St Euphemia Greek Orthodox Parish and Community Bankstown Sydney

Orthodoxy has two meanings. The first is “true teaching.” The Orthodox Church believes that she has maintained and handed down the Christian faith,

free from error and distortion, from the days  of the Apostles. The second definition, is “true praise.” To bless, praise, and glorify God the Father, Son,

and Holy Spirit is the fundamental purpose of the Church. All her activities, even her doctrinal formulations, are directed towards this goal !


Orthodoxy believes that the Christian Faith and the Church are inseparable. It is impossible to know Christ, to share in the life of the Holy Trinity, or to be considered a Christian, apart from the Church. It is in the Church that the Christian Faith is proclaimed and maintained. It is through the Church that an

individual is nurtured in the Faith !


The Orthodox Church is evangelical, but not Protestant. It is orthodox, but not Jewish. It is catholic, but not Roman. It isn't non-denominational - it is

pre-denominational. It has believed, taught, preserved, defended and died for the Faith of the Apostles.

The St Euphemia Greek Orthodox Parish & Community is under  the spiritual and ecclesiastical leadership of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia,  within the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.



Join the St. Euphemia fellowship !


Fellowship has commenced for 2015

and is open for all ages !!!


+  Divine liturgy in English   

+  Bible study    

+  Talks & group discussions    

+  Social events & monastery trips.


Fellowship is held every Tuesday night at 7.30pm at the parish hall : 6-12 East Terrace Bankstown.


The group usually meets in a classroom on top of the hall


Also, the Divine Liturgy in English is held every third tuesday of the month at 7.30 pm.


+  Facebook page : “St Euphemia Greek Orthodox Fellowship Bankstown”.


+  Website :




St Euphemia Greek Orthodox College



PHONE : (02) 9796 8240

FAX : (02) 9790 7354



Yet again, our College was one of the High Achieving Schools in New South Wales and one of the best in the local area. Our results in 2014 were again exceptional

and highlight the status of our College.

There are limited vacancies from Kindergarten to Year 12 for those considering to enrol their children. Give your child the gift of a safe and succesful learning journey by enroling them at

Saint Euphemia College.

For more information, please contact the Principals on 9796 8240.



Greek Orthodox Parish and Community of Bankstown Saint

Euphemia  6-12 East Terrace, Bankstown NSW, 2200


Τηλέφωνο Εκκλησίας - Church Phone  :  (02) 9709 6908



π.Παναγιώτης Πρωτοψάλτης  :  0402 219 214

π.Παναγιώτης Μαυρομμάτης  :  0416 145 300


΄Ωρες Γραφείου Δευτέρα - Παρασκευή  :  4.30 μ.μ -  6.30 μ.μ

Office Hours Monday to Friday  :  4.30pm to 6.30pm


Για Μνημόσυνα και Αρτοκλασίες  :  (02) 9709 6908

Memorial Services & Artoklasies please call  :  (02) 9709 6908




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* Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople
Pariarchate of Alexandria
Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East
Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Patriarchate of Moscow and all Russia
Patriarchate of Bulgaria
Patriarchate of Romania
Patriarchate of Serbia




* Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of

Australia & New Zealand
Serbian Orthodox Church of Australia

& New Zealand

Russian Orthodox Church of Australia



* Monastery of Panagia Pantanassa NSW
Monastery of Panagia Gorgoepikoos Geelong
Monastery of Axion Esti Northcote
St. Johns Monastery Perth
Mount Athos
Monastery of St John Theologian Patmos




* St. Spyridon NSW
St. John NSW
All Saints NSW
St. Paraskevi NSW
St. Stylianos,Sts Peter & Paul St Gregory of Palamas NSW

* St Catherine Mascot NSW

* St. Therapon NSW
St. Gerasimos NSW
St Panteleimon VIC
Sts. Anargeri VIC
St. George SA
St. George QLD
Dormition of the Theotokos QLD
St. Anna QLD
St. Nektarios WA
St. Constantine & Helen WA



* St. Spyridon College NSW
All Saints Grammar NSW
St. Euphemia College NSW
St. Anargeri College VIC
St. Johns College VIC
St. George College SA
St. Andrews Grammer WA




* St. Andrew's Theological College Australia
Holy Cross Hellenic College America
St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary America
Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute
St. Andrew's College Canada
University of Athens Greece
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
St. John of Damascus Faculty of Theology, Balamand
St. Tikhon Orthodox Theological Institute in Moscow







