The Greek Orthodox Parish of St. Paraskevi is situated in Taigum and serves the needs of the Orthodox faithful and wider community.
Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Paraskevi (Northern Suburbs of Brisbane) is under the spiritual and ecclesiastical leadership of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia within the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.
Mission: Orthodox Parish, Orthodox Faith
Μήνυμα της Μεγάλης Πέμπτης, του Σεβασμιωτάτου Αρχιεπισκόπου Αυστραλίας κ.κ. Μακαρίου.16.4.2020
Palm Sunday 12/04/2020
Palm Sunday is the last Sunday of Lent (sixth Sunday of Lent), the Sunday before Easter, the beginning of Holy Week, and remembers the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified. The day sets in motion the events leading to Jesus’ Atonement, Crucifixion, and Resurrection.
Palm Sunday honors the glorious entry of Jesus into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover (a Jewish spring celebration which recognizes the freedom of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery). The Christian holy books record the landing of Jesus riding into the city on a donkey, while the huge crowds spread their shrouds and palm branches on the city streets and yelled these words to respect him as their eagerly anticipated Savior and Lord:
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest!
Facebook Live Streaming with Fr Panagiotis
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The Parish of St. Paraskevi is committed to engaging with our Parishioners and wider community through this health crisis.
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Father Panagiotis will be hosting Q&A sessions during Holy Week.
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Saint Paraskevi Brisbane... Facebook Live Streaming with the Very Reverend Father Panagiotis! Join us for this special Easter and Holy Week interactive event. Q&A with Facebook posts!!
The Parish Council of St. Paraskevi are very proud of their President, Dr. Peter Marendy OAM, giving most of his life (60 years +) to the medical profession. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he is (again) on the frontline helping our community deal with this once-in-a-generation event. Well done Doc! Our love and prayers are with you in these challenging times!
Our Online Liturgical Programme for Holy Week. During these unprecedented times, the Parish of St. Paraskevi is finding new ways to engage with our Parishioners - watch this space! 😇
[04/02/20] Akathist Hymn service will be at 6pm Friday 3rd
[04/01/20] Church Service - The Great Kanon will start at 5:30pm today.
A message (both Greek and English) from the Ecumenical Patriarchate regarding COVID-19.
Με το Ανακοινωθέν της 18ης λήγοντος μηνός Μαρτίου, το Οικουμενικό Πατριαρχείο κοινοποίησε την απόφαση αναστολής όλων των εκκλησιαστικών τελετών και εκδηλώσεων στο κλίμα του, μέχρι το τέλος του μηνός, καθώς και την πρόθεσή του να επανέλθει στο θέμα, εφ᾿ όσον αυτό θα καθίστατο αναγκαίο από τις τρέχουσες εξελίξεις.
Ήδη, επειδή τα κρούσματα από τον ιο Covid-19 πολλαπλασιάζονται δραματικά σε όλο τον κόσμο, με πολλά θύματα, και επειδή, γι᾿ αυτό, συνεχίζεται -και δικαίως- η επιβολή αυστηρών περιοριστικών μέτρων σχεδόν σε όλες τις χώρες, η παραπάνω απαγορευτική απόφαση για το Ιερό Κέντρο του Φαναρίου και για τις Επαρχίες του Οικουμενικού Θρόνου ανά την υφήλιο αναγκαστικά θα εξακολουθεί να ισχύει μέχρι νεωτέρας, ανάλογα προς την πορεία της πανδημίας.
Η Μητέρα Εκκλησία της Κωνσταντινουπόλεως προσεύχεται και εύχεται να βρεθεί σύντομα το κατάλληλο αποτελεσματικό φάρμακο για την καταπολέμηση της νόσου, ώστε να ξεπερασθεί η μεγάλη αυτή κρίση και να αντιμετωπισθούν οι επιπτώσεις της στην κοινωνία και την οικονομία.
