St Euphemia Greek Orthodox Parish and Community Bankstown Sydney


Join the St. Euphemia fellowship and learn the 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 :



Pantanassa Monastery's Online

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Αποκαλυψη εικόνας Αγίας Χρυσοβαλάντου στα Βαλσαμάτα !


St Euphemia Fellowship meets every Tuesday evening 7.30 - 9.00pm.  Come to learn more about

your Orthodox Faith and your Orthodox Church!  All presentations are in English.

For more information contact Fr Panagiotis on 0402219214 or Fr Peter on 0416145300.


Ομιλίες στα Αγγλικά

Οι νέοι και οι αγγλόφωνοι της ενορίας μας, συγκεντρώνονται κάθε Τρίτη 7.30 - 9.00μμ για ομιλίες

στα αγγλικά.     Facebook


Κάθε Σάββατο 4.00 - 6.00μμ.στην Εκκλησία

“Omada” group for teenage boys every Saturday 4.00 - 6.00pm.


Κάθε Κυριακή 8.45 - 10.00πμ.

Sunday School every Sunday 8.45 - 10.00am.

Δωρεάν λεωφορείο

Aπό την εκκλησία της Αγίας Ευφημίας για το κοιμητήριο του Rookwood

Κάθε Τρίτη 9.15 πμ.

(Προσφορά του Euro Funeral Services 9759 9759)


Κάθε Τετάρτη 10.00 - 12.00πμ. Συγκέντρωση για νήπια.

“Little Butterflies”

Playgroup every Wednesday 10.00 - 12.00pm.


+   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

Feast days & daily bible readingsLATEST ORTHODOX NEWS

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






* 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






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

St Euphemia Greek Orthodox College



PHONE : (02) 9796 8240

FAX : (02) 9790 7354







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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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)


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


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.


«Η Ελληνική Γωνιά»


Kάθε Τρίτη από ώρα 10.00πμ-12.00μμ.


“Greek Corner”


The weekly gathering of the elderly every Tuesday from 10.00 - 12.00pm.


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 Dormition of the Theotokos

Dormition of the Theotokos  -  Commemorated on August 15th


The feast of the Dormition or Falling-asleep of the Theotokos is celebrated on the fifteenth of August, preceded by a two-week fast. This feast commemorates the death, resurrection and glorification of Christ’s mother. It proclaims that Mary has been “assumed” by God into the heavenly kingdom of Christ in the fullness of her spiritual and bodily existence.  As with the nativity of the Virgin and the feast of her entrance to the temple, there are no biblical or historical sources for this feast.

The Tradition of the Church is that Mary died as all people die, not “voluntarily” as her Son, but by the necessity of her mortal human nature which is indivisibly

bound up with the corruption of this world.


The Orthodox Church teaches that Mary is without personal sins. In the Gospel of the feast, however, in the liturgical services and in the Dormition icon, the Church proclaims as well that Mary truly needed to be saved by Christ as all human persons are saved from the trials, sufferings and death of this world; and that having

truly died, she was raised up by her Son as the Mother of Life and participates already in the eternal life of paradise which is prepared and promised to all who

“hear the word of God and keep it.” (Luke 11:27-28)


The services of the feast repeat the main theme, that the Mother of Life has “passed over into the heavenly joy, into the divine gladness and unending delight” of the Kingdom of her Son. (Vesper verse) The Old Testament readings, as well as the gospel readings for the Vigil and the Divine Liturgy, are exactly the same as those for the feast of the Virgin’s nativity and her entrance into the Temple. Thus, at the Vigil we again hear Mary say: “My soul magnifies the Lord and my Spirit rejoices

in God my Saviour.” (Luke 1:47)


At the Divine Liturgy we hear the letter to the Philippians where St. Paul speaks of the self-emptying of Christ who condescends to human servitude and ignoble death in order to be “highly exalted” by God his Father. (Philippians 2:5-11) And once again we hear in the Gospel that Mary’s blessedness belongs to all who “hear the word of God and keep it.” (Luke 11:27-28)


Thus, the feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos is the celebration of the fact that all men are “highly exalted” in the blessedness of the victorious Christ, and that

this high exaltation has already been accomplished in Mary the Theotokos. The feast of the Dormition is the sign, the guarantee, and the celebration that Mary’s

fate is, the destiny of all those of “low estate” whose souls magnify the Lord, whose spirits rejoice in God the Saviour, whose lives are totally dedicated to hearing

and keeping the Word of God which is given to men in Mary’s child, the Saviour and Redeemer of the world.


Finally it must be stressed that, in all of the feasts of the Virgin Mother of God in the Church, the Orthodox Christians celebrate facts of their own lives in Christ and the Holy Spirit. What happens to Mary happens to all who imitate her holy life of humility, obedience, and love. With her all people will be “blessed” to be “more honorable than the cherubim and beyond compare more glorious than the seraphim” if they follow her example. All will have Christ born in them by the Holy Spirit.