+   Ὁ Γερμανός ἀξιωματικός πού εἶδε τόν Ἅγιο Χαράλαμπο στά Φιλιατρά καί σταμάτησε τό ὁλοκαύτωμα τῆς πόλης! .... Read more


+   Παναγία η Μελικιώτισσα : 55 σφαίρες σε μια εικόνα !!!  …. Read more

Άλωση της Κωνσταντινούπολης  -   29th May 1453 

"Πάλι με χρόνια, με καιρούς, πάλε δικά σας θα 'ναι"!!!  ....  Αιωνία η μνήμη, αιωνία η μνήμη, αιωνία αυτών η μνήμη

Copyright 2012 © St. Euphemia Greek Orthodox Parish & Community Bankstown Sydney NSW.  All rights reserved.                 

«Μακάρι να μπορούσε εκεί να είναι όλη η Ελλάδα, όλες οι γενιές, να δουν τι θα πει πατρίδα, να δουν τι θα πει Πίστη, να δουν τι θα πει ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΟΣ ΕΛΛΗΝΑΣ !!!


Μακάρι να ήταν εκεί όλα τα Έθνη, για να ξέρουν, για να τρέμουν από δέος, για να βουρκώνουν τα μάτια τους όταν θα λένε Ελλάδα και Ρωμιοσύνη, όταν θα μιλούν για Κωνσταντινούπολη και για Ιστορία της Ανθρωπότητος !


Μακάρι να ήταν εκεί όλοι οι Δάσκαλοι, όλοι οι Εκπαιδευτικοί της Ελλάδας και του Κόσμου, για να διδάσκουν στα παιδιά της γης, τον τιτάνιο αγώνα που έδωσε μόνος του ο Ελληνισμός, αιώνες, για να κρατήσει τον Ισλαμισμό και τον Τουρκισμό έξω από την Ευρώπη, μακριά από τη Δύση, για να μπορούν εκείνοι, να είναι σήμερα εφευρέτες και καλλιτέχνες και χορευτές και διανοούμενοι και εύποροι και έμποροι και αφέντες...» ......... Read more



The sacred life of Elder Paisios of Mount Athos from a documentary based on one special book with title: "Elder Paisios, the signalman of God" which has been published in Greece. English translation taken from the book: "Elder Paisios of Mount Athos", by Hieromonk Isaac, with translation by Hieromonk Alexis (Trader) PhD, and Fr. Peter Heers.

Ένα εξαιρετικό τρίωρο αφιέρωμα στον Γέροντα Παΐσιο το οποίο είναι βασισμένο στην επανέκδοση ενός ένθετου δημοσιεύματος στη Στρατιωτική Επιθεώρηση του Γενικού Επιτελείου Στρατού με τον τίτλο: Γέρων Παΐσιος ο Αγιορείτης (1924-1994), ο ασυρματιστής του Στρατού και του Θεού. Το ένθετο αυτό περιέχει μια επιλογή κειμένων από το βιβλίο: Βίος Γέροντος Παϊσίου Αγιορείτου, Ιερομονάχου Ισαάκ, κι αναφέρεται στη ζωή του Γέροντος Παϊσίου, στη διδασκαλία και την αγιότητά του

Saint Paisios Athnonite - The Signalman of God

Great Lent & Holy Week

For additional articles and info, please go to our “Great Lent and Holy Pascha” section here


The first Sunday is called the Feast of the Triumph of Orthodoxy. It is a historical feast commemorating the return of the Icons to the Churches in the year 843 A.D., after the heresy of iconoclasm was overcome.


The second Sunday of Great Lent is the commemoration of St. Gregory Palamas. It was St. Gregory who died in 1359, who bore living witness that men can become divine through the Grace of God in the Holy Spirit; and that even in this life, by prayer and fasting, human beings can become participants of the uncreated Light of God’s Divine Glory.


The Third Sunday of Lent is that of the Veneration of the Cross, a day marked by its beauty and pageantry. The Cross stands in the midst of the Church at the midpoint of the Lenten season to remind us of Christ’s redemption and to keep before us the goal of our efforts .   But even more importantly to be revered and venerated as that reality by which man must live to be saved. “He who does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me,” (Matthew 10:38). In the Cross of Christ Crucified, lies both “the power of God and the Wisdom of God” for those being saved, (I Corinthians 1:2 4).