Εκ της Αρχιγραμματείας
της Αγίας και Ιεράς Συνόδου
In the bulletin of the 18th of March, the ecumenical patriarchate announced the decision to suspend all church funeral and events in its climate, until the end of the month, as well as its intention to return to the matter, Necessary by current developments.
Already, because the cases from the covid-19 virus are increasing dramatically around the world, with many victims, and because, in this case, it continues - and quite rightly - to impose strict restrictions on almost all countries, the above no decision For The Holy Center of fanari and for the provinces of the ecumenical throne around the globe it will still be valid until further notice, depending on the course of the pandemic.
The Mother Church of Constantinople is praying and wishes that the right effective medicine to combat the disease will be found soon, in order to overcome this great crisis and to address its impact on society and the economy.
Of the holy and holy synod
[03/30/20] Salutation Service and Small Compline Service starting 8pm tonight. Watch on our live stream.
To our beloved Parishioners, new restrictions have been placed on our Church in relation to Weddings and Funerals. Please visit www.health.gov.au for further information. Our church must comply with the direction provided by His Eminence Archbishop Makarios and in line the directions issued by our Government. Church’s remain closed and any Liturgy must be performed with ONLY the Very Reverend Father Panagiotis and one chanter. We are vehemently praying for a speedy resolution to this COVID19 pandemic.
We stream, live, all services from our page.
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[03/24/20] We will have Salutation service and Small Compline service in 5mins ...Live streaming from St Paraskevi Taigum....Lets all pray together....
Dear Parishioners, noting His Eminence’s encyclical regarding the temporary closure of all churches, the Parish of St. Paraskevi will live stream tonight (20 March) the 3rd Salutations to the Virgin Mary at 6:30pm via our page.
Please note, that due to the COVID19 pandemic, and for the well being of our parishioners and wider community, all our scheduled 2020 activities such as Palm Sunday lunch, Easter souvla, March 25 Day celebrations and pilgrimage to Constantinople have been cancelled.
Please refer below an important announcement by His Eminence Archbishop Makarios regarding our Church.
[03/18/20] To our beloved Parishioners, in particular, the elderly. In this time of crisis, should you - or any of your family members - require assistance from our Parish, please contact the Very Reverend Father Panagiotis Kapandritis on his mobile (0448 885 737) or the Church landline (07 3633 0210). Our Parish Council is ready and willing to help you in this time of need.
A written message from His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew regarding COVID19. Please read!
As this Coronavirus crisis continues to spread and intensify on a global scale, the Ecumenical Patriarchate is monitoring the situation with an urgent sense of responsibility towards its faithful and all people without exception, and, following the Communiqué of 11 March 2020, upon deliberation of its Hierarchs in the City, announces the following:
1) The Ecumenical Patriarchate emphatically reiterates its appeal to everyone to limit their outings and travels to what is necessary, remaining in their homes for their own safety and the protection of the general public.
2) It commends the spirit of self-sacrifice demonstrated by those working in the field of healthcare and expresses its gratitude for their extraordinary and exhaustive efforts to assist those in need, as well as for the danger they knowingly risk by coming in contact with those infected by Covid-19.
3) It underlines the need for everyone to follow the decisions and instructions of the responsible health authorities for the sake of the common good.
4) In light of decisions already taken by some eparchies of the Ecumenical Throne, today we universally declare our ecclesiastical resolution and mandate to cease all divine services, events, and rites, with the exception of private prayer in churches that will remain open, until the end of March. This restriction will be later reassessed, in accordance with the development of the pandemic caused by the virus.
5) All Patriarchal and Stavropegial Monasteries will continue to hold regular divine services for their monastic communities, but outside pilgrims and visitors will not be permitted entry.
6) In the same framework, the Patriarchal Offices at the Phanar will remain closed until further notice, while the Ecumenical Patriarch and clergy of the Patriarchal Court will perform the prescribed divine services and pray for the whole world and for its speedy relief from this trial.
