1 March 2009 Issue #2 The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia Νέα τού Ναού Ευαγγελισµού Τής Θεοτόκου Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures for ever. (Psalm 136:26) SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY: The Sunday of Orthodoxy is always commemorated on Parish Priest Fr. Emmanuel Stamatiou the first Sunday of Lent. The Orthodox Church recognises 7 Ecumenical Synods. On the Sunday of Orthodoxy we commemorate the 7th Ecumenical Synod at which it was decided that the icons which we have in our Church and in our homes are not idols, but symbols of faith. We do not worship the matter from which icons are made, we worship only the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, as the one True God. The controversy of the icons occurred in the 8th Century when the iconoclasts held the view that God could not be painted because He is eternal and invisible. But the Orthodox insisted that God could be painted because He became Man, he took a visible form. Those who were denying the icon of Christ were denying the truth that He had become man. Thus, what we really commemorate on the first Sunday of Lent is not the controversy about religious art, but about the incarnation of Christ and the salvation of man. It is said that the Orthodox Church has the Gospel in two forms: The verbal and the visual, to appeal to the whole person. As St Basil the great said: What the word transmits through the ear, the painting silently shows through the image, and by these two means, mutually accompany one another, we receive knowledge of one and the same thing. One has but to enter into any Orthodox Church to see unfolded before them on the walls all the mysteries of the Christian faith. If a pagan asks you to show him your faith, said St John Damascus, take him into Church and place him before the icons. Somehow we remember much more easily what we see than what we hear. The controversy of the iconoclasts warns us against false teachings in the Church. The Saviour of mankind revealed to us the true knowledge of God, that is to say the true faith in the Holy Trinity. This faith has been safe-guarded from the beginning right up until today in the One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic Orthodox Church, which is the Body of Christ. There is a grave danger should anyone try to interpret on their own the divine revelation without the guidance of Scripture and Holy Tradition. Our Lord and His apostles warn us frequently in the Scriptures against false teachers who lead people astray. The Orthodox Church has the function of presenting the True Faith unchanged and unadulterated. But this true faith cannot be fully appreciated by the power of reasoning which many attempt to do today but by a pure and contrite heart.
2 Page 2 Νέα τού Ναού Issue #1 Welcome to the second edition of Evangelismos News. On the 26 th of January 2009 our Church held its annual Australia Day BBQ. It was a huge success. A great time was had by all who attended. The Evangelismos Committee cooked and served souvlakia and drinks. We had fantastic view of the fireworks display in the city with the added bonus of ease of parking, children s activities and music and dancing. The Church Restoration Raffle was drawn. First prize was won by Nancy Condo (trip for 2 to Greece). Second prize was won by Lisa & Thomas Papadopoulos, third prize was won by Yiani Magoulias and fourth prize was won by Kelsey Katselas. We would like to thank Luke Tsakisiris from Harvey World Travel Mt Lawley for 1 st prize and Peter Kambouris from Kambos Malaga for donating the 2 nd,3 rd and 4 th prizes in our raffle. Word from the President Greek School has recommenced for The Αγιασµό was held on 14 th February Classes will run at the Evangelismos House on: Fridays : 4:30pm 6:00pm Saturdays : 9:00am 12:30pm For more details on enrolments please contact any one of the committee members or teachers. Following every Friday Greek School class is our Youth Group for under 15 year olds. This has been gathering momentum week by week. Most recently numbers exceeded 50 children in the iconography night. Thank you to ALL the parents who attend with their children and help out at every opportunity for this weekly event to be a success. Our children are our future. For more information and to be placed on the Youth Group s mailing list, please e- Iconography classes will be commencing at Evangelismos from 2pm-5pm on the 21 st of February and fortnightly there-after. These