All will become temples of the living God. All will share in the eternal life of His Kingdom who live the life that Mary lived.


In this sense everything that is praised and glorified in Mary is a sign of what is offered to all persons in the life of the Church. It is for this reason that Mary, with the divine child Jesus within her, is call in the Orthodox Tradition the Image of the Church. For the assembly of the saved is those in whom Christ dwells.


It is the custom in some churches to bless flowers on the feast of the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos.


The Feast's kontakion speaks of her as an unfailing hope and mediation, reminding us of her intercessory role in paradise. Neither the tomb nor death had power

over the Theotokos, who is ever watchful in her prayers and in whose intercessions lies unfailing hope. For as the Mother of Life she has been translated unto life

by Him Who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb.


Dismissal Hymn (First Tone)


In birth, you preserved your virginity; in death, you did not abandon the world, O Theotokos. As mother of life, you departed to the source of life, delivering our

souls from death by your intercessions.


Kontakion (Second Tone)


Neither the grave nor death could contain the Theotokos, the unshakable hope, ever vigilant in intercession and protection. As Mother of life, He who dwelt in the

ever-virginal womb transposed her to life.

Rev T  :  “I need your help more than ever” !


If you only listen to one of our blogs, this is the one!


Today I spoke to Fr T and explained that this year we had added a number of new fundraisers and given he was unable to attend, because of the EBOLA outbreak, that we (committee members in AU) were thinking that we might cancel these new fundraisers, as the response, was so far low.


… I would rather have walked over hot coals than listen to his response, I have never heard him so frustrated, it is hard to listen to, and not feel somewhat, helpless and even selfish.   ……..   (What really made me squirm, is his comment that he is making his own burial plans; just in case!)


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 attending and supporting one of the fundraiser in your city, details for Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne HERE.


And if you can’t make it please consider helping with a donation or gift HERE.


«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






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









Καθ’ όλη την περίοδο του Δεκαπενταύγουστου θα ψαλεί η Μικρή

και Μεγάλη Παράκλησις της Θεοτόκου από Δευτέρα μέχρι

Παρασκευή κι ώρα 6.00 - 7.00μ.μ. (εκτός της παραμονής της Μεταμορφώσεως).


During the first two weeks of August (1st - 13th August) the Small

and Great Supplications to the Theotokos will be chanted between

Monday to Friday 6.00 - 7.00pm, excluding the eve of the Feast of

the Transfiguration.


1st August


(Αρχή Νηστείας) - Μικρή Παράκλησις Paraklesis to Saint John

Maximovitch  (Fasting for Dormition begins)  -  Small Supplication


3rd August


Η΄ Ματθαίου  -  Όρθρος & Θ. Λειτουργία

8th Sunday of Matthew  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy


6th August



Transfiguration of Christ the Saviour  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy


10th August


Θ΄ Ματθαίου  -  Όρθρος & Θ. Λειτουργία

9th Sunday of Matthew  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy




12th August


Αγ. Φωτίου & Ανικήτου  -    Όρθρος & Θ. Λειτουργία

Martyrs Photios & Aniketos  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy


14th August


Εσπερινός της Κοιμήσεως—(Εγκώμια της Παναγίας)

Vespers of the Dormition—(Lamentations to the Theotokos)    


15th August


ΚΟΙΜΗΣΙΣ ΤΗΣ ΘΕΟΤΟΚΟΥ  -  Όρθ. & Θ. Λειτουργία

DORMITION OF OUR LADY  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy


17th August


Ι΄ Ματθαίου  -  Όρθρος & Θ. Λειτουργία

 10th Sunday of Matthew  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy


19th August


Θεία Λειτούργια στα Αγγλικά

(St Andrew the Soldier)  -  Divine Liturgy in English    


22nd August


Δίγλωσση ΑΓΡΥΠΝΙΑ Απόδοσις Κοιμήσεως Θεοτόκου

Παράκλησις, Εσπερινός, Όρθρος & Θεια Λειτουργία     


Bi-lingual Vigil for the Leave taking of the Dormition

Paraclesis, Vespers, Matins & Divine Liturgy



24th August


ΙΑ΄ Ματθ. - Αγ. Κοσμά Αιτωλού  Όρθ. & Θ. Λειτουργία

11th Sunday of Matthew  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy


27th August


Αγ. Φανουρίου  -  Όρθρος & Θ. Λειτουργία

St. Phanourios  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy




26th July


Αγίας Παρασκευής  -  Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία

Saint Paraskevi the Great Martyr  -  Matins & Div. Liturgy 


29th August


Αποτομή Κεφαλής Προδρόμου (Νηστεία)

Beheading of St. John the Baptist (Fast)


31st August


ΙΒ΄ Ματθ. - Κατάθεσις Τιμίας Ζώνης  -  Όρθρος & Θ. Λειτουργία

12th Sunday of Matthew  -  Matins & Divine Liturgy