Come and celebrate the joy of the Christmas season by joining the 8th ‘Singalong Messiah’ at St Paul’s Anglican Church. This event, which has become a firm favourite in the Athens Christmas calendar, will be held on Sunday December 23rd, at 8.30 at St Paul’s Anglican Church, 27, Filellinon St. Come and sing in the chorus, or just to listen to this wonderful Christmas work.
Tickets: 5 euros/3 euros for students, with proceeds going to the Friends of St Paul’s for upkeep of our historic building.
Musical scores available at the door. For more information contact Jane Mandalios on 210 8959123 or email@example.com.
XΧ Choral Evensong with Collegium & Cappella Sancti Pauli conducted by Iason Marmaras will take place on Sunday 25th November at 18.30 hrs.
The Renaissance Choral Evensong services at St Paul’s are organised by the Schola Cantorum Sancti Pauli, the Athens Centre for Early Music, and St Paul’s Anglican Church.
The choir Cappella Sancti Pauli, under the direction of Iason Marmaras, sing a series of Choral Evensong services that aim to revive the musical and liturgical practice at Cathedrals and Chapels during the Renaissance, but also the experience that musicians had of this music at those times, looking at the music as a functional part of the liturgy, rather than as a building-block for concerts.
Remembrance Sunday in Athens was marked by a service in St Paul’s, with HE The British Ambassador, Kate Smith, and many other Ambassadors and representatives of the Commonwealth present. H.E. read the gospel whilst her Defence Attache, Tim Ferns, read a lesson and the “ode of remembrance”. A wreath of poppies was placed on the alter by Church Warden Nigel Daniels and at 11.00 hrs the entire congregation processed outside to witness Tim ringing the bell just as the bells were rung across the UK at the appointed hour.
Afterwards many people travelled down to the beautiful CWGC cemetery at Alimos, where an international gathering attended by Ambassadors and representatives of many nations, faith leaders, schools and other organisations, sang hymns, and listened to readings. It was also wonderful to have the choir of Byron College contributing to the ceremony at Alimos, singing two pieces specially composed for the occasion by their music teacher, Dimitri Orlov: a captivating and moving performance.
Being a September birthday, and hailing from a particularly damp corner of that northern European outpost called England, I have always had a particular affinity for Autumn; the season Keats described as one of ‘mists and mellow fruitfulness’. You can almost smell the leaf mould in that verse!
For me, in that context, Harvest has always been an autumnal festival and closely linked to falling leaves and burnished colours.
How would it be then, I wondered, to celebrate Harvest in a country where mist is apparently not a common weather event and where, even in mid-October, the sun and the mercury are still high (relatively speaking!)
Our father of two and erstwhile stand-up comedian Luke Bryant wrote this special poem which he recited during our lunch at the Kokotos Winery on Sunday 21st October. We are very grateful for his contribution which was much appreciated especially since he was suffering from a painful back that day. We look forward to reading many more contributions from Luke and to his entertaining us again with his special brand of humour:
AN ANGLICAN IN ATHENS
We’ll start our rhyme at Christmas, a magical time of year,
The whole church gets together, to spread the joyful cheer.
The climate in Athens is not so British, not quite so icy cold.
The Christmas tree goes up and the choir begins to sing.
Christmas wishes and thoughts of family, thoughts of memories of old.
And then the Christmas market, so many treats bought and sold.
And then we get through New Year’s, our year in the church begins afresh,
Time to detox ourselves from Christmas and kick-start our minds all fresh.
Time to start thinking about our Easter and preparing ourselves for Lent.
Time to count to forty and restart, our Anglican Christian faith.
Each year brings brand new challenges, created from our past.
Our 65th Christmas Bazaar will take place at Aegli Zappiou on Sunday 25th November 2018 between 11.00 and 15.30 hrs.
There will be something for everyone from Christmas Decorations to Cakes, Toys to Tea, Refreshments to Fancy Goods. Take the weight off your feet in our ‘Cafe’ and enjoy some delicious home-made food or some exotic African delicacies. Have an Irish Coffee or a drink from the Bar.
For Children, Fr Christmas will be present, and there will be a Children’s corner where they can colour their own Christmas Cards, pick a ‘Lucky Dip’, or choose from the Pick ‘n ‘mix.
For those of you who like a bit of excitement, there’s our Raffle with some fantastic prizes or our Tombola with fun, funky and fabulous items to be won.
If you would like to help us out by advertising our Bazaar where you live, please download and print a poster in English here or in Greek here.
Don’t forget the Church will be open for collection of goods from Monday 19th November to Saturday 24th November between 10.00 – 12.00 hrs (10.30 on Wednesday 21st November).
If you would like to help on the day or have a query regarding the bazaar please contact the Bazaar Coordinator here.
Mark the date in your diaries, bring along the whole family, tell your friends and neighbours and get down to the Aegli on Sunday 25th November.
Sunday 21st October at the Ktima Kokotou Winery. Please note there will be NO service at St Paul’s on that day.
(Everyone – and not just members of the Chaplaincy – most welcome and gifts of dried or tinned goods for the Sisters of Mercy will be gratefully received)
Harvest Eucharist 11:00
Followed by Wine Tasting at approx 12:30
Harvest Lunch from 1:30,
Tickets: 15 euros per person (10 euros children 3—10 years, toddlers free). (Family Ticket – 2 Adults + 2 Children 3 – 10 years – 40 Euros.) All proceeds to the Greater Athens Anglican Chaplaincy. Athens area tickets available from Lynn Stavrou.
In memory of Janet Halvantzi, her family have paid for a bus (which will be free of charge) to pick people up OPPOSITE St. Paul’s, Filellinon Street, departing PROMPTLY at 09.45hrs on the Sunday morning. Please ensure you are there in good time to avoid missing the coach. We will be unable to wait due to time constraints. We will depart from Ktima Kokotou Winery at 3.45 p.m. to return to St. Paul’s.
If you /your family / friends would like to travel by bus, please could you add your name to the sign-up sheet at the back of Church. RESERVED SEATING WILL CLOSE ON SUNDAY, 14TH OCTOBER.
Archdeacon Colin Williams was in Greece for the weekend of 11th-14th October for the Licensings of two new priests. On Friday 12th he was in Crete for the Licensing of the Revd. Canon Bruce Bryant-Scott as the Assistant Chaplain with responsibility for Crete (St. Thomas’s, Kefalas). On Sunday 14th The Revd. James Harris was Licensed as Asst. Chaplain at St. Paul’s Athens.
Fr. James will work in Athens and Greece for one year. In Crete, Fr. Leonard the Senior Chaplain preached and Archdeacon Colin preached in Athens (see website for the text).