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Current Issue - Same Sex Marriage

Current Issue - Same Sex Marriage

Statement by His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos on Same Sex Marriage

The recently proposed legislation to redefine marriage to include same sex marriage is diametrically against the sacredness of marriage and the family as taught by our Orthodox Christian faith.

For this reason His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos has called upon all Christians to, firstly, beseech the Holy Theotokos to protect all people from this diversion from the truth and secondly to express their opposition.

For this reason we urge you to do one of the following:
• Sign the paper petition available at your parish; OR
• Sign the online petition (http://marriage.greekorthodox.org.au/get-involved/)
And
• Take copies of the petition and collect as many signatures as possible and return them to your parish as soon as you can; and
• Share the online petition on Facebook or by email.

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THE ENCYCLICAL OF HIS EMINENCE ARCHBISHOP STYLIANOS

THE ENCYCLICAL OF HIS EMINENCE ARCHBISHOP STYLIANOS

PROTEST AGAINST THE SAME SEX MARRIAGE

We are called upon to protest by gathering signatures, requesting the defeat of the proposed legislation. Our protest may be expressed by signing the relevant petitions or via the online internet page of the Archdiocese http://marriage.greekorthodox.org.au

You shall also receive detailed instruction from our Reverend Clergy.

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NEW: VEMA - July Edition

NEW: VEMA - July Edition

Read online at your own leisure!

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

Visit our Publications section below to download your copy in either English or Greek.

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

In this edition:

- Eurozone Clinches Deal with Greece
- Acropolis Museum Turns 6
- The Gift and its Associated Problems – Part II, by Archbishop Stylianos of Australia
- Travel to Western Crete
and much, much more! 


  

  


WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCHING OF A NEW WEB PAGE WITH TRANSLATIONS OF SOME OF OUR SERVICES IN ENGLISH

WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCHING OF A NEW WEB PAGE WITH TRANSLATIONS OF SOME OF OUR SERVICES IN ENGLISH

IN ELECTRONIC FORMAT (eBOOK)

It’s with great joy that we announce the creation of a new web page which will be linked in with the main website of our Archdiocese.

This new web page contains English translations of some of our services that the Committee for the Translation of Liturgical Texts (CTLT) has been hard at work translating since the early 90s with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos.

To date, the Committee has translated the Divine Liturgy, the Baptism, Marriage and Funeral Services together with a personal book of Prayers.

We are very excited about this initiative as it will give our faithful access to the richness of these services.

All our Church’s teaching (theology) is contained in our hymns; in reading these in English and therefore having greater understanding when praying these in the context of worship, it is our fervent hope that all of us will be given greater insights as we journey together to encounter the risen Lord.

The Archdiocese extends a heartfelt thanks to all members of the Committee, those past and present, but especially to its past chairman, Dr John Lee and to the current chair, Mr George Harris.

Read or Download our Liturgical Books now at:
http://www.greekorthodox.org.au/general/resources/publications/translationcommittee


NEW: VEMA - June Edition

NEW: VEMA - June Edition

Read online at your own leisure!

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

Visit our Publications section below to download your copy in either English or Greek.

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


In this edition:

• Greece and Lenders: Fail to agree in Brussels
• Our Primate's View - "The Gift and its Associated Problems"
• PM attends Greek “Paniyiri” in South Brisbane
• Distomo commemorates the 71st anniversary of Nazi massacre
• Perth Greek Glendi Festival 2015
• TRAVEL - Iraklio
• and much, much more!


COMMUNIQUÉ THE ASSEMBLY OF CANONICAL ORTHODOX BISHOPS OF OCEANIA

COMMUNIQUÉ THE ASSEMBLY OF CANONICAL ORTHODOX BISHOPS OF OCEANIA

Official launch of the Orthodox Australia and Oceania website

Our Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania includes all jurisdictions in the region – Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Zealand and Exarchate of Oceania, Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines, Russian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand, Serbian Orthodox Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand, Ukrainian Orthodox Consistory in Australia and New Zealand, Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of USA, Canada and Australia, and Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of Australia and New Zealand. As you may be aware, the last Synaxis of the Assembly mandated the initiation of work on a website representing the Assembly.

Consequently, we are delighted to inform you about the launching of the official Orthodox Australia and Oceania website.

