Programme for March 2017
We have entered that blessed time of Lent. May we start Lent by asking forgiveness from each other.Of course, we need to note that forgiveness cannot be granted unless we repent from our hearts.
The Program for March is very spiritually uplifting. Please try and make time to attend these special Services.
We note that during Lent we begin the Pre-Sanctified Liturgies. These are Liturgies performed only during Great Lent. This is because during the weekdays of Lent there are no full Liturgical Celebrations as this time is seen more as a period of struggle and prayer. Consequently, we keep some of the Holy Communion from Sunday for this Service, hence the name “pre-sanctified”. Please note the Wednesday night Pre-Sanctified starts at 5.45pm and finishes at about 7.15pm, then straight after we have the Adult Fellowship in the Hall. Please note the program for the Fellowship. Also there will be Pre-Sanctified Services on Friday morning too.
Other Services include the Friday night Salutations to the Virgin Mary at 7pm. Also on Monday and Thursday we will have the evening “Apodipnon”- a Lenten prayer service at 5.30pm. For the Seniors this “Apodipnon" is done on Tuesday at 9.30am.
Sunday School began on the 5th March. We hope may children come and enjoy this beautiful learning and fun experience. The children gather in the front pews of the
Church, receive Holy Communion and then go down to the Hall for Sunday School.
On the 11- 12th March we will be celebrating the Feast day of St Gregory Palamas with His Grace Bishop Seraphim coming for Vespers at 7.30pm on Saturday 11th March and for the Sunday Liturgy His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos will be serving. At the end of the Service His Eminence will be blessing the Sunday School teachers of Sydney for the start of their great work with our children.
Please be aware the playgroup is every Thursday in the Hall under the Church 10am to 12 noon. All mums, dads, grandparents and children are welcome.
Thank you to our Dance Teacher Maria Karabelas and all the Sponsors of the Trivia Night fundraising for our proposed Pre School. A note of thanks and a list of our valued sponsors are both attached. Also please remember our Greek Dance lessons are on Tuesday in the Church Hall and on Wednesday at Sylvania Hts Primary- for details contact Maria on 0431152159.
Also please note our much loved Confessor Fr Damaskinos of Mt Athos will be coming to our Parish for the Liturgy on Sunday 2nd of April and hearing Confession from 2.30 pm onwards. Also my humble self will be available especially for English speakers - usually by appointment.
Finally, have included a program for Holy Week and April – May that we will elaborate on more another time. However, please note there will be a luncheon after the Palm Sunday Service. Please put in your diary and let us know if you can come.
God bless you all for Lent and Holy Week.
Prayer of St Ephraim
Lord and Master of my life,
give me not a spirit of idleness, meddling,
love of power and idle talk.
But grant me, your servant,
a spirit of soberness, humility, patience and love.
Yes, Lord and King,
grant me to see my own faults,
condemn my brother;
for blessed are you, to the ages of ages.