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Great Martyr Dimitrios, the Myrrh-flowing and Wonderworking Saint, was a Christian and the son of the military commander of Thessalonica in the early fourth century.
A priest shown in this photograph was moving the holy relics of Saint Dimitrios and he was covered in myrrh.
Some saints and icons are called "Myrrh-flowing," "Myrrh-streaming," "Myrrh-gushing" or "Myroblete" which indicates that the relics or icon exudes the holy and sweet-smelling oil. The oil is often miraculous. "This wonder of myrrh has been given to the holy relics in order to indicate that Christians are truly 'a sweet-savour of Christ unto God' (II Corinthians 2:15), sweet-smelling to God and to heaven. The truth of the Gospel is that the sin of man is a foul odor before God and every sin pleases the devil. Through the holy mysteries and holy virtues, Christians become 'a sweet-savour of Christ unto God.' For this reason, then, the holy relics of the Saints pour forth myrrh."
In the New Testament, Matthew 2:11 mentions myrrh as one of the gifts presented by the Magi to the infant Jesus at his birth. In Mark 15:23, myrrh is mentioned a an ingredient in the mixture of "wine mingled with myrrh" as a drug to produce insensibility for those condemned to death.
The title "Myrrh-bearer" is given to those who were present at Christ's passion and went to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus. John 19:39 describes Nicodemus bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloe for embalming when St. Joseph of Arimathea laid Jesus in the sepulcher. They are celebrated with the myrrh-bearing women on the Sunday of Myrrh-bearing Women.
Saint Christodoulos the Wonderworker, founder of the Monastery of St. John the Theologian on Patmos, is commemorated on March 16th (his repose) and today (October 21st) with the uncovering of his holy relics.
Today is also the name day of a very special priest in Australia, Archimandrite Christodoulos Economou. Father Christodoulos celebrates this year the anniversary of 20 years of his ordination. His Eminence Archbishop Makarios noted the significance of this milestone when visiting Parish St Nicholas Marrickville earlier in the year, “Twenty years of priesthood means a great deal for a young man,” he said, adding that it was a great joy and blessing for the Holy Archdiocese of Australia to have Fr Christodoulos by its side.
Father Christodoulos is a very special human being - full of love and energised through the grace of the Holy Spirit - he dedicates himself tirelessly to his parish flock and to the Holy Archdiocese.
The efforts of Father Christodoulos is not something new. Having spoken to parishioners at his church over the years, it is clear that the faithful at Saint Nicholas embrace their priest wholeheartedly because they have a pastor who has always given to them his all. From always making himself accessible, to meticulously planning each feast day and celebration to ensure they are truly special and befitting of the richness and majesty to what we are partaking in (aspiring to fulfilling the words of our Lord in the Book of Exodus), and unceasingly preaching the word of the Holy Gospel.
In Father Christodoulos we see a shepherd living out the Gospel, "put off this lowly body and shine brighter than the sun as revealed in Christ's divine light at the Transfiguration" (Philippians 2:20-21).
Father Christodoulos we say to you, on this your 20th year of ministry, AXIOS He is Worthy 👍. "Let Thy Priest be clothed with righteousness; and let Thy Saints shout for joy, always, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen" (Psalm 132, Verse 9).
Please reach out to Father to wish him a happy name day and happy name day to everyone else celebrating today!
We will talk about the life of St. Christodoulos on the feast day of his passing. To read about what the translation of the holy relics means, please visit: https://pemptousia.com/2013/10/blessed-christodoulos-of-patmos-21-october/
Orthodox Q&A with Bishop Silouan of Sinope - Episode 31
Orthodox Q & A with Bishop Silouan of Sinope - Episode 31 (part 3)
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Today, we celebrate our venerable and God-bearing Father Gerasimos (Notaras) of Kephalonia (also Gerasimus the New Ascetic of Kephalonia). This blessed saint was a hermit, priest-monk, and wonder-worker of the sixteenth century. His repose is commemorated by the church August 16, yet his main feast day is celebrated on October 20. (Source: OrthodoxWiki.org)
>>> Father Gerasimos Koutsouras of St George Church Rose Bay
Happy name day to all faithful named after this wonder-worker saint!
I want to make special mention of a very humble priest who is named after this patron saint. He is a good and decent clergyman who is always there for his flock and anyone seeking to come closer to Jesus Christ.
My first in-person encounter with Father Gerasimos was when I reached out to him a few years ago to commune a sick relative. Despite the location being completely out of his way, this priest went to the trouble of coming to comfort and offer the Body and Blood of Our Lord and Saviour - the source of eternal life - to a person in need. This willingness to support by doing this and other efforts continued for quite some time.
Father Gerasimos is a former lecturer at St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College. He is one of the best preachers that I have encountered over the years. His sermons, whilst quite theologically deep, are very relevant (understandable), leaving you with an even greater thirst to connect with and experience a life with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and His saints.
