Friday, July 12, 2013

Part 3: Feast-Day Liturgy

On Monday morning, July 1, the day of the feast, Archimandrite Agathonas and I began Orthros at 7:00.

Here we are at the Little Entrance.

You can see our festal icon on the templon decorated with fresh flowers for the feast.

At the Epistle reading.

Our chanter Nikos and his friend, Christos, who is a professor of European music at the local University of Thessaly.

During the Great Entrance.

From the old colored panes in the window high above the altar.

Many have asked me what this tradition is about and I must confess ignorance. Usually in the villages, as the priest communes, one of the church council goes around with a collection basket and another often (but especially on feasts) goes around with perfume, sprinkling it into people's hands. I don't know yet exactly why they do this.

Our friend Popi helps Phoebe up for Holy Communion.

At the end of the Liturgy, we blessed the waters for the beginning of the month.

The faithful gather holy water for the month for their houses after the Liturgy.

And here's a photo of Popi with my mother-in-law, Pres. Sophia, as they decorated the front of the church with ribbons for the feast.

For more photos from the morning, see here.

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