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NSW: Pan-Orthodox Vespers on the Sunday of Orthodoxy

NSW: Pan-Orthodox Vespers on the Sunday of Orthodoxy

The Pan-Orthodox Vespers on the Sunday of Orthodoxy was held at the Church of St Nicholas in Marrickville, Sydney on 1 March 2015. Various Orthodox Churches in Sydney came together to pray and to jointly declare their Orthodox Faith with a Procession of icons around the Church.

His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos officiated the Vespers service together with His Grace Bishop Irinej of the Serbian Orthodox Church, His Grace Bishop Mihail of the Romanian Orthodox Church and His Grace Bishop Seraphim of Apollonias. They were joined by many Clergy of the other Orthodox jurisdictions, with the participation of all our Sydney Clergy and many faithful.

Towards the end of Vespers, a Procession of the Icons took place, after which an excerpt from the Synodikon of the Seventh Ecumenical Council was read. It was also a great honour to have the Miracle-working Kursk Root Icon of the Theotokos present for the faithful to venerate. This joyous occasion ended with a communal meal expressing the friendship and solidarity of the Inter-Orthodox faithful.

Photo Album:

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Educational Tour of Greece, June 2015 (Last Chance)

Educational Tour of Greece, June 2015 (Last Chance)

Last Places Remaining!

With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, a guided tour titled Journey of St Paul and Classical Greece will be departing Australia on June 4, 2015.

The group will commence their journey with a pre-scheduled audience with His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, before travelling to the places where the Apostle Paul first proclaimed the Christian message in Greece.

Professional guides will explain all the major sites in English.

The tour is open to all interested people, whether Greek Orthodox or not.

While the return date is June 20, members of the group are free to extend their stay in Greece or Europe if they choose to.

To see the full itinerary, click on the link below

Click here to download Educational Tour of Greece, June 2015 (Last Chance) (PDF, 479 KB)


NSW: Vespers of Forgiveness

NSW: Vespers of Forgiveness

On Sunday, February 22nd, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos and His Grace Bishop Seraphim were joined together by many of the faithful and other clergy of the Archdiocese to celebrate the Vespers of Forgiveness in the Cathedral of the Annunciation.

Pictures are in the link provided below.

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NEW: VEMA February Edition

NEW: VEMA February Edition

Read online at your leisure!

The latest edition of VEMA, February, is now available online.

Please visit the link below to download either the Greek or English editions.

http://www.greekorthodox.org.au/general/resources/publications/vema

In this edition:

• The Greek Prime Minister hopes to visit Australia

• Archbishop Stylianos'' view on Life and Rhythm

• Official Opening of the Taigum Child Care Centre

• Opening of the Law Term Service in NSW

• and much more!


NEW: Book Centre Flyer

NEW: Book Centre Flyer

February Edition

Introducing our new monthly Archdiocese Book Centre flyer which has the latest specials, best sellers and popular items. We also plan to include the latest items as they arrive at the book shop.

Of course this is just a small sample of our much bigger range which can be found both in-store and online.

For bulk buying or general enquires please contact us by email or phone.

Email: bookcentre@greekorthodox.org.au

Phone: (02) 9690 6100

Click here to download NEW: Book Centre Flyer (PDF, 481 KB)


NSW: OPENING OF THE LEGAL YEAR 2015 SERVICE IN SYDNEY

NSW: OPENING OF THE LEGAL YEAR 2015 SERVICE IN SYDNEY

The Episcopal Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania, marked the Annual Opening of the Legal Year for 2015 with a Pan-Orthodox Prayer Service held at the Cathedral of the Annunciation of our Lady Theotokos in Redfern, Sydney on Tuesday evening, 10 February 2015. Many notable participants, including clergy and lay, legal professionals from the Inter-Orthodox community, were present to receive and pray with and for the dignitaries from the judiciary, including the Chief Justice of NSW, Tom Bathurst.

His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos presided over the Service of Prayer. Also present at the Prayer Service were His Grace Bishop Seraphim of Apollonias, together with The Right Reverend Archimandrite Nabil representing His Eminence Metropolitan Paul of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines, and His Grace Bishop Irinej of the Serbian Orthodox Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand, with members of the Clergy.

