Tag: Greek Orthodox Church

Agios Kosmas and Agios Damianos

Feast Day of Agios Kosmas and Agios Damianos

On July 1 the Greek Orthodox Church commemorates Agios Kosmas and Agios Damianos the Holy Martyrs, Wonderworkers and Unmercenary Physicians. They suffered at Rome in the reign of the emperor Carinus (283-284).…

Synaxis of the Twelve Holy Apostles

Synaxis of the Twelve Holy Apostles

On the 30th of June, the Greek Orthodox Church commemorates the Synaxis (a celebratory gathering) of the Twelve Holy Apostles. The commemoration of a Synaxis is commonly observed on the day following…

Feast Day of Agios Petros and Agios Pavlos 1

Feast Day of Agios Petros and Agios Pavlos

On the 29th of June, the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the feast day of Agios Petros and Agios Pavlos. So important is this celebration in the Orthodox Church that it is marked…

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Church in Lesvos attacked with stones by illegal immigrants

Another church on the island of Lesvos in the eastern Aegean, was attacked by illegal immigrants. The “Ταξιάρχης της Μόριας” church had large stones thrown through the windows. Makis Pavlellis, a local…

NGO says there is Greek and non-Greek side of Lesvos 33

NGO says there is Greek and non-Greek side of Lesvos

The Moria Corona Awareness Team, which was set up to inform Moria migrants about the coronavirus, believes the government’s welcome measures have protected migrants from the Greek coronavirus, SLPress reported. The organisation…

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Church on Greek island attacked by illegal immigrants

Local people on the Eastern Aegean island of Lesvos continue to be shocked by the behaviour of illegal immigrants, particularly those from the infamous Moria migrant camp to the north of Mytilene.…

Greek Police

Greek police arrest 45 over coronavirus violations

Greek police arrest 45 people across the country between Thursday and Saturday, for violating measures in force to protect against the spread of coronavirus. This included ignoring government orders to close facilities like after study schools, cafes, hairdresser salons and other various shops.

Miracle of Koliva by St. Theodore

The Miracle of Saint Theodore the Tyro and Kolyva

Today the Greek Orthodox Church remembers the miracle of Saint Theodore the Tyro and Kolyva (boiled wheat). On the two Saturdays before Lent and the first Saturday of Lent we celebrate Liturgies…

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Apokries, Meatfare Sunday

Today the Greek Orthodox Church commemorates Apokries, Meatfare Sunday, which is the last day of meat consumption until Pascha. The Sunday of the Last Judgment or Meatfare Sunday is the third Sunday using the Lenten Triodion, the…

KOLYVA

Psihosavato, ‘Saturday of Souls’

Today is Psihosavato, a day in a series of Saturdays set aside in the liturgical Greek Orthodox Calendar for the remembrance of those who have died. These days occur on designated Saturdays before and during the seasons of Lent and Easter: the first two are observed on the two Saturdays before Lent begins, the third Saturday of Soulscoincides with the first Saturday of Lent, and the fourth Soul Saturday takes place on the Saturday before Pentecost, the close of the Easter season. Saturday holds special significance in the religious calendar as the day on which the crucified Jesus lay dead in the tomb before his resurrection. On each Soul Saturday a special service is held where prayers are offered in memory of those who have died and a list of the names of the dead is recited. Participants attending the services prepare kollyva, a dish made of sweetened, boiled wheat kernels, raisins, almonds, and pomegranate seeds that are traditionally associated with funerals and memorial services in Greece and Eastern Europe. In addition to attending religious services, participants often visit the graves of departed family members on Soul Saturdays, to clean and decorate the burial sites. Everyone – especially those with loved ones whose…

AGIOS CHARALAMBOS

Feast Day of Agios Charalambos the Miracle Worker

On February 10, the Greek Orthodox Church commemorates the Feast Day of Agios Charalambos. Saint Charalambos guarded his people much as a shepherd would guard his flock, therefore, he is considered to be…

AGIA AGATHI

Feast Day of Agia Agathi

On February 5 the Greek Orthodox Church commemorates the Feast Day of Agia Agathi, who is the Patron Saint of breast cancer patients and is known for curing many people of the…