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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 Greek Orthodox Church in Australia has called upon its faithful to sign a petition voicing their opposition to the introduction of same sex marriage legislation.


His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, the leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia, issued an Encyclical emphasising that the Orthodox Church is opposed to the proposed bill, ‘as this will assail the sacredness of Marriage and the Family, as has been taught to us through the ages by our Holy Faith and by the Fathers of the Church.’


He has called upon Orthodox Christians to, firstly, pray to God and to beseech the Holy Theotokos, especially during the August Fast for the Dormition of our Lady, to ‘protect the people from such an aberration, and, secondly, ‘to protest by gathering signatures, requesting the defeat of such legislation.’


Over one hundred parishes and the monasteries in response to the call of His Eminence will be distributing a petition to the Senate collecting over the next coming weeks.


Read the Archbishop’s Encyclical in full here.      Sign the petition online here


Consequences of redefining marriage


It will impact on freedom of religion : 


In countries where marriage has been redefined faith communities have been attacked for continuing to teach: that marriage is the union between one man and one woman.


It will impact on education : 


If civil marriage is redefined to include same sex marriage, then that is what schools are going to have to teach and affirm to our children.


It will deprive children of a mother or a father : 


If the definition of civil marriage is changed to include same sex marriage, this sends the message that it is acceptable for children to be raised without the presence of a mother or a father.

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Greek Orthodox Parish and Community

of Bankstown St Euphemia  6-12 East Terrace, Bankstown NSW, 2200


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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 successful learning journey by enrolling

them at Saint Euphemia College.

For more information, please contact

the Principals on 9796 8240.

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our church and services. Find out more about baptisms, marriages, memorial services & fasting information.


Plagal First Tone for non-liturgical use, by St. Nektarios


(Refrain: O Rejoice Bride unwedded.)


O Virgin pure, immaculate, O Lady Theotokos. (Refrain)

O fleece bedewed with every grace. O Virgin Queen and Mother.(Refrain)

More radiant that the rays of the sun, and higher than the heavens. (Refrain)

O joy of virgin choruses, superior to the angels. (Refrain)

O brighter than the firmament and purer that the sun’s light. (Refrain)

More holy than the multitude of all the

heavenly armies. (Refrain)


O ever virgin Mary of all the world, the Lady.(Refrain)

O Bride all pure immaculate, O Lady Panagia. (Refrain)

O Mary Bride and Queen of all, the cause of our rejoicing. (Refrain)

O noble Maiden, gracious Queen, supremely holy Mother. (Refrain)

More honoured than the Cherubim, beyond compare more glorious (Refrain)

Than the un-bodied Seraphim, transcending the angelic Thrones. (Refrain)


Rejoice, the song of Cherubim rejoice, the hymn of angels  (Refrain)

Rejoice the ode of Seraphim; the joy of the archangels.

Rejoice, O peace and happiness and cause of our rejoicing.  (Refrain)

O sacred chamber of the Word, the flower of incorruption.  (Refrain)

Rejoice, delightful Paradise of blessed life eternal. (Refrain)

Rejoice O sacred Tree of life and fount of immortality. (Refrain)


I supplicate you, Lady now, I fervently entreat you. (Refrain)

O Queen of all, I earnestly implore and seek your favor.(Refrain)

O gracious Maiden, spotless one, O Lady Panagia I call upon you ardently , O holy hallowed Temple.

O help me and deliver me protect me from

the enemy.

And make me an inheritor of blessed life eternal.(Refrain)

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«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...»


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Εάν θέλεις να “πιάσεις” τον Θεό, για να σε ακούσει, όταν προσευχηθείς,

γύρισε το κουμπί στη ταπείνωση, γιατί σ’αυτήν την συχνότητα εργάζεται ο Θεός”

Ἡ θαυμαστὴ ἐμφάνιση τῆς Ἁγίας Εὐφημίας στὸν Γέροντα Παΐσιο

"Today, increased knowledge and trust in logic has, unfortunately, shaken our faith to its foundations and filled our souls with question marks and doubts. This is why

we don't have miracles anymore, because a miracle cannot be explained logically, it can only be experienced. But faith in God will bring down divine power and overturn all human expectations. It will perform miracles, resurrect the dead and astonish science. From the outside, all things pertaining to the spiritual life seem upside down.


Indeed, the mysteries of God will be impossible to know and will appear strange and contrary to nature as long as we don't overturn our secular mindset and see everything with spiritual eyes. Those who believe that they can come to know God's mysteries through mere scientific theory, without a spiritual life, resemble a fool

who thinks he can look through a telescope and see Paradise."


- St Paisios of the Holy Mountain


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



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ΓΕΡΩΝ ΝΙΚΩΝ  -  Η προσευχή

ΓΕΡΩΝ ΝΙΚΩΝ  -  Ἡ ζωὴ μετὰ τὴ ζωή

ΓΕΡΩΝ ΝΙΚΩΝ  -  Οι Άγιοι

Dear Rev Themi Friends and Supporters

( In Australia and around the world )


The world seems to be falling apart; nation against nation, wars, famines and deadly diseases. And amongst all these evils, we have a man who cares nothing for himself, so now more than ever, we need to pull together and do the best we can to support this man of faith.


Please consider helping with a donation or gift HERE.


