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Καθαρή Δευτέρα

Today we celebrate Clean Monday. It is a public holiday in Greece and Cyprus where it is celebrated with outdoor excursions, the consumption of shellfish and other fasting food, a special kind of bread eaten only on that day, named ‘Lagana” (Greek λαγνα) and the widespread custom of flying kites. Eating meat, eggs and dairy products is traditionally forbidden to Orthodox Christians throughout Lent, with fish being eaten only on major feast days, but shellfish is permitted in European denominations. This has created the tradition of eating elaborate dishes based on seafood (shellfish, molluscs, fish roe etc). Traditionally, it is considered to mark the beginning of the spring season.

All around Greece the local bakers have been up all night to prepare the thousands of loaves which will be consumed today. Many bakers enhance the traditional Lagana with Olives, Onion or Garlic to accompany the delicious food that will be eaten today.READ MORE

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TRANSFIGURATION NEXT BEFORE LENT 2018

 

Deacon Christine Saccali

 

I don’t know if you have heard of the Malvern Hills in central England? The area is famous for its water as well as its beauty but Malvern is where I come from and where my father’s family originated. My dad used to say that the next highest land as you circled the globe on that latitude was the Urals located in the Soviet Union then.

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Lent, Holy Week and Easter 2018 at St Paul’s Athens

There will be plenty of opportunity for worship and prayer during this Season of Lent at St Paul’s. Please find below details of the main events.

Ash Wednesday – 14th February: Holy Liturgy at 10.00am

Tuesdays in Lent: Hour of Silent Prayer in St. Paul’s. Dates: Feb 20th, March 6th, March 13th, March 20th, March 27th

Wednesdays in Lent: Holy Liturgy at 10.00am followed at 10.30am by a short Lent Study Group ‘All Things are Possible’ This course is prepared by USPG and focuses on the 5 International Development Goals. Dates: Feb 21st ; March 7th; March 21st; March 28th.

Thursdays in Lent: A 1 hour Bible Study at the Chaplain’s Apartment 7.00pm -8.00pm Feb 22nd; March 8th; March 15th; March 22nd.

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Bishop’s Lent Appeal 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

BISHOP’S LENT APPEAL 2018

Sustaining a Ministry of Hope for Refugees in the Calais area of France

I send you this appeal on the day when we remember the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. In all the fragility of human flesh, the baby who had been born far from home and laid in a manger is presented by his proud young parents in the Jerusalem Temple. It is a day when we especially recall the immense dignity of human nature. God not only makes human beings in his image, but redeems them by taking human nature upon himself.READ MORE

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Community Connect Northern Suburbs celebrates the New Year

On the Third Wednesday of January our Community Connect Northern Suburbs met to celebrate the New Year by the cutting of the Traditional Vassilopitta, New Year’s Cake.  Tradition has it that a coin is hidden inside the cake when it is baked, and whoever finds the coin in their slice when it is cut, is considered to have good luck for the coming year.

Community Connect Northern Suburbs, based in Kifissia, has been going for over six years and was the idea of our Deacon Chris Saccali.  She recognised that there was need for friends in the Northern Suburbs to be able to meet up occasionally and share news over a cup of coffee, preferably somewhere central. READ MORE

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Community Connect Athens

Community Connect Athens has been running for many years as a monthly Coffee Morning whereby members of the community can meet up in a warm and safe place to comfortably sit, chat and have a cup of coffee and a slice or two of cake.  Anyone is welcome and many people who find it difficult to get out on a daily basis make a special effort to come to these Coffee Mornings and catch up on all the latest gossip and news.

More often than not we have a Raffle for 50 cents a number or Mini Bingo for two euro a game, and someone will always be seated on the “Lucky Chair’! Special occasions during the year are marked with a themed decoration or cake –New Year – Cutting of the Vasilopita (New Year’s Cake), Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween and of course Christmas – Cutting of the Christmas Cake.  Birthdays are also celebrated in a spirit of warmth and friendship.READ MORE

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Divine concerts in the church. ‘Athinorama’ praises the depth & variety of St Paul’s concerts.

For some years now the Anglican church of St. Paul’s has been one of the most interesting concert venues, mainly for classical music. The last two years electronic or pop mood music has also been held there, making it one of the main attractions for the fans of contemporary music.

It might not draw the attention as one passes outside, on the corner of Filellinon and Amalias street, but the inside of St. Paul’s is certainly compelling with the light refracted through the impressive stained glass windows and the music which can be played on the oldest church organ in our country. This is the reason why for many years concerts for classical music have been traditionally held in this historical church in the centre of Athens and also at specific times of the year, like the spring cycles of organ concerts.READ MORE

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Sunday Sermon | 21 January 2018

I once saw and interesting clip on television. Someone stood still in a public square and looked upwards, staring into the sky. It wasn’t long until others stopped and gazed upwards, or glanced skyward to see what it was that others were staring at. Maybe I should try it in Syntagma some time.

We are now in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – always a challenging week in many respects. The Christian church is a kaleidoscope of different expressions.READ MORE

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Happy New Year!

Community Connect Athens met for the first time in 2018 last Wednesday. Greetings of ‘Chronia Polla’, and ‘Happy New Year’ filled the air and the Vassilopitta was cut producing not just one but two lucky winners of the Golden Coin which, according to tradition, brings a year of good luck. 

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