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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|

Holy Pentecost Sunday

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

“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 [...]

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

Paschal Greeting 2018

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

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 [...]

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

The Holy Week in Icons and Hymns

THE ANTIOCHIAN ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AUSTRALIA, NZ & PHILIPPINES INVITES YOU TO ATTEND A TALK BY His Eminence Metropolitan Basilios When: Thursday March 29, 7:30 pm (after The Great Compline) Where: St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church, 11 Henry St, Punchbowl. All Are Welcome!

By |2018-03-20T21:00:56+00:00March 19th, 2018|Archdiocese News, Education, Featured, Holy Week, Lecture|

Sydney Youth Retreat 2010

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 [...]

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

Annual Ladies Luncheon 2010

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

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