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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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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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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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Holy Protection

by Fr Kyril , on 29 September, 2011

According to the Holy Tradition of the Orthodox Church, on Sunday 1 st October, during the All-Night Vigil service, when the Blachernae church was filled with people, St Andrew (known as the Fool-for-Christ and commemorated on 2 nd October), lifted his eyes towards the heavens and saw the Theotokos surrounded by heavenly light and accompanied by ...

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Happy New Year

by Fr Kyril , on 31 August, 2011

The Orthodox Church celebrates the beginning of the new Church or Ecclesiastical Year on 1 st September. The Orthodox Church also commemorates this day, asking God for good weather, seasonable rains, and an abundance of the fruits of the earth. The Orthodox Church has always celebrated the beginning of the New Year on 1 st September. This...

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Easter Passion

By OPA Editor, on 09 July, 2011

On Easter Saturday nightwe went to Midnight mass near our house. St George’sis set among pinetreeson a hillock and lookslike a simple island church,with its shadycourtyard, freshly white washedwalls andsimple, domed roof. Our daughters, Laraand Anna, met up with some friends fromschool and ran off to play. Everyone heldtall, white candle...

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The Lenten Journey

By OPA Editor, on 26 June, 2011

The Lenten Journey By Fr Kyril of the Holy Ascension Orthodox Mission Centre, Melbourne. With Great Lent almost over and the Orthodox Church celebrating Holy Pascha, we asked Fr Kyril to give us a rundown of what it all means, why it occurs and what the Church requires of us as members of the Holy Orthodox faith. The symbolic Su...

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