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Sermon on Matthew 17:14-23 (10th Sunday of Matthew)

In this gospel, Jesus teaches us that the only way we can overcome the evil in this world, is through prayer and fasting. The incident in today’s Gospel took place immediately after the Transfiguration. At the Transfiguration three of our Lord’s disciples, Peter, James and John saw our Lord Jesus Christ as He truly is, shining with the glory of ... Read More »

Pillager of Monasteries in Maaloula Found Dead

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On December 26, 2013 vocative.com published the article The Religious Spoils of War, which featured an interview with Syrian rebel Abu Jafar, leader of the “Battalion of the Martyr Abu Taan”, which is an offshoot of “Free Kalamoon”. Abu Jafar was revealed to be the one responsible with pillaging the Monasteries of Saint Thekla and Saint Sergius in Maaloula which he ... Read More »

HEAVEN AND HELL: THE DIVINE FIRE OF GOD’S LOVE

Author: Fr James Bernstein Published by Conciliar Press, 2009 (Source: http://thechristianactivist.com)   Light and fire are interconnected. Light radiates heat, and when focused produces fire; fire emanates light. Both also have a wide spectrum of electromagnetic rays and energy, such as radiate from stars. Light illumines, is life-giving, but also burns. Orthodoxy teaches that on a supernatural level, uncreated light, ... Read More »

Unbreakable ties: Serbian-Greek Orthodox Friendship Day slowly becoming a Pan Orthodox Event

Twenty years of Greek Serbian Friendship celebrated in Sydney Neos Kosmos – 2 Oct 2013 With more than 35 dancing groups participating, and a program of more than eight hours, the annual Greek-Serbian Orthodox and Cultural Friendship Day was celebrated last Sunday in Rooty Hill, Sydney. Serbian and Greek dancing schools were joined by other Orthodox communities to give unique ... Read More »

Ecuenical Patriarch Bartholomew: We Are Not Betraying Orthodoxy – We Are Not Ecumenists

The Patriarch gives a response to those who criticize the Patriarchate for participating in ecumenical dialogue. Loudaros Andreas September 20, 2013 Dogma.gr A powerful message was sent to multiple recipients within all the Churches today by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew regarding the issue of ecumenical dialogue. Addressing Patriarch Neophyte of Bulgaria, who is making a peaceful visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, ... Read More »

The Blessed Memory of Fr John Maitland Moir, 1924 – 2013

ORTHODOX MINISTER PUT AN ECCENTRIC SPIN ON LIFE Fr John Maitland Moir, 1924 – 2013 At Edinburgh University, the flag flew at half-mast in honour of Father John  Maitland Moir, the Orthodox Chaplain to the university. His life had elements of  the popularised, practical and unconventional Christianity of C.S. Lewis, to  which he added layers of spirituality and asceticism. He ... Read More »

Syrian archbishops ‘most likely dead’

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14 June 2013 Speakers at a conference in Oxford last week gave strong indications that the two Orthodox archbishops kidnapped near the Syrian city of Aleppo on 22 April had been killed. A senior regional source said he thought Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim and Greek Orthodox Archbishop Paul Yazigi had been murdered on the day that they were kidnapped. The pair ... Read More »

Bribie Island Retreat and Recreation Centre will Open with a Splash!

Bookings are now available for all our Parishes and Communities throughout Australia OFFICIAL OPENING His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos will officially open the Bribie Island Retreat and Recreation Centre on 1st October 2013 in the presence of Federal, State and Local politicians together with other official guests and our youth from around Australia. This exciting and highly anticipated event will be part of the 10th Annual Youth ... Read More »

ICONOGRAPHY – A STATEMENT OF IMAGE

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Introduction In recent times, there has been a subtle but noticeable trend of Byzantine iconography manifesting itself within the decor of Roman Catholic and Protestant churches all around the world. To the discerning Orthodox Christian observer, initially there is joy at the fact that other fellow Christians are adopting and using iconography as an expression of faith, and thus serve ... Read More »