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Welcome to Orthodox Fellowship @ Abu Sefein Coptic Orthodox Church in Rhodes, Sydney. The Fellowship is a collection of English meetings and ministries aimed at the edification of all those involved. Our aim is to strive for Orthodox fellowship and unity. Orthodoxy is not merely a religion, but who we are, what we think and our very mode of existence. Primarily, this site is to help communicate and promote the Orthodox way of life with the English speakers of our Parish.
So if you want to come along and share in our fellowship visit us at Saint Mary and Saint Merkorious (Abu Sefein) Coptic Orthodox Church, Rhodes.
If you would like to add anything to this site or any suggestions, please notify us.
The Fast of St Mary has begun. Blessed Fast
The Feast of Transfiguration is on 19 August. Blessed Feast to all
We will be celebrating the Feast of the Annunciation on Wednesday 21 August, at 7pm in the English Church
The youth will be cleaning the Church on 25 August. Please speak to Sarah for more details
Male and Female retreat will be on 6-8 September. Speak to Monica N for more details
Yr 12 weekend away will be on 15-17 November. Speak to Lydia for more details
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Our English services
Weekly Saying from the Fathers
Whatever the soul may think fit to do itself, whatever care and pains it may take, relying only upon its own power, and thinking to be able to effect a perfect success by itself, without the co-operation of the Spirit, it is greatly mistaken. It is of no use for the heavenly places; it is of no use for the kingdom - that soul, which supposes that it can achieve perfect purity of itself, and by itself alone, without the Spirit. Unless the man who is under the influence of the passions will come to God, denying the world, and will believe with patience and hope to receive a good thing foreign to his own nature, namely the power of the Holy Spirit, and unless the Lord shall drop upon the soul from on high the life of the Godhead, such a man will never experience true life, will never recover from the drunkenness of materialism; the enlightenment of the Spirit will never shine in that benighted soul, or kindle in it a holy daytime; it will never awake out of that deepest sleep of ignorance, and so come to know God of a truth through God's power and the efficacy of grace.
- St Macarius the Great
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Saint Athanasius the Great
Cyril of Alexandria
St John Chrysostom
Saint Gregory of Nazianzus
St Gregory of Nazianzus
St Basil the Great
St Basil the Great
edited by Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain and revised by Theophan the Recluse
Father Matthew the Poor