“Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” (Mark 8: 34) The Incarnate Son and Logos of God, our Lord, dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, extends an invitation to every human-being who might wish to follow Him. In His invitation the Lord stresses from the very beginning, which are the boundaries man is called to act and live within, as a disciple of the Lord. In what follows an attempt will be made to comment on the stages of these boundaries. Let us remember that the Lord does not compel nor does He pressurise anybody to become His disciple. Having in mind the free will with which God endowed man from the very beginning, let us stress that He Himself respects this freedom. For this reason when the Lord extends His invitation, He says: “whoever desires”. He retains the freedom of man. This reminds us of the writings of divine Paul, who says to the newly-baptised members of the local Church of Galatia: “For you, brethren, have been called to liberty;” (Gal. 5 : 13). Additionally, St Paul in his second letter to the Corinthians writes: “the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” ( 2 Cor. 3 : 17). We note here that the word ‘Lord’ denotes ‘the Spirit’ and where there is the Spirit of the Lord, there is freedom. Immediately afterwards the Lord teaches that His disciple must deny himself. What does He mean by this? Let us record that the fallen man carries his old self within. In this way he is in a continuous war between good and bad. Divine Paul speaks about this as follows: “For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.” ( Romans 7: 19). It is, therefore, understood that the Word of God asks from us to subjugate and deny our old self. Therefore, the man who responds positively to the invitation of the Lord, it is necessary for him to subdue the will of his old self and order totally his own will to the law of God. The obedient man to the law of the Lord follows completely what the law of God requires of him. For everything else he is dead, he does not exist. The Lord, the Servant of the salvation of the human race, without protest, carried His own cross up to Golgotha. In the same way every faithful member of the Church is asked to carry willingly his own cross and walk towards his own Golgotha with patience and courage. Whoever places himself among the people who belong to the Lord it is necessary not to stay behind, but to follow the Lord always and in all places. He must not walk in front; he must not avoid the way; he must not change the path but to follow closely the Great Shepherd of the sheep. “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain” (Rev. 5 : 12). Therefore, we, all the members of the Church need to study the Word of God systematically and order our lives in accordance with the teaching of the Bible. Glory and honour be to the Lord. Amen! C O M M U N I T Y N E W S MEALS FOR THE ELDERLY: The meals for the elderly began on Tuesday, 15th September 2009, after the summer break. During the month of September the meals in honour of our elderly were subsidised by the following: Androulla Michaelides in memory of her beloved departed father Gregorios Solomou; the family of Kyriacou Vassiliou in memory of their beloved departed mother Chrysi and the Ladies’ Auxiliary Society of PANTANASSA. We thank the kind donors for their generosity and thoughtfulness towards this very worthy cause. A/S AND GCE ‘A’ LEVEL EXAMINATION RESULTS: We are pleased to announce that we have received the results for A/S and GCE ‘A’ Level. In total 22 candidates sat for the examination, 14 of whom were from St Barnabas Greek Schools. The remaining 8 were from other schools. The results are as follows: St Barnabas Greek Schools: 4 A; 3 B; 6 C; 1 D Candidates from other Schools: 2 A; 2 B; 2 C; 1 D; 1E GCSE EXAMINATION RESULTS: In August 2009 we also received the results for the GCSE examinations. In total 33 candidates sat for the examination, 21 of whom were from St Barnabas Greek Schools. The results are as follows: St Barnabas Greek Schools 6 A*; 9 A; 3 B; 3 C. Candidates from other Schools: 1 A*; 2 A; 6 B; 3 C. The Bishop and his co-workers warmly congratulate and wish all the candidates every success in their future studies. We also congratulate all the teachers who helped the pupils through these examinations as well as the parents of the pupils who encouraged them in their studies. THE LATE DIAMANDES PATERAS: The late Diamandes Pateras died recently at the age of seventy-five. The departed was born in the Greek island of Oenouses. He later studied at the Gymnasium of the Island of Chios. He continued his studies in Athens, Lausanne, London and Paris. He worked in the shipping industry. The late Diamandes Pateras was a close co-worker with the last three Archbishops. He served the Church as Chairman of the Greek Orthodox Communities of the Archdiocese for a number of years. Mr Diamandes was also Chairman of the Archdiocese’s Church, The Annunciation as well as the Cathedral of St Nicolas in Shepherd’s Bush. The late Diamandes was among the founders of the Greek College in London. The funeral service of the late Diamandes took place on Friday, 28th August 2009 in the Cathedral of the Wisdom of God, presided by His Eminence, Gregorios, Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain. His Grace, Athanasios, Bishop of Tropaeou, also took part in the service together with several clergy of the Archdiocese. A eulogy was said by Mr Kypros Nicolas, the present Chairman of the Greek Orthodox Communities as well as the Archbishop. Warm condolences and deep sympathy are extended from the clergy and parishioners of this Community to the departed Diamandis’ wife and daughters. MAY HE REST IN PEACE! BLESSING OF WATERS FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR: On Saturday, 12th September 2009, the official opening of the Greek Schools for the year 2009-2010, took place. His Grace, Athanasios, Bishop of Tropaeou, the Headmaster of the school presided at the ceremony, assisted by the clergy of the Community. The Deputy Mayor of Haringey, Cllr Eddie Griffith, attended as well as Inspector John Ford, representing the Police Force of the area Also present were the Co-ordinator for the teachers of The Greek Mission, Mrs Maria Tsirambidou and the Educational Advisor for the teachers of the Cypriot Educational Mission, Mr Nicos Constantinou. Mr Panicos Koureas represented the School Governing Body. Mrs Helen Vrahimedes, Co-ordinator of K.E.S. attended with Antonios Prodromou, the Honorary Chairman, together with the Chairman of St Barnabas Church, Mr Ermis Kyprianou. Dr Andreas Pelendrides attended on behalf of the Trustees of the Community. Two pupils greeted the gathering, Rosina Georgiou in Greek and Evangelos Panteli in English, followed by greetings from various officials. His Grace thanked everyone present, especially the two Educational Ministries, the Greek and the Cypriot. A buffet for the guests, teachers and assistants followed the ceremony. We extend our many congratulations and warm thanks to the Chairwomen of PANTANASSA, Mrs Mary Livera-Kyriacou and Mrs Androulla Christaki and also the Chairwoman of the Parent/Teachers Association, Mrs Koulla Nicolaou for their care and excellent serving of the guests. FIFTY YEARS OF SERVICE IN CHURCH: On Saturday, 31st October 2009, the Greek Orthodox Communities of Great Britain, in conjunction with the Trustees of the Archdiocese as well as other Associations of our people, are having a celebration to mark the Archbishop’s 50 years of service in church. The event will take place in the Royal Lancaster Hotel, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY at 7.30 p.m. Price of tickets is £65.00 each. The main purpose of the function is to create a fund so as to be able to assist financially the education of the future clergymen of this Archdiocese. We welcome donations.