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Feast Day of Agios Stylianos, the protector of Children

Feast Day of Agios Stylianos, the protector of Children

On November 26, the Greek Orthodox Church commemorates the Feast Day of Agios Stylianos, the Protector of Children. Agios Stylianos was born in Paphlagonia of Asia Minor sometime between the fourth and…

Chris Vlahonasios

That’s a wrap: Byzanfest film festival founder Chris Vlahonasios shares 2020 behind the scenes and award winners

Following by his mother’s shock cancer diagnosis, Chris Vlahonasios founded the Byzanfest Orthodox Film Festival as a way to “let light shine through that cloud.” Chris shares with Greek City Times the ‘behind the scenes’ of Byzanfest 2020, gives the run down on this year’s award winners, and imparts important messages of faith to our youth.

November 13, Feast Day of Agios Ioannis Chrysostomos

November 13, Feast Day of Agios Ioannis Chrysostomos

On November 13, the Greek Orthodox Church commemorates Agios Ioannis Chrysostomos the Archbishop of Constantinople, who was one of the Three Hierarchs. Agios Ioannis was one of the greatest and most beloved…

November 11, Feast Day of Agios Menas

November 11, Feast Day of Agios Menas

On November 11 the Greek Orthodox Church commemorates the Feast Day of Agios Menas. The Holy Great Martyr Menas of Egypt, an Egyptian by birth, was a military officer and served in…

Monastery of Agios Nektarios in Aegina

Monastery of Agios Nektarios in Aegina

One of the most visited sites on Aegina is the church of Agios Nektarios and the monastery of Agia Triada (The Holy Trinity) that is located on a higher level overlooking the…

Synaxis of the Taxiarchs and Archangels Michael and Gabriel 1

Synaxis of the Taxiarchs and Archangels Michael and Gabriel

On the 8th of November the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast day of the Synaxis of the Taxiarchs and Archangels Michael and Gabriel, along with Raphael, and of the other bodiless and heavenly orders, the Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominions, Powers, Authorities, Principalities, Archangels, and Angels.

September 1, The Ecclesiastical New Year

September 1, The Ecclesiastical New Year

The first day of the Church New Year is also called the beginning of the Indiction. The term Indiction comes from a Latin word meaning, “to impose.” It was originally applied to…

The oldest church in Santorini, Panagia Episkopi

The oldest church in Santorini, Panagia Episkopi

The oldest church in Santorini is Panagia Episkopi, a former bishop’s church from the Middle Byzantine period. Located at Mesa Gonia on the foot of the mountain, Profitis Ilias, it is dedicated…

Evangelismos tis Theotokou

Annunciation of the Theotokos

On March 25, the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the Annunciation by archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she should become the mother of Jesus Christ the Son of God, as today…

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…

Kathara Deftera

Kathara Deftera, a national holiday in Greece

Kathara Deftera (Clean Monday) is the first day of Great Lent in the Greek Orthodox Church. Today also brings preceding Carnival celebrations to an end, inviting everyone to leave behind the ‘sinful’…

CHEESES

Tyrini, Cheesfare Week

Cheese lovers rejoice! Today marks the beginning of ‘Tyrini’ the week where Greeks worldwide enjoy loads of dairy, cheese and cheese-based dishes, as it is the last week before Great Lent begins. Tyrini…

Apokries, Meatfare Sunday 3

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…

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