Visit Now: http://www.orthodox.net.au

This is the official website of our Assembly, and is intended to facilitate Pan-Orthodox communication. In Australia alone, there are currently 244 Orthodox churches, 20 monasteries and approximately 563,000 declared Eastern Orthodox Christians (according to the Australian Census of 2011).

We are aiming to provide:
• Maps and lists of all Orthodox parishes and monasteries in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji
• Electronic copies of official documents of the Assembly
• News and photos from Church events
• Information about upcoming events – parish feast days, seminars, planned pilgrimages, Bible Study groups etc.

In connection with the website, we have also established a Facebook group called "Orthodox Christians of Australia", which already has over 1000 members, including a large contingent of Orthodox clergy.

If possible, we would highly appreciate your support for our initiative, which aims to bring Orthodox communities closer together. You can help us in the following ways:
• Inform parishioners about the website by distributing our link www.orthodox.net.au;
• Provide a link to www.orthodox.net.au on your parish website;
• Display the downloadable flyer and cards on your parish notice board;
• Review and update your parish listing;
• Submit information about events, pilgrimages, Bible Study groups to Facebook group or by email orthodoxau@gmail.com ;
• Assist in translation to your language, and,
• Report any inaccuracies/grammatical issues/omissions or technical problems relating to the website to our webmaster on orthodoxau@gmail.com.

On behalf of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops, we thank you for your help and invoke God's rich and benevolent blessings upon you.


'SHARE WITH AFRICA' - AMAZING GENEROSITY OF OUR PEOPLE

'SHARE WITH AFRICA' - AMAZING GENEROSITY OF OUR PEOPLE

It was a great pleasure to witness the participation of our community in this evening's function at St Spyridon Parish Hall organized by the Missions Committee of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia.

Under the banner 'Share with Africa', some 450 very generous faithful came from all the Parishes in Sydney to support the fund-raising effort which, this year, will assist the Orthodox missions in Kenya, the Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone.

Very stirring videos of the missionary work being conducted in these countries raised not only the level of awareness about the grass-roots struggle of these people but also the level of generosity of our folk.

Special mention must be made of the efforts by Mr Peter Souleles and Mr Kyriacos Mavroleftheros together with their team of volunteers, including Father Steven Scoutas who was the MC for this amazing fund-raiser, along with the many other volunteers, donors and sponsors.

Congratulations to the Missions Committee of the Archdiocese and much admiration for those who made tonight's function a resounding success.

A 10 KILO BAG OF RICE FEEDS A FAMILY IN AFRICA FOR ONE MONTH

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NSW: SHARE WITH AFRICA - A Fund-raising Dinner (Sunday 7th June)

NSW: SHARE WITH AFRICA - A Fund-raising Dinner (Sunday 7th June)

Give assistance to our African brothers and sisters.

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia is once again holding a major fund-raising Dinner in Sydney to assist our African brothers and sisters.

This year’s event will, like last year, be held in the hall of St Spyridon Church, Kingsford on Sunday June 7 at 7pm.

With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, all funds raised will be distributed equally across the growing Orthodox Churches of:

1. Kenya (an English-speaking country where there are already 300 Orthodox Priests and 1,000,000 baptised faithful)

2. The Democratic Republic of Congo (a French-speaking country that needs support for its new Orthodox University as a part of a vibrant Church in Central Africa)

3. Sierra Leone (which has some of the greatest humanitarian needs following a devastating civil war a decade ago)

Your attendance will in itself be a great message of support.

The first prize of the raffle is a return trip to Greece!

Tickets
• $70 per adult,
• $50 pensioners and students, and
• $20 for children under 12 years of age.

To purchase tickets call Kyriacos Mavrolefteros on 0425 222 012.

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NEW: VEMA - MAY Edition

NEW: VEMA - MAY Edition

Read online at your own leisure!

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

Visit our Publications section below to download your copy in either English or Greek.

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


In this edition:
• 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS EMINENCE ARCHBISHOP STYLIANOS
• Mudgee Region: NSW’s answer to the Barossa
• St Andrew’s Grammar Gymnasium Project
• St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College Graduation Events
• Our Primate's View - "When God Takes An Oath"
• TRAVEL - Myconos
• and much, much more!


