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Announcing the Official Archdiocese Choir

By |2018-09-03T15:37:14+00:00August 28th, 2018|Archdiocese News, Choir|

“What state can be more blessed than to imitate on earth the choirs of angels?” – St. Basil the Great The Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese Choir was officially established in May 2018 under the guidance of His Eminence Metropolitan Basilios Kodseie. His goal was to create a choir of predominantly Australian-born members to carry on the beautiful and sacred tradition of Byzantine Ecclesiastical Music in the Antiochian Orthodox Church of Australia, and furthermore to develop and nurture the God-given talents of its members for the glory of God and the servitude of the Holy Church of Christ. His Eminence appointed Deacon [...]

Pre-marriage counselling sessions

By |2018-08-08T12:10:58+00:00August 6th, 2018|Archdiocese News, Classes, Education, Education, Featured, Lecture, Marriage and Family, Pre-Marriage|

Marriage is a Sacrament of service and love. Establishing a strong foundation and a clear understanding of the responsibilities and sacrifices associated with marriage is essential in making the decision to proceed to the altar. Pre-marriage counselling in the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese aims to educate couples in the theology of Marriage, in the psychology of couples’ dynamics, in facing challenges and personality differences and in communicating successfully to strengthen the marriage union, as well as discussions regarding life decisions such as the upbringing of children, extended family commitments, the running of your home life, financial arrangements and balancing Marriage [...]

Antiochian Orthodox Stewards (AOS) Officially Launches

By |2018-07-31T12:25:26+00:00July 31st, 2018|Antiochian Orthodox Stewards (AOS), Archdiocese News, Featured, Metropolitan Basilios, National, St. Nicholas Punchbowl, Youth|

Formerly the St. Nicholas-based scouts and marching band, we celebrate the official launch of the Antiochian Orthodox Stewards (AOS). Under the Patronage, and in the presence of His Eminence Metropolitan Basilios, the Antiochian Orthodox Stewards (AOS) held their official launch on Friday the 27th of July 2018 at St Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church, Punchbowl. The mission of the AOS is to preserve, practice and proclaim the Orthodox Christian faith in order to Glorify God through the Stewardship Program. With over 100 people in attendance, including and Rev. Fr. Romanos Albaba, the appointed spiritual guide, Rev. [...]

Ordination Speech of Dn. Phillip Saba to the Diaconate

By |2018-07-27T14:55:40+00:00July 27th, 2018|Archdiocese News, Diaconate, Featured, Metropolitan Basilios, National, Ordination, Pentecost, St. Nicholas Punchbowl|

Pentecost 2018 In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. One God. Amen. “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry…” (1 Timothy 1:12) Your Eminence beloved Sayedna Basilios, beloved Fathers, Deacons, Family and Friends (who I also call my family), how can I put into words just how blessed I feel, and have felt, these past few weeks from the overwhelming love and support I have received from each and every one of you? Thank you [...]

“Be of good cheer; it is I; do not be afraid.”

By |2018-07-30T17:06:38+00:00July 25th, 2018|Featured, Metropolitan Basilios, Weekly Article, Weekly Article|

9th Sunday after Pentecost This week is the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, the Gospel reading is from Matthew chapter 14:22-33. The Gospel passage starts with Jesus “constraining his disciples to get into a ship", and as always, Christ's intentions carry a deeper metaphor than the surface shows. He wanted His disciples to be in the midst of a difficult condition; to test their faith and the depth of their trust in God “For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth,” (Hebrews 12:6). When Christ climbed the mountain to pray, He taught us how to behave when in the eye of the [...]

St Elias Feast Day in Adelaide

By |2018-07-24T20:59:39+00:00July 24th, 2018|Archdiocese News, Featured, Metropolitan Basilios, National, Parish, Patronal Feast Day, South Australia, St. Elias Adelaide|

On His First Pastoral Visit, coinciding with the Feast of the Holy and Glorious Prophet Elijah, His Eminence Metropolitan Basilios attended St Elias parish in Adelaide, SA. It was a blessed and momentous day for the members of the parish as they were able to meet with His Eminence; with special attention to the youth and the Sunday school leaders. His Eminence presided over Sunday Divine Liturgy, followed by the blessing of the newly refurbished hall and a meal of agape with all the parishioners. His Eminence congratulated the parish on their tireless efforts of progress and encouraged the faithful [...]

A Review Of the Young Adults Retreat 2018

By |2018-07-17T16:38:15+00:00July 11th, 2018|ACOY, Antiochian Village- Goulburn, Archdiocese News, Education, Featured, Retreats, Youth|

Who Am I? A seemingly simple question running like a thread within the scriptures, particularly during the instances of God’s divine revelation to His people. It expands our mind into contemplation and reflection on our own identity, purpose, vocation and discernment, as Christians journeying towards Theosis and salvation. These themes, among many others, were delved into by our youth through the guidance of our Spiritual Fathers, led by His Eminence, Sayedna Basilios, at this year's Young Adult Retreat, organised and hosted by ACOY and held at the Antiochian Village in Goulburn last weekend. Our youth have spoken up about their daily struggles [...]

