At midnight, in the darkened church, the faithful receive Holy Light (ΑΓΙΟ ΦΩΣ) from the priest. The congregation hears the good news of Christ’s triumph; His victory over death, from the Gospel. The joyous hymn of Christ’s Resurrection is triumphantly chanted –“Christ is Arisen!’ (ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ ΑΝΕΣΤΗ!) The Divine Liturgy of the Resurrection follows.
The Service of Lamentations (ΕΥΚΩΜΙΑ). The mourning of Christ’s undeserved death to save us from our sins, followed by the procession of the Epitaphion (within the Church) symbolizing our Lord’s Burial.
Great Vespers and the Taking down of the Body of Christ from the Cross (ΑΠΟΚΑΘΗΛΩΣΙΣ). The priest takes down Christ’s Body from the Cross, wraps it in a white cloth (shroud) and then places it in the Altar, as a symbol of His Burial by Joseph of Arimathea.
The Twelve Readings from the Gospels during which the Crucifix is carried to the front of the altar by the priest. These selected narratives from the four Gospels, relate to the events of Christ’s Holy Passion ( ΠΑΘΟΣ) and His last instructions to the twelve disciples.
St Vasilios Church Brunswick is a parish of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. The purpose of this site is to keep you informed both of church services and events, and of the teachings of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
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Fr Athanasios Triantafillou
Fr Ephraim Kourtoglou
are available at the Church
every Monday to Friday
between 4.00 - 6.00pm
for Holy Confession and any spiritual need.
Bring your children along to learn of their rich Orthodox faith and to come close to God and His Love.
Join us every Tuesday for the Orthodox Youth Group of Brunswick & Coburg.
WORDS OF WISDOM
God is greater!
Greater than your illness whatever it may be.
Greater than your deepest disappointment.
Greater than your greatest worry.
Greater than your worst enemy.
Greater than your most difficult problem.
Greater than life.
Greater than death.
God is greater!
Believe it! Live by it! Affirm it! Claim it by faith and use it as a pillow to rest your weary soul. God is greater!
If your God is not greater, then the God you believe in is too small. He is not the God the Church believes in.
~ St Isaac the Syrian