Lent, a very special period of the Church calendar, has begun. Lent is a time of self-reflection, repentance, a time where we analyse ourselves deeply and discover where we have sinned, not blaming others. It is a time where we should try and arrange Confession before a priest. Lent is a time where we become extra-aware that Christ suffered for us, and instead of us. It is a time where we fast, from meat, dairy, fish, a time of abstinence, during Lent we try and reduce the time we spend on things that do not have eternal value. During Lent we are called upon to intensify our Prayer, and as you will see the "March 2014 Church services" link, during Lent our Church has a lot more services, which are there to help us in our spiritual struggle.
Tuesday evening Bible study classes continue during Lent, every Tuesday, and will occur after the Compline service, so from about 7.40pm, and we will continue to finish at 8.30pm.
Greek National Day celebrations will consist firstly of a flag raising ceremony hosted by the mayor of Parramatta, this will be held on Saturday 22nd March, 10am till midday, at the Church St mall at Parramatta city council. Our children will dance at the ceremony. The next day, Sunday 23rd March, after our Liturgy there will be a doxology in our Church, and then the children of our Greek School will be bussed to Martin Place. The bus will leave our Church at 12.15pm. At Martin Place, from 1.30pm, there will be a Trisagio service, and then the children will march to the Domain where there will be speeches from our Archbishop and politicians, and Greek National dancing. It is expected that our bus will leave around 4pm, the bus will leave from College St at St Mary’s Cathedral
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