will be run by iconographer Peter Kakulas. For more information contact Peter on or Last but not least, a reminder to all that the Church will celebrate the Feast Day of the Annunciation of our Lady and Greek Independence Day on Wednesday 25 th of March His Grace Bishop Nikandros will be conducting the service and Esperino along with Father Emmanuel. A luncheon will follow the service on the 25 th of March. For more information please contact any of our committee members. Thank you all for your ongoing support of the Evangelismos community. Dr Nick Toufexis February 2009 Evangelismos Youth Group For those who haven t yet heard, the parish community of Evangelismos now has an active under-15 s Youth Group. Evangelismos House (Greek School, Committee meeting rooms, Sunday School) is transformed every Friday night into a magical world of fun, laughter, and learning about what it is to be a young Orthodox Christian. Activities are centred around a healthy, happy view of children s play, thirst for knowledge and companionship, and an understanding of the important elements of our faith from a child s perspective. Activities we have undertaken are: Games Nights we played board games with hot chocolate and snacks. Movie Nights with popcorn and beanbags on the floor. Craft and Art Activity Nights making icons on beautiful crystals, New Year resolution door-handle hangers, The Jesus Prayer bookmarks, props for the Christmas Nativity play. Outdoor Games Nights - to make the most of daylight saving with volley -ball, multi-games tables that include foosball, table tennis, pool, doing the limbo, water balloon fights, soccer on the lawn, bike and skateboard or scooter riding. Cooking Nights making Chocolate Crackles, White Christmas and Fairy Floss. Most importantly, interspersed in all the fun have been visits from priests and speakers, along with our own Fr. Emmanuel, to teach the children about our faith through: A Tour of Evangelismos Church - where the children could ask questions of Fr. Emmanuel. An Introduction to Fasting Fr. Emmanuel explained why it is important and how to begin (we made the Chocolate Crackles that night). How Our Prayers Are Sent to Heaven Fr. Elpidios explained the role of the sensor in the church service and our homes. How to Write Icons Peter Kakulas showed us how to write icons and we had a turn at making our own on canvases, with Peter s help. Repeats of these, and many more activities are planned across the year ahead. The calendar for the next four weeks is: Friday 27 February - Visit to St John Monastery Friday 6 March - Theme: Sunday of Orthodoxy What are icons? Why do we celebrate name days? Friday 13 March - T h e m e : Confession Why & How? Friday 20 March - Theme: The meaning of the cross How we do our cross and why do we do it like that? During the Lenten period youth group will run between 6.00 and 7.30 and children will then be invited to come into church for the last half hour of the Salutations to the Virgin Mary, a service which is only read yearly on the first 5 Fridays of the Lenten period. All games and activities during Lent will be run indoors at Evangelismos House. Over the weeks our numbers have grown and children have made new friends, as have the parents. We are always interested in welcoming new families. Bring a gold coin donation, and parents must stay to supervise their own children. Come and join the fun and make new friends!! (see page 6 for photos)
3 Νέα τού Ναού Issue #1 Page 3 Visions and Miracles of the Great Martyr and Miracle Worker St Ephraim Neophanis ( The Newly Revealed ) ( ) Volumes A-B Published by The Sacred Convent of the Annunciation of the Holy Virgin Nea Makri, Attiki, Greece. Although I have read extensively on the lives of our Holy Fathers and Saints it was not until early November 2008 that I first heard about St Ephraim from my Simbethera Genovefa Vlahos when she visited me in Perth from Melbourne. On Sunday 16 November 2008 I atte nd ed the b o o k sho p at Evangelismos after church and to my surprise I discovered this book of St Ephraim on the bookshelf. I purchased the book and when I went home I read the entire book cover to cover. I could not put it down. Whoever takes the time to read this book will benefit spiritually as I have. 1. History St Ephraim s name and biography, complete with exact dates and details is said to have been revealed to a hermit nun, Makaria Desipri ( ) in a series of divinely inspired dreams in 1950 (524 years after his death). Following