Sunday, December 30, 2012

Feast of the Dormition in Portaria

Here are some much belated photos from the eve of the Dormition of the Theotokos here in Portaria. There are two parishes here in Portaria, and each parish has a procession with a bier after Vespers on the eve of the feast. The two churches wind their ways through their respective parishes, finally meeting at the village's main square, where they celebrate an artoklasia together. Above is a photo of me and Fr. Agathonas, the priest of the town's other parish, as we meet in the main square.

The square was packed with people. Above you can see all the bread we blessed in order to accommodate all the people.

The chanters from both parishes.

As is the custom in Orthodox countries, the elected political leaders have a special place in the front.

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