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

Go to our special section dedicated to St Paisios for more articles, photos and videos  ……………  Click here


Ἦταν στὴν αὐλὴ τῆς Καλύβης του o Γέροντας (Παΐσιος), ὅταν τὸν ἐπισκέφθηκε κάποιο πνευματικό του τέκνο. Ἐπανελάμβανε συνεχῶς ἀπὸ τὴν καρδιά του: «Δόξα σοὶ ὁ Θεός», πάλιν καὶ πολλάκις. Σὲ μία στιγμὴ ὁ Γέροντας τοῦ εἶπε: «Ἀχρηστεύεται κανεὶς μὲ τὴν καλὴ ἔννοια»;


- Ποιός, Γέροντα;


- Ἥσυχα καθόμουν στὸ Κελλί μου, ἦρθε καὶ μὲ παλάβωσε. Ὡραία περνοῦν ἐπάνω.


- Τί συμβαίνει, Γέροντα;


- Θὰ σοὺ πῶ, ἀλλὰ μὴν τὸ πεῖς σὲ κανέναν.

Τοῦ διηγήθηκε τότε τὸ ἕξης: «Εἶχα γυρίσει ἀπὸ τὸν κόσμο, ὅπου εἶχα βγεῖ γιὰ ἕνα ἐκκλησιαστικὸ θέμα (μὲ τὸ μακαρίτη Τρίτση).

Τὴν Τρίτη, κατὰ ἡ ὥρα 10 τὸ πρωί, ἤμουν μέσα στὸ Κελί μου καὶ ἔκανα τὶς Ὧρες. Ἀκούω χτύπημα στὴν πόρτα καὶ μία γυναικεία φωνὴ νὰ λέει: «Δι' εὐχῶν τῶν ἁγίων Πατέρων ἠμῶν…». Σκέφθηκα:

«Πῶς βρέθηκε γυναίκα μέσα στὸ Ὅρος;». Ἐν τούτοις ἐνιωσα μία θεία γλυκύτητα μέσα μου καὶ ρώτησα:

- Ποιὸς εἶναι;


- Ἡ Εὐφημία! (ἀπαντᾶ).


- Σκεφτόμουν, «ποιὰ Εὐφημία; Μήπως καμιὰ γυναίκα ἔκανε καμιὰ τρέλα καὶ ἦρθε μὲ ἀνδρικὰ στὸ Ὅρος; Τώρα τί νὰ κάνω;». Ξαναχτυπᾶ. Ρωτάω: «Ποιὸς εἶναι;». «Ἡ Εὐφημία», ἅπαντα καὶ πάλι. Σκέφτομαι καὶ δὲν ἀνοίγω. Στὴν τρίτη φορὰ ποὺ χτύπησε, ἄνοιξε μόνη της ἡ πόρτα, ποὺ εἶχε σύρτη ἀπὸ μέσα. Ἄκουσα....βήματα στὸν διάδρομο. Πετάχτηκα ἀπὸ τὸ Κελί μου καὶ βλέπω μία γυναίκα μὲ μανδήλα. Τὴν συνόδευε κάποιος, ποὺ ἐμοίαζε μὲ τὸν Εὐαγγελιστὴ Λουκᾶ, ὁ ὁποῖος ἐξαφανίσθηκε. Παρ’ ὅλο ποῦ ἤμουν σίγουρος ὅτι δὲν εἶναι τοῦ πειρασμοῦ, γιατί λαμποκοποῦσε, τὴν ρώτησα ποιὰ εἶναι•


-Ἡ μάρτυς Εὐφημία, (ἀπαντᾶ).


-Ἂν εἶσαι ἡ μάρτυς Εὐφημία, ἔλα νὰ προσκυνήσουμε τὴν Ἁγία Τριάδα. Ὅ,τι κάνω ἐγὼ νὰ κάνης καὶ σύ.

Μπῆκα στὴν Ἐκκλησία, κάνω μία μετάνοια λέγοντας: «Εἰς τὸ ὄνομα τοῦ Πατρός». Τὸ ἐπανέλαβε μὲ μετάνοια. «Καὶ τοῦ Υἱοῦ». «-Καὶ τοῦ Υἱοῦ», εἶπε μὲ ψιλὴ φωνή.


-Πιὸ δυνατά, ν’ ἀκούω, εἶπα καὶ ἐπανέλαβε δυνατότερα.


-Ἐνῶ ἦταν ἀκόμα στὸ διάδρομο ἔκανε μετάνοιες, ὄχι πρὸς τὴν Ἐκκλησία, ἀλλὰ πρὸς τὸ Κελί μου. Στὴν ἀρχὴ παραξενεύτηκα, ἀλλὰ μετὰ θυμήθηκα ὅτι εἶχα μία μικρὴ χάρτινη εἰκονίτσα τῆς Ἁγίας Τριάδος, κολλημένη σὲ ξύλο, πάνω ἀπὸ τὴν πόρτα τοῦ Κελλιοῦ μου. Ἀφοῦ προσκυνήσαμε καὶ γιὰ τρίτη φορά.


-«Καὶ τοῦ Ἁγίου Πνεύματος»


Μετὰ εἶπα: «Τώρα, νὰ σὲ προσκυνήσω καὶ ἐγώ». Τὴν προσκύνησα καὶ ἀσπάστηκα τὰ πόδια της καὶ τὴν ἄκρη τῆς μύτης της. Στὸ πρόσωπο τὸ θεώρησα ἀναίδεια νὰ τὴν ἀσπασθῶ.


-Ὕστερα κάθισε ἡ Ἁγία στὸ σκαμνάκι καὶ ἐγὼ στὸ μπαουλάκι καὶ μοῦ ἔλυσε τὴν ἀπορία ποὺ εἶχα (στὸ ἐκκλησιαστικὸ θέμα).


-Μετά μου διηγήθηκε τὴν ζωή της. Ἤξερα ὅτι ὑπάρχει μία ἁγία Εὐφημία, ἀλλὰ τὸν βίο της δὲν τὸν ἤξερα. Ὅταν μου διηγεῖτο τὰ μαρτύρια της, ὄχι ἁπλῶς τὰ ἄκουγα, ἀλλὰ σὰν νὰ τὰ ἔβλεπα• τὰ ζοῦσα. Ἔφριξα! Πά, πά, πά!


-Πῶς ἄντεξες τέτοια μαρτύρια; ρώτησα.


-Ἂν ἤξερα τί δόξα ἔχουν οἱ Ἅγιοι, θὰ ἔκανα ὅ,τι μποροῦσα νὰ περάσω πιὸ μεγάλα μαρτύρια.


-Μετὰ ἀπ’ αὐτὸ τὸ γεγονὸς γιὰ τρεῖς μέρες δὲν μποροῦσα νὰ κάνω τίποτα. Σκιρτοῦσα καὶ συνεχῶς δόξαζα τὸν Θεό. Οὔτε νὰ φάω, οὔτε τίποτα… συνεχῶς δοξολογία».


Σὲ ἐπιστολὴ τοῦ ἀναφέρει: «Σ’ ὅλη μου τὴ ζωὴ δὲν θὰ μπορέσω νὰ ἐξοφλήσω τὴν μεγάλη μου ὑποχρέωση στὴν ἁγία Εὐφημία, ἡ ὁποία ἐνῶ ἦταν ἄγνωστή μου καὶ χωρὶς νὰ εἶχε καμιὰ ὑποχρέωση, μοῦ ἔκανε αὐτὴ τὴν μεγάλη τιμή…».


Διηγούμενος τὸ γεγονὸς πρόσθεσε μὲ ταπείνωση ὅτι παρουσιάστηκε ἡ ἁγία Εὐφημία, «ὄχι γιατί τὸ ἀξίζω, ἀλλὰ ἐπειδὴ μὲ ἀπασχολοῦσε ἐκεῖνο τὸν καιρὸ ἕνα θέμα ποὺ εἶχε σχέση μὲ τὴν κατάσταση τῆς Ἐκκλησίας γενικά, καὶ γιὰ δύο ἄλλους λόγους».


Ἐντύπωση ἔκανε στὸν Γέροντα «πῶς αὐτὴ ἡ μικροκαμωμένη καὶ ἀδύνατη ἄντεξε τόσα μαρτύρια; Νὰ πεῖς ἦταν καμία… (ἐννοοῦσε σωματώδης καὶ δυνατή). Μία σταλιὰ ἦταν».


Μέσα σὲ αὐτὴν τὴν παραδεισένια κατάσταση συνέθεσε πρὸς τιμὴν τῆς Ἁγίας ἕνα στιχηρὸ προσόμοιο: «Ποίοις εὐφημιῶν ἄσμασιν εὐφημήσωμεν τὴν Εὐφημίαν, τὴν καταδεχθεῖσαν ἀπὸ ἄνωθεν καὶ ἐπισκεφθείσασαν κάτοικον μοναχὸν ἐλεεινὸν ἐν τὴ Καψάλα. Ἐκ τρίτου τὴν θύραν πάλιν τοῦ ἔκρουσε τετάρτη ἠνοίχθη μόνη ἐκ θαύματος καὶ εἰσελθοῦσα μὲ οὐράνιον δόξαν, τοῦ Χριστοῦ ἡ Μάρτυς, προσκυνοῦντες ὁμοὺ Τριάδα τὴν Ἁγίαν».


Καὶ ἕνα ἐξαποστειλάριο κατὰ τὸ «Τοῖς μαθηταῖς συνέλθωμεν…», ποὺ ἄρχιζε: «Μεγαλομάρτυς ἔνδοξέ τοῦ Χρίστοῦ Εὐφημία, σ’ ἀγαπῶ πολὺ-πολὺ μετὰ τὴν Παναγία…». (Φυσικὰ αὐτὰ δὲν τὰ εἶχε γιὰ λειτουργικὴ χρήση, οὔτε τὰ ἔψαλλε δημοσίως).


Παρὰ τὴν συνήθειά του βγῆκε πάλι στὴν Σουρωτὴ καὶ ἔκανε τὶς ἀδελφὲς μετόχους αὐτῆς τῆς οὐράνιας χαρᾶς. Μὲ τὴν βοήθειά του καὶ τὶς ὁδηγίες του ἁγιογράφησαν τὴν Ἁγία, ὅπως τοῦ ἐμφανίσθηκε.


Ο Γέροντας φιλοτέχνησε τὸ ἀρνητικό τῆς εἰκόνος τῆς Ἁγίας σὲ μήτρα ἀτσάλινη μὲ τὴν ὁποία ἔκανε πρεσσαριστὰ εἰκονάκια καὶ τὰ μοίραζε εὐλογία στοὺς προσκυνητὲς εἰς τιμὴν τῆς ἁγίας Εὐφημίας. Κατὰ τὸ σκάλισμα δυσκολεύτηκε νὰ κάνη τὰ δάχτυλα τοῦ ἀριστεροῦ της χεριοῦ. Εἶπε: «Παιδεύτηκα νὰ κάνω τὸ χέρι της, ἀλλὰ μετὰ ἔβαλα ἕναν καλὸ λογισμό: «Ἴσως ἐπειδὴ καὶ ἐγὼ τὴν παίδεψα τὴν καημένη».


Ἡ Ἁγία Εὐφημία ἑορτάζεται στὶς 16 Σεπτεμβρίου, καὶ 11 Ἰουλίου ἡ ἀνάμνηση τοῦ θαύματος στὴν λύση ποὺ ἐπέφερε στὴν ἐν Χαλκηδόνα Δ’ Οἰκουμενικὴ σύνοδο.


Ἱερομονάχου Ἰσαάκ, Βίος Γέροντος Παϊσίου τοῦ Ἁγιορείτου, σελίδες: 224-228, Ἔκδοσις Καλύβης Ἀναστάσεως, Καψάλα, Ἅγιον Ὅρος



Ποιοι Άγιοι μας βοηθούν και σε ποια πάθηση ;


Πολλοί είναι οι Άγιοι που έλαβαν από το Θεό διάφορα ιδιαίτερα χαρίσματα και οι οποίοι με την ειλικρινή προσευχή των πιστών σπεύδουν προς βοήθεια τους στις ανάλογες περιστάσεις.

Ας δούμε μερικούς από αυτούς, όπως καταγράφονται σε σχετικό φυλλάδιο από το Άγιο Όρος :

Ο Άγιος Κυπριανός, η Αγία Ιουστίνη η Παρθένος και η Αγία Θωμαΐς βοηθούν στην καταπολέμηση των σαρκικών πειρασμών, όλων των ειδών της μαγείας, στη λύση (διάλυση) αυτών και εν γένει μάχονται κατά ακάθαρτων πνευμάτων.

Ο Άγιος Ανδρόνικος και η Αγία Αθανασία βοηθούν τα ανδρόγυνα που θέλουν να έχουν μια ανώτερη πνευματική διαβίωση.

Η Αγία Φωτεινή βοηθάει στους πονοκεφάλους, καθώς και στους πόνους άλλων οργάνων του κεφαλιού.

Η Αγία Παρασκευή, η Αγία Εριφύλη και ο Άγιος Ιγνάτιος βοηθούν σ΄ όλες τις ασθένειες των ματιών.

Η Αγία Παρασκευή βοηθά να λυθούν οι συζυγικές έριδες και προστριβές.

Ο Άγιος Ιωάννης ο Θεολόγος βοηθά στις παθήσεις της γλώσσας, στη βραδυγλωσσία, στην τραυλότητα, σε διάφορα πρηξίματα, οιδήματα και στις αϋπνίες.

Ο Άγιος Ιωάννης ο Θεολόγος, η Αγία Παρασκευή και ο Άγιος Κλέαρχος βοηθούν στα πάσης φύσεως εγκαύματα.

Ο Άγιος Παντελεήμων βοηθά στις αιμορραγίες του σώματος, της μύτης, κ.ά., καθώς και στα στηθικά.

Η Αγία Δωροθέα βοηθά στις ασθένειες του προσώπου και για τη μη παραμόρφωση του.

Η Αγία Μαγδαληνή βοηθά στην τριχόπτωση και στους πόνους των δαχτύλων.

Ο Άγιος Αντίπας βοηθά στις ασθένειες των δοντιών.

Ο Άγιος Παύλος ο Ομολογητής βοηθάς στους πόνους του λαιμού.

Ο Άγιος Αββακούμ βοηθά στους πόνους των αυτιών.

Ο Άγιος Χαράλαμπος βοηθά σε στομαχικές και εντερικές ενοχλήσεις, λοιμώδεις νόσους, αλλά και στις λυπηρές σκέψεις και το διαλογισμό.

Ο Όσιος Βασίλειος ο Αμασεύς βοηθά στους ρευματισμούς χεριών, ποδιών, μέσης, αλλά και στην απελπισία και τις απογοητεύσεις.

Η Αγία Ξένη βοηθά στις παθήσεις της καρδιάς, σε κάθε είδος νευρασθενειών, εξανθημάτων, σε κάθε είδος μαγείας και για εργασιακές επιτυχίες.

Η Αγία Βαρβάρα βοηθά σε δερματικές παθήσεις (ευλογιά, ιλαρά, ανεμοβλογιά, λέπρα, κτλ), όπως επίσης και όσους ταξιδεύουν με αυτοκίνητο, τρένο, αεροπλάνο, αλλά και όσους μεταχειρίζονται κάθε μηχανοκίνητο μέσο.

Ο Άγιος Θεόδωρος ο Στρατηλάτης και ο Άγιος Θεόδωρος ο Τήρων βοηθούν σε κάθε είδους έκζεμα.

Ο Άγιος Θεόδωρος ο Τήρων βοηθά στην ανεύρεση εξαφανισμένων προσώπων.

