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Easter Service In Acharavi

Acharavi and Saint Spiridon, Corfu

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    Posted: 19 Apr 2014 at 5:19pm
Just got back from the service at Acharavi church, well outside really, no chance of getting in even for a minute or two, I've never seen so many crowds. As well as the local population there were seven coaches full from elsewhere. I find the procession from the church to the pump roundabout very moving to see so many people of all ages slowly walking along with their candles lit. The service finishes at the pump with the priest greeting everyone in English as well as Greek. Finally, "Christos Anesty", Christ is Risen, and the response from the audience ," Alithos Anesty", He is truly risen. Then the sky is alight with fireworks. Everyone greets everyone else with "Kalo Paska" and we make our way home.
Traditionally, the orthodox people would now break their fast. But we just had hot chocolate before bed. Tomorrow is a busy day of eating and drinking, we need our sleep.
Bob.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Apr 2014 at 5:57pm
I got a local taverna to do me some extra portions of mayeritsa- both Corfiot and mainland style, and my sons invited a young American surgeon on holiday from Dubai where he is based (but doing tours in Afghanistan and Iraq) to share it with us...all gone so well he is coming to eat lamb with us tomorrow...a new start following a terrible winter with bereavements- do hope it is a sign that things are getting better.
Now to bed- the lamb has to be roasting by 9am!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Apr 2014 at 1:56am
This is a bit back to front as this post should precede the first one.
On Good Friday evening, all the churches hold a service which finishes with the "Epitafia", now I don't know if that means the Bier with the Icon covered in flowers that is carried round the church 3 times stopping at the stations of the cross, or the service itself. Our village has a small boy carrying a wooden cross in front of the bier.
Ours is a small village so the occasion is a low key one but perhaps more personal for that, no strangers here, finally back into the packed church heavy with incense and candle fumes, the service finishes and the priest throws bay leaves into the congregation in a symbolic gesture.
Larger towns have a much bigger event with bands and choirs, singing and playing mournful dirges, indicating the death of Christ.
No fireworks on this evening.
Bob
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