these dreams, a body believed to be that of the saint was found in the ground near the nun s hermitage, on the site of an abandoned medieval monastery on the slopes of Mt Amomon, near the town of Nea Makri, in Attiki, Greece. The saint guided her where to dig, Excavate there and you will find what you are looking for. The saint, whose body was kept as a holy relic, quickly became the object of popular Book Review veneration, as he came to be known as a worker of miraculous healings. On the site of his supposed martyrdom a Monastery of the Annunciation of Our Lady was later erected. In 1998, Ephraim was officially declared a saint by the Synod of the Orthodox Church in Greece. His status as a saint is controversial, as there are no sources testifying to his existence as an historical person. His existence is a matter of divine revelation rather than historical proof. His martyric death is commemorated by the Church on 5 May. 2. Biography According to the dreams revealed to Makaria Desipri, St Ephraim was born on 14 September 1384 in Trikala, Thessalia. He became a monk, took the monastic name of Ephraim and moved to Attica to live in the Monastery of the Annunciation of Our Lady on Mt Amomon. In 1424 the monastery was destroyed by marauding Turks. Ephraim escaped and lived for another year as a hermit among the nuns of the monastery. In September 1425 he was captured in another Turkish raid. He was held captive and tormented for more than 8 months, until he was finally tortured to death on 5 May He was nailed to an old mulberry tree upside down in the monastery compound. The Turks pierced his navel with a thick piece of burning wood. They attempted to make him deny Christ and accept Islam but he did not lose courage. Sister Makaria writes, that when he surrendered his spirit to the Lord, an angel came holding a red velvet pillow and placed St Ephraim s soul on it and took it to heaven. Then I saw many angels line up left and right making a big heavenly road and an angel holding St Ephraim and taking him to the Lord. 3. Veneration The monastery in Nea Makri, the centre of the saints veneration and his miracle-working, is now a much frequented place of pilgrimage attracting thousands of visitors, especially people praying for the healing of illnesses. Although St Ephraim has lay unknown for more than 500 years God glorifies and is glorified by his saints and reveals them to the whole world for our benefit. You will discover throughout the many appearances and miracles performed by St Ephraim that it is God s wish that St Ephraim is revealed to all people of faith and hope. St Ephraim not only lives among the angels but he also lives at the monastery at Nea Makri. He appears and talks to people on a regular basis. God has given him power to perform many miracles in our generation. He gives comfort to all who pray to him heals incurable medical conditions to the amazement of doctors. God has allowed this so that we may get to know him. Pray to him with this dismissal hymn, St Ephraim, Great Martyr of the Lord, who gushes up with grace to those who devoutly call upon you. Glory to the One who gave you power; Glory to the One who made you miraculous; Glory to the One who acts through you healing all; intercede on my behalf to my Lord and my God so that great mercy will be given to me who honours you. Book reviewed by Emmanuel N Stamatiou Evangelismos Church
4 Page 4 Νέα τού Ναού Issue #1 Questions & Answers When should one fast? What different kinds of fasting are there and why? What does fasting do for you? prohibited foods over a long period of time, while eating other, permitted, foods during the fast period. So, except for the fast from all foods during the hours from midnight to the reception of Holy Communion, what we are really talking about when we refer to fasting today is abstinence. TO BE CONTINUED.. Source: THE ORTHODOX CHURCH: 455 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS by Stanley S. Harakas The Kinds of Fasting In order to answer your questions best, I will rearrange the order of them. You ask what kinds of fasting there are and the reason for them. In our times we use the word fasting to refer to two quite distinct practices. Strictly speaking, fasting means not to eat anything for a prescribed period of time, such as a day or a part of a day. In the early Church for instance, people fasted for two days before Easter, that is they didn t eat anything, but may have been allowed a little water. In our day, we fast (strictly