Photos Located on our Google Photos Album:

https://plus.google.com/photos/105469746815500623423/albums/6114765193827900817?authkey=CJ7W68fU1YvAjgE

Also included as a PDF is the Address by His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos on the occasion of the beginning of The Law Term.

Click here to download NSW: OPENING OF THE LEGAL YEAR 2015 SERVICE IN SYDNEY (PDF, 0 KB)


VIC: OPENING OF THE LEGAL YEAR 2015 SERVICE IN MELBOURNE

VIC: OPENING OF THE LEGAL YEAR 2015 SERVICE IN MELBOURNE

The Episcopal Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania marked the Annual Opening of the Legal Year for 2015 with a Pan-Orthodox Prayer Service held at the St Eustathios Greek Orthodox Church in South Melbourne on Tuesday morning, 3 February 2015. Many notable participants, including clergy and lay, legal professionals from the Inter-Orthodox community, were present to receive and pray with and for the dignitaries from the judiciary, including distinguished Supreme Court Judges.

His Grace Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis, from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia presided over the Service of Prayer. Also present at the Prayer Service were His Grace Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, together with the Reverend Presbyter Dimitri Baroudi, representing His Eminence Metropolitan Paul of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines, the Very Reverend Protopresbyter Dr Michael Protopopov, representing His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, the Reverend Protosingelos Justin (Jeremic) from Paris, representing His Grace Bishop Irinej of the Serbian Orthodox Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand.

Photos Located on our Google Photos Album:

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VIC - Photos: Epiphany Festival 2015

VIC - Photos: Epiphany Festival 2015

Epiphany Day Festival at Princes Pier, Port Melbourne

COMBINED EPIPHANY FESTIVAL 2015

On Sunday 11 January 2015, all the Greek Orthodox Parishes-Communities of Melbourne held the combined annual Epiphany Day Festival at Princes Pier, Port Melbourne.

'The Age Victoria' article of the event:

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/thousands-gather-for-blessing-of-the-water-ceremony-20150111-12lz54.html

Pictures located in the link below:

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NSW - Photos: Combined Epiphany Festival 2015

NSW - Photos: Combined Epiphany Festival 2015

Epiphany Day Festival at Yarra Bay, Bicentennial Park.

COMBINED EPIPHANY FESTIVAL 2015

Blessing of the Waters with the Holy Cross at Yarra Bay

On Sunday 11 January 2015, all the Greek Orthodox Parishes-Communities of Sydney held the combined annual Epiphany Day Festival at Yarra Bay, Bicentennial Park.

Pictures located in the link below:

https://plus.google.com/photos/105469746815500623423/albums/6103240708966312721


Press Release for Epiphany Festival

Press Release for Epiphany Festival

EPIPHANY FESTIVAL

Blessing of the Waters with the Holy Cross at Yarra Bay

SUNDAY 11 JANUARY 2015

On Sunday 11 January 2015, all the Greek Orthodox Parishes-Communities of Sydney will be holding the combined annual Epiphany Day Festival at Yarra Bay, Bicentennial Park, near Botany Cemetery in Sydney.

The program is included in the PDF file below.

Click here to download Press Release for Epiphany Festival (PDF, 228 KB)


Educational Tour of Greece, June 2015

Educational Tour of Greece, June 2015

Follow the Journey of St Paul

With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, a guided tour titled Journey of St Paul and Classical Greece will be departing Australia on June 4, 2015.

The group will commence their journey with a pre-scheduled audience with His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, before travelling to the places where the Apostle Paul first proclaimed the Christian message in Greece.

Professional guides will explain all the major sites in English.

The tour is open to all interested people, whether Greek Orthodox or not.

While the return date is June 20, members of the group are free to extend their stay in Greece or Europe if they choose to.

To see the full itinerary, click on the link below.

Click here to download Educational Tour of Greece, June 2015 (PDF, 0 KB)


NSW: The cutting of the Vasilopita by His Eminence

NSW: The cutting of the Vasilopita by His Eminence

at our beloved cathedral hall

On Sunday, 4th January, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos and His Grace Bishop Seraphim were joined together by many of the faithful and other clergy of the Archdiocese to celebrate the cutting of the Vasilopita at our beloved cathedral hall. Pictures are in the link provided below.

https://plus.google.com/photos/105469746815500623423/albums/6101433493500837185


His Eminence's visit to Melbourne

His Eminence's visit to Melbourne

On Wednesday, 31st December 2014, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos together with Bishop Ezekiel, Bishop Iakovos and distinguished guests visited the new high-rise cultural centre of the Greek community. On Friday, 2nd January, His Eminence celebrated the cutting of the Vasilopita at the Church of St Eustathios in South Melbourne.´╗┐

Pictures at link below.

