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GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AUSTRALIA

GREEK ORTHODOX PARISH OF ST. GEORGE, ROSE BAY

Ancient Christianity, Living Community

NEWSLETTER

JUNE, 2009

All Saints Sunday

The Sunday following Pentecost is dedicated to All Saints, both those who are known to us, and those who are known only to God. There have been saints at all times, and they have come from every corner of the earth. They were Apostles, Martyrs, Prophets, Hierarchs, Monastics, and Righteous, yet all were perfected by the same Holy Spirit. The Descent of the Holy Spirit makes it possible for us to rise above our fallen state and to attain sainthood, thereby fulfilling God's directive to "be holy, for I am holy" (Lev. 11:44, 1 Peter 1:16, etc.). Therefore, it is fitting to commemorate All Saints on the first Sunday after Pentecost. This feast may have originated at an

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early date, perhaps as a celebration of all martyrs, then it was broadened to include all men and women who had borne witness to Christ by their virtuous lives, even if they did not shed their blood for Him. The hymnology for the feast of All Saints lists six categories: "Rejoice, assembly of the Apostles, Prophets of the Lord, loyal choirs of the Martyrs, divine Hierarchs, Monastic Fathers, and the Righteous...." Some of the saints are described as Confessors, a category which does not appear in the above lists. Since they are similar in spirit to the martyrs, they are regarded as belonging to the category of Martyrs. They were not put to death as the Martyrs were, but they boldly confessed Christ and came close to being executed for their faith. The order of these six types of saints seems to be based on their importance to the Church. The Apostles are listed first, because they were the first to spread the Gospel throughout the world. The Martyrs come next because of their example of courage in professing their faith before the enemies and persecutors of the Church, which encouraged other

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Christians to remain faithful to Christ even unto death. Although they come first chronologically, the Prophets are listed after the Apostles and Martyrs. This is because the Old Testament Prophets saw only the shadows of things to come, whereas the Apostles and Martyrs experienced them firsthand. The New Testament also takes precedence over the Old Testament. The holy Hierarchs comprise the fourth category. They are the leaders of their flocks, teaching them by their word and their example. The Monastic Saints are those who withdrew from this world to live in monasteries, or in seclusion. They did not do this out of hatred for the world, but in order to devote themselves to unceasing prayer, and to do battle against the power of the demons. Although some people erroneously believe that monks and nuns are useless and unproductive, St John Climacus had a high regard for them: "Angels are a light for monks, and the monastic life is a light for all men" (LADDER, Step 26:31). The last category, the Righteous, are those who attained holiness of life while living "in the world." Examples include Abraham and his wife Sarah, Job, Sts Joachim and Anna, St Joseph the Betrothed, St Juliana of Lazarevo, and others. The feast of All Saints achieved great prominence in the ninth century, in the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Leo VI the Wise (886-911). His wife, the Holy Empress Theophano (December 16) lived in the world, but was not attached to worldly things. She was a great

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benefactor to the poor, and was generous to the monasteries. She was a true mother to her subjects, caring for widows and orphans, and consoling the sorrowful. Even before the death of StTheophano in 893 or 894, her husband started to build a church, intending to dedicate it to Theophano, but she forbade him to do so. It was this emperor who decreed that the Sunday after Pentecost be dedicated to All Saints. Believing that his wife was one of the righteous, he knew that she would also be honored whenever the Feast of All Saints was celebrated.

Sayings:

7 days without prayer makes 1 weak. May all your days have "Son Shine". The Ten Commandments Are Not Multiple Choice. What's missing in CH_ _CH? (U R) Forecast...The Son will shine forever! Heavenly Forecast - Reign Forever! Jesus Is An Investment That Never Loses Interest Jesus is an Equal Opportunity SavioUr. God so loved the world that He did not send a committee Come work for the Lord. The work is hard, the hours are long and the pay is low. But the retirement benefits are out of this world Be An Organ Donor...Give Your Heart To Jesus

Why do I need to go to Church in order to believe in Christ? The prevailing image of the Church amongst most people today is that of an organized religion with a distinct code of rules, a conglomera tion of laws and complex structures. The Church is simply thought to be an institution in society alongside other institutions fulfilling the needs of people side by side with other entities like business, government, labor and entertainment. These people are happy to allot a role to the Church as long as it does not interfere in the functions of the other agencies. However, understood only as a society, entirely integrated in the world, the Church can lose its worldtransforming power if it remains a mere institution alongside others. On the other hand, other people believe that Jesus did leave the keys to His kingdom to the Church as we read in St Matthew's Gospel (cf 16.9), but it would appear to them today, that the Church has lost those keys. And for this reason you hear many people say, "Jesus yes, Church no!" But the Church is not a mere human society but has both a human and divine character. The

