St Euphemia Greek Orthodox Parish and Community Bankstown Sydney

PROGRAMME OF CHURCH SERVICES FOR DECEMBER 2014

Join the St. Euphemia fellowship and your Orthodox Christian faith !

 

Fellowship commences on the 11th February 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

 

 

Εκ μέρους των Ιερέων, του Προέδρου και του Διοικητικού Συμβουλίου, της Φιλοπτώχου Αδελφότητος, της Νεολαίας, των Διευθυντών και του Προσωπικού του Κολλεγίου και των Απογευματινών Σχολείων, σας ευχόμαστε ευλογημένα και ειρηνικά Χριστούγεννα, και ευτυχισμένος ο καινούργιος χρόνος 2015.

 

On behalf of the Priests, the President and Committee, the Ladies Auxialary, the Fellowship, the Principals and Staff of our College and Greek Language Schools, we wish you a blessed and peaceful Christmas, and a joyous New Year 2015.

PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTSST EUPHEMIA FELLOWSHIPORTHODOX VIDEOSFeast days & daily bible readingsLATEST ORTHODOX NEWS

WEB LINKS

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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
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Monastery of Panagia Gorgoepikoos Geelong
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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
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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

 

 

 

 

 


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

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.

ORTHODOX MIRACLES

+   Ὁ Γερμανός ἀξιωματικός πού εἶδε τόν Ἅγιο Χαράλαμπο στά Φιλιατρά καί σταμάτησε τό ἀποφασισμένο 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

 

 

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

 

 

 

Pantanassa Monastery's Online

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«θα πάρω μιαν ανηφοριά θα πάρω μονοπάτια να βρω τα σκαλοπάτια που παν στην λευτεριά».

DIVINE LITURGY 

 

SERVICES IN ENGLISH !

 

 

BANKSTOWN                                   9709-6908
Church of St Euphemia, 6-12 East Terrace
Third Tuesday of the month, May to Dec

(7:00-8:30pm)

 

BELMORE                                         9789-1659
Church of All Saints, Cnr Isabel & Cecilia Streets
Last Saturday of the month, May to Dec

(6:30-8:00pm)

 

BLACKTOWN                                    9621-5311
Church of St Paraskeve, 47-49 Balmoral Street
First Monday of the month, May to Dec

(7:30-9:00pm)

 

HURLSTONE PARK                          9558-8430

Church of St Stephanos, 650 New Canterbury Road Second Monday of the month, May to Dec (7:00-8:30pm)

 

KINGSFORD                                      9663-5147
Church of St Spyridon, 72-76 Gardeners Road
First Saturday of the month, Mar to Dec (7:00-8:30pm)

 

KOGARAH                                         9587-9113
Church of our Lord’s Resurrection, 16-20 Belgrave Street—Saturday 3 Mar & 7 Apr (6:00-7:30pm);
First Monday of the month, May to Dec

(7:30-9:00pm)

 

MARRICKVILLE                                9558-4453
Church of St Nicholas, 203-207 Livingstone Road
Third Tuesday of the month, May to Dec

(7:00-8:30pm)

 

MASCOT                                            9667-1001
Church of St Catherine, 180 Coward Street
Fourth Friday of the month, May to Dec

(7:00-8:30pm)

 

PARRAMATTA                                  9635-9480
Church of St Ioannis, 11 Hassall Street
First Tuesday of the month, May to Nov

(7:00-8:30pm)

 

ROSE BAY                                         9371-9929
Church of St George, 90 Newcastle Street
Bilingual Service each Sunday   (9:30-11:00am)

 

SUTHERLAND SHIRE                       9526-6577
Church of St Stylianos, 806-808 The Kingsway, Gymea—Third Saturday of each month, Mar to Nov   (5:30-7:00pm)

 

THORNLEIGH                                    9875-3142
Church of St Therapon, 323-325 Pennant Hills Road - Last Saturday of each Month  (6-7:30pm)

ΑΝΑΚΟΙΝΩΣΕΙΣ -

 

CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

ΕΞΟΜΟΛΟΓΗΣΗ  -  CONFESSION

 

Ο π. Μιχαήλ θα βρίσκεται στην εκκλησία για το μυστήριο της Θείας Εξομολογήσεως από 15- 19 Δεκεμβρίου και ώρα 1 .00μ.μ. με 6.00μ.μ. Παρακαλείσθε να τηλεφωνήσετε το γραφείο της εκκλησίας και να δηλώσετε το όνομά σας.

 

Fr. Michael will be at our church for the Sacrament of  Confession  from Monday 15th December to Friday 19th December between 1.00pm and 6.00pm. Please call the church office to arrange a time and day.

Welcome to the official site for the St. Euphemia Greek Orthodox Parish & Community of Bankstown Sydney !  The St Euphemia Greek Orthodox Church 

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.

