Eastern Churches Council of Australia
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Eastern Churches Council of Australia (formerly Eastern Hierarchs) is an organisation of Christian eastern-rite jurisdictions in Australia.
Each of the member organisations are based in the Middle East.
- Maronite Catholic Church
- Chaldean Catholic Church
- Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines
- Syrian Orthodox Church
- Melkite Catholic Church
- Ancient Church of the East
- Armenian Catholic Church
On Bright Monday, April 24, 2006, an annual ecumenical service was held, under the aegis of 'Eastern Hierarchs', to commemorate the suffering, death, descent and resurrection of Christ. 38 clergy eight nuns were present, including Metropolitan Archbishop Paul, and members of all levels of the clergy.
Churches represented include the Chalcedonian Orthodox Churches of Alexandria, Antioch, Cyprus, Greece, Romania; the Non-Chalcedonian Orthodox Churches of the Copts and Syriacs; and the Eastern Rite Catholic churches of the Maronites and the Melkites.
Apologies were received from the local bishops of the Pre-Ephesian Orthodox Churches of the Armenians and of the Assyrians.
- Eastern Hierarchs Ecumenical Service (24 April, 2006)
- Eastern Churches Council of Australia ecumenical service for peace in the Middle East (25 March, 2012)