Paschal Encyclical 2016: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia

Christ's Descent into Hades - Icon of the Resurrection

STYLIANOS By the grace of God Archbishop of Australia To all the Clergy and devout faithful of our Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Brother Concelebrants and Beloved Children in the Lord, Christ is Risen! Having crossed the sea of Holy and Great Lent once again this year, we are all invited, as illumined children of the Church, to receive Christ from the ... Read More »

The Missing Beatitude


Archbishop Stylianos Harkianakis If blessedness means happiness, then the theme of the Beatitudes is always a timely one, since there is no other good, so intensely and systematically pursued by people, than happiness. And if some of the good aims, pursued by people, are called by a name other than happiness, (for instance riches, glory, power, beauty etc.) again there ... Read More »


Miracle Working Icon of the Axion Estin

By Archbishop Stylianos Harkianakis of Australia The period of compunction containing Salutations to the Mother of God commenced a short while ago. For five Consecutive weeks, the Churches and our souls will resound with the multiple “hail” that are chanted to her. We were taught this “greeting” to the Virgin Mary by the Archangel but, as we repeat it, we ... Read More »


Fr Synesios Frangos02

By Archbishop Stylianos of Australia     I had mentioned recently, in a previous issue of our magazine, that it would sometimes perhaps be more edifying and consoling (for the majority of readers) to present some specific descriptions of the astonishing examples of ‘holiness’ among our people here, whom I have known personally, rather than go through theoretical analyses of ... Read More »

A Fundamental and Dangerous Misunderstanding of Marriage

Marriage - What is it

To say that the institution of marriage is undergoing an unusual crisis in our times would be a commonplace observation. Sociologists, psychologists, educators and all institutions that are involved with marriage and family are speaking to us sufficiently. However, in expressing their pessimistic views about marriage, they all begin from a starting point completely different from that of the theologian. ... Read More »

Prayer and Fasting

Author: Archbishop Stylianos Harkianakis of Australia  Entering once again the arena of Great Lent, it is only natural to remember again the basic feats that have always characterised the ascesis of Orthodox Christians. Among these feats, prayer and fasting hold a central position. When an Orthodox speaks of fasting, then prayer spontaneously comes to his mind. And when he speaks ... Read More »

LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER (Lk 6:31-36; 2Cor 6:1-10)

“The Lord said: as you would want others to do to you, you also do unto others” Sometimes, dear brothers and sisters, we believe that the standard Christ gives us in today’s Gospel passage is not very different to what was stated in the Old Testament, which was very much in accordance with human logic. The Old Testament stated: “whatever ... Read More »

1st Sunday of Lent, Sunday of Orthodoxy: Jn 1:44-52

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DO2oZLx5XQ&feature=related] “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote – Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph” This declaration of a faithful man of God to his colleague, dear sisters and brothers, is not a mere figure of speech . It is not a mere thought. It is a confession of faith. And ... Read More »

15th Sunday of Luke; Lk 19:1-10 The Repentance of Zacchaeus

“Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house” You have heard, dear brothers and sisters, the story of Zacchaeus many times. Being so distinctive, it is known to all. Who was Zacchaeus? What did he do? Today’s Gospel tells us briefly: “He was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. And he sought ... Read More »