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The 13th Renaissance Choral Evensong at St Paul’s

The 13th Choral Evensong will take place on Sunday 1st April 2018

Programme:

Preces • William Byrd (1538–1623)

Respons • Thomas Tallis (c. 1505–1585)

Magnificat & Nunc dimittis • Byrd; John Merbecke (c. 1510 – c. 1585)

Psalm :: 114 • Byrd; Edward Blanks (fl. ca. 1600)

Anthem :: Christ rising again • Thomas Tomkins (1572–1656)

Sung by the Collegium & Cappella Sancti Pauli under the direction of Iason Marmaras,

leading the Worship Revd. Canon Leonard Doolan

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Schola Sanctorum Sancti Pauli

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.

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First Sunday in Lent 2018

Canon Leonard Doolan

 

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.

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Clean Monday

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

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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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15th Spring Organ Series Concerts

The 15th Spring Organ Series of Concerts will take place at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Athens, from Sunday 18th March 2018 until Sunday 6th May 2018.

Under the auspices of our Musical Director and Organist, MsChristina Antoniadou, BMus, MMus, LRAM (Graduate RAM & RSAMD), these series of concerts have become part of the musical life of this City. SOS is one of the longest music festivals in Athens and unique of its genre in Greece, bringing world premieres and uniting artists from many continents (Europe, Australia, South America).  The calibre and breadth of the concerts is a testament of the high regard with which Christina is held in music circles.

We hope you will make a note of the dates and come along to one, if not all, of the concerts.

For all enquiries regarding the Spring Organ Series, please contact Christina Antoniadou christina_antoniadou@yahoo.gr

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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