Ο Άγιος Μηνάς βοηθάει στον ίκτερο (χρυσή), στην ανεύρεση απολεσθέντων πραγμάτων και αποπλανημένων προσώπων, όπως επίσης προφυλάσσει από τους κλέφτες και τις πυρκαγιές.

Ο Άγιος Φανούριος βοηθά στην ανεύρεση όλων των απολεσθέντων.

Ο Άγιος Τρύφων, ο Άγιος Ιερόθεος ο εξ Αθηνών, ο Άγιος Χαράλαμπος και ο Όσιος Σεραφείμ βοηθούν στους κήπους, στους αγρούς, στα σπαρτά, στα δέντρα και στα φυτά.

Ο Άγιος Νικόλαος βοηθά τους ναυτικούς και όσους ταξιδεύουν με πλοίο, καθώς και τις χήρες, τα ορφανά και τις παρθένες. Επίσης, προστατεύει από τη βροχή τους οδοιπόρους, ενώ διαλύει τους κακούς λογισμούς.

Η Αγία Ανθίπη βοηθά τις χήρες, τα ορφανά και τις παρθένες.

Η Αγία Πολυξένη βοηθά και προστατεύει τους εργαζόμενους σε σκαλωσιές, όσους υποφέρουν από ταξιδιωτική ναυτία, αλλά και τις έγκυες να μην αποβάλλουν.

Ο Άγιος Ραφαήλ, ο Άγιος Νικόλαος, η Αγία Ειρήνη και ο Άγιος Νεκτάριος θεραπεύουν ασθενείς διαφόρων παθήσεων.

Ο Άγιος Στυλιανός προστατεύει βρέφη και παιδιά, ενώ βοηθάει στην απόκτηση τους. Επίσης βοηθά στον τερματισμό φιλονικιών μεταξύ αδελφών.

Η Αγία Άννα, ο Άγιος Φανούριος και η Αγία Ξένη προστατεύουν γενικά τα παιδιά.

Ο Άγιος Βονιφάτιος βοηθά να απαλλαγούν από το πάθος τους οι αλκοολικοί.

Η Οσία Ξένη της Πετρούπολης βοηθά στον τερματισμό των φιλονικιών μεταξύ ανδρογύνων.

Η Αγία Ευανθία και η Αγία Ανθία βοηθούν τις γαλακτοτροφούσες μητέρες και στο πρήξιμο των στηθών τους.

Ο Άγιος Ελευθέριος βοηθά στην ευτοκία των εγκύων.

Ο Άγιος Κωνσταντίνος και η Αγία Ελένη προστατεύουν τους συζύγους.

Ο Άγιος Αρτέμιος βοηθά σε κάθε είδους κήλη και στα εντερικά προβλήματα.

Η Αγία Αικατερίνη και ο Άγιος Θεόδωρος ο Στρατηλάτης βοηθούν στις παθήσεις των γυναικείων γεννητικών οργάνων.

Η Αγία Δροσίς βοηθά στα αφροδίσια νοσήματα.

Ο Άγιος Νικήτας ο Νεομάρτυς εκ Νισύρου και ο Άγιος Ανίκητος βοηθούν σε στιγμές αδυναμιών ως προς την πίστη μας.

Ο Πρωτομάρτυς Στέφανος, οι Άγιοι Ανάργυροι και ο Απόστολος Πέτρος βοηθούν στη λιθίαση των νεφρών, της χολής και της κύστης.

Οι Άγιοι Ανάργυροι βοηθούν σε κάθε ασθένεια, καθώς και στο ψυχοφθόρο πάθος.

Η Αγία Όλγα βοηθά στους σεισμούς, στις πλημμύρες και στους κεραυνούς.

Ο Άγιος Μόδεστος βοηθά στις ασθένειες των ζώων.

Ο Μέγας Βασίλειος και οι Άγιοι Πέντε Μάρτυρες βοηθούν στο να μην αλλαξοπιστήσουμε ή να παρασυρθούμε από αιρέσεις, καθώς και σε κάθε είδους πληγές.

Ο Άγιος Βηχιανός βοηθά σε κάθε μορφή βήχα.

Ο Άγιος Παρθένιος Λαμψάκου, ο Άγιος Νεκτάριος, οι Άγιοι Ανάργυροι και ο Άγιος Σάββας βοηθούν στον καρκίνο.

Ο Άγιος Χριστόφορος προστατεύει από το χαλάζι.

Οι εργάτες, οι υπάλληλοι, οι άνθρωποι του μόχθου, καθώς και διάφορες ομάδες ανθρώπων έχουν τους Προστάτες Άγιους τους. Μερικοί από αυτούς είναι :

Η Αγία Παρασκευή προστάτης των οφθαλμιάτρων,

ο Άγιος Αντύπας προστάτης των οδοντιάτρων,

η Αγία Βαρβάρα προστάτιδα του μηχανικού στρατού,

ο Άγιος Τρύφων προστάτης των γεωργών και των πτηνοτρόφων,

ο Άγιος Νικόλαος προστάτης των ναυτικών,

οι Άγιοι Ανάργυροι, ο Ευαγγελιστής Λουκάς και ο Άγιος Παντελεήμονας προστάτες των γιατρών,

οι Άγιοι Τρεις Ιεράρχες προστάτες της παιδείας, ο Άγιος Διονύσιος ο Αρεοπαγίτης προστάτης των δικαστικών,

