1“Then, the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3Those who were foolish took their lamps but brought no oil along with them, 4whereas the wise ones brought oil in their vessels along with their lamps. 5Now, since the bridegroom was late, they all became tired and fell asleep. 6But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Behold! The bridegroom is coming! Come out to meet him!’ 7Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish virgins said to the wise ones, ‘Give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’ 9But the wise virgins answered: ‘What if there is not enough for us and you? You should rather go to those who sell [oil] and buy some for yourselves.’ 10While they went away to buy [oil], the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and then the door was shut. 11Afterwards, the other virgins also arrived and said: ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12But he answered, ‘Amen, I tell you that I do not know you!’ 13Watch therefore, for you do not know the day or the hour <that the Son of Man is coming.>”
You will hear this Gospel read at The Good Shepherd Orthodox Church during Holy Week, on Great and Holy Wednesday. It is followed by an Epistle reading from Galatians 5:22-6:2.
The Good Shepherd Orthodox Church, located in Clayton, Melbourne, is a living witness to the power of the Gospel and the fullness of the Christian Faith in modern, secular Australia.
About us. We are a vibrant Australian Christian community under the direction of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand & the Philippines, which is under the jurisdiction of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East. The Church of Antioch is the continuation of the Christian community founded in Antioch by the Apostles Peter (who served as its first bishop) and Paul. The Patriarchate of Antioch is the oldest of the ancient Patriarchates constituting the one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ.
All services are in the English language and the Service of Holy Unction is held in the Main Chapel of the Religious Centre at Monash University, Clayton Campus, conveniently located in the centre of Melbourne’s residential population.
Parking in the University car parks is free after 7:00 pm, but please take note of all signs regarding Loading Zones, No Standing and Disabled Parking, these restrictions apply and are enforced.