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.

 

PROGRAMME OF CHURCH SERVICES FOR APRIL 2015

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 : www.stef.org.au

 

 

PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTSFeast days & daily bible readingsLATEST ORTHODOX NEWS

St Euphemia Greek Orthodox College

 

202 STACEY ST. BANKSTOWN NSW 2200

PHONE : (02) 9796 8240

FAX : (02) 9790 7354

WEB : www.steuphemia.nsw.edu.au

 

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.

ΙΕΡΑ ΑΡΧΙΕΠΙΣΚΟΠΗ ΑΥΣΤΡΑΛΙΑΣ  -  ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΟΣ ΕΝΟΡΙΑ ΚΑΙ ΚΟΙΝΟΤΗΣ BANKSTOWN KAI ΠΕΡΙΧΩΡΩΝ «Η ΑΓΙΑ ΕΥΦΗΜΙΑ»

 

Greek Orthodox Parish and Community of Bankstown Saint

Euphemia  6-12 East Terrace, Bankstown NSW, 2200

 

Τηλέφωνο Εκκλησίας - Church Phone  :  (02) 9709 6908

 

ΤΗΛ ΙΕΡΕΩΝ:

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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PATRIARCHATES

 

* 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

 

HOLY ARCHDIOCESES-METROPOLISES OF THE THRONE

 

* 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

HOLY MONASTERIES

 

* 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

 

GREEK ORTHODOX PARISH WEBSITES IN AUSTRALIA

 

* 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

GREEK ORTHODOX SCHOOLS IN AUSTRALIA

 

* 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

 

ORTHODOOX THEOLOGICAL SEMINARIES

 

* 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

 

 

 

 

 


ORTHODOX MIRACLES

+   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

ST EUPHEMIA FELLOWSHIPORTHODOX VIDEOS

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

παν στην λευτεριά».

ΑΝΑΚΟΙΝΩΣΕΙΣ - CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Palm Sunday Lucheon

Join us to celebrate Palm Sunday with the traditional Seafood Palm Sunday meal as we enter the week of the Lord’s Passion.

When: Palm Sunday, 5th April 2015

Time: 11:30am

Venue: Church Hall

Menu: Fish, Chips, Salad, Tarama, Potato Garlic Dip, Beer and Soft Drinks.

 $35 for adults and $15 children under 12

For tickets, please contact one of the priests or the church office.

 

Γεύμα  για την Εορτή των Βαΐων

Καλείσθε να συνεστιάσουμε με τα παραδοσιακά φαγητά προ της Αγίας και Μεγάλης Εβδομάδος.

Κυριακή των Βαΐων, 5η Απριλίου 2015

Ώρα:  11:30 μεσημβρινή  στο χωλ.

Τιμή: Για μεγάλους $35 και παιδιά κάτω των 12 ετών $15

Η τιμή συμπεριλαμβάνει ψάρι, πατάτες, σαλάτες, ταραμά, σκορδαλιά, μπύρα και αναψυκτικά.
Για εισιτήρια απευθυνθείτε στους ιερείς ή στο γραφείο της εκκλησίας.

 

 

FELLOWSHIP

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

 

 

Playgroup

(For pre-school children) every Wednesday between 10.00am - 12.00pm. (During school terms)

Η παιδική ομάδα (Οι Πεταλούδες) κάθε Τετάρτη από ώρα 10.00 πμ. - 12.00μμ.

 

 

«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.

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Sunday School  Meets immediately  after Holy Communion in the classrooms above the Church hall. School aged children (Primary and High-School) are encouraged to attend. At Sunday school children form a solid Orthodox Christian foundation.