The Fourth Sunday of Lent is dedicated to St. John Climacus (St. John of the Ladder), the author of the work The Ladder of Divine Ascent. St. John was an abbot at St. Catherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai in the sixth century His work encourages the faithful to persevere in their efforts; for, according to the Lord, only “he who endures to the end will be saved;” (Matthew 24:13).


The Fifth Sunday of Lent recalls the memory of St. Mary of Egypt, the repentant harlot. Mary tells us, first of all, that no amount of sin can keep a person from God if the sinner truly repents. In addition, St. Mary tells us that it is never too late, either in life or in lent, to repent. Christ will gladly receive all who come to Him, even at the eleventh hour of their lives. But their coming must be in serious and sincere repentance.


The week following the Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt is called Palm Week. At Tuesday services of this week, the Church recalls that Jesus’ friend Lazarus has died and that the Lord is going to raise him from the dead. On Friday evening, the eve of the celebration of the Resurrection of Lazarus the “Great and saving forty days” of Great Lent are formally brought to an end.


Lazarus Saturday is a paschal celebration. It is the only time during the entire Church year that the resurrectional service of Sunday is celebrated on another day.  At the Liturgy of Lazarus Saturday, the Church glorifies Christ as “the Resurrection and the Life” who, by raising Lazarus, has confirmed the universal resurrection of mankind, even before His own suffering and death.


The Sixth Sunday after the beginning of Great Lent begins Holy Week. Palm Sunday is the commemoration of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Because of the resurrection of Lazarus from the dead, Christ was hailed by the masses as the long-awaited Messiah. Thus, in fulfillment of the prophesies of the Old Testament, He entered Jerusalem, “the City of the King”, riding on the colt of an ass, (Zechariah 9:9; John 12:12). The crowds greeted him with branches in their hands and shouted praises: “Hosanna, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna to David’s son!” This glorification drove the priests and the scribes to destroy Him and put Him to death.


Palm Sunday is one of the major feasts of the Church. It immediately follows those services of Lazarus Saturday The Church building continues to be vested in resurrectional splendour, filled with hymns which continually repeat the “Hosanna” offered to Christ as the Messiah who comes in the name of

God the Father for the salvation of the world.


In the Orthodox Church, the last week of Christ’s life is officially called Passion Week. Each day is designated as “great and holy”. There are special services each day which are fulfilled in all churches. The services for Great and Holy Monday are celebrated on Palm Sunday evening; the Orthodox Church begins her day at sunset. Similarly, the remaining services of the week are sung “in anticipation on the eve of the day.


Each day of Holy Week has its own particular theme.


The theme of Monday is that of the sterile fig tree which yields no fruit and is condemned. 


Tuesday the accent is on the vigilance of the wise virgins who, unlike their foolish sisters, were ready when the Lord came to them. 


Wednesday the focus is on the fallen woman who repents. Great emphasis is made in the liturgical services to compare the woman, a sinful harlot who has sinned — to Judas — a chosen apostle who is lost. The one gives her wealth to Christ and kisses His feet; the other betrays Christ for money

with a kiss.


On Wednesday evening in Holy Week, the Matins (morning) service for Great and Holy Thursday is sung, commemorating the Last Supper and Christ’s washing of the disciples’ feet, Prior to that, the Sacrament of Holy Unction (Healing Oil) is ministered to the faithful in recognition of the “evening of repentance and confession.”


On Good Friday is celebrated the holy, saving, and awful Passion of Jesus Christ. Also celebrated is the confession and salvation of the penitent thief who was crucified with Christ. Participation in the prayers and historical development of events, as related in the Twelve Gospel passages read that night, provide the faithful with a vivid foundation for the great events yet to come. The procession with the Crucifix takes place around the Church after the fifth Gospel.


The Royal Hours are read Friday morning, followed by the Un-nailing Services in the afternoon to commemorate the Burial of Jesus. On Friday evening, the Lamentation service, consisting of psalms, hymns and readings, celebrates the entombment of the Divine Body of Christ; and also His descent into Hades, by which our race was recalled from corruption, and permitted to pass over into everlasting life.


On Easter Sunday (Saturday midnight) the life-giving Resurrection of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ is celebrated. The people leave the Church in procession, and come to stand in front of the closed doors of the Church. At this point the Resurrection is announced with the gospel reading about the empty tomb (Mark 16, 1-8) which refers to the Angel’s statement: ‘‘He is risen; He is not here.’’