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Christmas Message 2014

Christmas Message 2014

Encyclical from His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos

By the grace of God Archbishop of Australia

to all the Reverend Clergy and devout faithful

of our holy Archdiocese.

Click here to download Christmas Message 2014 (PDF, 240 KB)


Christmas Carols Pictures

Christmas Carols Pictures

NSW 2014

On Sunday 21 December 2014, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, together with the Central Youth Committee, organised and celebrated the annual Christmas carols at the courtyard of our beloved cathedral. It was a great success with a large turnout. Both His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos and His Grace Bishop Seraphim were present and were joined by many of the faithful and other clergy of the Archdiocese.

https://plus.google.com/photos/105469746815500623423/albums/6095900478605294609?authkey=CNr1qfPK3q23Sg


DEFROCKED CLERGYMAN IN SYDNEY

DEFROCKED CLERGYMAN IN SYDNEY

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia wishes to make known to all faithful members of the Church that Mr Savvas Pizanias is a defrocked clergyman of the Holy Metropolis of Kalymnos, and has no relationship whatsoever with the Canonical Church worldwide.

Our faithful therefore need to exercise caution, so that they are not led astray by the mentioned audacious pseudo-cleric, who is exploiting all that is sacred and holy in our Faith, including the name of the Patron Saint Savvas of Kalymnos.

Please see attached the official letter of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew confirming that Mr Pizanias was defrocked as a clergyman some years ago, and is now a layman.

Click here to download DEFROCKED CLERGYMAN IN SYDNEY (PDF, 0 KB)


Christmas Carols 2014

Christmas Carols 2014

Sunday 21st December, 7pm

´┐╝This year's annual Christmas carols will be held in the courtyard of our beloved cathedral.

Seating will be provided - so that all can enjoy the performances as well as the delicious refreshments and snacks available on the night.

An event not to be missed!

Free Entry All Welcome

~ Loukoumades, popcorn and light refreshments will be sold during the carols.

(Please note there will be no parking on the grounds)

Click here to download Christmas Carols 2014 (PDF, 242 KB)


COMBINED EPIPHANY FESTIVAL 2015

COMBINED EPIPHANY FESTIVAL 2015

Blessing of the Waters with the Holy Cross at Yarra Bay (11/01/2015)

On Sunday 11 January 2015, all the Greek Orthodox Parishes-Communities of Sydney will be holding the combined annual Epiphany Day Festival at Yarra Bay, Bicentennial Park.

The program is as follows:

12:30pm Service of the Blessing of the Waters with the Holy Cross by His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia

1:30pm Traditional Greek Glendi with traditional dancing, including a band from Greece and singer Nasia Konitopoulou.

• Plentiful parking at the nearby school (follow the signs)

• Large tents for shade

• Kiosks for lunch, cold drinks, sweets and fruit

Click here to download COMBINED EPIPHANY FESTIVAL 2015 (PDF, 0 KB)


Photos from the Anniversary Concert

Photos from the Anniversary Concert

200 years since the new method of Ecclesiastical music

On Sunday 16 November 2014, St Andrew''s Greek Orthodox Theological College, together with the Melisma Ensemble and the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese Choir, celebrated the 200th anniversary since the establishment of the ‘New Method’ of ecclesiastic music by the Three Renowned Teachers: Gregory Protopsaltes, Chourmouzios Chartophylax and Chrysanthos of Madytos.

The Melisma Ensemble, directed by Dr Dimitri Koubaroulis, and the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese Choir, directed by the Reverend Fr Romanos Al-Baba, performed ecclesiastical music in both Greek and Arabic, while the former also performed cultural songs composed by the Teachers.

His Grace Bishop Seraphim of Apollonias, College Sub-Dean, concluded the event by thanking both choirs and the various event contributors, in addition to the numerous participants for their support. Special mention was given to Dr Dimitri Koumbaroulis who had initiated the idea for the concert.

