Excursion to Troodos mountains

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Dear ESC members, 

Come and join us to the excursion that we'll be held on the 14th of October, departure time 10.40am from Agia Sophia temple, Strovolos. 

We will visit Trooditissa monastery, then we will head on to Platania pic nic place (there is a playground for children too) to have our lunch.  

Make sure you bring finger food to share.  Our last destination will be Agios Nikolaos monastery at Orounta,

hoping that we will arrive on time to participate in the verspers service too. 

We will drive our own cars in convoy.

If you are interested to participate,  please send a message to fr. Ioannis 99463030 or Gillian 99932761

stating your name and the number of people escorting you.  

Also state if you will be taking your own car or if you will need a ride.  

Hope to see you! 

Do we really need so many rituals in the Church?

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Compared to the contemporary worship of most Protestant churches and post-Vatican II Roman Catholic churches, the worship of the Orthodox Church seems overly-formal, complicated, and rigid in its rubrics. Why are there so many rituals in the Orthodox Church? Why isn’t there more spontaneity, creativity, and freedom of expression? Why is the Orthodox Sunday worship service—the Divine Liturgy—essentially the same week after week, every year, for more than fifteen-hundred years? Most Orthodox believers would respond, “Because it is our Tradition.” However, do you know why it is our Tradition and why rituals are so important to our Christian Faith?
 
The Need For Peace And Order
 
Actually, the Bible and the Church Fathers rarely use the word “ritual” or “rite” when describing Judaic or Christian religious ceremonial practices. The words more often used are “ordinances” and “observances.” These words are more descriptive of what should be going on. For many, “rites” are just a series of behaviors people customarily do without knowing its meaning—perhaps there was once a reason for the behavior, but now 

Our participation in the mystery of the Kingdom of God

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For many are called, but few are chosen’
The Gospel parable for the 14th Sunday of Matthew presents the mystery of the Kingdom of God and our attitude towards the saving challenge of the love of God.
 
A king invited friends and acquaintances to a wedding, but they didn’t respond to his invitation. They had many and varied excuses: lack of interest and the cares of life.
 
But God’s always inviting us into His communion, His body, His salvation. This invitation transcends place and time, in other words it’s eternal and general. Our response to God’s call isn’t an obligation, nor is it coercion or subjugation. It’s an expression of our love for God, submission in freedom to His holy will. It’s precisely this intention of ours that we express when we attend church.

"Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit"

Mathew 28:19