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St Nektarios Parish Newsletter 13-05-19

Dear all.

Gospel reading

Yesterday was dedicated to the Holy Myrrh Bearers (Mark 15:43 – 16:8). Fortuitously, it also coincided with the secular day dedicated to Mothers. So, this is a tribute to all mothers, both living and who have fallen asleep that dedicate and have dedicated their lives to their children – and make no mistake whether we are eight days old or 80 years old and have mothers we are always considered as “children” – something to fret and fuss over. Just as the heavens cover the earth so a mother’s love covers her child.

Mothers, we all have or have had them. When it comes to needing someone in our corner they are always there. Like the women, at the foot of the cross watching Christ breath his last they refused to leave their children’s side in their time of need. Unlike the male disciples who scattered like straw before the wind these women were immovable – bearing witness to the awful unfurling of events. Mothers are our emotional anchors.

Mothers, feel more, love deeper and the emotional  umbilical cord connecting us to them never breaks: “a voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud limitation. Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they were no more.” (Matthew 2:18). Where, in the Bible is such emotional desolation ascribed to a man? No human male can love like this.

Mothers, we need to cherish and celebrate them. So how should we do this? Should we not remember them every day? Should we follow the ways of this world and cherish them only once a year? I think there is only one way to pay homage to mothers. That is to tell them thank you. That is to tell them you love them every day. After all, you do not know how long you will have them for.

The best place to celebrate mothers is in church. Under the watchful eye of the Mother of God that presides over the apses of our church we should pay them homage and respect by praising God for blessing us with our mothers and praying that he allow them to stay with us a little longer as a guard and guide for us to safe haven. May God look after mothers everywhere.

Around our church

This week’s programme on six EBA FM (95.3 on the FM dial) is dedicated to mothers and to women and their role in the church. The program can be heard from 5 PM to 6 PM tomorrow evening (Tuesday).

The adult Bible group meets Tuesday 6:45 – 7:30 PM in the subject commenced last week continues (reflection on Easter).

On Saturday at 9 AM divine liturgy in English.

Thought of the week

The bond between a mother and child is based on love that never ends. A mother would gladly give her life for her child. A mothers providence is without measure. Now isn’t that just exactly how Christ loves you and me?.

Till next time.

In Christ.

Father John Athanasiou 0411 061 554

PS: Attached hereto please find flyer from the West Australian modern Greek language teachers Association Inc which is self-explanatory.