ο Άγιος Ζήνων ο Ταχυδρόμος προστάτης των ταχυδρομικών, η Αγία Φοίβη προστάτιδα των νοσοκόμων,

ο Προφήτης Ηλίας προστάτης των αρτοποιών, ο Άγιος Χριστόφορος προστάτης των οδηγών, ο Άγιος Μάρκος ο Κωφός προστάτης των κωφαλάλων,

οι Άγιοι Ταξιάρχες και ο Αρχάγγελος Μιχαήλ προστάτες της αεροπορίας,

ο Άγιος Αρτέμιος και η Αγία Ειρήνη προστάτες της αστυνομίας και των σωμάτων ασφαλείας,

ο Άγιος Γεώργιος προστάτης του πεζικού στρατού,

ο Απόστολος Ματθαίος προστάτης των τελωνειακών,

ο Άγιος Μάμας προστάτης των βοσκών,

ο Άγιος Μιχαήλ ο Νεομάρτυρας προστάτης των ζαχαροπλαστών,

ο Άγιος Μιχαήλ του Σάρωφ προστάτης των δασικών υπαλλήλων,

ο Άγιος Σαμψών προστάτης των ξενοδόχων,

ο Άγιος Ευφρόσυνος ο Μάγειρας προστάτης των μαγείρων,

ο Άγιος Ονήσιμος προστάτης των φυλακισμένων,

ο Άγιος Ξενοφών και ο Άγιος Τρύφων προστάτες των γεωργών,

ο Άγιος Πορφύριος προστάτης των ηθοποιών και των ανθρώπων του θεάτρου,

ο Άγιος Συμεών ο Τραπεζούντιος και ο Άγιος Ανδρόνικος προστάτες των χρυσοχόων,

ο Άγιος Στυλιανός προστάτης αρρώστων με ανίατες ασθένειες,

ο Άγιος Χρήστος ο Νεομάρτυς προστάτης των κηπουρών,

ο Άγιος Ονούφριος προστάτης των δικαζόμενων,

ο Άγιος Ιωάννης ο Ρώσος προστάτης των αιχμάλωτων πολέμου,

ο Εζεκίας ο Δίκαιος προστάτης των υδραυλικών, ο Φίλιππος ο Απόστολος προστάτης των σιδηροδρομικών, ο Άγιος Αθανάσιος ο Μετεωρίτης προστάτης των υπαλλήλων ΥΠΕΧΩΔΕ Θεσσαλονίκης, κ.ά


Has the persecution of those who dare to speak in the public square for the timeless definition of marriage officially begun ? 




October 1, 2015  


 I wish it were not so, but this is a day we knew would come. An Australian Christian leader has been reported to the government for speaking up for marriage between one man and one woman. If same-sex marriage is legislated, he won’t be the last.


Our choice as Christians will be, compromise or honour Christ’s definition of marriage and be punished by an intolerant government. The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Hobart, Julian Porteous, is now the subject of an official complaint to the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commission.


He will now undergo a mandatory process to answer the allegation made against him. He could end up in court. If found guilty, he could be fined.


His alleged crime? He promoted Catholic teaching on marriage to the parents who enrolled their children in Tasmania’s Catholic schools.


Entitled Don’t Mess with Marriage, the booklet he distributed respects the dignity of same-sex attracted people while talking about the goodness of man-woman marriage and why children are affected if they miss out on their mother or father.


It is an entirely innocuous document. But because it upholds the right of children to wherever possible have their mother and father, same-sex marriage activists have taken great offense.


Under Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Act, even the mere suggestion of offence is grounds for complaint. Clearly any law which allows a legal process to be instigated on the basis of mere offense is deeply flawed and a chilling brake of free speech.


Archbishop Porteous’ accuser is the transgender Greens Party candidate for the federal seat of Franklin, Martine Delaney.


Silencing dissent is the modus operandi of some of the loudest proponents of same-sex marriage. But Archbishop Porteous is a courageous leader and is not backing down. Here is some of what he had to say this week.


This represents the rise of a new intolerance against Christianity in Australian society, and more generally a threat to freedom of speech. It is important in a democratic society like Australia that every person is free to present what they believe to be true. There should not be threats or intimidation against anyone who expresses a view in favour of traditional marriage.


ACL, like several other Christian and family groups, today issued a media release supporting Archbishop Porteous. It is so important we do not leave people alone on the battlefield. Instead of recognising the points we made about free speech, some media people openly mocked ACL on social media.


Rick Morton, the social affairs writer at The Australian tweeted this to his 10,000 followers : If the media are not taking freedom of speech concerns seriously, our democracy has a big problem. All this on a day when the Sydney Anglicans went public with their concerns for freedom of conscience, should same-sex marriage be legislated.


But Christians’ fears about freedom of religion are subsidiary to the real issue at stake in changing the definition of marriage which is the injustice to children of legally institutionalising motherlessness and fatherlessness. This is perhaps why the same-sex marriage lobbyists are especially keen to silence discussion. Delaney’s complaint is that by saying same-sex marriage messes with children, that this is somehow offensive to same-sex attracted people and those of them who have children.


ACL, and I’m sure Archbishop Porteous, does not question whether or not same-sex attracted people or couples can be good parents. Clearly they can. But we have to be able to discuss the ethics of requiring children to miss out on their parents through same-sex parenting.