Father Gerasimos is a decent man who speaks truth, a loving man who cares for every person he encounters, and a man worthy to be named after his namesake, Saint Gerasimos of Kephalonia. I will not say any more about this person, because I know he would hate any attention, but end by simply saying happy name day Father, may we have your blessing.
Please feel free to wish Father a happy name day and to SUBSCRIBE to his parish YouTube channel. The chanting by the chanters and clergy is absolutely beautiful and they also offer bilingual services each week + use English captions for the Greek portions (the sermons are something else!).
YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFhDRcY0Sx-7B097n8MNSBA
>>> Life of Saint Gerasimos
St. Gerasimos was born in 1509 in the tiny village of Trikala Corinthos, in the Peloponnesus and a decendant of the Notaras family, a well known Byzantine family during the reign of Constantine Palaiologos.  He was reared in piety by his parents, Demetrios and Kale, and studied the sacred writings. At a young age he visited Constantinople. It was during this visit that he was moved with compunction for the number of Christians who martyred and made the decision to commit his life to monasticism. With this in mind, he went straight to Mount Athos and remained for around five years. He then moved to the Holy Land and remained in Jerusalem for twelve years. He also visited Mount Sinai, Egypt and Crete; where he remained in a cave for two years. From there he went to Zakynthos, where he also remained in a cave for around five years, and at the age of around 50 ended up in a cave in Cephalonia.
In Kephalonia he restored a certain old church and built a convent around it, where it stands to this day at the place called Omala.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is with great joy that today we mark two very blessed anniversaries.
On this day the Very Rev Father Constantine Lentakis, parish priest of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Dormition of Our Lady, Mt Gravatt, began 40 years of ministry at his parish and in the state of Queensland, alongside his amazing presbytera (Greek: priest wife). He also served faithfully as a priest in New Zealand, serving a total of 51 years of ministry in the Holy Orthodox Church!
Just as noteworthy, 50 years ago today, the Very Rev Father John Abdel-Karim, parish priest of St Paul's Antiochian Orthodox Church Brisbane, began his ministry alongside his amazing khouria (Arabic: priest wife) in the Antiochian Orthodox Church.
I mention alongside the ministry of these two astounding priests their wives. Whilst the presbytera/khouria is not ordained in the sacrament of priesthood, their ministry is instrumental to the tradition of fostering a family and community atmosphere that is to be nurtured in a parish.
Both wives have been the support and rock for their husbands in good times and in bad, a beacon of example to the love and commitment that can be nurtured within the sacrament of Holy Matrimony.
An added product of the loving households of both priests, is the continuation of their ministry today. We witness and embrace Father Constantine's daughter a presbytera at the same parish of her mother (married to Father Nicholas Brown), and Father John's son (Father Elias) who is in ministry serving as a deacon alongside his father at their same parish.
Sadly, Father Constantine lost his loving presbytera just over a year ago. As a friend of Father Constantine, I can attest to the fact that it has been incredibly difficult for him losing his soulmate for what has been a lifetime together, but his faith in God has never been stronger. Though Father Con had been unwell in the morning today, I was blessed to be able to visit him earlier at his home and he is doing great and extends his well wishes to all of you.
Please remember Father Constantine, Father John Abdel-Karim and their wives in your prayers. AXIOS AXIOS AXIOS
We have a very special brotherhood of clergy, right across all the Orthodox Christian jurisdictions, in the great state of Queensland. May their ministry continue to thrive, instructing us in the message of the Gospel and leading us towards the promise of everlasting life with the Lord.
‘People of faith are being treated unfairly’, says the group of religious organisations behind a petition addressed to Premier Daniel Andrews.
Please note, any negative comment in relation to this post attacking the Church will be deleted. Now is the time to stand united with the blessing of our hierarchs to demand the reopening of churches.
neoskosmos.com Religious organisations, including the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, are petitioning for permissible indoor worship under Victoria's next step of easing coronavirus restrictions.
Help make a difference.
With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia.
Let our Government know that faith and worship needs fair consideration in the 'roadmap for reopening'. Sign & share the below petition so that our places of worship can open safely and fairly. We are not asking for special treatment - just equal treatment. People of faith deserve equitable treatment.
However, it is important to also involve our parents and grandparents in this as they may not have access to social media or internet. For this reason, please ensure everyone makes an effort to get our older generation involved in this and help them sign the petition!
The link can also be found in the Bio.
Words by St Paisios on Judging Others (Translated by John Sanidopoulos).
"Once on Mount Athos there was a monk who lived in Karyes. He drank and got drunk every day and was the cause of scandal to the pilgrims. Eventually he died and this relieved some of the faithful who went on to tell Elder Paisios that they were delighted that this huge problem was finally solved.
"Father Paisios answered them that he knew about the death of the monk, after seeing the entire battalion of angels who came to collect his soul. The pilgrims were amazed and some protested and tried to explain to the Elder of whom they were talking about, thinking that the Elder did not understand.
