The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross was celebrated at the Church of Saints Constantine and Helene, Perth, WA, with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy officiated by His Grace Bishop Elpidios of Kyanea and in the presence of the Greek Consul in Perth, Mrs Georgia Karasiotou.

The Feast commemorated the finding of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by Saint Helene, the mother of the Emperor Constantine, in the fourth century.

The faithful were given the opportunity to venerate the Holy Cross, outside of the Lenten Period, and to recall how an instrument of shame was used to overcome death and bring salvation and eternal life to the entire world.

Following the Divine Liturgy, a special service was held in which the Holy Cross was placed on a tray surrounded by branches of basil and fresh flowers and taken in solemn procession as the church bells tolled in commemoration of Christ’s crucifixion. The tray was then placed on a table in front of a large decorated wooden cross, and then various petitions were offered from each side of the table (North, South, East, and West) as the Cross was raised and lowered, symbolising its finding and exaltation.

At the conclusion of the service, His Grace Bishop Elpidios of Kyanea reminded everyone that the feast day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is a strict day of fast and is seen as being like that of Great and Holy Friday.

The faithful came and venerated the Holy Cross and received a piece of basil in commemoration of the plant that was found in the area where the crucifixion took place. The basil is also used in the Orthodox Church during the Feast of Epiphany on January the 6th at the Great Blessing of the Waters.

His Grace will be attending the Church of Saints Constantine and Helene on the forthcoming Sunday followed by the annual parish luncheon for the Feast of the Exaltation which will be taking place at the Alexander the Great Centre in Inglewood.

 

IN GREEK

Η εορτή της Υψώσεως του Τιμίου Σταυρού εορτάσθηκε στον Ιερό Ναό Αγίων Κωνσταντίνου και Ελένης, στην Πέρθη της Δυτικής Αυστραλίας, με Αρχιερατική Θεία Λειτουργία όπου προεξήρχε ο Θεοφιλέστατος Επίσκοπος Κυανέων κ. Ελπίδιος, παρουσία μεταξύ άλλων της Προξένου της Ελλάδας στην Πέρθη, κ. Γεωργίας Καρασιώτου.

Την ημέρα αυτή τιμάται το γεγονός της ευρέσεως του Τιμίου και Ζωοποιού Σταυρού του Κυρίου γιορτή τιμούσε την εύρεση του Πολύτιμου και Ζωοποιού Σταυρού του Κυρίου και Σωτήρα μας Ιησού Χριστού, από την Αγία Ελένη, τη μητέρα του αυτοκράτορος Κωνσταντίνου, κατά τον 4ο μ.Χ. αιώνα.

Στους πιστούς δόθηκε η ευκαιρία να προσκυνήσουν τον Τίμιο Σταυρό, πέραν της περιόδου της Τεσσαρακοστής, και να θυμηθούν πώς ένα όργανο ντροπής χρησιμοποιήθηκε για να νικήσει τον θάνατο και να φέρει σωτηρία και αιώνια ζωή σε ολόκληρο τον κόσμο.

Μετά τη Θεία Λειτουργία, τελέστηκε Ακολουθία της Υψώσεως του Τιμίου Σταυρού.


Στο τέλος, ο Θεοφιλέστατος κ. Ελπίδιος απευθύνθηκε στο εκκλησίασμα και υπενθύμισε σε όλους ότι η εορτή της Υψώσεως του Τιμίου Σταυρού είναι μία ημέρα αυστηρής νηστείας και θεωρείται σαν εκείνη της Μεγάλης Παρασκευής.


Οι πιστοί έσπευσαν να προσκυνήσουν τον Τίμιο Σταυρό και να πάρουν από έναν κλώνο βασιλικού, σε ανάμνηση του φυτού που βρέθηκε στον τόπο όπου έγινε η Σταύρωση. Υπενθυμίζεται ότι ο βασιλικός χρησιμοποιείται επίσης στην Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία κατά την εορτή των Θεοφανείων, στις 6 Ιανουαρίου, στον Μεγάλο Αγιασμό των Υδάτων.


Σημειώνεται, τέλος, ότι ο Θεοφιλέστατος Επίσκοπος Κυανέων κ. Ελπίδιος θα ιερουργήσει στην εκκλησία των Αγίων Κωνσταντίνου και Ελένης την προσεχή Κυριακή, ημέρα που θα παρατεθεί το ετήσιο γεύμα της Ενορίας για την εορτή της Υψώσεως, στο «Alexander the Great Centre» στο προάστιο Inglewood.

 

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia

All Faithful are invited to attend the Feast Day of St John the Theologian in Prevelly. This service will be officiated by His Grace Bishop Elpidios of Kyaneon on Sunday 27th September commencing from 9:30am to 12.30pm at the Chapel of St John the Theologian in Prevelly. Transport to Prevelly is available, please contact Presvytera Mary Stamatiou on 0438 660 545 for more details.

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All welcome to attend this public lecture Death and Burials of Early Greek Arrivals to WA, 1891 - 1914 on Tuesday 21st September @ 7pm. Presented by Dr John N. Yiannakis OAM.

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Please support the St Nektarios Parish Raffle. Proceeds will go towards the maintenance of the church building which includes the repair of the window seals to stop major water leaks, installation of new carpet, the upgrade of the church entrance area, the upgrade of the church lighting and other various works to ensure we abide by the health & safety standard requirements. Those who wish to purchase booklets or tickets (in person or online) are asked to contact either the parish priest, Fr John Athanasiou, on 0411 061 554 or His Grace Bishop Elpidios of Kyanea on 0407 260 071.

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Every year, the Holy Monastery of Saint John holds a Course in Byzantine Iconography. Following the success of the first course of 2021 and by popular demand, the Monastery will be running a second course this year. During this course, you will be guided through a step by step process to write an icon using the traditional technique known as ‘egg tempera’ which has been used within traditional Orthodox Iconography from the Byzantine times.

These courses have been successfully held since 2008 and have given people of all ages an introduction into the ancient art of Byzantine Iconography. Some students have continued to write some very detailed and indeed special icons.

Byzantine Iconography is an ancient form of church art that uses an egg tempera paint medium and a specific spiritual language to depict holy images. These holy images also known as icons are mainly found in Orthodox Christian Churches and some homes or work places.

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Second Course

LOCATION
Holy Monastery of Saint John, 280 Holmes Road, Forrestfield.

WHEN
The course will run every Saturdays for 8 consecutive weeks, commencing on Saturday 18th September 2021 from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.

COST
$330 for tuition and all materials, including gold leaf, course notes, board, pigments, brushes etc. Previous students will only pay for tuition and any additional materials required.

PREREQUISITES
Experience is not necessary, you just need an open heart.

RESERVATIONS
To make a reservation or enquire about the course please contact Peter Kakulas, course teacher on 0417 957 688 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For further information, click here: https://stjohnmonastery.com.au/byzantine-iconography/

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