On May 5 the Greek Orthodox church commemorates the Feast Day of Saint Irene the…
Greek Orthodox Religion
With Jerusalem under lockdown last year’s Holy Fire ceremony was held in the near-empty church that is worshipped by Christians as the site of Jesus’s crucifixion, burial and resurrection.
This feast of feasts is the most significant day in the life of the Church. It is a celebration of the defeat of death, as neither death itself nor the power of the grave could hold our Saviour captive.
Record crowds have gathered to celebrate Easter Church services around the nation, as the country experiences a period of relative normality whilst the pandemic still rampages in many other countries across the globe.
The entire internals of the church were burnt when a fire ravaged he Greek Orthodox Community of the Nativity of Christ in Port Adelaide in 2019, with only the external bricks and, by what is deemed to be a miracle of God, the Holy Altar as well as everything on the Altar table and all its coverings being the only things to have survived the blaze.
After Holy Friday mass in Australia last night, Tsalikis speaks to the congregation in an emotional address saying, “I am happy because the Greek have not lost their faith in Mary, God and Jesus. When I return to Greece I will tell everyone of another miracle…of what I experienced here today with you. God bless you all. Kali Anastasi.”
On Great and Holy Saturday the Orthodox Church commemorates the burial of Christ and His descent into Hades. It is the day between the Crucifixion of our Lord and His glorious Resurrection.
Each year, St. Basil’s looks forward to this family event shared with the community, held on Palm Sunday and leading into Holy Week.
On the Saturday before Holy Week, the Orthodox Church commemorates a major feast of the year, the miracle of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ when he raised Lazarus from the dead after he had lain in the grave four days.
A moveable holiday, the celebration of Easter falls on the first Sunday after the full moon of the spring equinox. All over Greece, a plethora of customs and traditions are observed during the week prior to Easter, the Holy Week.