The Archbishop of Australia consecrates the Katholikon of the Holy Monastery of Saint John in Perth

On Saturday October 1, 2022, with great splendor, the consecration of the Katholikon of the Holy Monastery of Saint John of the Mountain, Perth, Western Australia, was conducted by His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia and their Graces the Bishop Emilianos of Meloa and Bishop Elpidios of Kyanea, Archbishop’s Vicar of Perth.

At the end of the sacred service of consecration and the divine liturgy that followed, the Archbishop referred to the symbolism of consecration and called on the congregation to renew the promise of dedication we have as Orthodox Christians to God. . In particular, he emphasized during his sermon:

“When we dedicate a church, it’s like doing a baptism. And this service of consecration therefore challenges us, that of being reborn spiritually and renewing our baptismal promise. That is, to remain faithful to the teachings and traditions of our Orthodox Church.

Subsequently, His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia emphasized that the consecration of the Church is an invitation to live a spiritual life, that is, to live the life of the Church. “Entering the church does not only mean that I enter the building. It primarily and principally means that I enter into the spirit and experience of the Church. And what does it mean that I live the experience of the Church? First, that I love Christ more than anything else in this world.

Second, that I have a spiritual father. That I confess and that I obey. That I am not independent. Third, that I often participate in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Fourth, that I pray and, fifth and most important, that I do not accuse or judge others.

All of us who go to Church find rest because we have a spiritual father, we often participate in Holy Communion, we go to confession, we sometimes say a prayer, but we forget that if we criticize, we do not live spiritually. And, unfortunately, people of the Church have this tendency to criticize”, he underlined.

At the end of his homily, His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia referred to all who contributed to the establishment of the Holy Monastery, primarily commemorating Archbishops Ezekiel and Stylianos of blessed memory, for their vision to establish this spiritual center in Western Australia and for their contribution to the achievement of this objective. Then he thanked His Grace Bishop Emilianos de Meloa, the first abbot of the monastery, his successor, the Archimandrite of the Ecumenical Throne, the Very Reverend Father Ieronymos, also Fr. Georgios Litas, who took care of the construction of the Holy Church, as well as the families of the main donors: Stavros and Evangelia Kakoulas, Michael and Despo Kakoulas, Irakli and Katina Kakoulas, Nicholas and Anastasia Kakoulas, George and Evangelia Kailis, Michael and Sophia Kailis and George and Athanasia Kailis.

Finally, His Eminence presented letters of benevolence to the donors of the Monastery, as well as commemorative gifts from the consecration service. After the end of the consecration and the Divine Liturgy, a festive table was offered to all the pilgrims.

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