On November 15th every year, we begin the 40-day fixed Nativity Fast, concluding on the December 24th, which is the 4th major feast of the new calendar year. As one of the four main fast periods throughout the ecclesiastical year, the Nativity Fast gives individuals the opportunity to prepare for the Feast of the Divine Incarnation and Nativity of Our Lord and Saviour in the Flesh on December 25. With special preparatory days announcing the approaching birth of the Saviour. Such as on Saint Andrew’s Day (November 30) and Saint Nicholas Day (December 6) songs are sung to announce the [...]
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On Saturday the 17th of September 2022, the Parish of St. Mary, Mays Hill held their annual parish party (hafleh) on the church grounds. This was the first parish party held since 2019, and it was a welcomed breath of fresh air . From dancing under the moonlight, to lighting barbecues, and jumping castles, all ages alike were involved in celebrating our church of the Nativity of the Theotokos. We would like to thank our parish priests, Fr. George and Fr. John, as well as parish council members, youth members, and all involved in helping, donating and attending on the [...]
The Exaltation of the Cross is celebrated on the 14th of September, and is one of the 12 major feasts within the Church Calendar, and is the 2nd feast we celebrate in our new liturgical year. The Exaltation, or Elevation of the Cross refers to the revelation and discovery of three crosses by St Helen in the year 326AD. St Helen was led to the true cross by finding a rare, beautiful and fragrant flower known as ‘Vasiliko’ (Basil), meaning the flower of royalty. The crosses laid underneath the flower, and was very important in the discovery of the [...]
On the 7th of September 2022, the Parish of St. Mary, Mays Hill were joined by His Eminence, Metropolitan Basilios, along with clergy from most parishes to celebrate the Nativity of the Theotokos with a Vespers Service. The Nativity (occurring on the 8th of September) is the first major feast of our church, with the church new year beginning on the 1st of September, which celebrates the birth of The Theotokos. After the service, we all gathered in the hall to enjoy the delicious sweets, made by our Ladies Auxiliary. We would like to thank our parish priests, Fr. George [...]
في الأحد الخامس من العنصرة وبعد القداس الإلهي الذي ترأسه صاحب السيادة المتروبوليت باسيليوس قدسية الجزيل الاحترام والوقار تم تكريم أعضاء جمعية الكنيسة الذين عملو على مدى ٤٠ عاما في هول الكنيسة ببركة صاحب السيادة المتروبوليت باسيليوس. وبحضور كاهني الرعية وأبناء الرعية الافاضل .وتم شكر الجميع على عملهم وقدمت ايقونة وشهادة تقدير لكل منهم . اللهم بارك الجميع وبارك هذه الرعية امين On the 5th Sunday after Pentecost, 17th of July 2022 after Divine Liturgy, His Eminence Metropolitan Basilios, along with Father George, Father John, and Deacon Theophan thanked the retiring members of the Parish Council at St Mary, Mays [...]
يوم الاثنين ١١ تموز ٢٠٢٢ أعضاء من كنيسة السيدة ميريلاندز قامو باطعام الأشخاص الذين من دون مأوى في مارتن بليس سيدني ،العذراء مريم تحمي الجميع On Monday the 11th of July 2022, members of the parish of Saint Mary, Antiochian Orthodox Church, Mays Hill, in conjunction with St Raphael's Mission (SRM) came together to feed and socialise with those in need. It was a truly humbling experience, one which all should look to support or participate in the coming months. If you would like to get involved, please reach out to SRM directly on 0404 323 868, or speak to [...]
السبت٢ تموز رعية كنيسة السيدة العذراء ميريلاندز اجتمعو معا في رحلتهم البحرية في سدني هاربر !! بالرغم من الطقس الممطر والبرد الشديد كانت ليلة رائعة مليئةرقص، فرح، أغاني مناظر جميلة مزينة باطيب الاحباب On Saturday the 2nd of July, the Parish of St Mary, Mays Hill gathered together on their annual cruise in Sydney Harbour! Despite the rainy weather and extreme cold, it was a wonderful night full of dancing, joy, beautiful scenery and songs decorated with the all our loved ones. Enjoy some of the pictures taken below. [...]
"The Fast of the Apostles is justly established in their honour, for through them we have received numerous benefits and for us they are exemplars and teachers of the fast …" St. Symeon of Thessalonica On the Apostles Fast - As Orthodox faithful, today we begin the Apostles' Fast which is one of the four main fasting periods during our church year. The movable fast begins on the second Monday after Pentecost and concludes on the fixed Feast of Saints Peter and Paul on June the 29th, so the length of this fast varies from year to year depending on the date of [...]
"I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life (John 8:12)" Holy Pentecost, the birthday of the church, is one of the greatest feasts of the church. It occurs 50 days after Pascha, on the 8th Sunday (Pentecost means 50 in Greek). Pentecost celebrates the establishment of the Church with the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. They begin to speak in tongues, and go on to teach the nations and baptize them in the name of the Holy Trinity. The feast [...]
8th of June 2022 - Pizza, heart break and passion...not in that order necessarily.Despite a loss for the Blues, SMMH had a great night of laughter and fellowship. A big thank you to Fr George and the Ladies Committee for making such a blessed tasty feast. Please view some highlights from the night below.