Sunday, 20 April 2014

Χριστὸς ἀνέστη!

The Paschal greeting, also known as the Easter acclamation, is an Easter custom ...

You will be greeted with the phrase Χριστὸς ἀνέστη! (Christos Anesti)
You respond with Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη! (Alithós Anésti!)

There was great anticipation as the clock approached midnight. The bell tower, wafted clouds of incense, as fireworks exploded, and flares were sent up from the old harbour below the square ...

This is the moment the flame appeared from Tries Hieraches church last night ...

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The fleme passed from candle to candle. Soon the square was lit by a candle glow ...



Pappa Yorgos continuing the service outside, with the crowds as the midnight hour approached.


The scene below, watched from every vantage point ...



Then Pappa Yorgos announces the words that everyone is waiting to hear - Χριστὸς ἀνέστη!


The church bells ring out, bay leaves rain down from the bell tower ...


Fireworks explode over the square, thunderflashes, boat klaxons celebrate the moment ...


You kiss your friends and neighbours, exchange the paschal greeting, Χριστὸς ἀνέστη! (Christos Anesti) responding with Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη! (Alithós Anésti!) and Χρόνια πολλά ...

This is Pasca, at Tries Hieraches in 1950, as you can see, its not changed much over the years ...

Photo copyright: The Benaki Museum
Then slowly the square cleared, It is the custom to carry the Eternal Flame home and use it to make the sign of the cross on the door frame in smoke. The smoke cross is left there throughout the year, symbolizing that the light of the Resurrection has blessed the home. The candles are used to light icon candelabra, and are put on the table for the midnight meal. The sight of hundreds of candle flames moving from the church to homes on that night is very beautiful, indeed.

When you mark the house, passing friends and neighbours will stop, they exchange the Pascal greeting with you. Even complete strangers will kiss your cheek. Its a very special time for everyone. One where all guests, and non orthodox people are made very welcome indeed ...

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