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Participating in the holy liturgy, we have to develop THE FIRST the consciousness of belonging to ENGLISH the people of God

(cf. 1 Peter 2:9). We cannot get properly CATECHESIS involved in the sacred action – (19 June) actually this is the meaning of Rev. Dr. Doru Costache our presence during the service – if we don’t accept that primarily we are coming for gathering with the others, with those sharing the In order to serve the first same faith and hope. Our Orthodox liturgy in English in individuality is simultaneously our church, it was necessary to affirmed, for the prayer is give to the participants some mentioning everyone by name, insight into the meaning of the service. It was the reason for an and transcended, for we are coming for expressing a new English catechesis was reality, our communion as the organised. Below are summarised the main people of God. The feeling of lines of the liturgical catechesis. belonging involves obviously a psychological aspect: we are not alone; we are together with our The term Church derives 1 from the Greek term Ecclesia, brothers and sisters in Christ. which means “the gathering of There is no real solitude but of those refusing the communion those called/elected.” The term liturgy derives from the ancient with the Church. Greek (leitourgeia), meaning “public service,” an activity 3 The liturgy has three main parts. involving the community and The first (performed by the priest organised in the benefit of the alone) is dedicated to the community. The term has to be preparation of the gifts of bred associated with the reality of a concrete community. Actually, as and wine mixed with water, which will be offered to God our emphasised in the Acts of the Father in the third part of the Apostles 2:42-47, the liturgy liturgy. During this first part, the represents the first and main priest is remembering the whole manifestation of the Church. Both words Church and liturgy, body of the Church: the saints, the living and the dead. It is a are expressing the symbolic manifestation of the communitarian aspect of the wholeness of the people of God. reality we are experiencing.

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Letters to a child of the future: 2
Lily Strungaru
My Dear Child, I have learned that everything happens for a reason. Sometimes people come into our lives to serve some sort of purpose, teach us a lesson or help us figure out who we are or who we want to become. And sometimes things that happen to us may seem painful and unfair, but then we realize that without overcoming those obstacles we would not be the people we are today. These are life’s small tests, which help us grow and become better people. I often think of my grandparents for they will always hold a special place in my heart. They were honorable human beings who lived their life with a great deal of integrity. I feel that their kindness, generosity and purity of spirit are rarely found nowadays. Even though I know children tend to take everything and
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The first... pag. 1 The second is dedicated to the proclamation of God’s word in the middle of the community. After some litanies and songs is taking place the entrance with the Gospel in the holy altar. In the first centuries, it was precisely this the moment of the entrance of the whole community in the sanctuary, as expression of our communion in the word of God. After the readings from the Apostle and Gospel follows the sermon, emphasising the message which comes from the readings – a spiritual food for the Christian consciousness of the community. Only hearing and assuming the word of God it becomes possible our participation in the Lord’s supper. The third is dedicated to the gifts offering to God, coming for the now well-prepared (by listening to God’s word) community. The gifts are moved through procession from the table where they were prepared to the holy table/altar. After the salute of peace (involving the mutual forgiveness) and the confession of the faith (the Creed) the priest is pronouncing the anaphora, i.e. the memorial of God’s mercy toward us and the prayer of the offering. The moment of sanctification of the gifts, transformed – by the descent of the Holy Spirit – in the body and blood of Christ (1 Corinthians 10:16), is naturally followed by the receiving of the holy communion by those prepared for it (cf. 1 Corinthians 11:2329). The Church is now fully manifested, the listeners of God’s word being guests of the Lord’s supper, entering the intimacy of God and affirming their belonging to God’s people.

Awaiting
By Silviu C. Stefan Geelong, Vic.
Far away if you should ever be, Somewhere Or sometime, I will always wait for you, Just for a night you’ll take me thruogh. When you should come One day, I know you will, Whisper my name As in a soundless game. I will hear you Just for me Far away if you should ever be Somewhere, Or sometime.

