Tuesday, February 22, 2011

News from our Holy Archdiocese:The Episcopal Ordination of His Grace Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis

DSCF1390 On Sunday the 20th of February 2011 the ordination to the Episcopate of Bishop-elect Iakovos of Miletoupolis was held in the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation of our Lady Theotokos, Redfern NSW. It was a historic day as His Grace Bishop Iakovos is the first Australian born person to be consecrated a bishop.

The ordination of His Grace Bishop Iakovos was the epitome of a weekend which celebrated the 25 year Anniversary of St Andrew’s184175_185503028155357_100000869821552_416267_623302_n Theological College in Sydney of which His Grace is a graduate of. The ordination was presided over by His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia along with the co-consecrating hierarchs, their Graces: Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis, Bishop Seraphim of Apolonias and Bishop Nikandros of Dorylaeon and the assistance of six priests and two deacons.

His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos with great emotion and paternal love spoke about his spiritual child Iakovos and emphasised that he is an above-worthy(υπέρ άξιος) candidate for the high office of a Hierarch. His Eminence also thanked the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, for their reciprocation to his request in not only electing Fr Iakovos to the rank of a bishop, but also for giving Fr Iakovos the title of “Bishop of Miletoupolis” that he himself was ordained to and carried, prior to his election to the position of the Archbishop of Australia.

In attendance were many clergy, laity and distinguished guests who had travelled from all over Australia. In particular many faithful made their way from Melbourne and more specifically from the Community and Parish of Oakleigh were Bishop Iakovos had served as a parish priest. It was an immensely spiritually uplifting and emotional day which was filled with the Grace and presence of the Holy Spirit. This was felt throughout the whole service which was harmoniously and superbly adorned by the chanting of hymns from the great Feast day of Pentecost, by the 26 person choir which was formed by chanters from all over Australia. The spiritually awe-inspiring and moving moment came when all present knelt as the consecrating prayers and petitions were read by the co-consecrating hierarchs, followed by the chanted replies of the thrice Kyrie Eleison. DSCF1396This was a memorable moment where heartfelt prayer and the descent and presence of the Holy Spirit united all. Reverberating in every ones soul were the words of the Kontakion which was panegyrically chanted by the hierarchs and clergy shortly before the Trisagion hymn “...When He dispensed the tongues of fire, He called all to unity, and with one voice we glorify the Most Holy Spirit.” This feeling was of course sealed by the emphatic cry of Axios by both clergy and laity, as His Grace the newly ordained Bishop of Miletoupolis was vested in hierarchical vestments by His Eminence and their Graces.

It was truly a day of Light and illumination for everyone. The feeling of many who were present both in body and spirit was indescribable. Yet one thing was clear that everything seemed bright. Perhaps the only way to express what was felt was only by affirming that “The Father is Light; the Word is Light; and the Holy Spirit is Light, Who was sent to the Apostles in the form of fiery tongues; and thus through Him all creation is illumined and guided to worship the Holy Trinity.” (2nd Exapostelarion of Holy Pentecost) 

We take this opportunity to congratulate the newly ordained Bishop of Miletoupolis Iakovos. We wish him Eis Polla Eti Despota and affirm that he is thrice Axios. May our Holy Consubstantial and Life-giving Trinity through the intercessions of the Theotokos, St John the Baptist, St Iakovos the Brother of our Lord, Sts Anargyroi and all the Saints preserve and strengthen His Grace Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis in his new ministry.


Michael Psaromatis

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Norwood Greek Festival – Media Release

The Greek Orthodox Community and Parish of Prophet Elias, Norwood and Eastern Suburbs is to hold a Greek Cultural Festival on Saturday 26 February 2011 on its grounds situated at 87 Beulah Road, Norwood, commencing at 5:30pm and concluding at 10:30pm.

paniyiri dlThis Community event aims to build upon the links that the Community and Parish has formed as part of the local community for over fifty years. It will also bring to fruition the dream of former Premier and Member for Norwood, Don Dunstan QC. At the establishment of the Community and Parish in 1959, Mr Dunstan in his speech stated that the Greek people were part of multicultural Norwood and he looked forward to the day when a “Panegyri” would be held in Norwood which promoted Greek culture through faith, music, song, dance and food and which would at the same time enhance our identity as Australians.

The aim of the festival or panegyri is to share with the Norwood and Eastern Suburbs Community as a whole the traditional Greek hospitality in a family atmosphere. Apart from traditional Greek food and sweets being available, those in attendance will also be able to dance the “zorba” to the beat of the live music of the “Band Zorba” as well as witnessing dance demonstrations by dance groups from various regions of Greece.

The Church’s doors will also be open and an opportunity given to inspect and view the splendid Byzantine art and decor. Also the Australian Hellenic Museum (SA) situated within the Community Centre will be open for viewing. This is the only museum of its kind in South Australia.

This will be a family festival and children’s activities will be provided including a jumping castle and face painting.

The official opening of the festival will take place at 6:30pm. Guests invited to be in attendance include His Grace Bishop Nikandros of Dorylaeon representing the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church and Archdiocese of Australia; the Lieutenant-Governor His Excellency Mr Hieu Van Le; the Premier of SA, Hon Mike Rann MP; Minister for Correctional Services Hon Tom Koutsantonis MP; Minister for Multicultural Affairs Hon Grace Portolesi MP; Consul-General for Greece, Hon. Christos Maniakis-Grivas; Federal Member for Adleiade Hon. Kate Ellis MP; Federal Member for Hindmarsh Hon. Steve Georganas MP; Federal Member for Sturt Hon Christopher Pyne MP; State Memmber for Norwood Mr Stephen Marshall MP; His Worship the Mayor of Norwood Payneham and St Peters, Mr Robert Bria. In addition to these a number of other gueswts have also been invited.

Entry into the Festival will be free. There will, however, be donation tins available at two locations for anybody in attendance desiring to voluntarily donate a gold coin of which such collection will go totally towards the Queensland Flood Appeal.

This inaugural Panegyri promises to provide much fun and entertainment and is there for the Community as a whole to enjoy.

Any queries or information can be obtained from Mr Andrew Psaromatis by email: atmatis@lycos.com or by mob:0412113394.