 

 

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

 

 

ST EUPHEMIA COLLEGE

Give your child the best start in life with a solid academic program in a caring Orthodox environment. For details contact the College on  (02) 9796 8240

 

 

Greek Language School

Held in the classrooms above the Church hall on the following days:

           Primary School - Monday 4.00pm-7.00pm or Saturday 9.00am- 12.00pm

           High School - Friday 4.30-7.30pm

Contact Mr. Michael Chambouras for enquiries on 9709 6908

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Αν το Άγιο Φως δεν ήταν αυθεντική και ζωντανή πραγματικότητα, δεν θα είχε ξεκινήσει παγκόσμια εκστρατεία αποδεικνύοντας με στοιχεία ακλόνητα την απάτη του φαινομένου και μάλιστα από τους ίδιους τους Ισραηλινούς, θα μας ειχαν καψει ζωντανους !  Ενώ τώρα, θέλοντας και μη, μέσα στο κέντρο των σταυρωτών του Θεανθρώπου, κάθε χρόνο, το Μέγα Σάββατο,αποδεικνύεται η Ανάσταση και η αλήθεια της Πίστεώς μας, τόσο οι Εβραίοι, όσο και τα άλλα δόγματα εκτός Ορθοδοξίας κλείνουν το στόμα και αναγκάζονται να ταπεινωθούν μπροστά στην πραγματικότητα, έως ότου αποδεχθούν του λόγου το αληθές... 

Το λοιπόν, ας κοάζουν οι βάτραχοι της αθεϊας και της αρνήσεως.  Η Πίστη μας είναι ζωντανή και όσο θα περνά ο καιρός τόσο και ο αναστάς Θεάνθρωπος θα κατακτά τις ανθρώπινες καρδιές προς πείσμα των δαιμόνων και των οργάνων τους. Μακάριοι όσοι αποδέχονται τον Σταυρωθέντα και Αναστάντα Κύριον της Δόξης, τον Λατρευτό μας Ιησούν Χριστόν.

 

«Αναστήτω ο Θεός και διασκορπισθήτωσαν οι εχθροί Αυτού

και φυγέτωσαν από προσώπου Αυτού, οι μισούντες Αυτόν» !!

 

Χριστός Ανέστη !  Αληθώς Ανέστη !   Αμήν.

Οι Ιερείς, ο Πρόεδρος της Κοινότητος και τα μέλη του Συμβουλίου, οι Κυρίες της Φιλοπτώχου Αδελφότητος και η Νεολαία εύχονται σε όλους Καλό Πάσχα !

 

The Parish Priests, the President of the Community and the Committee Members, the Ladies Auxiliary, the Fellowship and everyone at Saint Euphemia wish you and your families a Blessed Pascha!

Άγιο Φως (Holy Light): Το ολοζώντανο ΘαύμαΧριστός Ανέστη - Αληθώς Ανέστη

Christ is risen from the dead, by death trampling down

upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life. 

Christ is risen  -  Truly he is risen!

The Great And Holy Feast Of Pascha

 

On the Great and Holy Feast of Pascha, Orthodox Christians celebrate the life-giving Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This feast of feasts is the most significant day in the life of the Church. It is a celebration of the defeat of death, as neither death itself nor the power of the grave could hold our Savior captive. In this victory that came through the Cross, Christ broke the bondage of sin, and through faith offers us restoration, transformation, and eternal life.

 

Holy Week comes to an end at sunset of Great and Holy Saturday, as the Church prepares to celebrate her most ancient and preeminent festival, Pascha, the feast of feasts. The time of preparation will give way to a time of fulfillment. The glorious and resplendent light emanating from the empty Tomb will dispel the darkness. Christ, risen from the dead, cracks the fortress of death and takes "captivity captive" (Psalm 67:19). All the limitations of our createdness are torn asunder. Death is swallowed up in victory and life is liberated. "For as by a man came death, by a man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive" (I Corinthians 15:21-22). Pascha is the dawn of the new and unending day. The Resurrection constitutes the most radical and decisive deliverance of humankind.

