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Greek Orthodox Parish and Community of Bankstown St Euphemia -  6-12 East Terrace, Bankstown NSW, 2200 Τηλέφωνο Εκκλησίας - Church Phone :  (02) 9709 6908 ΄Ωρες Γραφείου Δευτέρα-Παρασκευή - 4.30 - 6.30μ.μ   -   Office  Hours Monday to Friday  -  4.30pm to 6.30pm Για Μνημόσυνα και Αρτοκλασίες  -  (02) 9709 6908   -   Memorial  Services & Artoklasies  -  (02) 9709 6908 ΤΗΛ ΙΕΡΕΩΝ: π.Παναγιώτης Πρωτοψάλτης  (Fr Panagiotis) : 0402 219 214        π.Παναγιώτης Μαυρομμάτης  (Fr Peter) : 0416 145 300
St Euphemia Greek Orthodox College 202 STACEY STEET BANKSTOWN NSW 2200 PHONE : (02) 9796 8240 FAX : (02) 9790 7354 Yet again, our College was one of the High Achieving Schools in New South Wales and one of the best in the local area. Our results in 2014 were again exceptional and highlight the status of our College. There are limited vacancies from Kindergarten to Year 12 for those considering to enrol their children. Give your child the gift of a safe and successful learning journey by enrolling them at Saint Euphemia College. For more information, please contact the Principals on 9796 8240.
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‘St Euphemia’ is a canonical Greek Orthodox Church serving the spiritual and community needs of the Bankstown area in Sydney. It functions through the authority of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. St Euphemia Parish is also responsible for the founding and continuing development of St Euphemia College.
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Memorial service
Pentecost: The Descent of the Holy Spirit Commemorated 27th May In the Old Testament Pentecost was the feast which occurred fifty days after Passover. As the passover feast celebrated the exodus of the Israelites from the slavery of Egypt, so Pentecost celebrated God’s gift of the ten commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai. In the new covenant of the Messiah, the passover event takes on its new meaning as the celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection, the “exodus” of men from this sinful world to the Kingdom of God. And in the New Testament as well, the pentecostal feast is fulfilled and made new by the coming of the “new law,” the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Christ. When the day of Pentecost had come they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed as resting upon each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit . . . (Acts 2.1–4). The Holy Spirit that Christ had promised to his disciples came on the day of Pentecost (Jn 14.26, 15.26; Lk 24.49; Acts 1.5). The apostles received “the power from on high,” and they began to preach and bear witness to Jesus as the risen Christ, the King and the Lord. This moment has traditionally been called the birthday of the Church. In the liturgical services of the feast of Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit is celebrated together with the full revelation of the divine Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The fullness of the Godhead is manifested with the Spirit’s coming to man, and the Church hymns celebrate this manifestation as the final act of God’s self-disclosure and self-donation to the world of His creation. For this reason Pentecost Sunday is also called Trinity Day in the Orthodox tradition. Often on this day the icon of the Holy Trinity—particularly that of the three angelic figures who appeared to Abraham, the forefather of the Christian faith—is placed in the center of the church. This icon is used with the traditional pentecostal icon which shows the tongues of fire hovering over Mary and the Twelve Apostles, the original prototype of the Church, who are themselves sitting in unity surrounding a symbolic image of “cosmos,” the world. On Pentecost we have the final fulfillment of the mission of Jesus Christ and the first beginning of the messianic