speaking) in only one situation before Holy Communion. Today we also apply the term fast to the quite different practice known as abstinence which means not eating certain The Spiritual Fast Here we need to mention another kind of fasting which must accompany the fast from foods. It is the spiritual fast. This helps answer your question, What does fasting do for you? Merely avoiding foods completely or certain designated foods for a time, does have some good effect on us in that it helps us develop a measure of discipline. Alone, however, it is only slightly better, from a spiritual point of view, than dieting. Only when fasting is seen as part of our Christian struggle to grow in the direction of fulfilling our purpose to become God-like does it begin to take on spiritual significance for us. Fasting, thus, has always been connected with repentance for our sins, an aid to helping us overcome temptations, a strengthening of our sensitivity to God in our lives, and an orienting of our wills to direct our lives in the Lord s paths. When we accompany our material fast with the spiritual fast then we are truly fasting, as our Lord both practiced Himself and taught us (read Matthew 6:16; Mark 2:20 and Mark 9:29). Hellenic Christian Ladies Union Evangelismos Perth - Western Australia Donated to the Red Cross for the Victorian Bushfires Appeal the amount of $500. Annunciation of the Theotokos
5 Νέα τού Ναού Issue #1 Page 5 Saint of the Month Saint John of the Ladder (Klimakos), whose feast day falls on the 4 th Sunday of Lent, was born in the sixth century. John spent the first sixteen years of his life in Palestine, the ancient Holy Land of his birth whose traditions he respected and whose Christian heritage he cherished. His early ambitions were realised when he went to the Monastery of St. Catherine at Mt. Sinai, the oldest Christian monastery in the world. There he became one of the most scholarly monks in Christendom. The site of St. Catherine s was conducive to prayer and meditation, for there the scene of the burning bush took place and there Moses received the word from God himself. Moreover, to this place the grieving St. Helen, mother of St. Constantine the Great, came on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land some three hundred years before. Mt. Sinai is unique in that it has been for centuries a holy magnet for Jewish, Muslim, and Christian pilgrims. While not as large or as imposing as Mt. Athos, Mt. Sinai still boasts of its antiquity and its prominence in the Old Testament. For that reason, John felt at home in this desert retreat and was inspired by this proximity to God to advance the cause of Christianity in writings that have illumined the Church with their brilliance and clarity of thought. John is remembered not only as the author of the masterful Ladder of Perfection, but also as the originator of hesychasm, the divine quietness that leads one to God through constant prayer, the prayer which has come to be known as the pure or intellectual Jesus Prayer. Regarding this John wrote: Let the remembrance of Jesus be present with each breath, and then you will know that value of hesychia. He continued to champion this doctrine which found eager support among Christian thinkers, chief among whom was St. Gregory Palamas, whose sponsorship brought about official Church recognition of hesychasm in the fourteenth century. For more than seventy years, John of the Ladder practised what he preached in the confines of his desert monastery. He achieved such a reputation for piety and wisdom that men from all walks of life were drawn to his side and came from all over the east to make a pilgrimage to his retreat. From John s strong faith and fervent prayer came the power of healing through the divine intervention of Jesus. If nothing else, St. John s visitors would leave him with a serenity which they had never before experienced and with a sense of fulfilment that would last a lifetime. At a time when Christianity was being tested to the fullest, St. John of the Ladder conveyed the divine grace that can only be achieved through Jesus Christ. He was able to advance the cause of Christianity without traversing the land, because the shining light which he received through his isolation with the Lord was carried out into the spiritual darkness by the grateful pilgrims who received his blessing. From the name which identifies this St. John one would conclude he was a carpenter, but this man of peace spent a lifetime contemplating the love of the carpenter of Nazareth. The intensity of his devotion to the Saviour is one of the sustaining factors which, transcended through everyone who calls himself a Christian, making the faith in Jesus Christ indestructible. He witnessed no burning bush but he walked with God nonetheless. One of Christendom s finest figures, he died on March 30 at the age of eighty-six. Source: Poulos, George. Orthodox Saints, Volume 4. Massachusetts: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 1992.