If same-sex marriage lobbyists can stop this, they have effectively silenced their opponents. They don’t want ordinary Australians to rise up and demand a fair go for kids. Perhaps that is why the leader of the movement to change the definition of marriage, Australian Marriage Equality’s Rodney Croome, urged people like Delaney to report Porteous to the commission.


The persecution of those who dare to speak in the public square for the timeless definition of marriage has officially begun.


Orthodox Marriage


The institution of Marriage and the Orthodox Christian family is foremost a course of love, secondly a course of common spirit and common exercise, thirdly a course of creativity, common creativity and continuation of life, and, fourthly a common course toward heaven, toward the heavenly kingdom. It is a calling of God, it is a joining of diversity that leads to perfection, and, therefore, the spouses become also joint heirs of the grace of life (1 Peter 3: 7).


His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew


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Our Orthodox view is contrary, not because we have hostile feelings towards our fellow citizens who think or decide differently, but because the proposed alteration to the traditional form of marriage, (between a man and a woman) is diametrically against the sacredness of marriage and of the family, as taught by the Christian faith and Greek Orthodox Tradition.


His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos


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Our purpose is not that government legislation should become a ‘tool’ to impose Christian ethics upon fellow citizens who do not share our beliefs. This of course would not be legitimate, given that we respect the free will of all. Rather, our concern is that the very institution of marriage, which has a Christian tradition of two entire millennia, should remain as it is, and not be confused with the political debate concerning the legal status of same-sex unions. However, marriage is much more than a legal convention or social tradition.


Episcopal Assembly of Oceania


The Feast of the Holy Protection ("Agia Skepi") of the Theotokos - Commemorated on October 28th 


"From time immemorial, the Church has celebrated the Most-holy Theotokos as the patroness and protectress of the Christian people, who, by her intercessory prayers, implores God's mercy for us sinners. The help of the Most-holy Mother of God has been clearly shown numerous times, to individuals and to nations, in peace and in war, in monastic deserts and in densely populated cities.


The event that the Church commemorates and celebrates today confirms the Theotokos' consistent protection of Christian people.


On October 1, 911, during the reign of Emperor Leo the Wise, there was an All-night Vigil in the Blachernae Church of the Mother of God in Constantinople. The church was full of people. St. Andrew the Fool-for-Christ was standing in the rear of the church with his disciple Epiphanius.

Icon of St. Andrew the Fool-for-Christ 

At four o'clock in the morning, the Most-holy Theotokos appeared above the people, holding her omophorion outstretched as a protective covering for the faithful. She was clothed in gold-encrusted purple, and shone with an ineffable radiance, surrounded by apostles, saints, martyrs and virgins. St. Andrew said to Blessed Epiphanius:


``Do you see, brother, the Queen and Lady of all praying for the whole world?'' Epiphanius replied: ``I see, Father, and am struck with amazement!'' The Feast of the Protection was instituted to commemorate this event, and to remind us that we can prayerfully receive the unceasing protection of the Most-holy Theotokos in any time of difficulty."

Icon of the Theotokos of Blacherna 

Some additional information about this feast and the Russian Church:

"In the PROLOGUE, a Russian book of the twelfth century, a description of the establishment of the special Feast marking this event states, "For when we heard, we realized how wondrous and merciful was the vision... and it transpired that Your holy Protection should not remain without festal celebration, O Ever-Blessed One!" 

Therefore, in the festal celebration of the Protection of the Mother of God, the Russian Church sings, "With the choirs of the Angels, O Sovereign Lady, with the venerable and glorious prophets, with the First-Ranked Apostles and with the Hieromartyrs and Hierarchs, pray for us sinners, glorifying the Feast of your Protection in the Russian Land." Moreover, it would seem that St Andrew, contemplating the miraculous vision was a Slav, was taken captive, and became the slave of the local inhabitant of Constantinople named Theognostus.

St. Andrew the Fool-for-Christ 

Churches in honor of the Protection of the Mother of God began to appear in Russia in the twelfth century. Widely known for its architectural merit is the temple of the Protection at Nerl, which was built in the year 1165 by holy Prince Andrew Bogoliubsky. The efforts of this holy prince also established in the Russian Church the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God, about the year 1164. 

At Novgorod in the twelfth century there was a monastery of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos (the so-called Zverin monastery) In Moscow also under Tsar Ivan the Terrible the cathedral of the Protection of the Mother of God was built at the church of the Holy Trinity (known as the church of St Basil the Blessed). 

On the Feast of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos we implore the defense and assistance of the Queen of Heaven, "Remember us in your prayers, O Lady Virgin Mother of God, that we not perish by the increase of our sins. Protect us from every evil and from grievous woes, for in you do we hope, and venerating the Feast of your Protection, we magnify you."

Icon of the Holy Protection of the Theotokos 


Note: the Church of Greece has moved the celebration of Agia Skepi to the 28th of October ("Oxi Day": in commemoration of the great help and protection of the Theotokos to the Greek nation throughout its history, and especially during World War II:

"The role of faith in Virgin Mary in Epirus is also outstanding during the Second World War. Her role was catalytic not only because she constituted the basis of people’s faith, but also because, with her miraculous interventions, she proved to have been the greatest ally of the Greek army on the snowy and rough mountains of Epirus.

