Tag: Greek Orthodox Church

Apokries, Meatfare Sunday 1

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…

YPAPANTI

Feast of the Presentation of Christ to the Temple

On February 2, the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of Christ to the Temple. The Church also refers to this Feast as the Synaxis (or meeting) of our…

AGIOS GRIGORIOS

Feast Day of Agios Grigioros o Theologos

On January 25 the Greek Orthodox Chuch celebrates the Feast Day of Saint Gregory the Theologian and Archbishop of Constantinople, who was also one of the Three Holy Hierarchs, along with Saint…

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Feast Day of Agios Euthymius the Great

On January 20 the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast Day of Agios Euthymius the Great, who was also known as a miracle worker. Euthymius was born during the reign of king…

AGIOS MAKARIOS

Feast Day of Agios Makarios the Great

On January 19 the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast Day of Agios Makarios the Great. Saint Macarius the Great of Egypt was born in the early fourth century in the village…

AGIOS ATHANASIOS

Feast Day of Agios Athanasios the Great

On January 18 the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast Day of Agios Athanasios. Agios Athanasios was born in Alexandria in the year 296, and from his early childhood, he had an…

AGIOS ANTONIOS O MEGAS

Feast Day of Agios Antonios O Megas

On January 17 the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast Day of Agios Antonios O Megas, the Anchorite of Egypt and the Father of all Monks. Saint Anthony was born near Herakleopolis…

BAPTISM OF CHRIST

The Feast of the Holy Epiphany

On January 6 the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Epiphany,  commemorating the Baptism of Christ in the River Jordan by John the Baptist, and the divine revelation of the…

Agios Vasilios

January 1, Feast Day of Saint Basil the Great

On January 1 the Greek Orthodox Church commemorates Saint Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia. Saint Basil was born in the year 330 in Caesarea, to a family renowned for…

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Feast Day of Agia Anastasia the Pharmakolitria

On December 22nd the Greek Orthodox Church commemorates Agia Anastasia Pharmakolitria, Saint Protector of poison and other harmful substances. The Great Martyr Anastasia the “Deliverer from Potions”, also Anastasia the Healer or Anastasia of Sirmium was martyred…

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Feast Day of Agios Themistocles

On December 21 the Greek Orthodox Church commemorates the Holy Martyr Themistocles, protector of persecuted Christians. Holy Martyr Themistocles lived in the city of Myra of Lycia during the reign of the…

Father Giorgios Metallinos

Protopresbyter Father Giorgos Metallinos passes away aged 79

On Thursday, December 19, 2019, Protopresbyter Father Giorgos Metallinos, a prominent Greek theologian, historian, author, and professor, passed away at the age of 79, leaving behind his wife Barabara, three children and…

AGIOS DIONYSIOS CHURCH ZAKYNTHOS

Agios Dionysios Church in Zakynthos

Agios Dionysios is the largest church in Zakynthos and celebrates on December 17, which is the Feast Day of Agios Dionysios, Patron Saint, and Protector of the island. This holy and miraculous…

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Feast Day of Agios Dionysios

On December 17, the Greek Orthodox Church commemorates Agios Dionysios, the Patron Saint of Zakynthos island and Saint of forgiveness. Agios Dionysios, a spiritual giant, seems to be among the living through…

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