Easter Sunday at St Paul’s celebrated in glorious sunshine. There was standing room only inside the church as we welcomed parishioners and visitors alike, many from Canada and the United States. Lynne Doolan organised the Easter Egg Hunt with over 20 children taking part.
The Schola Cantorum Sancti Pauli is unique as a school for Renaissance and Baroque polyphony in Greece. Founded by its current director Iason Marmaras in 2016, it works closely with the Centre for Early Music of the Athens Conservatoire and St. Paul’s to provide its Scholares with a high-level education in the singing of polyphony through monthly lectures, rehearsals and performances.
We begin another journey through Lent. Our gospel reading reminds us again, as it does every year, why we set aside these forty days – kali sarakosti – which culminates for us in the Great and Holy Week and the mystery of the cross.
Today we celebrate καθαρή-δευτέρα (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
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.