"Elder Paisios explained to them: This particular monk was born in Asia Minor, shortly before the destruction by the Turks when they gathered all the boys. So as not to take him from their parents, they would take him with them to the reaping, and so he wouldn’t cry, they just put raki into his milk in order for him to sleep. Therefore he grew up as an alcoholic. There he found an elder and said to him that he was an alcoholic. The elder told him to do prostrations and prayers every night and beg the Panagia to help him to reduce by one the glasses he drank. After a year he managed with struggle and repentance to make the 20 glasses he drank into 19 glasses. The struggle continued over the years and he reached 2-3 glasses, with which he would still get drunk.
"The world for years saw an alcoholic monk who scandalized the pilgrims, but God saw a fighter who fought a long struggle to reduce his passion.
"Without knowing what each one is trying to do what he wants to do, what right do we have to judge his effort?"
Stop judging. Stop accusing. Stop listening to gossip.
START looking to one's own blemishes, as we each strive on our journey alongside Christ.
“He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” - John 8:7
SHARE with your friends and loved ones, this is an important message for all of us.
"Anyone who is capable of speaking the truth but remains silent, will be heavily judged by God, especially in this case, where the faith and the very foundation of the entire church of the Orthodox is in danger. To remain silent under these circumstances is to betray these, and the appropriate witness belongs to those that approach (stand up for the faith)."
- Saint Basil the Great
Have you ever wondered about the meaning and symbolism used in Orthodox iconography?
Fr Romanos Stergiou reveals questions that we have always wondered in a brief video presented as part of his 'St. Anna Kids Online' series.
Tomorrow, Orthodox Christians celebrate the feast day of Saint Romanos, this is the patron saint that Father Romanos is named after. A very happy name day Father, may this blessed saint continue to intercede for you!
Remember to tune in each Wednesday at the Greek Orthodox Church of St Anna Gold Coast Australia page, where Father Roman continues to explore our Orthodox Christian faith, with a live-stream presented for both children and adults.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is once again a blessed day in the life of Orthodox Christians, we glorify God for the feast of Panagia Myrtidiotissa (The Virgin of the Myrtle Tree) which is celebrated today. Please see link with video and text describing this miraculous feast: https://fb.watch/HIi05d8AX/
We also glorify God to be celebrating the repose of Saint Silouan of Athos (the Athonite). To read more about this saint of our Church, please click here: http://orthochristian.com/106586.html
We wish a happy name day today to our beloved brother in Christ, His Grace Bishop Silouan of Sinope (originally from Queensland!), who celebrates his name day. Many years Your Grace, may we have your blessing.
His Grace celebrates this feast with his flock in Adelaide with a Divine Liturgy. It is his first since being ordained as a bishop of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. His Grace, who is warmly embraced by the local flock, has done so much in less than nine months.
Bishop Silouan has not only helped the flock on a local level but also many across the country. Under the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Makarios this humble and highly knowledgeable servant of the Church has live-streamed throughout this pandemic question and answer sessions. These sessions have not only been a source of comfort for all those struggling and questioning in these unprecedented times, but also has helped many to learn about our faith.
Please feel free to share your well wishes to His Grace and also make sure you tune in each Tuesday evening for the Facebook live-stream, to learn more about our Orthodox Christian faith.
Episode 27, Q&A with His Grace Bishop Silouan of Sinope.
His Grace continues to answer your questions on Facebook Live tonight from Adelaide.
Q&A with Bishop Siloun of Sinope episode 27 welcome
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
- John 1:1-17
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” - Matthew 28:19
The Orthodox Church is the oldest Christian tradition in the world, founded by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and with its beginnings chronicled in the New Testament.
The Church has deep and lasting roots in Christian antiquity and is steeped in rich Biblical tradition. The ministry of the Orthodox Church is derived from the Apostles by a continuous succession through a series of bishops who to this day serve in ancient sees directly founded by the Apostles of Jesus Christ.
One cannot understand the Orthodox Church by merely reading about it, rather one must experience it directly to realise the fullness of its life.
Let us read about Orthodox Christianity and talk about it here and elsewhere, but most importantly come and experience it together in person. For Jesus Christ says in Matthew 18:20 "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."
Our efforts are a direct response to the call by Archbishop Makarios of Australia, in his role as shepherd and faithful steward of the Holy Gospel, to share "the light of life eternal, that illuminates... those who are near and those who are far; those who are familiar, and those who are strangers; those who are faithful and those who are not."
The Lord’s Prayer Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
The Creed: The Symbol of Faith for all Orthodox Christians I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only-begotten, begotten of the Father before all ages. Light of light; true God of true God; begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father, by Whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from Heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became human. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried. And on the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures. He ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father. And He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead. His Kingdom shall have no end. And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; Who spoke by the prophets. In one Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.
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