On Bright Monday, April 25, the day when our Church honours the memory of Saint George the Great Martyr the Trophy Bearer, the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint George celebrated in Rose Bay, Sydney.
The festive paschal Divine Liturgy was presided over by His Grace Bishop Christodoulos of Magnesia supported by Father Gerasimos Koutsouras, Dean of the Church, Father Anastasios Bozikis, Father Anastasios Kalogerakis and Deacon Father Meliton Heridemos.
It is noted that the day had a triple festive character, The Rose Bay Church, in addition to its Patron Saint, also honoured the fallen ANZAC’s, on the occasion of the National Day in Australia honouring their memory, and celebrated the 60th anniversary of the completion of the construction of the Holy Church (in April 1962 the first Divine Liturgy was performed by Very Rev. Father Miltiadis Chrysavgis).
His Grace Bishop Christodoulos of Magnesia, in his short homily to the congregation, described the great love that Saint George had for Christ, which made him ignore the immaturity of his age and the positions he held, and to be sacrificed for the glory of God. He followed in the footsteps of the Lord, as he pointed out, who ascended the Cross and sacrificed himself out of love for the human race, to free all of creation from the bonds of sin and death. He therefore urged the faithful to learn from the example of the Patron Saint of their Church and his sacrificial love to guide their own lives.
Finally, His Grace Bishop Christodoulos conveyed the prayers and blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia, while also wishing for everyone to always have in them the joy of the Resurrection.
“Because if we have the joy of the Resurrection inside us”, he noted in closing, “Then our whole course in this life will be a happy course and will direct our steps to the Kingdom of God.”