age of the Kingdom of God mystically present in this world in the Church of the Messiah. For this reason the fiftieth day stands as the beginning of the era which is beyond the limitations of this world, fifty being that number which stands for eternal and heavenly fulfillment in Jewish and Christian mystical piety: seven times seven, plus one. Thus, Pentecost is called an apocalyptic day, which means the day of final revelation. It is also called an eschatological day, which means the day of the final and perfect end (in Greek eschaton means the end). For when the Messiah comes and the Lord’s Day is at hand, the “last days” are inaugurated in which “God declares: . . . I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh.”; This is the ancient prophecy to which the Apostle Peter refers in the first sermon of the Christian Church which was preached on the first Sunday of Pentecost (Acts 2: 1 7; Joel 2: 28–32). Once again it must be noted that the feast of Pentecost is not simply the celebration of an event which took place centuries ago. It is the celebration of what must happen and does happen to us in the Church today. We all have died and risen with the Messiah-King, and we all have received his Most Holy Spirit. We are the “temples of the Holy Spirit.” God’s Spirit dwells in us (Rom 8; 1 Cor 2–3, 12; 2 Cor 3; Gal 5; Eph 2–3). We, by our own membership in the Church, have received “the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit” in the sacrament of chrismation. Pentecost has happened to us. The Divine Liturgy of Pentecost recalls our baptism into Christ with the verse from Galatians again replacing the Thrice-Holy Hymn. Special verses from the psalms also replace the usual antiphonal psalms of the liturgy. The epistle and gospel readings tell of the Spirit’s coming to men. The kontakion sings of the reversal of Babel as God unites the nations into the unity of his Spirit. The troparion proclaims the gathering of the whole universe into God’s net through the work of the inspired apostles. The hymns “O Heavenly King” and “We have seen the True Light” are sung for the first time since Easter, calling the Holy Spirit to “come and abide in us,” and proclaiming that “we have received the heavenly Spirit.” The church building is decorated with flowers and the green leaves of the summer to show that God’s divine Breath comes to renew all creation as the “life-creating Spirit.” In Hebrew the word for Spirit, breath and wind is the same word, ruah. Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God, who hast revealed the fishermen as most wise by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit: through them Thou didst draw the world into Thy net. O Lover of Man, Glory to Thee (Troparion). When the Most High came down and confused the tongues, he divided the nations. But when he distributed the tongues of fire, he called all to unity. Therefore, with one voice, we glorify the All-Holy Spirit! (Kontakion). The Great Vespers of Pentecost evening features three long prayers at which the faithful kneel for the first time since Easter. The Monday after Pentecost is the feast of the Holy Spirit in the Orthodox Church, and the Sunday after Pentecost is the feast of All Saints. This is the logical liturgical sequence since the coming of the Holy Spirit is fulfilled in men by their becoming saints, and this is the very purpose of the creation and salvation of the world. “Thus says the Lord: Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I your God am holy” (Lev 11.44–45, 1 Pet 1.15–16).
