Monday, May 13, 2013

Repairing the Church Courtyard

Before Pascha, we were busy trying to do as much work at the church as possible. One of the things that needed to be done for some time was to fix the church's courtyard, which is covered with traditional stone, but had begun to settle in some areas. In the photo above, you can see the flat stones piled up on the raised platform used to announce "Christ is Risen!" on the night of Pascha. To the left is the area where the ground had settled.

Another view of the settled area around the tree. The railing behind the tree marks a 10-foot stone wall down the mountain side. The whole courtyard, in other words, is starting to settle, and we'll eventually need to replace or at least reinforce the old wall. Technically, this is the work of the municipality, but in Greece now they are all broke, so the likelihood of it happening is slim. In this case, we managed to find a partnership between the municipality and the church to get it done in time for Pascha, when this whole courtyard is jam packed full of people. The church supplied the labor and the municipality the materials and managed to get it done by the beginning of Holy Week.

Here's a picture of the work in progress.

And, finally, here's a photo of it all done.


Anonymous said...

Hi Father Gregory,

Remember me? I'm Makrina's goddaughter who visited in 2009. I just wanted to thank you for continuing to write such a great blog! It's been a while but I still follow your adventures pretty faithfully. I hope all is going well with your new parish in your beautiful town!
Christ is risen!

Sarah Lantz

Fr. Gregory said...

Of course we remember you! I'm glad someone actually reads the blog! :)