 

Το Αληθινό Νόημα των Χριστουγέννων

The Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ

 

 

From the 15th November of every year, the Orthodox Churches commence the ‘Christmas fast.’ This fast is also known as the ‘fast of St Philip’ because it is immediately preceded by the feast day of this apostle. This time of preparation also corresponds to the Roman Advent. We do not know precisely at what date the celebration of Advent was introduced into the Church. However, early Christian documents testify to the fact that only towards the end of the fourth century was the Nativity of Christ celebrated on the 25th December and only by some since others celebrated Christmas on the 6th January.

 

The first sign of a Christmas celebration comes from Egypt. Clement of Alexandria (ca 200) mentions that certain Egyptians commemorated the birth of Christ on 20th May. In the first part of the fourth century, the constitutions of the Church of Alexandria laid down that the 6th January was both the feast of the Nativity and the Epiphany of Christ. Therefore we know for certain that in the early Christian centuries Christmas and Theophany (which is celebrated today on the 6th January and marks the baptism of Jesus) were celebrated together. For this reason, liturgically speaking, the period from Christmas to Theophany is considered to be one continuous day of celebration marking the coming of Christ into the world.

 

From the sermons of St Gregory of Nyssa we know that in 380AD the faithful in Cappadocia celebrated Christmas on the 25th December. It is also known that, contrary to this practice, the Church of Jerusalem did not adhere to the date of the 25th December even up to the sixth century. We know for certain that in 385AD, when Etheria had visited the city of Jerusalem, the festival of Christmas had not yet been accepted into its liturgical calender. In Antioch the celebration of Christmas was introduced by St John of Chrysostom around 386AD. Modern scholarship also contends that Christmas was introduced to Constantinople between 398AD to 402AD by St John Chrysostom. From 354AD Christmas began to be celebrated in Rome. However the Council of Saragossa in Spain still ignored Christmas in 380, and St Augustine, in the fifth century omitted it from a list of the major feasts, which he himself drew up. Christmas nevertheless soon began to be recognized in the liturgical calendar of the universal Church.

 

In reflecting upon the introduction of the feast day of Christmas into the liturgical calendar, the first claim would be that the reason why 25th December was chosen for the celebration of Christ's birth is not that this is the actual day in which this historical birth took place. Rather there are two reasons why this day was chosen. The first is that Christmas was chosen as the feast day for this celebration because the Church wanted to adapt and ‘christianise’ certain pagan feasts which were celebrated around that date, such as the birth of Dionysius at Delphi, the Saturnalia (December 1st - 23rd), and above all the Natalis Invicti (the feast of the Invincible sun) celebrated on the 25th December itself. Many Fathers of the Church, most notably St Cyprian of Carthage, declared that this ‘anniversary of the invincible’ was realized in the birth of Jesus, the only invincible One and the Sun of Justice. Christ was the only Invincible Sun who by His birth illuminated the world and inaugurated the dawn of a new age. It is for this reason that the dismissal hymn refers to Christ as the "sun of righteousness" since He is the true sun shining on the world. Therefore the 25th December was chosen in order to transform a pagan festival into a Christian one.

 

The second reason why the 25th December was chosen for Christmas is that the day of Christ’s birth was made to depend on the date of the conception of Jesus, which is celebrated on 25th March (the Annunciation of the Theotokos). The reason why the date of the Annunciation was thought to be in March was because Jesus Christ was conceived, according to the Scriptures six months after St John the Baptist. From the New Testament, we would claim that St John the Baptism was conceived in September. The reason this can be inferred is that the announcement to Zacharias, the father of St John's the Baptist, of the birth of his son took place when Zacharias, as the high priest went into the sanctuary on the day of Expiation. And the feast day was believed to have taken place in the month of September. From all the above calculations we must nevertheless state that, even though they may seem logical are still historically unfounded as we actually do not know the actual day and month in which the Messiah was born.

 

Even the year of Christ's birth is uncertain. Some scholars have attempted to trace the actual date by studying ancient records of astronomy to examine if there is any evidence of a "brilliant star" which the magi saw and followed. In reference to this, three theories have been postulated. The first is that it is believed that Christ was born approximately 11BC, since there is evidence in that year of Halley's comet shooting brilliantly across the skies. The second theory posited for the year of Christ's birth is about 7BC. Scholars have argued that there was a brilliant conjunction of two planets in the year 7BC, that of Saturn and Jupiter. The proximity of these two planets resulted in an effulgence of strong light which, some scholars believe could have been the brilliant star seen by the magi. The last, and perhaps most plausible theory is that the birth of Christ took place between 5-2BC during which an unusual astronomical phenomenon took place. In those years, on the first day of the Egyptian month of Mesori, a star by the name of Sirius rose heliacally at sunrise and shone with extraordinary brilliance. Now, Mesori means the birth of a prince and such a star could have undoubtedly meant the birth of some great king.

 

From the above, all that can be said is that the birth of Christ was introduced into the ecclesiastical calendar on the 25th December in the third century - a relatively late date. In the first centuries the Church concentrated on Epiphany, where it celebrated the glorious manifestation of the Lord and His birth. By the fifth century Christmas and Epiphany became two distinct feasts. In the East, the Armenians alone have never accepted the feast on December 25th, and still keep Epiphany as the Lord’s birth.

