Orthodox Christianity in Australia

In order for the proclamation of the Gospel to be effective and meaningful, a great deal depends οn methods and strategy of communication. St Photius the Great, before dispatching the two brothers Ss Cyril and Methodius to the mission field, certainly had an elaborated...

Thursday, December 28, 2017

The tree pictured in many versions of the icon of the Nativity of Christ is a representation of the Jesse Tree.

The Jesse Tree is named after the Old Testament patriarch Jesse of Bethlehem, the father of King David.

Known as the Root of Jesse in the Greek tradition of Or...

A Reflection on the Second Sunday after Pentecost

On the Sunday following the Sunday of All Saints, the local Orthodox Churches around the world celebrate their local saints. The Church in Greece celebrates its saints, the Church in Romania its own, even Mount Athos has...

Thursday, December 21, 2017

A Reflection on the Apostles Fast

Our Lord commands us all to carry the light of Christ, not only in the depths of our hearts, but so that others may see it and also desire it for themselves. We have a golden opportunity now in Australia, to be fruitful workers in Chris...

Monday, December 11, 2017

Shortly before He ascended into Heaven our LORD and God and Saviour Jesus Christ gave this commission to His followers: “All authority on Heaven and Earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations (in Greek: ‘all ethnicities’), baptising them...

Friday, December 8, 2017

So-called ethnic parishes which strenuously resist acculturating to their new surroundings, often wind up demonizing that host culture and tend to wage an unspoken “cultural war.”

“We are Orthodox because we are proud Calathumpians. It’s the Calathumpian flag first that...

At that time, Jesus wished to go to Galilee; He found Philip and said to him: “Follow Me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, from the town of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him: “We’ve found Him about whom Moses wrote in the law, as did the prophets:...

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Eastern Orthodox understanding of salvation is centered on a doctrine known as deification, or theosis.

This teaching means that human salvation rests upon growing in the likeness of God.

We don't strive to become God Himself, but we strive to become a true human per...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Orthodox Church dates back to 33AD, on that day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended upon Christ's disciples. They immediately began proclaiming the Gospel in languages which everyone around them could understand. Some 3000 souls were added to the Church tha...

There is much discussion in the Orthodox world about the need for people in the West to be converted, for more services in English, for overcoming ethnicism in the Church. This positive missionary fervor is a very good sign (except, of course, when negative comments ar...

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