Entry was by donations in support of St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College which provides tertiary level education and training for Christian Orthodox clergy, theologians and lay teachers in order to meet the catechetical and pastoral needs of the Orthodox Church in Australia.

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The Grand Opening of two Churches in Melbourne

The Grand Opening of two Churches in Melbourne

Churches of Holy Theofania in Frankston and The Dormition of Our Lady in Altona

On Sunday, November 9th, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos and His Grace Bishop Ezekiel celebrated the opening and blessing of the new Church of Holy Theofania in Frankston, Victoria. They were joined by many of the faithful and their parish Priest, Father Doukas Georgalas.

On Sunday, November 16th, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos with Bishop Ezekiel and Bishop Iakovos celebrated the opening and blessing of the new Church of The Dormition of Our Lady in North Altona, Victoria. They were also joined by many of the faithful and other clergy of the Archdiocese.

https://plus.google.com/photos/105469746815500623423/albums/6082877176190246721


Anniversary Concert

Anniversary Concert

200 years since the new method of Ecclesiastical music

Compositions of the Three Teacher and other chants in Greek and Arabic and traditional songs

Melisma Ensemble

directed by Dimitri Koubaroulis

Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese Choir

directed by Fr Romanos Al Baba

Date: Sunday 16 November 7pm

Venue:

The Sports and Performing Arts Centre St Spyridon College (Senior School)

1130 Anzac Parade, Maroubra

Entry by donation

Click here to download Anniversary Concert (PDF, 1.8 MB)


Divine Liturgy of St James Marrickville Sydney NSW

Divine Liturgy of St James Marrickville Sydney NSW

On Thursday, October 23, His Grace Bishop Seraphim, celebrated the Divine Liturgy of St James, the Brother of the Lord, with clergy of the Archdiocese at the Church of St Nicholas.

https://plus.google.com/photos/105469746815500623423/albums/6073615625171260209


Bribie Island Retreat and Recreation Centre

Bribie Island Retreat and Recreation Centre

Open for your next getaway!

In case you haven't heard, the Bribie Island Retreat and Recreation Centre is now open for your next Event / Retreat / Camp.

This may be for Retreat stays to accommodate overnight, weekend, weekly or other period of time to suit your needs. Popular bookings have already been enjoyed by Church, Youth, Sporting and School groups.

The Centre is based in South East Queensland, which essentially accommodates for community groups, such as Church, Youth and School groups.

Located within 500 metres of a patrolled Beach, and surrounded by a range of adventure-based, educational and relaxing activities on Bribie Island.

Please visit http://www.gobribieisland.org for further detail about the Retreat and Booking process.

Click here to download Bribie Island Retreat and Recreation Centre (PDF, 1.9 MB)


Episcopal Assembly Communique 2014

Episcopal Assembly Communique 2014

The members of the 4th Episcopal Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania welcomed the opportunity to meet in Sydney on Monday 28th April, 2014, under the chairmanship ex officio of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia.

The Bishops continued the work of the Third Assembly, held in Sydney in October, 2012, attentively listened to the pastoral and other issues confronting our respective Churches and heard several Reports of the relevant Committees.

Click here to download Episcopal Assembly Communique 2014 (PDF, 493 KB)


His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos Encyclical for Holy Pascha

Click here to download His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos Encyclical for Holy Pascha (PDF, 265 KB)


His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos Encyclical 25th March

Click here to download His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos Encyclical 25th March (PDF, 539 KB)




Inter-Orthodox Vespers on Sunday of Orthodoxy

Click here to download Inter-Orthodox Vespers on Sunday of Orthodoxy (PDF, 269 KB)


Epiphany 2014 photos from around Australia

Epiphany 2014 photos from around Australia

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Christmas message 2013

Click here to download Christmas message 2013 (PDF, 76 KB)


St George Monastery Encyclical

St George Monastery Encyclical

Click here to download St George Monastery Encyclical (PDF, 279 KB)


10th National Youth Conference

Click here to download 10th National Youth Conference (PDF, 466 KB)


Clergy Laity Congress 2013 Photo Gallery

http://www.greekorthodox.org.au/general/resources/photogallery