Programme for September, October and the beginning of November 2017
With the start of September we not only start the renewal of Creation with Spring but a new Church Year! This means we can say to all :
A HAPPY AND BLESSED NEW YEAR!
The September program is full of beautiful Services : New Ecclesiastical year Service 1st Sept, Birth of the Mother of God 8th Sept, Holy Cross 14 Sept, St Sophia and 3 daughters 17 Sept and much more.
In October please note the Service for St Luke on the 18 of October will be held at St Basil’s Hellenic Village Miranda Nursing Home (Wandella Road) as the Chapel there is dedicated to St Luke. All are welcome to come and see the nursing home. Also in October we celebrate Greek National Day.
Next English Liturgies: This Saturday 2nd September 6:30pm and none in November.
An Encyclical from His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of Australia, to all clergy and laity regarding the redefinition of the meaning of marriage through a Postal Survey.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
New Icon of the Virgin Mary
'Bride of God and Protectress of Marriage'
In the conscience of the Orthodox Faithful the Virgin Mary, the Theotokos, is established as an intercessor and protectress. In times of difficulty it is to Her, the Mother of all, that we run for refuge.
The love of the Orthodox Faithful for the Virgin Mary is also evident in the many names given to the Theotokos. One such new name is ‘Bride of God and Protectress of Marriage’.
His Eminence our Archbishop Stylianos has called upon all the Orthodox Faithful to come together before the new icon of the ‘Bride of God and Protectress of Marriage’ to pray, ‘that the Most Holy Theotokos protect Marriage, the Family and the future of all the faithful of the Church.’
This service of the Supplication to the Most Holy Theotokos will be celebrated on:
Sunday 17 September 2017 at 4pm, at the Church of Saint Nicholas, 203-207 Livingstone Rd Marrickville, presided by His Grace Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis.
We strongly encourage you to attend with your family and as many relatives and friends as possible.
It will be a great blessing for all to celebrate the arrival of the new icon of the Most Holy Theotokos, the ‘Bride of God and Protectress of Marriage’, and to beseech Her, in view of the plebiscite, to protect marriage, family and the future of our children.