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OXI DAY – 28 October

Written by Marisa Hazakis Όχι Day, celebrated on the 28th October every year in Greece, Cyprus and Hellenic communities around the world, commemorates the beginning of the Greco-Italian war. On this day in 1940, the Greek Prime Minister, Ioannis Metaxas, received an ultimatum in the early hours of the morning from Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini. […]

46th Anniversary of the Turkish Invasion of Cyprus

In commemoration of the 46th anniversary of the Turkish Invasion of Cyprus, we reached out to Andrea Nichas (president of NNCYA) and Christos Tuton (president of NEPOMAK Global) to give us some insight into the ongoing Cyprus dispute.    A PERSPECTIVE BY ANDREA NICHAS There is no doubt that you’ll have heard of the controversy, […]

Anastasi & Easter

Written by Marisa Hazakis On the evening of Holy Saturday, we celebrate the miracle of the Holy Fire and Christ’s Resurrection at the midnight Anastasi Service. Traditionally, an Anastasi meal follows the service, where the faithful break their fast. On Easter Sunday or Pascha, families gather to enjoy the “Feats of Feasts”.  Holy Fire from the church […]

Holy Saturday

Written by Marisa Hazakis On Holy Saturday, the church commemorates the burial of Christ and His descent into Hades. The day in between His Crucifixion and Resurrection, Holy Saturday is also called the Great Sabbath, since it is the day that Christ “rested” in His tomb. The Matins service of Holy Saturday is observed in […]

Good Friday

Written by Marisa Hazakis Good Friday, the most solemn day of the year, commemorates the death of Christ on the Cross. The services of Good Friday actually begin on Thursday evening with the reading of the twelve gospels, which recount the events of the Passion of Christ. The following morning, we observe the Reading of […]

Holy Wednesday: Sacrament of the Holy Unction

Written by Marisa Hazakis On the afternoon or evening of Holy Wednesday, the church offers the Sacrament of the Holy Unction for the healing of the body and soul and for forgiveness of sins. The Sacrament of the Holy Unction is the church’s specific prayer for healing of body, mind and spirit. Although it can […]

Services of the Bridegroom

Written by Marisa Hazakis Beginning on the evening of Palm Sunday until the evening of Holy Tuesday, the church observes the Services of Christ the Bridegroom, which recount and commemorate Jesus’ last earthly days. It is important to note that the church day always begins the evening before the secular day so, most of the […]

Palm Sunday

Written by Marisa Hazakis Palm Sunday is the celebration of the entrance of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem after he had raised Lazarus from the dead. Read on to find out more about the Palm Sunday service and other traditions. The Sunday before Pascha (Easter Sunday) and at the beginning of Holy week, the Orthodox church celebrates the […]

Saturday of Lazarus

Written by Marisa Hazakis   Saturday of Lazarus celebrates the miracle of Jesus Christ when he raised Lazarus from the dead. Here’s what you need to know: The Saturday before Holy Week begins, the Orthodox church celebrates the miracle of Christ raising Lazarus from the dead, after he had lain in the grave for four […]