 

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the fundamental truth and absolute fact of the Christian faith. It is the central experience and essential kerygma of the Church. It confirms the authenticity of Christ's remarkable earthly life and vindicates the truth of His teaching. It seals all His redemptive work: His life, the model of a holy life; His compelling and unique teaching; His extraordinary works; and His awesome, life-creating death. Christ's Resurrection is the guarantee of our salvation. Together with His Ascension it brings to perfection God's union with us for all eternity.

 

The Resurrection made possible the miracle of the Church, which in every age and generation proclaims and affirms "God's plan for the universe, the ultimate divinization of man and the created order." The profound experience of and the unshakable belief in the risen Lord enabled the Apostles to evangelize the world and empowered the Church to overcome paganism. The Resurrection discloses the indestructible power and inscrutable wisdom of God. It disposes of the illusory myths and belief systems by which people, bereft of divine knowledge, strain to affirm the meaning and purpose of their existence. Christ, risen and glorified, releases humanity from the delusions of idolatry. In Him grave-bound humanity discovers and is filled with incomparable hope. The Resurrection bestows illumination, energizes souls, brings forgiveness, transfigures lifes, creates saints, and gives joy.

 

The Resurrection has not yet abolished the reality of death. But it has revealed its powerlessness (Hebrews 2:14-15). We continue to die as a result of the Fall. Our bodies decay and fall away. "God allows death to exist but turns it against corruption and its cause, sin, and sets a boundary both to corruption and sin." Thus, physical death does not destroy our life of communion with God. Rather, we move from death to life - from this fallen world to God's reign.

 

Hymns of Pascha

 

Apolytikion (Plagal of the First Tone)

Christ is risen from the dead, by death trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life. 

 

First Ode of the Canon of Pascha (First Tone)
It is the day of Resurrection, let us be radiant, O ye peoples: Pascha, the Lord's Pascha; for Christ God hath brought us from death to life, and from earth unto Heaven as we sing the triumphal hymn. 

 

Doxastikon of the Praises (Plagal of the First Tone)

It is the day of Resurrection; let us be radiant for the festival, and let us embrace one another. Let us say, O brethren, even to those that hate us: Let us forgive all things on the Resurrection; and thus let us cry: Christ is risen from the dead, by death He has trampled down death, and on those in the tombs He has bestowed life.

 

Source

 

 

Date

Service

Time

 

 

 

 

1st April

Wednesday

Liturgy of  Presanctified Gifts

Θεία Λειτουργία των Προηγιασμένων Δώρων

7.30-9.15 am

3rd April

Friday

Liturgy of  Presanctified Gifts 

Θεία Λειτουργία των Προηγιασμένων Δώρων

 

Evening - Canon of St. Lazarus

Βράδυ - Κανών του Λαζάρου

7.30-9.15 am

 

 

6.00-7.00 pm

4th April

Saturday

Saturday of Lazarus  -  Matins and Divine Liturgy

Σάββατο του Λαζάρου  -  Όρθ. & Θ. Λειτουργία

7.30-10.00 am

5th April

Sunday

PALM SUNDAY  -  Matins and Divine Liturgy

Κυριακή των Βαΐων  -  Όρθ. & Θ. Λειτουργία

7.15-11.00 am

 

SERVICES OF GREAT AND HOLY WEEK

 

5th April

Sunday night

Palm Sunday - Bridegroom Service (Blessed and Noble Joseph)

Κυριακή Εσπέρας - Ακολουθία του Νυμφίου (Ιωσήφ του Παγκάλου)

7.00-8.30 pm

6th April

Holy Monday

Hours, Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts (The Ten Virgins)

Μεγάλη Δευτέρα  - Ώρες, Προηγιασμένη (Των Δέκα Παρθένων)

 

Evening - Bridegroom Service

Ακολουθία του Νυμφίου

 

7.30-9.30 am

 

7.00-8.30 pm

7th April

Holy Tuesday

Hours, Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 

Μεγάλη Τρίτη  - Ώρες, Προηγιασμένη

 

Evening - Bridegroom Service

Ακολουθία του Νυμφίου

 

7.30-9.30 am

 

7.00-8.30 pm

8th April

Holy Wednesday

Hours, Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts

Μεγάλη Τετάρτη - Ώρες, Προηγιασμένη

 

Sacrament of Holy Unction 

Ακολουθία Ιερού Ευχελαίου

 

Evening - Matins of Holy Thursday

Βράδυ - Όρθρος Μεγάλης Πέμπτης

 

7.30-9.30 am

 

 

4.00-5.30 pm

 

 

7.00-8.30 pm

9th April

Holy Thursday

(Mystical Supper)  Vespers and Divine Liturgy of St Basil 

Μεγάλη Πέμπτη - (Ο Μυστικός Δείπνος)  Εσπερινός και Θεία Λειτουργία Μεγάλου Βασιλείου

 

Evening - Service of the Holy Passion (12 Gospels)

Βράδυ - Των Αγίων Παθών (Τα Δώδεκα Ευαγγέλια

 

5.30-7.30 am

 

 

 

7.00-10.30 pm

10th April

Holy Friday

(The Passion of our Lord) Great and Holy Hours

(Decoration of the Tomb 10.00 am - 1.00 pm)

 

Μεγάλη Παρασκευή - Μεγάλες Ώρες   (Τα Πάθη του Κυρίου)

(Στολισμός του Επιταφίου 10.00πμ. - 1.00 μμ.)

 

Vespers - Taking down from the Cross - Officiated by His Grace Bishop Seraphim of Apollonias

Εσπερινός - Η Αποκαθήλωσις - Χοροστατούντος του Θεοφ. Επισκόπου Απολλωνιάδος κ.κ. Σεραφείμ

 

Evening - Service of Lamentations (Epitaphios)           

Βράδυ - Ο Επιτάφιος Θρήνος (Εγκώμια)   

 

8.00-10.00 am

 

 

 

 

3.00-4.30 pm

 

 

 

 

7.00-10.30 pm

 

 

11th April

Holy Saturday

(The Descent of Christ into Hades) Great Vespers and Divine Liturgy of St Basil

Μεγάλο Σάββατο   (Η εις Άδου Κάθοδος)  Μέγας Εσπερινός και Θεία Λειτουργία Μεγάλου Βασιλείου

 

Service of the Resurrection (followed by Divine Liturgy)

Ακολουθία της Αναστάσεως   (Όρθ. & Θ. Λειτουργία)  

5.30-7.30 am

 

 

 

 

11.00pm-2.30am

12th April

Sunday

HOLY PASCHA

(Agape Vespers at the Archdiocese 11.00 am - 12.30 pm)

Το Άγιο Πάσχα

(Εσπερινός της Αγάπης στον Ιερό Καθεδρικό Ναό 11.00πμ-12.30μμ)  

 

17th April

Friday

Renewal Friday - Fountain of Life  Matins and Divine Liturgy 

Παρασκευή Διακαινησίμου - (Ζωοδόχου Πηγής)  Όρθ. & Θ. Λειτουργία

 

Evening - Vespers and supplication to the Theotokos

Βράδυ - Εσπερινός και Παρακλησις της Θεοτόκου

 

7.30-9.30 am

 

 

 

6.00-7.30 pm

19th April

Sunday

Sunday of Thomas  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy

ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ - Του Θωμά  -  Όρθ. & Θ. Λειτουργία     

7.15-10.30 am

23rd April

Thursday

 

St George  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy

Αγ. Μεγαλομάρτυρος Γεωργίου  -  Όρθ. & Θ. Λειτουργία

 

7.30-9.30 am

 

 

25th April

Saturday

St. Mark  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy

Αγ. Αποστόλου Μάρκου  -  Όρθ. & Θ. Λειτουργία

7.30-9.30 am

26th April

Sunday

Sunday of the Myrrh-bearers  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy

Των Μυροφόρων  -  Όρθ. & Θ. Λειτουργία

7.15-10.30 am