6 Page 6 Νέα τού Ναού Issue #1 Russian Orthodox Church Enthrones New Patriarch MOSCOW (RFE/RL) -- The Russian Orthodox Church has enthroned its new head, Patriarch Kirill, in a ceremony in Moscow. The 16th leader of the Orthodox Church succeeds Patriarch Aleksy II, who died in December. World News Kirill arrived at the Christ the Saviour cathedral in a limousine after the bells had chimed for 15 minutes. He was welcomed by two senior priests and a layman with the Russian traditional bread and salt at the entrance. Senior bishops chanted "axios," the Greek word for "he is worthy" three times, thus formally enthroning Kirill as the new patriarch. The colourful ceremony, which was broadcast live on national television, was attended by President Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and scores of other government officials from Russia and former Soviet republics. In a speech, Kirill said his priority is to bring God to young people, and to maintain Church unity. He also said he would increase dialogue with other former Soviet republics and the churches in them, as well as with "sister churches" around the world. Svetlana, an Orthodox believer attending prayers at a Moscow church, welcomed Kirill's enthroning: "I think he is a worthy person for this position, he will be able to carry this burden, this cross, to care for his followers, and we will support him with our prayers." Church's Growing Popularity Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, who served as acting head of the church after Aleksy's death, was selected by a council of Orthodox bishops, monks, and lay people in Moscow on January 27. The first election of a patriarch since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 came at a time of growing popularity in Russia for the church, which has enjoyed close ties with the Kremlin under former President Putin. Kirill, 62, is seen as more inclined to seek some degree of independence from the Kremlin. Patriarch Kirill has been the head of the church's external relations department for the past 20 years. Evangelismos Youth Group Evangelismos Youth Group
7 Νέα τού Ναού Issue #1 Page Νέα Γύρω αϖο την ενορϊα µας Μήνας Ιανουάριος φωρτοµένος µε γιορτές, εκλησιασµός κάθε Κυριακή. Η εκλησσία µας γεµάτη κόσµο, µετά το τέλος της Θεία Λοιτουργίας κύρυγµα από τόν Πατέρα Εµµανουήλ. Μετά, όλοι µαζί σαν µία οικογένεια, κατεβένουµε στο γνωστό hall για να πιούµε το καφεδάκι που µας προσφέρουν οι κυρίες του Συµβουλίου. 25 Ιανουαρίου, µνήµη του Αγίου Γρηορίου του Θεολόγου, γιόρτασε ο Γρηγόρης ο Προτοψάλτης µας. Χρόνια Πολλά και πάντα µε καλή υγεία και χαρά Θεού. Την ίδεια µέρα είχαµε το µνηµόσηνο του Κυρίου Σταµάτη Σταµατίου, έξη µήνες πέρασαν που έφιγε από κοντά µας, ο κηδεµόνας, πατέρας, κολόνα της εκλησσίας µας αγαπητός σε όλους πάντα µε το καλό λόγο για τον καθένα. Ο καλός Θεός να τον αναπαύση µε τους Αγίους Του. 26 Ιανουαρίου, µνήµη του Αγίου Ξενοφωντας, το καθιεροµένο BBQ που κάνουµε κάθε χρόνο για την ηµέρα της Αυστραλίας. Κόσµος πολύς έρχονται να φάνε τα νόστιµα σουβλάκια, να δούνε τα πηροτεχνήµατα, και να ακούσουν ποιός θα κερδίση το λαχείο ταξίδι για Ελλάδα και δωρεάν από την οικογένεια Λουκά Τσακισίρι (Harvey World Travel Mt Lawley), και τα άλλα δώρα Fun Facts που µας δωρίζη ο Παναγιότης Καµπούρης (Kambo s Malaga). Τούς ευχαριστούµε πολύ. Το Πρώτω λαχείο το κέρδισε µία κοπέλλα Ιταλίδα που τις το πούλησε η Κυρία Ασβέστη. Η βραδιά έκλεισε µε πολλά τραγούδια και χορό. Μήνας Φεβουάριος, µνήµη του Αγίον Τρύφωνος. Ο Άγιος πήρε µεγάλο χάρισµα από Τον Θεό να θεραπέυη κάθε αρώστια. Και πάλι η εκλησσία µας γεµάτη κόσµο. Έχουµε τρία µνηµόσηνα. 40 µέρες για τον κ. Πάυλο Σταµατιάδις τον ακούραστο και αγαπητό σύζηγο της Ταµίας µας Εύας και, το κ. Κυριάκο Βερέυη, τον ιό της Φωτούλας Κωνσταντίνου. Ο Θεός να τους αναπάυση, και την έξ ύψους παρηγοριά στις οικογένειες τους. 8 Φεβουαρίου, Τελώνον καί Φαρισαίον, η αρχή του τρωδίου. Σήµερα έχουµε το µνηµόσηνο εξάµηνο για την Ευαγγελία Κατσαβουνίδη, σύζηγος του Αθανασίου που και αυτός έχει τρία χρόνια που έφυγε για την άλλη ζωή. Ο κ. Αθανάσιος υπηρέτησε χρόνια γραµµατέας στο συµβούλιον του Ευαγγελισµού. Η κα. Ευαγγελία υπηρέτησε στο συµβούλιο της Χριστιανικής Ενώσεως πάντα γλυκοµίλητη και πολύ πρόθυµη µε όλο που είχε πρόβλήµατα υγείας. Να ζήσουν τα παιδιά της και η µνήµη αιώνία. 