The people, breathless with anticipation, wait for the priest to begin the hymn of the Resurrection ‘‘Christ is Risen from the dead; trampling down Death by His death; and bestowing life upon those in the tombs.”  From this moment the entire service takes on a joyous atmosphere. At the end of the Liturgy the festive sermon of St. John Chrysostom is read, calling upon the people to: ‘‘Take part in this fair and radiant festival. Let no one be fearful of death,” he continues, “for the death of the Savior has set us free.”


On Sunday afternoon, the Vespers of Love (Agape Vespers) are celebrated. All sing the hymn ‘‘Christ is Risen From the Dead.’’ The people greet one another joyously, saying "Christ is Risen," a Paschal (Easter) salutation, to which the response is “Truly He is Risen.”  The Gospel according to John, proclaiming the Good News of the Resurrection. is read in many languages. The week following Pascha is known as “Bright Week’’ during which all the doors in the Church remain open to signify the empty tomb and the whole week is one of rejoicing, feasting and Christian joy.




Give your child the best start in life with a solid and positive education. For details contact the College on  (02) 9796 8240


1.  Την Κυριακή της Ορθοδοξίας, 1 Μαρτίου,  και ώρα 7.00 μ.μ. θα τελεσθεί  Διορθόδοξος

Εσπερινός εις τον Ι. Ναόν του Αγίου Νικολάου Marrickville, χοροστατούντος του Σεβασμιωτάτου Αρχιεπισκόπου ημών κ.κ. Στυλιανού.

On the Sunday of Orthodoxy, 1 March at 7.00 pm the Pan-Orthodox Vespers will be conducted. The service  will be held at the Church of St. Nicholas (Marrickville). His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia will officiate.


2.  The Greek National Day Celebration will be held this year on 22 March. It begins at 1.30pm at Martin Place, followed by the procession to the Opera House.

Ο Εορτασμός της Εθνικής μας Παλιγγενεσίας θα γίνει στο Domain, στης 22 Μαρτίου. Επιμνημόσυνη δέηση στο Martin Place στης 1.30μμ. Και εν συνεχεία παρέλαση στο Opera House.


3.  Fellowship in 2015 has resumed. Every Tuesday at 7.30pm till 9pm. Discussions held in English regarding our Orthodox faith and beliefs. The group usually meets in a classroom on top of the hall.

Facebook page: St. Euphemia Greek Orthodox Fellowship Bankstown


4.  Το Ελληνικό Κέντρο Προνοίας έχει οργανώσει Ημερήσια Φροντίδα Ηλικιωμένων κάθε Πέμπτη στο χωλ της Εκκλησίας. 10.00πμ - 2.30μμ.

The Greek Welfare Centre have began the Greek Frail Aged Centre Based Day Care every Thursday from 10.00am - 2.30pm in the Church Hall.


5.  Sunday School resumes on Sunday 8 March in the classrooms above the Church hall. Children from school age (Primary and High-School) are encouraged to attend. At Sunday school children form a solid Orthodox Christian foundation.


6.  Playgroup (for pre-school children) every Wednesday between 10 - 12pm. (During school terms)

Η παιδική ομάδα (Οι Πεταλούδες) κάθε Τετάρτη από ώρα 10 - 12μμ.


7.  «Η Ελληνική Γωνιά» (Συνάντηση ηλικιωμένων) κάθε Τρίτη από ώρα 10 - 12μμ. Στο χωλ της Εκκλησίας.

The weekly gathering of the Elderly every Tuesday from 10 - 12pm in the Church hall. All Welcome


8.  OMADA - A gathering for boys aged 13-18 on Saturdays (4.00pm-6.00pma). This group encourages Christian friendships through games and short Christian talks. The group meet in front of the Church hall every week.


9.  Greek Language School is held in the classrooms above the Church hall on the following days:

Primary School  -  Every Monday 4.00pm-7.00pm or Saturday 9 - 12pm

High School  -  Every Friday evening 4.30-7.30pm

Contact Mr. Michael Chambouras for enquiries on 9709 6908










«θα πάρω μιαν ανηφοριά θα πάρω μονοπάτια να βρω τα σκαλοπάτια που

παν στην λευτεριά».








