On the Sixth Sunday of Matthew, Bishop Elpidios of Kyanea officiated at the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at the Holy Monastery of Saint John in Forrestfield, WA.
The service took place in the monastery’s Katholikon (main church) dedicated to the Nativity of St John the Baptist.
In his sermon, Bishop Elpidios outlined the Gospel pericope drawing everyone’s attention to the words of Christ towards the Scribes, “Why do you think evil in your hearts”. The Bishop reminded all that these fearsome words prove the divinity of Jesus Christ and as God, He not only knows what is hidden in our hearts but also everything in great detail that is occurring now and in the most distant future. Therefore it is impossible to hide from the omniscient and all-powerful God.
At the conclusion of the service, Bishop Elpidios presented the Abbot of the Holy Monastery, Archimandrite Makarios Souris, a mini photo album of his recent ordinations that were conducted by Archbishop Makarios of Australia during His recent visit to Perth. The album also includes the two sermons delivered by Bishop Elpidios at each ordination towards the newly ordained Abbot.
Finally, Bishop Elpidios reminded the faithful that on this day the Church also celebrates the feast day of Saint Athinagoras the Apologist and for this reason, the Archdiocesan District of Perth would like to wish Archdeacon Athinagoras Karakonstantakis many years of good health and strength to continue in serving the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia.