UPCOMING TALK. A talk given by Father Kosmas will be on Sunday, 21st October 2018

The fewer the words, the better the prayer. The job of moms and dads is to speak less to the kids and more to God about your children. The fewer the words, the better the parenting.

Yes, good parenting does involve plenty of talking. We talk with our kids about their day, their dreams, their friends and their concerns. But in the areas of parenting that involve, discipline and correction, less talking really is better.

You may already recognize this. If you find that you repeat yourself on a point of training or discipline, then it's clear that what you're saying isn't working — otherwise, you wouldn't need to keep saying it. And while some kids may appreciate the attention, many grow fatigued by a constant pressure from parents.

Speak Less to Your Children, and More to God About Your Children!


A talk given by Father Kosmas will be on Sunday, 21st October 2018

With the blessing of


Archbishop of Sydney, Australia and New Zealand


Sunday, 21st October 2018


Saint George Russian Orthodox Church

15 Garfield St, Carlton, Sydney


Speak Less to Your Children, and More to God About Your Children!


3:30 pm: The Supplicatory Canon to Our Lady “Quick to Hear”

The faithful will have an opportunity to submit names of living Orthodox Christians for commemoration.

4:45 pm: Talk begins in the hall at the rear of the church.

Age group

These talks attract people of all ages. However, they are not recommended for children under the age of 16.

Dress Code

When attending church services, clothing should be modest and loose-fitting, and conform to the following:

For Men:

Men are asked to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts.

No shorts or short-sleeved shirts.

Shoes/sandals with socks.

For Women:

Women are asked to wear dresses/skirts that at least cover the knees, and long-sleeved shirts or tops.

No pants or shorts, low-neck or short-sleeved shirts or tops, or tight skirts, mini-skirts, or high-slit skirts.

Women are asked to have their heads covered with a scarf, and to wear shoes/sandals with stockings or socks.


Lipstick looks terrible smeared on icons, crosses, the communion spoon, and the priest’s or bishop's hand. Hand-painted icons have been ruined by lipstick; and even though the cross or spoon can usually be cleaned after everyone venerates, it’s not very considerate to those who follow, not to mention the fact that it is a sin. Women should not receive Holy Communion while wearing lipstick. Not only does this show the proper respect to the Body and Blood of Christ, but it also shows respect to others who wish to commune the Holy Body and Blood of Christ and nothing else!

Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco (whose relics are incorrupt) even issued an Ukase (Decree) forbidding the veneration of Icons while wearing lipstick. When Saint John was bishop of San Francisco, he would have an altar boy holding a towel standing nearby during the kissing of the cross. When a woman wearing lipstick would approach to venerate the cross, he would take the towel and wipe off her lips, in front of everyone, before he would let her kiss the cross, or sometimes he would not even allow her to venerate the cross.