Thursday, January 20, 2011

what's happening on Feb 20?

our first born Aussie bishop

Very Reverend Archimandrite Iakovos Tsigounis (pictured) will now become Bishop Iakovos of Militoupolis. This historic ordination of Very Rev Fr Iakovos of Oakleigh Victoria, will take place on February 20th 2011, during the Divine Liturgy at the the Cathedral of the Annunciation Redfern (Archdiocese grounds).

A graduate of St Andrew's Theological College, Very Rev. Fr Iakovos was elected unanimously by the Holy Synod in Constantinople, in the same year that the college celebrates its 25th anniversary.

I personally have not seen a bishop been ordained before and I'm not quite sure that I will have the opportunity again. So I will be making my way on that Sunday to be a part of this 2nd century service, along with all the other Greek Orthodox pilgrims nation-wide.(hint...don't try and park on the archdiocese's grounds that day!)
A Blessing for the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia!

Friday, January 7, 2011

why water?

Epiphany 2010
We bring so many elements of creation into our services, but why is water chosen today? For one, it can not be made by humans. But it is also where we were born from and what we are made of.
This water we use to bless, serves to remind us of the sacrament of our baptism. To go back , revisit and read the prayers that were once said over us. There you will find the answer to the question I often get asked: How can I be a good Christian?   ~ fr Leslie        
 Read the prayers once said over you and the answer: here.

This Sunday the traditional blessing of the Sydney waters (and therefore creation) with the Holy Cross takes place at Yarra Bay, 9th January at 12.30pm. The celebrations, with music, food and rides proceed until 6pm in the evening.