From the Chief Secretariat of the Holy and Sacred Synod
Phanar, 18 March 2020
A video message from His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew regarding COVID19. Please watch!
VIDEO: MESSAGE OF HIS ALL-HOLINESS ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW REGARDING COVID-19
Brother hierarchs and beloved children in the Lord,
From the Phanar, from the heart of the Queen of Cities, from the City of the Great Church and of Haghia Sophia, we are communicating with each and every one of you – women, men, and children – because of the unprecedented conditions and tribulation that we are facing as a human race as a result of the global threat posed by the pandemic of the new coronavirus, called Covid-19.
The voice of the Church, of the Mother Church, cannot be silent in such times. Our words, then, take the form we have learned through the ages: through the liturgy and through instruction, with encouragement and consolation.
We sincerely thank all those who struggle with self-sacrifice, even neglecting themselves and their families, including:
- Medical and nursing professionals at the front lines, beside our brothers and sisters who are suffering,
- Researchers and scientists searching for proper medication and vaccination to deliver us from this virus, but also
- All those actively working hard to address this pandemic.
Your contribution is invaluable. It is an offering to all of society. It is a sacrifice that deserves every honor and gratitude. All of us thank you and applaud you, not only from the windows of our homes, but everywhere and at all times. Our thoughts and our prayers are with you.
In this struggle, our appointed states, governments and appropriate health authorities have the primary responsibility for planning, confronting and overcoming this crisis. We might describe them as Commanders on the battlefield against an invisible, but now well-known, enemy. An enemy that has turned against humanity.
The burden of the responsibility, that they bear on their shoulders, by necessity demands the cooperation of us all. Now is the time of personal and social responsibility.
Therefore, our dear children, we entreat you as your spiritual father to respond faithfully and patiently to all the difficult but necessary measures proposed by our health authorities and nations. Everything is being done for our protection, for our common good, in order to contain the spread of this virus. Our liberation from this distress depends entirely on our own cooperation.
Perhaps some of you have felt that these drastic measures undermine or harm our faith.
However, that which is at stake
is not our faith – it is the faithful.
It is not Christ – it is our Christians.
It is not the divine-man – but human beings.
Our faith is firmly established in the roots of our culture. Our faith is a living faith, and there is no exceptional circumstance that can limit or suppress it. What must be limited and suppressed in these extraordinary circumstances are gatherings and large congregations of people. Let us remain in our homes. Let us be careful and protect those around us. And there, from our homes, strengthened by the power of our spiritual unity, let each and every one of us pray for all humankind.
We will pass through this period like a journey through the desert to reach the Promised Land, where science, by the grace of God, will overcome this virus.
We are certain that, through our prayers as well, science will indeed prevail. So it is good for us to remain united in spirit, as we continue the struggle of repentance and holiness.
We see our neighbors suffering from the consequences of the virus, while others have already fallen and departed from among us. Our Church hopes and prays for the healing of the sick, for the souls of the departed, and for courage and strength to the families of the afflicted.
This trial, too, shall pass. The clouds will clear, and the Sun of Righteousness will eliminate the deadly effect of the virus. But our lives will have changed forever. This trial is an opportunity for us to change for the better. In the direction of establishing love and solidarity.
Beloved children in the Lord, may the blessing of the Lord, through the intercessions of the All-Holy Mother of God, accompany us in our journey, transform our voluntary isolation into genuine communion, and become our prayer and destination to appreciate the meaning of this, so that we may return to that which is true, to that which is pleasing to God!
Have courage! And may God be with us!
greekorthodox.org.au MAKARIOS by God’s mercy, Archbishop of the Most Holy Archdiocese of Australia, Primate and Exarch of All Oceania, to the God-loving Bishops, the gracious clergy and monastic brotherhoods, and to al…
Message from our Primate, Archbishop Makarios of Australia in relation to COVID19.
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