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Church is Christ throughout the ages; it is the body of Christ present in the world today. For this reason, whilst it is true that the Church is in the world, it is something more - it is the body of Christ ­ that is, God incarnate "prolonged unto the ages". And one needs to be in communion participating in the life of this body if one wants to be considered a member of the Church. Christianity is not simply knowing certain facts about Christ but experiencing Him through the life in the Church; by literally "eating and drinking" Christ Himself in the gift of Holy Communion. It becomes apparent just how important it is to participate in the very life of the Church. One needs to be grafted upon the Church which and not stand afar simply knowing certain facts about it. Just like any organ or part of our body, as healthy as it may be in itself, cannot exist isolated from all other parts of the body, since there is an interdependence between all parts of our body, so too, human persons, as healthy as they may think they are alone, need one another if they want to live the fullness of life and not just survive. To be part of this body means precisely a distinct way of existing whereby we commune life; that is we exist only because we participate in the life-giving unity of the unified body. It is not our individual virtues or attributes which will save us but our participation in the body of Christ which is the Church. And the centre of this communion is the Eucharist where we share the common nourishment of life; that is the body and blood of Christ which the fathers of the Church have

called the bread of immortality. In this way, not only can we become one with Christ but we become one with all those present in this communal event. The human person must overcome this false sense of security that it is better to remain alone since there is no danger in getting hurt because living life in this way, totally isolated from others, leads to our death whilst still alive. Rather, the true destiny of human persons is to exist the way God exists, that is free - free from the bounds of death; loving - that is ceasing to draw their existence from their individuality which is corrupt and mortal and instead seeking the freedom of personal relationships - a life as communion of love. What true sense of comfort and peace of mind being in this sign of solidarity between those around us. The greatest gift that the Church gives us is not simply teachings about Christ and salvation but Christ Himself and salvation itself since God promises that He is present in His Church. I end with a beautiful quote from Genesis regarding the Church: "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!" (Gen 28:17) . , . , . ,

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Farewell Dimitri, welcome Nicholas: We would like to farewell our secretary Dimitri Papaikonomou who has served our parish for five months very capably and professionally. We welcome Nicholas Koutras who has filled in the position. Positions vacant: The church is seeking to employ a janitor and bookkeeper. For enquiries and expressions of interest, please contact the church office 93719929. House of Wisdom: Next meeting: Thursday 2nd of July Time: 7pm sharp! Topic : Jesus as Teacher Speaker: Fr Gerasimos Greek Dancing for Adults: Greek dancing classes are starting Thursday 18th of June at 8pm. They will be held at the school hall 96 Newcastle St. Please contact the office for more infromation Social Group: Below is a photo of the social group which visited St George Monastery Springwood on `Kathari Deutera' that is clean Monday.

her for all the time she has put into helping the children of this parish and hope for many more years to come.

Sunday School Picnic: Despite the unpredictable weather, 25 kids with their families turned up to the picnic at Watsons Bay. There were games, races and plenty of chocolates and chips to go around. Some photos of the day are included. Sunday School is on every Sunday after Holy Communion and are split into three groups infants, primary and high school. All children are welcome and there are no enrolments necessary.

Congratulations Stephania Angelou We would like to congratulate Mrs Stephania Angelou for receiving once again a reward for her tireless efforts in teaching the Greek language. We thank

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Cocktail Party At Consul General

We would like to take this oppurtunity to thank once again the Consul General Mr Vasileios Tolios and his lovely wife Theodora for opening their home to our Parish for a fundraiser. As you can see in the photos a great time was had by all

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Blessing of Mother & Infant on the 40th Day after Infant's birth

In the Orthodox Church it is an ancient tradition to offer thanksgiving prayers for mother & infant on the 40th day after infant's birth (cf. Luke 2:22-35). May 24th : Infant: Vassili Platers Parents: Nicholas & Elli Platers

Baptisms

The sacrament by which we enter God's Kingdom (John 3:5), and are granted remission of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). May 3rd: Anthe (Marianthe) Shanbaum May 15th : Christine Bracher (Chrismation) Ashley (Asklipios) Salter (Chrismation) May 17th : Infant: Alexia Theocharidis Parents: Sotirios & Dragana Theochoridis Godparent: William Constantinidis May 23rd: Infant: Gisele (Evanthia) Scifleet Parents: Andrew & Alexia Scifleet Godparent: Evanthia Karathanassis May 30TH: Infant: Angelina (Evangelia) Walker Parents: Michael Walker & Christina Adgemis Godparent: Jon Adgemis Infant: Eliza (Elizabeth) Douvis Parents: Louie Douvis & Sally Crennan Godparent: Irene Douvis

of Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5:32). May 2nd : Petros Macarounas & Maryanne Satouris Sponsor: Michael Calavrias May 9th : Tony Tsekouras & Lisa Marie Harrison Sponsor: Nick Gemesis May 16th : Nick Milillo & Marlena Anagnostou

Memorials

We remember our beloved ones in the hope of resurrection (1 Thess. 4:13) and we express our love for them in prayer. (Next to their names, the anniversary of death is marked in days, months or years) May 3rd: Peter Svolos (40 days) Chrysafis Mandalidis (40days) Frangoula Zavalakis (6 months) Chris Konstantoulas (1 year) George Coumbis (4 years) Argiri George (4 years) May 9th: Nita Kastanias (2 years) Anna Akon (11 years) Sam Akon (45 years) May 10th: Alexandra DeGeorge (9 months) May 24th: Dina Fassos (40days) Nicholas Coumbis (28 years) Maria Coumbis (9 years) May 30th : Anna Kastanas May 31st: Mihail Libadiotakis (9 years)

Weddings

The sacrament in which husband and wife experience a union with one another in love, according to the model

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THE GOOD SHEPHERD

GREEK O RTHODOX PARISH OF ST. GEORGE, ROSE BAY 90 - 92 NEWCASTLE STREET ROSE BAY, NSW 2029 ABN: 92 000 226 924 PHONE/FAX OF CHURCH: 9371 9929 FR GERASIMOS: 0404 967 091

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