The faithful of Perth had the blessing, once again, to watch and experience the Divine Liturgy of St. James the Just, the first Bishop of Jerusalem.
On Saturday, October 23, with the blessing of Archbishop Makarios of Australia, the Divine Liturgy was officiated in the Holy Temple of St. Nektarios. Bishop Elpidios of Kyanea presided over the service, along with the clergy of Western Australia. The service was attended by a large number of believers from all over Perth.
In his sermon, Bishop Elpidios described the Divine Liturgy of St. James and reminded everyone that the basic essence of all Liturgies is the sanctification and transformation of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ and the Communion of believers.
It is noted that the Divine Liturgy of St. James the Just is celebrated twice a year: on October 23, which is the feast of the Saint, as well as on the first Sunday after Christmas.
The ancient Divine Liturgy of St. James allowed everyone to see how the faithful of early Christian times honored God and how the later Divine Liturgies of St. John Chrysostom and St. Basil the Great evolved.