2/5 Τετάρτη - Της Μεσοπεντηκοστής   Όρθρος και Θ. Λειτουργία 7.30πμ - 9.30πμ. 3/5 Πέμπτη - Αγ. Τιμοθέου και Μαύρας   Όρθρος και Θ. Λειτουργία 7.30πμ - 9.30πμ 4/5 Παρασκευή - (Βράδυ)   Παράκλησις Υπεραγίας Θεοτόκου             6.00μμ -7.15μμ 5/5 Σάββατο - Αγ. Μεγαλομάρτ. Ειρήνης   Όρθρος και Θ. Λειτουργία 7.30πμ - 9.30πμ 6/5  ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ - Της Σαμαρείτιδος    Όρθρος και Θ. Λειτουργία 7.15πμ-10.30πμ. 8/5 Τρίτη - Αγ. Ιωάννου Θεολόγου   Όρθρος και Θ. Λειτουργία 7.30πμ - 9.30πμ. 11/5 Παρασκευή - (Βράδυ)   Παράκλησις Υπεραγίας Θεοτόκου             6.00μμ -7.15μμ 13/5  ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ - Του Τυφλού    Όρθρος και Θ. Λειτουργία 7.15πμ-10.30πμ. 15/5 Τρίτη - Θεία Λειτουργία στα Αγγλικά   7.30μμ - 8.40μμ 16/5 Τετάρτη - Απόδοσις του Πάσχα   Όρθρος και Θ. Λειτουργία 7.30πμ - 9.30πμ.  17/5  Πέμπτη - ΑΝΑΛΗΨΙΣ ΤΟΥ ΚΥΡΙΟΥ  Όρθρος και Θ. Λειτουργία 7.30πμ-10.00πμ.  18/5 Παρασκευή - (Βράδυ)    Παράκλησις Υπεραγίας Θεοτόκου         6.00μμ -7.15μμ 20/5  ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ - Των Αγίων 318 Πατέρων   Όρθρος και Θ. Λειτουργία 7.15πμ-10.30πμ. 21/5 Δευτέρα - Αγ.Κωνσταντίνου και Ελένης   Όρθρος & Θ. Λειτουργία 7.30πμ-9.30πμ. 23/5 Τετάρτη - Αγ. Μιχαήλ Συνάδων    Όρθρος & Θ. Λειτουργία 7.30πμ-9.30πμ. 25/5 Παρασκευή - (Βράδυ) Εσπερινός και Μνημόσυνα         6.00μμ -7.30μμ 26/5 Σάββατο - ΨΥΧΟΣΑΒΒΑΤΟ    Όρθρος και Θ. Λειτουργία 7.30πμ-10.00πμ. 27/5  ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ - ΠΕΝΤΗΚΟΣΤΗΣ    Όρθρος και Θ. Λειτουργία 7.00πμ-11.00πμ. 28/5 Δευτέρα - ΑΓΙΟΥ ΠΝΕΥΜΑΤΟΣ    Όρθρος & Θ. Λειτουργία 7.30πμ-9.30πμ. 2/5 Wednesday -  Mid-Pentecost   Matins, Divine Liturgy 7.30am - 9.30am 3/5 Thursday - St Timothy & Mavra   Matins, Divine Liturgy 7.30am - 9.30am 12/5 Friday - (Evening) Paraklesis to the Theotokos   6.00pm - 7.15pm 5/5 Saturday - St Irene the Great-martyr   Matins, Divine Liturgy 7.30am - 9.30am 6/5 SUNDAY - The Samaritan Woman   Matins, Divine Liturgy 7.15am - 10.30am 8/5 Tuesday - St John the Theologian   Matins, Divine Liturgy 7.30am - 9.30am 11/5 Friday - (Evening) Paraklesis to the Theotokos   6.00pm - 7.15pm 13/5  SUNDAY - The Blind Man   Matins, Divine Liturgy 7.15am - 10.30am 15/5 Tuesday - Divine Liturgy in English   7.30pm - 8.40pm 16/5  Wednesday - Dismissal Feast of Pascha   Matins, Divine Liturgy   7.30am - 9.30am 17/5  Thursday - The Ascension of our Lord      Matins, Divine Liturgy   7.30am - 10.00am 18/5  Friday - (Evening) Paraklesis to the Theotokos   6.00pm - 7.15pm 20/5  SUNDAY - Fathers of the 1st Council   Matins, Divine Liturgy7.15am - 10.30am 21/5  Monday - St. Konstantine and Helen  Matins, Divine Liturgy   7.30am - 9.30am 23/5 Wednesday - St. Michael of Synnada   Matins, Divine Liturgy   7.30am - 9.30am 25/5  Friday - (Evening) Vespers and Memorial   6.00pm - 7.15pm 26/5 Saturday - Saturday of Souls   Matins, Divine  Liturgy   7.30am - 10.00am 27/5 SUNDAY - PENTECOST   Matins, Divine Liturgy7.00am - 10.15am 28/5 Monday - THE HOLY SPIRIT   Matins, Divine Liturgy   7.30am - 9.30am
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ΚΑΤΗΧΗΤΙΚΟ ΣΧΟΛΕΙΟ Κάθε Κυριακή (μετά απ’ τη Θεία Κοινωνία)Sunday School every Sunday after Holy Communion (above the Church Hall) ΟΙ ΠΕΤΑΛΟΥΔΕΣ Κάθε Τετάρτη 10.00 - 12.00πμ. Συγκέντρωση για νήπια. “Little Butterflies” Playgroup every Wednesday 10.00 - 12.00pm. in the Church hall. FELLOWSHIP St Euphemia Fellowship meets every Tuesday evening 7.30 - 9.00pm. in the Church hall. Come to learn more about your Orthodox Faith and your Orthodox Church!  All presentations are in English. For more information contact Fr Panagiotis on 0402219214 or Fr Peter on 0416145300. Ομιλίες στα Αγγλικά Οι νέοι και οι αγγλόφωνοι της ενορίας μας, συγκεντρώνονται κάθε Τρίτη 7.30 - 9.00μμ για ομιλίες στα αγγλικά. GREEK SCHOOL - ΑΠΟΓΕΥΜΑΤΙΝΑ ΣΧΟΛΕΙΑ Τα σχολεία λειτουργούν κάθε Παρασκευή (4μμ-7μμ) και Σάββατο (9πμ-12μμ) για το Δημοτικό, και Παρασκευή (4.00μμ-7.00μμ) για το Γυμνάσιο και Λύκειο. Επικοινωνήστε με την Διευθύντρια κα. Αδαμαντία για περισσότερες πληροφορίες. (τηλ.97096908) Greek Afternoon and Saturday Schools operate on Fridays (4pm-7pm) and Saturday (9am-12pm) for Primary School students and Fridays (4.00pm-7.00pm) for High-School students. Please contact Mrs Adamantia for further details. (97096908 before classes).