10 Φεβουαρίου, µνήµη τον Αγίον Χαραλάµπον. Σήµερα είχαµε το γέυµα της Χριστιανικής Ενώσεως, για να διαυκολίνον της κυρίες που δεν οδηγούν, ήρθε το λεωφορείο της πρόνειας και µας πήρε και µας κατέβασε στην πόρτα του εσιατορίον που είναι απέναντη απο την θάλασσα. Μαζευτήκανε αρκετές κυρίες. Ο Πάτερ ευλόησε την τράπεζα. Όλες φάγανε και περάσανε πολύ ευχάριστα. Του χρόνου µε το καλό πάλι να γιορτάσουµε. 16 Φεβουαρίου το γέυµα της Βασιλειάδος. Ήρθανε µε δύο λεωφορεία στην εκλησσία και κάναµε Παράκληση στην Παναγία µας µε τον Πατέρα Εµµανουήλ. Κατεβήκαµε στο hall. Τους µίλησε µια κύρία για την αρώστεια αυτή που ξεχνάνε και είπε τη πρέπει να κάνουν για να καλυτερέψουν την µνήµη τους. Ο κ. ηµητριάδης τους τα εξήγησε ελληνικά. Μετά σερβιριστε το φαγητό, το φρούτο και όλοι φάγανε πολύ ευχαριστηµένοι. Αυτά είνα τα νέα για τον µήνα Ιανουάριο και Φεβουάριο. όξα Τον Θεό. Did you know: A snail can sleep for three years. A cough releases an explosive charge of air that moves at speeds of up to 100 kph. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite. If you keep a goldfish in a darkroom, it will eventually turn white. Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning. During a 24 hour period, the average human will breathe 23,040 times, exercise 7 million brain cells and speak 4,800 words. If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die. An ostrich s eye is bigger than its brain. Stamatios Stamatiou
8 Forthcoming Services: Services For March 1 March Τυροφάγου Cheesefare Sunday (Forgiveness)... 8:00-11:00am 1 March Εσπερινό της Συγχωρήσεως Vesper of Forgiveness (Combined Churches at Evangelismos)... 6:00-7:30pm 4 March Προηγιασµένων ώρων Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts... 8:00-9:30am 6 March Προηγιασµένων ώρων Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts... 8:00-9:30am 6 March Α Χαιρετισµοί Salutations to the Theotokos... 7:00-8:00pm 7 March Divine Liturgy... 8:00-10:00am 8 March 1 st Sunday of Lent Sunday of Orthodoxy... 8:00-11:00am 11 March Προηγιασµένων ώρων Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts... 8:00-9:30am 13 March Προηγιασµένων ώρων Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts... 8:00-9:30am 13 March Β Χαιρετισµοί Salutations to the Theotokos... 7:00-8:00pm 15 March 2 nd Sunday of Lent St Gregory Palamas... 8:00-11:00am 18 March Προηγιασµένων ώρων Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts... 8:00-9:30am 20 March Προηγιασµένων ώρων Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts... 8:00-9:30am 20 March Υ Χαιρετισµοί Salutations to the Theotokos... 7:00-8:00pm 21 March Divine Liturgy... 8:00-10:00am 22 March 3 rd Sunday of Lent The Veneration of the Holy Cross... 8:00-11:00am 24 March Εσπερινό Ευαγγελισµού τής Θεοτόκου Vesper for the Feast of the Annunciation of Our Lady (Combined Churches)... 6:00-7:30pm 25 March Ευαγγελισµός τής Θεοτόκου Feast Day of the Church Annunciation of Our Lady Service of the Divine Liturgy (Combined Churches)... 8:00-11:00am 27 March Προηγιασµένων ώρων Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts... 8:00-9:30am 27 March Χαιρετισµοί Salutations to the Theotokos... 7:00-8:00pm 29 March 4 th Sunday of Lent St John Climacus... 8:00-11:00am * During Weekdays the service of the Great Compline is read at 4:30pm on Mondays through to Thursdays during Lent. English Services: The Divine Liturgies in English will commence on Saturday 14th March between the times of 8am and 10am. The choir is always seeking new members and practice is held at the church on Thursday evenings from 7pm 8.30pm. If you would like to attend or know of anyone interested further inquiries can be made on (Knowledge of music is not a requirement) Dates of services for the first half of the year: 14 March 28 March 9 May 30 May 27 June Compiled by the Youth Group of the Evangelismos Church of Western Australia. We would like to thank all those who have contributed to this newsletter in any way and hope we can maintain a high quality newsletter for our readers on a monthly basis. To help build our Church database, please us at: For further enquires or comments, please find the contact details of the Parish Priest Fr. Emmanuel Stamatiou: Phone: (08) Mobile: