Church

By on 10/09/2017

Greek Orthodox Church of The Holy Trinity

106 Western Springs Road, Mt Albert.

Parish Priest – Fr. Paul (Pavlos) Patitsas: 09 845  2141

The church is open every Sunday from 8:30am for the Orthros Service. The Divine Liturgy begins at 10:00am.

All welcome!

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CHURCH PROGRAMME

Thursday, 5 January 2012, 9.00am:   Lesser Sanctification of the Water

Friday, 6 January 2012, 9:00 am:  The Great Sanctification of the Water (Theophany)

Serving as Altar Boys

Boys of age 8 years and older are welcomed and encouraged to serve in the altar.  Those who serve are required to be present from the beginning of the Divine Liturgy at 10.00am.  All boys should receive a blessing from the priest before vesting in their robes.

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RECENT NEWS

I hope that you have had a wonderful transition from 2011 to 2012.  Our community was very blessed to begin the New Year with the presence, prayers and blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Amfilochios.  We celebrated the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great on the saint’s Feast Day (January 1st)  with two serving priests, three chanters, our full church and our Archbishop.  It was very lovely.  Additionally, His Eminence bestowed on me two ofikia that of Protopresbyter and that of Confessor. (an ofikion is a title that indicates increased responsibility as well as additional authority)  I am grateful to His Eminence for bestowing these graces upon me and I am very humbled to receive them.

The first ofikion recognizes my nearly twenty years of serving the Holy Priesthood and calls on me to live in such a way as to be an example to other priest in the Auckland area.  His Eminence further acknowledged the support I have from my Presvytera Katerina who has helped me to live in a careful, sober and joyful way these many years.

The second ofikion that His Eminence bestowed on me asked of God to give me the grace to hear confessions, and to communicate to those who confess, the forgiveness of God.  This second ofikion is certainly more important to you my parishioners because it lets you know that you can come with confidence to your priest to share the pain of the sins you may carry and to know that, although I am an unworthy servant, God will hear my humble voice, by the grace of His own loving kindness and deliver you from the pains and sorrows of your heart and to lead you back to a relationship of joy with both God and man.  Please know that every priest makes his confession, none of us is without sin.  Christ, however, is without sin.  His grace will heal you.

Fr Paul Patitsas                                                                                                                                                                                                       Sacred Naos of Holy Trinity, Auckland

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LETTERS to THEOPHILOS

This section is addressed to providing answers to questions raised by our parishioners.

1.  Fasting

The Holy Orthodox Church trains us to fast before the Great Feasts of the Church Year.  These comprise four Fasting periods, primarily:  We fast before Christmas(25 Dec), before Holy Week and Pascha, we fast before the Feast Day of Sts. Peter and Paul (June 29) and we Fast before the death of the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary (15 Aug).  There are other days that are fasting days as well these include the death of St. John the Baptist (29 Aug) and Feast of the Precious Cross in September (14).  We also keep fast, due to the overlap of feasts, during the feast of the Annunciation (25 March – the beginning of the incarnation of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ) which falls during the Great Fast which proceeds Holy Week.  Holy Week is itself a fast period that concludes when we receive the Easter Egg From the Priest at the Feast of Pascha.

All fasting days are not equal.  The Christmas fast is a fast from meat and dairy from 15 November till 12 December on the 12th it becomes a strict fast from meat, dairy, fish, wine (or alcohol) and oil.  The oil abstinence is sometimes the hardest, I have found, and the church applies the most leniency here.  Additionally, we try to also eat less when we are fasting and the money we might save on food we are meant to direct toward the feeding of the poor and hungry.

Of course, not everyone fasts at the same level of faithfulness or intensity.  We are, therefore, encouraged to consult our spiritual father, to follow his example and to listen if he should tell us to fast less strictly for any reason.  Fasting is not meant to deprive us of good health but rather to remind us that our flesh is mortal, but the soul is immortal.  The feast days and their significance receive the more focused gaze of our intellect and of our spirit when we fast.

Fasting from food, however, should always be accompanied by sobriety of action.  When fasting we do not indulge our flesh, we guard our eyes and keep watch over our tongue.  We try to see our bodies as Christ sees our bodies, as temples of the Holy Spirit.  We fast to make room for Him, to hunger for Him and to live for Him.

Fr Paul Patitsas

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