL TEENS WELCOME*
• 7.30 – 8.30pm Young Adults and Married Couples Bible Study Group in the Church Coffee Room


FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER
† St Iakovos Tsalikis
• 7.00 – 9.30am Orthros and Divine Liturgy


SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER


SUNDAY 24 NOVEMBER
GOSPEL READING: Luke 18: 18-27
EPISTLE READING: Ephesians 2: 4-10


Nativity Fast
For Orthodox Christians, Christmas Advent begins on November 15 and extends through December 25. It is a Lenten period with moderate fasting, prayer, scripture reading and reflection on the coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

WORDS FROM THE CHURCH FATHERS

We were created to live on earth unlike animals who die and disappear with time, but with the high purpose to live with God not for a hundred years or so but for eternity.
St Innocent of Alaska

In order to fulfill the commandments of Christ, you must know them! Read the Holy Gospel, penetrate its spirit and make it the rule of your life.
St Nikon of Optina

The Lord calls to him all sinners; He opens His arms wide, even to the worst among them. Gladly He takes them in His arms,
if only they will come to Him.
St Macarius of Optina

Remember, never to fear the power of evil more than your trust in the power and love of God.
Hermas, one of the Seventy

Just as a strongly flowing fountain is not blocked up by a handful of earth, so the compassion of the Creator is not overcome
by the wickedness of his creatures.
St Isaac The Syrian

Happiness can only be achieved by looking inward and learning to enjoy whatever life has and this requires transforming greed into gratitude.
St John Chrysostom

The whole earth is a living icon of the face of God.
St Anthony the Great

Do not be surprised that you fall every day; do not give up, but stand your ground courageously. And assuredly, the angel who guards you will honour your patience.
St John Climacus

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

We know that prayer in and of itself cannot save us, but carrying it out before God can. For when the Lord’s eyes are upon us He sanctifies us, as the sun warms everything upon which it shines.
St Gregory Palamas

“So be at peace…and call upon God.”
St Nektarios of Aegina