Metropolitan Ambrosios' visit to the Holy Monastery of Panagia Pantanassa

Metropolitan Ambrosios' visit to the Holy Monastery of Panagia Pantanassa

On Friday 15 May 2015, His Eminence Metropolitan Ambrosios of Korea, representative of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, together with His Grace Bishop Seraphim of Apollonias, visited the Holy Monastery of Panagia Pantanassa. The Fathers were overjoyed by the visit and took the opportunity to show His Eminence the construction progress of the Monastery as well as a guided tour around the premises.

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St Andrew’s Theological College Graduation Doxology

St Andrew’s Theological College Graduation Doxology

Thanksgiving Service for Graduates

On Thursday 14 May 2015, the Thanksgiving Service for graduates of St Andrew’s Theological College was celebrated at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation of Our Lady Theotokos (Redfern NSW). The evening's proceedings began with a Doxological Service chanted by students, past and present. His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, as Dean, recited a benediction over the graduates and conferred them with the College's Ecclesiastical Certificate.

Honouring this important occasion with their presence were His Eminence Metropolitan Ambrose of Korea, representative of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew; His Grace Bishop Seraphim of Apollonias, College Sub-Dean; His Grace Bishop Nikandros of Doryleon; and other colleagues from within the SCD and its member institutions; reverend clergy and Archdiocesan Council Members. There were also College alumni and representatives from the various committees of the College and the Archdiocese.

Both undergraduate and postgraduate awards were bestowed as noted below:

Master of Theology: Fr Kyrillos Zisis (NSW), Fr Siluan Mrakic (Serbia) in absentia. Master of Arts: George Tsikritsakis (NSW).
Graduate Certificate in Arts: Theodoros Dimitriou (VIC), Daniel Haitas (VIC), Jacqueline Sarros (VIC) all in absentia.
Bachelor of Theology with First Class Honours: Stefan Mastilovic (New Zealand).
Bachelor of Theology: Fr Prohoros Anastasiadis (NSW), Fr Evangelos Thiani (Kenya) in absentia, Fr Nectarios Joannou (NSW), Markellos Margelis (NSW), George Papoutsakis (NSW).
Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice: Fr Jean Mawal (VIC), Dn George Vrionis (NSW).
Diploma of Christian Studies: Con Farrugia (NSW), Demetra Petrakis (NSW) in absentia, Chrysovalantis Sideris (SA) in absentia.

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40TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS EMINENCE ARCHBISHOP STYLIANOS

40TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS EMINENCE ARCHBISHOP STYLIANOS

AS HEAD OF THE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA

The 40th anniversary since the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elected and enthroned His Eminence as Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church in this continent was celebrated on May 15, 2015. Over 800 faithful from every State across Australia attended the Official Dinner in Sydney. The event was honoured with the presence of the official representative of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. This was Metropolitan Ambrosios of Korea, who also read the official Message of our ecumenical Patriarch for the occasion.

Present were the leaders and representatives of every major Orthodox jurisdiction in Australia, together with many other dignitaries. During the evening, a video was presented showing highlights of Archbishop Stylianos’ 40 years of dedicated service in Australia. A packaged copy of the DVD was given freely as a gift.The eloquent speakers were Metropolitan Ambrosios of Korea, the Greek Ambassador to Australia Haris Dafaranos, Federal MP Anthony Albanese and the former Minister in the New South Wales government, George Souris. In response, His Eminence expressed praise and gratitude towards the faithful people of God who stood together with him throughout all those years.

The Millennium Choir of our Archdiocese, led by maestro George Ellis, also sang beautifully to honour the Archbishop and to provide an uplifting atmosphere that was appropriate to the joyful milestone that was being celebrated. There were two very capable MCs for the evening, so as to convey everything equally in Greek and English: the Very Rev. Father Steven Scoutas and Nicholas Pappas, Secretary of the Archdiocesan Council.

When the event closed at 10:30pm, it was apparent that the Dinner seemed to conclude all too soon, leading to much mingling and conversation of those who had come to honour our long-serving Archbishop and Father in Christ.


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See Attached: Official Message of our Ecumenical Patriarch for the occasion in Greek and English. The description of the event in Greek, from VEMA (May Edition), is also included.

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