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Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross

On 14 September, the Orthodox Church celebrates the memory of the Elevation (Exaltation) of the Life-giving Holy Cross; a feast related to a series of historical events linked to the search for The Holy Cross, eventually found in Jerusalem in the fourth century by two equals to the Apostles Sts. Constantine and Helena. Patriarch Macarius went on to Elevate the Holy Cross and bless the people with it. The Cross has central significance in the spiritual and liturgical life of Christians; and because of the importance of this Feast, the Orthodox Church allocated the Sunday which falls before the Feast [...]

Announcing the Official Archdiocese 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 [...]

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

Pre-marriage counselling sessions

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 [...]

Archdiocesan Ladies Guild Annual Lunch in Support of the Antiochian Village

On Thursday, 26th July, under the patronage and attendance of his Eminence Metropolitan Basilios Kodseie, the ladies of the Archdiocese in NSW gathered at the St Nicholas hall for their Annual Lunch. It was in an ambience of love and joy that the lunch was served. Surrounded by the clergy of NSW, His Eminence gave a message pertaining to the church in general and to the ladies in particular. He talked about Mary and Martha and how the church needs both of them in order for the body to function. He stressed that as long as we use the talent that it is given [...]

Antiochian Orthodox Stewards (AOS) Officially Launches

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. [...]

Child Safe Workshop

To further propel our archdiocese's efforts  in ensuring our children’s rights to live and grow up in a safe and child friendly environment, a Child Safety Workshop was facilitated on July 19 by the Office of the Children’s Guardian and attended by His Eminence Metropolitan Basilios, our Clergy from NSW, Church School teachers and other Lay Ministers of the Archdiocese who are involved in the nurturing and caring of our children. This interactive workshop is one of several initiatives, processes and training that the Archdiocese will run to ensure that the protection and safety of our children is prioritised. The aim is to [...]

By |2018-07-30T20:57:19+00:00July 30th, 2018|Archdiocese News, Education, National, Weekly Article|

Ordination Speech of Dn. Phillip Saba to the Diaconate

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.”

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 [...]

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

St Elias Feast Day in 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 [...]

St Raphael’s Mission Elderly Fun Day

On Saturday 7 July, St Raphael’s Mission held an Elderly Fun Day for those in our community who are over the age of 60. The day started with a Paraklesis service and was followed by an afternoon of games, lunch, prizes and dessert. The carrot peeling competition kick-started the day and was followed by the very popular Arabic Musical Chairs. Lunch was a great time of socialising, and the afternoon continued on with some Bingo. Each attendee received a gift of a candle and cross or prayer book. The day ended with dessert, dancing and the same question asked by [...]

By |2018-07-17T16:36:06+00:00July 11th, 2018|Archdiocese News, St Raphael's Mission, Weekly Article|

A Review Of the Young Adults Retreat 2018

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 [...]

One year memorial for the late Metropolitan Paul

On Friday, 29 June 2018, His Eminence Metropolitan Basilios of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines along with the Reverend Clergy of the state of New South Wales, visited the burial place of the Antiochian Hierarchs on the occasion of the one-year memorial of the passing of the late Metropolitan Paul Saliba of Thrice Blessed Memory. His Eminence prayed the Trisagion for the late Hierarchs Paul and Gibran, of Thrice Blessed Memory. Then on Saturday, 30 June 2018, His Eminence, the Clergy and the faithful of the Archdiocese also gathered at St George's Cathedral in Redfern, to celebrate the Divine [...]

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost- The healing of the paralytic This article is also available in Arabic (use language switcher at the top of the page) On the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost; we read the Evangelical words from Matthew Chapter Nine Verses 1-8, where Matthew describes the miracle of the healing of the paralytic whose sins the Lord forgave before granting him healing of the body. The Gospel begins with the return of Jesus to His city (Capernaum), which was the centre of His ministry. There, a paralytic was brought by his friends to the Lord in faith and confidence to [...]

By |2018-07-05T17:16:01+00:00July 4th, 2018|Metropolitan Basilios, Weekly Article|

Memorial Service for Met. Paul Saliba of Thrice-Blessed Memory

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Holy Ones “Psalm 116:15" The Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese in Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines His Eminence Metropolitan Basilios (Kodseie) Invite you to participate to the one year Memorial Service for Metropolitan Paul Saliba, of Thrice-Blessed Memory, followed by a meal of mercy in the Church’s Hall. DATE: Saturday 30 June 2018 at 10:00 AM Address: St George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral Corner of Cooper and Walker Redfern NSW 2016 May His Memory Be Eternal From the Office of the Antiochian Archdiocese - Illawong In Christ. From the [...]

The Second Sunday after Pentecost

Second Sunday after Pentecost "Calling of the First Apostles” It’s the second Sunday after Pentecost (The Feast of the dessension of the Holy Spirit on the disciples). The Gospel Reading is from (Matthew 4:18-23), which speaks about calling the first Apostles. The calling of Simon Peter and his brother Andrew and Jacob the son of Zebedee and his brother John. The Sunday following Pentecost is called "All Saints Sunday", in which we commemorate all the Saints in the Orthodox Church, whether they are known and recognized (canonized) officially or unknown or their sainthood has not yet been announced. We celebrate [...]

By |2018-07-17T16:50:34+00:00June 6th, 2018|Metropolitan Basilios, Weekly Article|

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