submitted by Sydney Magazine on 28.02.2013
Framed - words and photography by Mick Tsikas
Issue No 118 , March 2013, p 15
The place Saint Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church, Burwood
The date Apri112, 2012 The time 10.30pm
I spent the whole Easter week last year at the Saint Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church in Burwood. It's an old, sandstone, former Methodist church, and the icons painted on the walls are amazing.
"This shot was taken at the evening service on Holy Thursday, or Great Thursday, when they celebrate the crucifiction. The priest took the cross, led a procession around the inside of the church and put the cross near the altar. Then the congregation went up, knelt down, crossed themselves and kissed the crucifix. In the Orthodox tradition Easter is the big one, the grand final week for the devout.
"I was baptised Greek Orthodox, but I'm lapsed now. Mum dragged me along as a kid but because the priests all chanted in Byzantine Greek, I didn't understand a thing. They've changed it a little these days, with Greek-Australian priests who repeat the Byzantine Greek in English.
"The oldies are the ones who really hold it together: they go every day during Easter week, three times a day, for two- or three-hour services. Burwood's quite a small church and at midnight on Easter Saturday there would have been about 3000 people spilling out on to the street, singing. It's very moving."
submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 26.03.2013
some prominent brisbanites with the bishop and mayor of kythera after the service at agia paraskevi ...
the icon of agios necktarios is paraded around the grounds of agia paraskevi brisbane on the 11th november 2012 , by the major of kythera , theodore koukoulis , with the bishop and father petros ...
the large crowd in attendace at agia paraskevi brisbane wait to take the antitheron by the bishop of kythera after the service, with father petros from agios theodoros looking on ... what alovely day it was today also it was to celebrtare agios necktarios.. well done to all who came to agia paraskavi to be with the kytherian special guests ...
mayor koukoulis admires the spectacular paintings on the dome of saint george brisbane..
the mayor of kythera theodore koukoulis [left ] and mr. peter vamviakaris of brisbane have a perfect view of the wedding performed by the bishop of kythera on saturday 10th november 2012 as part of the brisbane leg of the australian tour by our special visitors ...
as part of the bishops vist to brisbane his eminence and father petros officate at this kytherian wedding at st. george church
the wedding performed by the bishop of kythera as all the groomsmen look on and be part of a beautiful day ..
a blessed brisbane couple married by father petros and the bishop of kythera at a lovely service on saturday 10th november 2012... at st. george church brisbane ...
his Eminence metropolitian seraphim of kythera and father petros of kythera with father anastios and father dimitri of brisbanes st. george church officate at a kytherian wedding as part of the brisbane leg of his eminences visit to australia.. NA ZISERTER !!!
submitted by Peter Makarthis on 25.04.2016
The Greek Orthodox Church, Agios Dimitrios, Cnr Upper and North Streets Tamworth NSW Australia.
submitted by Spyro Calocerinos on 25.04.2016
Photo provided by Emmanuel Casimatis past President of Sydney Kytherian Brothrhood.
In the photo,the late Father Efthimios from Agia Moni, blessing Kythera House 1974
submitted by Peter Tsicalas on 25.04.2016
On Friday 13Oct1995 Fr Elias G. Politakis, Rector of St Anna’s Church on the Gold Coast, donated a set of Vestments to the Richmond River Historical Society, which are now housed in a display cabinet in the society’s museum.
They were presented to …commemorate the 20th anniversary of the enthronement of His Eminence, our Archbishop Stylianos, as the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of Australia, and to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia.
The vestments are Sacred, they are old, they are historic, they have served a lot of people in different states, in different countries, in many situations.
The fabric originates from Jerusalem ( and sewn in Greece), where they started their long journey. They were used for the ordination of two priests in Australia, the pioneer and my father, and one in New Zealand, where I was ordained to the priesthood.
These Liturgical Vestments have seen service in Sydney, in Gippsland Victoria, in the Riverland of South Australia, in Adelaide, in Auckland New Zealand, and on the Gold Coast.
Their final resting place will be the Richmond River Historical Society in Lismore, to remind us all of the many blessings God has given us in this wonderful and hospitable land of ours, Australia, and to further strengthen the links with our fellow Australian and Greek Orthodox Pioneers of this region …. So reads the notice stuck on the inside of the cabinet.
Lismore’s becoming a heathen place, so somebody needs to check that the vestments are still there in 100 years.
[The heyday of the Greek Orthodox Community of the Richmond-Tweed region was the 1950s and 60s when the banana industry was riding high and the cafes never had vacant seats. The community peaked at about 600 adherents around 1960 and thereafter declined, although even in the 1970s the region still boasted three times the number of faithful as the hedonistic Gold Coast. Today the community is a shadow of its former self, with one of the resident priests from the Coast regularly visiting to administer to the remaining ageing flock, who are rounded up by the God-fearing Harry Eric Crethar of Lismore, under the restraining touch of his lovely wife Maria. The younger set has reverted to paganism and worships the nubile Aphrodites and Adonises of Byron Bay.]
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