Dormition of the Theotokos

Mother of Life   In the Dismissal Hymn for the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos, we chant the following about the Theotokos: “You were transported to life, as you are the Mother of Life.” At one level, this reflects on the events of the Dormition. Three days prior to her repose the Archangel Gabriel informed the Theotokos that she would fall asleep, and that she would be taken to Heaven to be with her Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The Apostles were called from all parts of the world to farewell her and participate in her [...]

2021-09-13T20:06:13+10:00September 13th, 2021|

Giver of Light

Giver of Light When Christ was transfigured on Mount Tabor, His chosen disciples were blinded by the light which emanated from His person such that they could not bear to face Him. And yet that same light warmed them and attracted them, prompting Peter to plead with the Lord that they be allowed to remain there. In the dismissal hymn we call our Lord the “Giver of light.” Why is He the “Giver of light”? Christ’s teachings, His sacrifice and His resurrection are all light but more importantly, God Himself is the Light. Christ is Light and He was sent [...]

2020-09-07T15:18:26+10:00September 7th, 2020|

Christ is Risen

Christ is Risen Christ is Risen! Today a Sacred Pascha has been revealed to us! These are the triumphant words that our Church repeats tirelessly for the forty days between Easter and the Ascension of our Lord. These three words bring the joyous message that “No one need fear death; the Saviour’s death has freed us from it” (St John Chrysostom). The message of Easter is one of eternal life and salvation. It overshadows all the problems we face in this life, whether they be health issues, economic downturns, social problems, etc. This is why Easter, or Pascha, is the [...]

2020-05-27T19:16:38+10:00May 27th, 2020|

Joyful Sadness: The Journey to Easter

Joyful Sadness: The Journey to Easter Most assuredly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy (John 16:20) As Great Lent begins, we embark upon a challenging but rewarding spiritual journey towards Easter, the Feast of Feasts. It can be tempting to begin the fast focused solely on the difficulty of the fast itself, which is why it is important to begin the fast with the correct attitude and intentions. We should firstly remember our destination – the joyful Resurrection – [...]

2020-03-12T16:27:21+11:00March 12th, 2020|

He Came Down from Heaven for Our Salvation

He Came Down from Heaven for Our Salvation Christmas is the celebration of the Incarnation of God: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). But why did God become human? Many people say that the only reason Christ was born was to save us from our flawed human nature. We know that Adam and Eve became subject to pain, suffering and physical death through their disobedience against God. From that moment, it seems that sin - against one’s own self, against others, and against God - became a basic human trait. Without being aware, we slip [...]

2020-01-26T16:49:10+11:00January 26th, 2020|
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