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Marble Centre Exclusive

by Steve , on 09 July, 2012

GOCMV – BENEFACTORS - MARBLE CENTRE EXCLUSIVE By Steve Agi “I believe the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria is doing a great job, all we need to do is to support and not go against what is for the best of one and all” With these words the charismatic Litsa Athanasiadis sums up what the Marble Cen...

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The Ascension of Christ

by Fr Kyril , on 20 May, 2012

The Ascension of Christ This Great Feast of the Lord commemorates His final moments on earth before being taken up into heaven. Jesus led His disciples to the Mount of Olives, and after blessing them and asking them to wait for the fulfillment of the promise of God the Father (which was that He would send to them the Holy Spirit), He ascended...

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The Practice of Fasting in ...

by Fr Kyril , on 28 February, 2012

The Practice of Fasting in the Orthodox Church According to St Basil the Great, Adam, the first-created man, loving God of his own free will, dwelt in the heavenly blessedness of communion with God, in the angelic state of prayer and fasting. The cause of this first man's fall was his free will; by an act of disobedience he violated the v...

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Great Lent and Pascha

by Fr Kyril , on 21 February, 2012

Great Lent and Pascha The Forty Days of Great Lent commemorates Israel's forty years of wandering in the Wilderness the forty years of painful struggle as Israel longed for and then received entrance into the Promised Land (Exodus 16: 35) Moses remained fasting on Mount Sinai for forty days (Exodus 34: 28) and the Prophet Elijah (Elias) ...

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Presentation of Christ

by Fr Kyril , on 01 February, 2012

Presentation of Christ According to the Holy Tradition of the Orthodox Church, as passed down to us by the Apostles and the Fathers, Symeon was one of those seventy translators who in the third century before Christ had translated the Old Testament into Greek (What is otherwise called the Septuagint, meaning the Greek Old Testament translated...

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Theophany The Feast of Chri...

by Fr Kyril , on 05 January, 2012

Theophany is one of the 12 Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church and is celebrated on January 6. This feast is also significant because it marks the beginning of Christ’s ministry. Theophany is also known as Epiphany which just means: appearance, or revealing. In the early Church, Theophany was both the celebration of Christ’s birth (Chr...

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The Tradition of the Vasilo...

by Fr Kyril , on 05 January, 2012

Vasilopita – The Tradition of the St Basil Cake On New Year's Day families slice the Vasilopita to bless the home and the new year. A coin is hidden in the bread by slipping it into the dough before baking. At midnight the sign of the Cross is etched with a knife across the cake. A piece of cake is sliced for each member of the family...

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Have Yourselves A Merry Lit...

by Fr Kyril , on 18 November, 2011

Orthodox Saint Nicholas is the Real Santa Claus! St Nicholas was known for his charitable gifts. Hedid acts of charity in secret to hide his acts of kindness. He became known as the Miracle Worker with many miracles being attributed to his great Faith. The Christmas stocking actually comes from one of his great deeds. St Nicholas, upon hearin...

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Meandering Asia Minor

By OPA Editor, on 08 October, 2011

Meandering Asia Minor - Travels to Byzantium and beyond, with TOM ANDRONAS. “Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives…you are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace.” – Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, 1934. Nowhere else in the world does ‘Greek’ meet ‘Australia...

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Panagia Tsambika

by Areti , on 08 October, 2011

Panagia Tsambika; The Fertlity Saint By Areti Fronis I have not yet experienced the desire to have a child; therefore I have not yet experienced the heartache of wanting one and having difficulty in falling pregnant. However these days this is an all too common obstacle that more and more couples face as I have witnessed it amongst fri...

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Pontos and its Forgotten Saint

by Fr Kyril , on 04 October, 2011

Despite such deeply crushing tragedy, as a proud people and as pious Orthodox Christians, the Pontians have never been left without spiritual hope and protection. There have been numerous outstanding and shining examples in Pontian Orthodox Christian tradition and history which Pontians, and indeed all persecuted and suffering people, can draw insp...

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