Welcome to the website of the Orthodox Archbishopric of Good Hope!
We are the local presence of the “One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church” on the southern tip of Africa. The Orthodox Church has passed on the Christian faith since the time of the Apostles and it was established in Africa when Saint Mark preached the Good News of Jesus Christ in Alexandria in the middle of the first century A.D.
Today we hear Saint Matthew’s account of how Jesus Christ came to His disciples, walking across the water when they were caught in a storm while crossing the lake in a boat. Moreover, we see how the Apostle Peter asked to be allowed to come to Christ across the water. But he began to sink when he took fright at the wind. He called out to Christ, who rescued him and calmed the storm. Continue reading
Tomorrow, 15 August, we celebrate the great feast of the Dormition, or falling asleep, of the Most Holy Theotokos. At Vespers we sing: “The source of life is laid in the grave and her tomb becomes a ladder to heaven.”
The account of the Dormition of the Mother of God has been persevered in the tradition of the Church, with accounts of how the apostles gathered around her bed as she “passed over into heavenly joy,” and into the Kingdom of her Son. Continue reading
Today we hear Saint Matthew’s account of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes and see how Jesus Christ satisfies the deepest hunger of those who seek Him.
The crowds had followed Jesus into the wilderness where He had taken pity on them and healed the sick. However, when evening fell He was aware that they needed to be fed. When the disciples protested that they had no food, He instructed them to feed the crowd themselves, and the five loaves and two fish were miraculously multiplied to feed the crowd of five thousand men, not counting the women and children. Continue reading
Today we hear Saint Matthew’s account of another healing miracle of Jesus Christ. In today’s Gospel we are told of two blind men who came to Jesus asking to be healed. This is followed by an account of a dumb demoniac who, when the devil was driven out of him, was able to speak. Both of these healing miracles showed Christ’s power, and people were amazed and began to revere Him. Continue reading
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration, one of the twelve Great Feasts of the Church. The Gospel for the Feast (Matthew 17:1-9) tells us how Jesus took the Apostles Peter, James and John with Him up a mountain, where He was transfigured before them, radiating light. The prophets Moses and Elijah also appeared, but a voice from heaven made clear to them that it is Jesus Christ who is the Son of God, echoing the voice that had sounded at His baptism in the Jordan: “This is my Son, the Beloved; He enjoys my favour. Listen to Him.” Continue reading
In today’s Gospel we hear Saint Matthew’s account of how Jesus Christ healed a paralytic man. When this man was brought to Him, He scandalized the scribes by telling him that His sins were forgiven. Showing that He knew their thoughts, Christ asked them: “Which is easier to say: ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’?” And then He continued: “But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins” – He then said to the paralytic – ‘Rise, take up your bed and go home.’”
This encounter reveals who Jesus truly is. St John Chrysostom points out that, by reading what was in the scribes’ minds, Jesus shows Himself as truly God. Moreover, as they themselves point out, it is only God who can forgive sins. They are scandalized precisely because, by claiming to forgive sins, Jesus Christ is revealing Himself as truly God.
But this encounter also reveals the true nature of the healing that we need. St John Chrysostom continues by pointing out that, if anyone might have been annoyed, it was the paralytic man. He had come to Christ to be healed, but instead had had his sins forgiven. However, far from being annoyed, he recognizes Christ’s authority, surrendering himself to the One who heals. And, in this, he is healed in both body and soul.
This incident teaches us that spiritual and physical healing are closely related. While the links between sin and illness are not clear cut – and Jesus elsewhere denies that a man’s illness is a result of his sins (John 9:1-3) – there is a link between sin and suffering. When we come to God with what we think is our need, we need to be open to Him revealing our true need, for the healing that He offers us is often far greater than what we are aware we need.
On Sunday 24 July, His Eminence, Archbishop Makarios (Tillyrides) Metropolitan of Kenya, who was visiting Cape Town to attend a conference at the University of Stellenbosch, officiated together with Protopresbyter Fr. Nikolaos Giamouridis, parish priest of Cape Town and Deacon Michael Simos.
Amongst those present were Mr Johnny Philippou, Honorary Consul of Cyprus in Cape Town, Mr Foti Sousalis, president of the Hellenic Community of Cape Town and Environs and Mr Nassos Martalas, a past president of the Hellenic Community of Cape Town.
After the Service Mr Philippou, addressed the congregation and his son Dimitri also read out a summary of the status of the illegal occupation of Cyprus as it stands today.
Father Nikolaos officially welcomed His Eminence Archbishop Makarios on behalf of His Eminence Archbishop Sergios of good Hope Metropolitan Bishop of Cape Town.
He said it was a great privilege for us to have him officiate at our Church and for our Community to meet him. He also made reference to the positive influence that the Orthodox Church has had in Kenya and surrounds and invited him to address the congregation.
His Eminence said that this was his first visit to Cape Town although he has spent the past forty years of his life in Africa. He said that he is thankful to God for giving him the opportunity to be of Service to Him in Africa where there is such a great need and that when he first arrived in Kenya there were only a handful of locals who were interested in the Orthodox Church. And presently there are one million active members of the Orthodox Church.
They have a seminary for priests, pre-schools, junior and high schools and orphanages for children who have lost their parents either through illness or wars. They also have clinics with medical staff who donate their time. On closing His Eminence said that all human beings regardless of race or culture, no matter what they believe in have a “soul” and that his greatest joy is witnessing the second generation of children who have been baptised into the Orthodox Church in Kenya.
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To the Orthodox people and to all people of good will
To God, “the Father of mercies and all comfort,” we address a hymn of thanksgiving and praise for having enabled us to gather during the week of Pentecost (18-26 June 2016) on Crete, where the Apostle Paul and his disciple Titus preached the Gospel in the early years of the life of the Church. We give thanks to the Triune God who was well pleased that in one accord we should bring to a conclusion the work of the Holy and Great Council that was convoked by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch. Bartholomew by the common will of their Beatitudes the Primates of the local Orthodox Autocephalous Churches.
Faithfully following the example of the Apostles and our God-bearing Fathers we have once again studied the Gospel of freedom “for which Christ has set us free” (Gal. 5: 1). The foundation of our theological discussions was the certainty that the Church does not live for herself. She transmits the witness of the Gospel of grace and truth and offers to the whole world the gifts of God: love, peace, justice, reconciliation, the power of the Cross and of the Resurrection and the expectation of eternal life.
Something interesting has happened in history during the work of the Holy and Great Council in Kolymbari Crete for the Holy Royal and Merciful Kykkos Monastery. It is a great honor for the Metropololititan and Abbot of the monastery .
Specifically the Holy Synod is being attended by His Eminence Winning and 5 Kykkotis brothers.
There are six Hierarchs from the same monastery. This has never happened before in any meeting …
Seen here are; . Cyrene – Athanasios Kykkotis; 2. Zimbabwe - Seraphim Kykkotis
3. Good Hope (Cape Town) Sergius Kykkotis; 4. Kyrenia – Chrysostom Kykkotis
5. Tamasos and Mountainous – Isaiah Kykkotis; 6. Kykkos Nikiforos Tillyria Kykkotis
Written by Emil Polygeni
Source – https://www.holycouncil.org/home