 

However what is important in all the above is not whether the exact day and year of Christ's birth is known but, quintessentially more important is the importance of this event. All people, whether they affirm the importance of the Christian meaning of Christmas or not would still agree that it is an event that is celebrated. The fact that Christmas is celebrated by all, irregardless of their religious background is already an indication of its festive and joyous meaning. During the Christmas season, all would agree that there is a different feel in the air and an entirely different attitude between people. Even those who may not know what is celebrated during Christmas, still would affirm that it is a joyous period of the year. During this time, most people seem to take off their defense barriers and human masks, which the cares of daily life may have enforced upon them and there is a spontaneity in their faces just like those of children. So from this detail alone, we would have to accept that something so significant must have taken place 2000 years ago that is still remembered and celebrated today. Just like all countries have national days on which is celebrated some joyous event, like their independence from a ruling regime, so too the Church remembers and celebrates the most remarkable event in the history of humankind – the birth of God into the world.

 

The meaning of Christmas is summed up in a single verse in the Bible.

 

"She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." (Mt 1:21).

 

In Hebrew the name of Jesus is Yeshua, and that means "God saves" or "God is salvation". Therefore the birth of Christ commemorates not simply the birth of a religious genius or an inspired prophet but the Lord and Savior of life. The meaning of Christmas is summed up in Christ's coming into the world as God, taking on our human form so that we could take on the form of God. Christ came, and as the second Adam recapitulated or reconciled life and history into an intimate relationship between Creator and creature, between eternity and time. Christ took on our bodies which decay and grow old day by day and through the body conquered death. Therefore in essence Christmas is the message about God's victory over death and His gift of eternal life to the entire created order.

"She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." (Mt 1:21).

Date

Service

Time

 

 

 

 

4th Thursday

St. Barbara  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy

Αγ. Βαρβάρας Μεγαλομ  -  Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία

7.30-9.30 am

5th Friday

St. Savva the Sanctified  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy

 Αγ. Σάββα του Ηγιασμένου  -  Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία

7.30-9.30 am

6th Saturday

St. Nicholas of Myra  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy

Αγ. Νικολάου  -  Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία

7.30-10.00 am

7th Sunday

10th Sunday of Luke  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy

Ι΄ΛΟΥΚΑ  -      Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία

7.15-10.30 am

9th Tuesday

Conception of St. Anna  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy

Σύλληψις Αγ Άννης  -  Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία

7.30-9.30 am

12th Friday

St. Spyridon the Wonderworker  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy

Αγ.Σπυρίδωνος Τριμυθούντος  -   Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία

7.30-9.30 am

14th Sunday

11th Sunday of Luke (Forefathers)  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy

ΙΑ΄ΛΟΥΚΑ (Προπατόρων)  -  Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία

7.15-10.30 am

15th Monday

St. Eleftherios  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy

Αγ. Ελευθερίου  -      Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία

7.30-9.30 am

17th Wednesday

Prophet Daniel, St Dionysios  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy

Προφ. Δανιήλ, Αγ. Διονυσίου  -  Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία

7.30-9.30 am

19th Friday

ALL NIGHT VIGIL - St. Ignatious the Godbearer  -  Holy Unction, Vespers, Matins & Divine Liturgy

 

ΑΓΡΥΠΝΙΑ - Αγ. Ιγνατίου Θεοφόρου  -  Ιερό Ευχέλαιο, Εσπερινός, Όρθρος και Θεία Λειτουργία

 

7.00pm-1.00am

21st Sunday

Sunday before Nativity  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy

 ΠΡΟ ΤΟΥ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥ ΓΕΝΝΗΣΕΩΣ  -  Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία

7.15-10.30 am

24th Wednesday

Martyr Eugenia & her parents Philip & Clavdia

Great Hours of Nativity, Vespers & Divine Liturgy

Οσιομάρτυρος Ευγενίας  -  Μεγάλες Ώρες των Χριστουγέννων, Εσπερινός & Θεία Λειτουργία

6.30-9.30 am

25th Thursday

NATIVITY OF OUR LORD & SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy

Η ΓΕΝΝΗΣΙΣ ΤΟΥ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥ  -  Όρθρος και Θεία Λειτουργία

 

5.30-8.30 am

26th Friday

Synaxis of the Theotokos  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy

Σύναξις Υπεραγίας Θεοτόκου (Δεν τελούνται μνημόσυνα)  -  Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία

7.30-9.30 am

27th Saturday

St. Stephen the Protomartyr  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy

Αγ. Στεφάνου Πρωτομάρτυρος  -  Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία

 

7.30-9.30 am

28th Sunday

Sunday after the Nativity  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy

 ΜΕΤΑ ΤΗΝ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥ ΓΕΝΝΗΣΙΝ  -  Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία

7.15-10.30 am