"It doesn't matter who you are" - at the Macedonian Orthodox church, Geelong

"Come, it doesn't matter who you are, or what religion. Everyone is welcome"

St John the Baptist Macedonian Orthodox Church, Geelong Australia

  Ceiling of the Macedonian church - photo by Catherine Schieve

Ceiling of the Macedonian church - photo by Catherine Schieve

- This is how we were greeted by two of the church's senior founders, as they worked outdoors sealing pavement in preparation for Easter weekend (Friday through Sunday April 6,7, and 8 in the liturgical calendar of the Eastern Church). Two drive-by strangers were welcomed warmly and we were taken inside to view the peaceful whitewashed interior with its modern icons, star-studded ceiling, and religious murals. We admired the space and heard the story of all that went into the church's construction. The Macedonian Orthodox church of Geelong was founded in the 1970s and lovingly built by its community. All are invited. 

Macedonian Paschal greeting:
Христос воскресе! Навистина воскресе! (Hristos voskrese! Navistina voskrese!)
  Greeting outside the church - photo by Catherine Schieve

Greeting outside the church - photo by Catherine Schieve

Pre-Easter visit by Catherine Schieve and Warren Burt; all photos by C.Schieve / April 5, 2018