Holy Pentecost Sunday

By |2018-05-23T17:58:35+00:00May 23rd, 2018|Archdiocese News, Featured, Great Feasts, Metropolitan Basilios, Pentecost|

This Sunday is the “Sunday of Pentecost”. The Sunday when the Holy Spirit descends upon the disciples. The feast is called “Pentecost", as it comes fifty days after the Resurrection of Jesus, and ten days after His Glorious Ascension, this is found in the Acts of Apostles (Acts 2:1-13). On this day, the Holy Spirit filled the disciples, as they gathered in the attic, it descended upon them in the form of flames of fire. The Lord granted them strength from on high to preach throughout all the world. Today is the feast of the establishment of the Church, it can also be [...]

Ordination of a new deacon- Fr. Dn. Phillip Saba

By |2018-05-23T18:00:02+00:00May 14th, 2018|Archdiocese News, Diaconate, Featured, Ordination|

“Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." (Matthew 9:38) On the Sunday of Pentecost, 27 of May 2018, and by the laying on of hands of His Eminence Metropolitan Basilios, Mr. Phillip Saba will be ordained to the Rank of Diaconate at St. Nicholas Church - Punchbowl. Phillip Saba was born in Australia in 1983. He grew up in the Church, attending Sunday School regularly at St. Nicholas Punchbowl, where he became a Sunday School teacher in 1998. On entering University in 2001, be became more involved in his parish, serving [...]

Paschal Greeting 2018

By |2018-04-06T13:10:14+00:00April 6th, 2018|Archdiocese News, Featured, Metropolitan Basilios, Pascha, Paschal Greeting|

Holy Pascha The Christian world celebrates the Glorious Resurrection Feast or Holy Pascha, the Feast of Feasts and Season of Seasons. The feast of crossing from death to Life and from hell to Paradise. The Resurrection Feast is the fundamental event in the life of the church because it is not only about the Resurrection of Christ, but the resurrection of every human being; projecting to the celebration of the Resurrection at every Sunday Liturgy. The Paschal Gospel reading is John 1:1-17, however, it is not directly related to the event of the Resurrection of Christ, as the Gospel of [...]

Greeting on Pascha 2018

By |2018-04-06T13:14:31+00:00April 6th, 2018|Archdiocese News, Featured, Pascha|

Christ Is Risen – Risen Indeed! His Eminence Metropolitan Basilios sends to all the faithful his warmest Greetings on the Holy Pascha. His Eminence will receive your well wishes on Sunday 8th of April 2018. Location: St Nicholas Hall-11 Henry Street - Punchbowl. Time: From 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Glorious Easter 2018 The Office of the Archdiocese المسيح قام – حقاً قام! يتقدّم صاحب السيادة الميتروبوليت باسيليوس من المؤمنين كافة بأحرّ التهاني بمناسبة حلول عيد الفصح المجيد كما وإنه يستقبل المهنئين بالعيد يوم الأحد الواقع في 8 نيسان 2018 11 Henry Street – Punchbowl المكان: قاعة [...]

Sydney Youth Retreat 2010

By |2018-03-13T20:53:51+00:00March 13th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Sydney Youth Retreat 2010 - 19 till 21st March - Camp Kedron - 19/3/2010 The Antiochian Christian Orthodox Youth (ACOY) will be holding its annual retreat. The theme for this year will be “Deny Thyself, Take Up Thy Cross & Follow Me” which will focus on self-denial during fasting; prayer life/struggles; and confession. The aim of this retreat is for the youth to gain a deeper understanding of how to live an Orthodox Christian life in this secular world. The retreat will be held from Friday, 19th of March, 2010 until Sunday, 21st of March, 2010 at Camp Kedron, Emmaus [...]

Annual Ladies Luncheon 2010

By |2018-03-13T20:59:19+00:00January 19th, 2010|Ladies Auxiliary, Ladies Luncheon|

THE ANNUAL LUNCHEON OF THE ARCHDIOCESE LADIES SOCIETY COMMITTEE - March 24th 2010, 11:00 AM at Archdiocese Headquarters - 24/3/2010 19/01/2010 To all of our faithful ladies of our NSW Antiochian Churches. Greetings and Blessings from the Giver of all gifts, Our Lord Jesus Christ, We would like to remind you that the Archdiocese Ladies Society Committee will hold the annual Luncheon on Wednesday, March 24th 2010, 11:00 AM at the Archdiocese Headquarters, 2Bampton Avenue- Illawong. For more information, please call: Archdiocese Office: 02-9543 6939 Athenas Mhri : 02-9665 2802 Jeanette Maatouk: 02-9665 0823 From the Archdiocese Headquarters


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