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THE FOUR BODIES
This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done!

everyone for granted, I have never forgotten their love, generosity and patience even towards strangers, who, stranded at night, would always find a spare bed and a warm plate of food at their house. I myself have lived a full life. I have been blessed with a wonderful family and have had a very happy childhood. I often reflect at my younger years and remember those happy memories. I sometimes wish I could turn back the clock… If only I could see if only for a moment, my loved ones who are no longer with us. My precious child, treasure your life and make each moment count. Value the people you love, for as time passes by, they will not be with you forever and others will take their place. Life is like a grand stage where each one of us plays a role. It is the way that one plays its role that counts the most. As you will step from your adolescence years into adult-

hood, life might seem less innocent and more mature, even frightening. My child, we cannot stop the wheel of time from turning but we can be well prepared for the challenges that lie ahead. Remember to put your trust in your parents and in God and know that their immense love and support will guide you always. Remember also that your education is essential. Dedication, ambition and hard work will pave the way for your future and this is perhaps one of the greatest lessons that I have learned in my own life. After all I am blessed enough to continue my university studies even though I am not that young anymore. But never think it is too late to achieve your goals and remember that we create our own destiny. To be without dreams is to be without hope or purpose. Even when things may not always turn out the way you want, if you persevere and keep your faith there will be another chance.
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Make your dreams come true but also remember to enjoy yourself. Make good friends and enjoy their company but never be tempted by the excesses of a carefree lifestyle. By living a balanced existence you will be able to reach your full potential. If someone hurts or betrays you, forgive them because they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautions to

whom you open your heart to. When you will meet your partner in life remember to be truthful and sincere because as I have learned in my life, a marriage can only survive, if there is true love and above all respect for one another. Remember also that children that are born are gifts from God. It is therefore crucial that parents create a happy environment where their children feel safe, loved and protected. Your

will never know greater feelings of love than for your child… Remember also to look around you and to appreciate God’s creation, the beauty of nature or the innocence in the smile of a child. Be kind to the people around you and help the ones in need. Nothing will give you more satisfaction than to make a positive contribution to someone’s life. Appreciate every moment and make every day count. Believe in

yourself for if you do not no one else will believe in you. Create your own life and then go out and live it. But above all, my child, keep your faith in God, for He guides and directs us every day of our life. Remember that life is not a race but a journey to be grateful for each step of the way. I will talk to you again soon.

KIDS’ PAGES
Brancusi, Constantin (18761957), ranks as one of the Coanda, Henri-Marie (1885-1972), a Romanian civil greatest sculptors of the 1900's. He attemped to simaeronautics engineer and invenplify his sculptures to basic tor, designed an aeroplane abstract from, eliminating based on jet-propulsion system. unnecessary details. He crashed in it on take-off near Brancusi concentrated of a Paris in 1921. Coanda also develfew subjects, such as the oped a discshaped craft, based egg, the bird in flight, and on aerodinamic principle called the human head and torso. the Coanda effect. Brancusi was born in Craiova, Romania, and setCoanda was born in Bucharest, tled in Paris in 1904. His style in sculpture scarceley ROmania. He studied at various changed after 1910. schools, including the Ecole superieure de l'Aeronautique in Paris. Coanda's other inventions inThe composer George clude a divice that uses the energy of the sun to Enescu and the playwright convert salt wather to fresh water. Eugen Ionescu probably rank as the best-known RoArts mania-born artists. But each Romania's rural culture has had a strong influence man did most of his work in on the country's professional art. The lives and cusFrance. Enescu's mastertoms of rural Romanians have long been favourite pieces, called Romanian topics of Romanian writers. The works of many Rhapsodies, are based on composers show the influence of Romanian folk ROmanian folk musik. music. The best-known Romanian paintings are Ionescu's plays show some medieval works that appear on the outside wals influence of hes youth in ROchurches. The works were done outside, rather mania before the outbreak than inside, to remind peasants passing by of their of World War II in 1939. faith.

