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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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Zagorochoria

By OPA Editor, on 17 April, 2012

Zagorochoria The Stone Villages by Rania Margari The name “Zagori” derives from the Slavic phrase “za-gora” which means the place behind the mountains; also known as Zagorochoria, this is a complex system of 46 villages right in the heart of Pindos Mountains, in Epirus, with unique natural, his...

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Welcome to the ZOUGLA

By OPA Editor, on 04 March, 2012

Welcome to the ZOUGLA.gr In the jungle of Greek life, with great global changes, an electronic newspaper brings the future of news coverage to the computer of each citizen. Each economically and psychologically overloaded Greek citizen, who longs for an “oasis” of free, independent and continuous information from journalists who a...

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The Practice of Fasting in ...

by Fr Kyril , on 28 February, 2012

The Practice of Fasting in the Orthodox Church According to St Basil the Great, Adam, the first-created man, loving God of his own free will, dwelt in the heavenly blessedness of communion with God, in the angelic state of prayer and fasting. The cause of this first man's fall was his free will; by an act of disobedience he violated the v...

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Great Lent and Pascha

by Fr Kyril , on 21 February, 2012

Great Lent and Pascha The Forty Days of Great Lent commemorates Israel's forty years of wandering in the Wilderness the forty years of painful struggle as Israel longed for and then received entrance into the Promised Land (Exodus 16: 35) Moses remained fasting on Mount Sinai for forty days (Exodus 34: 28) and the Prophet Elijah (Elias) ...

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Preparing for Great Lent 2

by Fr Kyril , on 13 February, 2012

Preparing for Great Lent 2 We usually think of this preparatory time as the period of Great Lent, but in fact it begins three weeks earlier with the Sundays of the Tax-Collector and Pharisee, the Prodigal Son and the Last Judgment. Since we are not fasting yet, we tend to pay less attention to these preparatory Sundays than we do to the Sunda...

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Preparing for Great Lent 1

by Fr Kyril , on 08 February, 2012

Preparing for Great Lent 1 Cheesefare Week (Monday after the Sunday of the Last Judgment to Forgiveness Sunday) is when we give up meat, but still have dairy products. Then at the end of the third preparatory week there is Cheesefare Sunday. This is the final day before the beginning of Great Lent which begins Sunday evening. This is when we ...

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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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Tis the Season to Forgive A...

by Alexander , on 25 December, 2011

It's that time of year again; time to free ourselves from the shackles of the ego and extend beyond ourselves. Following so soon the Thanksgiving holiday that ideally should remind us to be thankful and count our blessings, we now are experiencing another special time that gives us reason to turn our attention to others. With everything that ha...

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Smile Its all White

By OPA Editor, on 18 December, 2011

Smile Its all White Practice principal at Melbourne Dentist, Dr David Treherne graduated in Dental Science from Melbourne University in 1987. David is committed to the continuous advancement of his skills – the goal is to ensure patients of the practice receive the highest quality dental care available anywhere. With a relaxed and fr...

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