Of course, miracles and apparitions were reported in many regions of Greece during the war, but at the front, at the Greek – Albanian borders and on Pindus, Virgin Mary was the protector and the leader of those who fought for their country under difficult circumstances. Their faith was so strong that they could see her encouraging them and “covering” them protectively, while they were fighting on the snowy mountains of Pindus and Albania. 

The account given by Vassililki Bouri, niece of Spyridon Houliaras, who fought at the borders, is characteristic. According to it, Spyridon Houliaras used to narrate incidents of the war to his relatives before he died. The one that affected him the most, however, was a miracle of Virgin Mary. While the soldiers were fighting under really adverse conditions, Virgin Mary appeared in front of them and as a protector “covered” them with her mantle and led them towards their enemy, ready to confront them. 

This miracle is also corroborated by the accounts of other soldiers of that time who fought on the mountains of Pindus. At the front, Greek soldiers saw the same vision everywhere: at nights, they could see a tall, slim woman figure walking with her kerchief resting on her shoulders. For the soldiers she was no other than Virgin Mary, the defender general of Greeks.

Tasos Rigopoulos, a soldier in 1940, reports from the front: I’m writing from an eagle’s nest 400 metres higher than the top of Parnitha. Everything around me is snowwhite. The reason I’m writing […] is to share with you what I’ve experienced, what I saw with my own eyes; something that I’m afraid you won’t believe if you hear it from others. A few moments before dashing against the blockhouses of Morova we saw a tall woman dressed in black standing still some 13 metres away. The guard yelled: “Identify yourself”. There was no answer. He yelled angrily once more. At that moment, as if struck by electricity, we all whispered: “Panaghia!”. She hurled herself at the enemy as if she had eagle wings. We followed her. We could constantly sense the bravery she was transmitting to us. We fought hard for a whole week until we finally took the Ivan-Morova blockhouses. […] She was always dashing forth. And when, victorious at last, we were advancing to defenseless Koritsa, our Defender turned into steam, smooth smoke, and vanished into thin air”. 


On the mountain ridge of Ronteni, the soldiers of the 51st independent battalion, under the commands of major Petrakis also witnessed a miracle. From the 22nd of January and on, every evening at half past nine the enemy’s heavy artillery commenced fire against the battalion and the road that was used by transport vehicles. There was a lot of nervousness and heavy casualties. The daring scouts were unable to locate the enemy’s artillery. Apparently, the enemy was changing its position every evening.


The situation was really desperate. It was an evening in February when the enemy artillery was heard firing once again. “Panaghia, help us, save us”, shouted the major spontaneously. Suddenly, a bright cloud came into sight from a distance, something like a halo was formed and the image of Virgin Mary appeared. She started bending towards the ground and stopped right over a ravine. Everybody in the battalion shivered as they witnessed the miracle. “Miracle!”, they shouted and they prayed. Immediately, they sent a message to the Greek artillery, the Greek canons fired, and right after that there was a silence. The Greek bombs had achieved a perfect strike.  

“No matter how faith is expressed during war, it is certain that it offers assistance to the soldier who is tested. And the image of the protector makes him hopeful and optimistic. …People from Arta, fighting at the front, were afraid neither of mortars nor of enemy bullets, as long as they had the image of Panaghia in front of them…”. 


Yiannis Tsarouchis, after having painted “The Virgin of Victory” on the cap of a box of herring, having in mind a badly painted picture of the Virgin that was going around the camp, he was on his way to the commander of the battalion in order to present his work. The painting had already acquired a fame of being miraculous and on his way to the commander some soldiers from Arta “being in a state of religious excitement, demanded that the miraculous icon spend at least one night at their camp. All the soldiers were shouting: “The Virgin, the Virgin. Leave it here for one night”. Suddenly, the alarm sounded. […] we lied down, according to the orders we had. None of the soldiers from Arta did the same. “Hey! Comrade! How can you be scared when you hold the Virgin in your hands?”, one said”.

It was also characteristic that on the military identification cards, right next to the personal details there was a picture of Virgin Mary. And just moments before they attacked, they would pray, shout “Panaghia mou!” (my Virgin) three times, and dash forth.

The importance of Virgin Mary’s miraculous interventions was acknowledged right after the end of the Second World War. For this reason, the celebration of Agias Skepis, which in 626 A.D., when Her miraculous intervention saved Constantinople from the Avaroi (Turkish-Mongolian Nomads), was officially established to be celebrated on October 1st, was transferred in 1952 on the 28th of October to remind them of her miraculous intervention during the most difficult period for Greek people."

Another icon of the Holy Protection of the Theotokos 

Apolytikion in the First Tone


O Virgin, we extol the great grace of thy Protection, which thou didst spread out like a bright cloud beyond all understanding; for thou dost invisibly protect thy people from the foe's every assault. Since we have thee as our shelter and certain help, we cry to thee with our whole soul: Glory to thy great deeds, O most pure Maid. Glory to thy shelter most divine. Glory to thy care and providence for us, O spotless one.


Kontakion in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone


Let us the faithful hasten to the Theotokos now and venerate her sacred veil, as we chant unto her, singing hymns to praise and honour her, as is fitting; for she shelt'reth with her shelter and all her faithful flock and preserveth them unharmed from all calamities, as they cry to her: Rejoice, Protection most radiant.


Most-Holy Theotokos, save us!