1st Mar


Α’ ΝΗΣΤΕΙΩΝ (ΤΗΣ ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΙΑΣ)  -  Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία

1st Sunday of Lent (Sunday of Orthodoxy)  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy


ΜΕΓΑ ΑΠΟΔΕΙΠΝΟ κάθε Δευτέρα, Τρίτη και Πέμπτη— 6.00μ.μ.- 7.00μμ.

Great Compline every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

    of Lent  -  6.00pm - 7.00pm


7.15-10.30 am

4th Mar


Θεία Λειτουργία των Προηγιασμένων Δώρων  -  Βράδυ

Pre-Sanctified Liturgy  -  Evening

6.30-8.15 pm

6th Mar


Θεία Λειτουργία των Προηγιασμένων Δώρων  -  Πρωί

Pre-Sanctified Liturgy  -  Morning


+  Βράδυ - Β’ Χαιρετισμοί         -  7.00μμ. - 8.15μμ.

+  2nd Salutations to the Theotokos  -  7.00  -  8.15 pm


7.30-9.15 am

8th Mar


Β’ ΝΗΣΤΕΙΩΝ (Αγ. Γρηγορίου Παλαμά)  -  Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία

2nd Sunday of Lent (St. Gregory Palamas)  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy


7.15-10.30 am

9th Mar


40 Μαρτ. των εν Σεβαστεία  -  Προηγ. Θεία Λειτουργία

40 Martyrs of Sebaste  -    Pre-Sanctified Liturgy

7.30-9.15 am

11th Mar


Θεία Λειτουργία των Προηγιασμένων Δώρων  -  Βράδυ

Pre-Sanctified Liturgy  -  Evening

6.30-8.15 pm

13th Mar


Θεία Λειτουργία των Προηγιασμένων Δώρων  -  Πρωί

Pre-Sanctified Liturgy  -  Morning


+  Βράδυ - Γ’  Χαιρετισμοί        -  7.00μμ. - 8.15μμ.

+  3rd Salutations to the Theotokos  -  7.00  -  8.15 pm

7.30-9.15 am

15th Mar


Γ’ ΝΗΣΤΕΙΩΝ (ΣΤΑΥΡΟΠΡΟΣΚΥΝΗΣΕΩΣ)  -  Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία   3rd Sunday of Lent (Veneration of the Holy Cross)  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy

7.15-10.30 am

18th Mar


Θεία Λειτουργία των Προηγιασμένων Δώρων  -  Βράδυ

Pre-Sanctified Liturgy  -  Evening

6.30-8.15 pm

20th Mar


Θεία Λειτουργία των Προηγιασμένων Δώρων  -  Πρωί

Pre-Sanctified Liturgy  -  Morning


+  Βράδυ - Δ’ Χαιρετισμοί         -  7.00μμ. - 8.15μμ.

+  4th Salutations to the Theotokos  -  7.00  -  8.15 pm

7.30-9.15 am

22nd Mar


Δ’ ΝΗΣΤΕΙΩΝ (Αγ. Ιωάννου Κλίμακος)  -  Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία   

4th Sunday of Lent (St. John Climacus)  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy

7.00-10.00 am

23rd Mar


Μέγας Κανών  -  6.00μμ - 7.45μμ

Service of the Great Canon  -  6.00pm - 7.45pm


24th Mar


Μέγας Εσπερινός του Ευαγγελισμού

εις τον Καθεδρικόν Ναόν από 7.00μμ


Vespers of the Annunciation at the

Cathedral (Redfern) from 7.00pm


25th Mar



(Εθνική Εορτή)  -  Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία


Annunciation of the Theotokos  (Greek national day)

Matins & Divine Liturgy


Βράδυ - Απόδοσης της εορτής του Ευαγγελισμού  -  6.00μμ - 7.00μμ

Evening - Vespers for the leave-taking of the Feast of Annunciation    

6.00pm - 7.00pm


7.30-10.30 am

27th Mar


Θεία Λειτουργία των Προηγιασμένων Δώρων  -  Πρωί

Pre-Sanctified Liturgy  -  Morning


Βράδυ - ΑΚΑΘΙΣΤΟΣ ΥΜΝΟΣ  -  7.00μμ. - 8.45μμ.

Evening - The Akathist Hymn  -  7.00pm - 8.45 pm


7.30-9.15 am




28th Feb


Ε’ ΝΗΣΤΕΙΩΝ (Αγ. Μαρίας Αιγυπτίας)  -  Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία

5th Sunday of Lent (St. Mary of Egypt)  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy

7.15-10.30 am