Robert Cruceanu INVENTOR

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pag. 4 of each day in our lives, beside the ones we love. I thought it was lovely that all the kids came together and joined in for a By Simona Strungaru! day of fun, music and laughter. Personally, I really enjoy the gatherings and the festivities done at Recently our church community our parish church. I also think that it organised a festivity to celebrate st would be great to learn more about international kid’s day on the 1 of Romania, its history, geography and June. Although my parents have literature as well as about our always celebrated this day with me, orthodox religion, so we kids can get a this “talent show” was especially meaningful to me because it involved a greater understanding of our background and of the land of our lot of other children whom I usually ancestors. Perhaps in the future we meet at the church. This event was particularly special because it not only could also go on camps or excursions and organise various activities. Above gave the kids a chance to shine and show off some of their hidden talents all, I think that a strong community is but it also brought out the community very important because it gives us kids, a sense of belonging and a great spirit that its shared among the example to follow. people at St Mary’s parish. The hall of the church was Wacky Facts!! beautifully decorated with colourful The national anthem of Greece has balloons and adorned with many pretty 158 verses. No one in has ever paintings belonging to many kids. The memorized them all!! parents, grandparents, siblings and The average person falls asleep in 7 other guests sat patiently as the kids minutes waited to perform, feeling a mixture If you keep a gold fish in a dark of anticipation and apprehension. room it will eventually turn white! As the show began, children of all 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = ages delighted the audience with their 12,345,678,987,654,321 talents expressed through their A tiger’s s fur is not striped, its skin unique individuality; there was singing, is! dancing; some played the piano or

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The Kitten That Had a Strawberry as a Friend
By Cristina Cruceanu
Once upon a time, in a big palace lived a girl named Oliva and her kitten named Princess. Oliva was living only with her father, her mother being dead. One day, Princess went outside and she found a strawberry lying on the floor. Princess sniffed the strawberry and the strawberry said in a funny voice “hi! My name is Cupcake. What’s your name?” Princess said: “my name is Princess”. The funny thing was Princess knew how to speak but Oliva didn’t know that Princess could speak. Then Oliva asked: “Princess, where are you?” Princess said “bye” to Cupcake and Cupcake answered “bye.” Princess went to sleep with Oliva. The next day, Princess went back outside to see if Cupcake is still there. She was running and she fell on her bottom, starting to cry. Cupcake was rolling to Princess as quick as she could and Princess said “thank you” and Cupcake said “that’s ok” and she also asked “do you want to go on the bench?” Princess answered back: “of course.” When they got to the bench, a bird came from nowhere and grabbed Cupcake. Princess was desperately yelling “no!” Fortunately, Cupcake didn’t die, so Princess was still friend with Cupcake and Oliva never knew that Princess could talk so they lived happily ever after.
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performed drama and recited poetry. As the applauses continued, the nervousness of the children seemed to almost fade away. The atmosphere was friendly and happy and I had a strong sense of belonging to a close-knit community almost like to an extended family. The kids were then treated to a lovely feast of pizza and cakes and they all also received beautiful gifts. Days later, as I pondered about this feast, I thought about a quote that I’ve read some time ago by Stacia Tauscher who wrote: “we worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today”. This quote made me realize that it’s important to celebrate each moment

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THE BOOKS WE ARE READING

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
By Ioana Maria Costache
Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die, One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie. One Ring to rule them all. One ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

J.R.R. TOLKIEN

Let us continue our story about good and evil, about friendship, sincerity and courage. The story is full of symbols (for example, the Ents, half people, half trees), speaking to the depths of our soul… The Fellowship was scattered. Boromir died and Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli went in pursuit of the orcs that captured Merry and Pippin, but as the three were running on the plains of Rohan, a troop of horsemen (the riders of Rohan) led by Éomer the Marshal surrounded the orcs and killed them at the borders of Fangorn Forest. There Merry and Pippin ran into the forest and met Treebeard the Ent, a sort of human-tree. In his company they witnessed the rousing of the wrath of the Tree-folk and their march to Isengard. In the meanwhile Aragorn and his companions met Éomer returning from the battle. He gave the three companions horses and they rode on to the forest. There while searching in vain for the hobbits, they met Gandalf again, returned from death, now the White Rider, yet veiled still grey. With him they rode over Rohan to the halls of King Théoden of the Mark, where Gandalf healed the aged king and rescued him from the spells of

Wormtongue, his evil counsellor, secret ally of Saruman. They rode then with the king and the host against the forces of Isengard, and took part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Gandalf then led them to Isengard, and they found the great fortress laid in ruins by the Ents, and Saruman and Wormtongue locked in the indomitable tower of Orthanc. In the parley before the door Saruman refused to surrender, and Gandalf broke his staff, leaving him to the vigilance of the Ents. From the window of Orthanc, Wormtongue trowed the palantír at Gandalf but it missed him and Pippin picked it up. It proved to be one of the three surviving palantíri, the Seeing Stones of Númenor. Meanwhile Frodo and Sam met Gollum a creature that was obsessed with the ring and made him guide them through Mordor. Frodo himself was feeling more and more the burden of the ring. As they were walking to a tunnel near Minas Morgul they were caught by the rangers of Gondor with their captain, Faramir. After they were released they went on to Mordor but they didn’t know what Gollum was really planning…

SUMMERS DAY
By Andrei Busu
This summers day so hot it was, The sun hath stalked me so, And somewhere upon its nature run, The wind wandered back and fro. I took refuge beneath a tree, Its branches rapped and rare, I then sat down, but instead of town, To the peerless sky I stare, It seems so crisp that shade of blue Which calls my appetite, I misunderstood the sky for food, And hungered for the night, The sunset overcame the sky, An explosion in the distance, It slowly moved down, till the edge of town, When I began to reminiscence, Darkness has already claimed the sky, The moon breaking the reign, The stars came too, when the moon shone through, Alas, there was light again. I’d seen enough of this glorious day, I’ve been out from day till dusk, And whilst away, my thoughts did play, To quench my poetic lust.

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National Council of Churches in Australia - Media Release 21 July 2005

CHRISTIAN, MUSLIM, AND JEWISH LEADERS: “NO ROOM FOR ‘HATE LITERATURE’ IN AUSTRALIA
The convenors of the Australian National Dialogue of Christians, Muslims & Jews issued a joint statement today, in response to revelations that material inciting contempt and rationalising hatred is being sold at Islamic bookshops in Sydney and Melbourne. Revd John Henderson, Amjad Mehboob, and Jeremy Jones, representatives of the National Council of Churches in Australia, the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils and the Executive Council of Australian Jewry respectively, said: “All fair-minded people will be dismayed to learn that notorious racist and vilifying texts, printed overseas, have found their way to Australia and have been made available for sale at bookshops patronised by customers seeking knowledge of Islam and Muslim life. “The individuals who have imported and are promoting this material must not be allowed to present themselves as acting in the interests of Muslim Australians and principal among those offended by their actions, in addition to Jews and Christians directly targeted in the texts, are the overwhelming majority of Australian Muslims who know only too well the evil of racism and religious vilification. “Notorious racist texts including ‘The International Jew’ and contemporary attacks on Jews and Christians such as Sheikh AbdulAzaaz bin Baaz’s ‘The Ideological Attack’ serve no purpose other than to promote fear and contempt – responses which are the antithesis of what we believe should be promoted by religion. “We call on the proprietors of the book-shops to withdraw hate literature from sale and to apologise for diminishing the culture of respect which is central to all Australians living together in the spirit mandated by our respective Faiths.” was officially ‘launched’ in March 2003 after 12 months of formal preparation, which was preceded by informal contact and discussions between the NCCA, AFIC, & ECAJ. The purpose of the Dialogue is “To provide opportunity for the national bodies of each faith to come together to build understanding and harmony in the Australian context.” The Objectives of the ANDCMJ are:

■ To be a model of how different faiths can live harmoniously together in Australia ■ To build understanding, good will and a sense of community between people of different faiths ■ To explore and learn about each other and our faith traditions ■ To share our knowledge and insights with others ■ To work together to achieve common goals in Australia ■ To support each other in times The Australian National Dialogue of difficulty of Christians, Muslims & Jews

proud in their inmost thoughts. (Lucas 1,46-55) He has brought down rulers from their thrones "My soul glorifies the Lord and my but has lifted up the spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he humble. has been mindful of the humble state of He has filled the hungry his servant. with good things but has From now on all generations will call sent the rich away empty. me blessed, for the Mighty One has done He has helped his servant great things for me—holy is his name. Israel, remembering to be His mercy extends to those who fear merciful to Abraham and him, from generation to generation. his descendants forever, He has performed mighty deeds with even as he said to our his arm; he has scattered those who are fathers."

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