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Holy Saturday

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The Orthodox celebration of Holy Saturday begins with a Holy Mass in the Chapel (8:00). This mass celebrates the time when rumours of Christ’s resurrection began to circulate. Though the icons in the Chapel have been covered since Thursday with black cloths as a sign of mourning, now the cloths are removed. The priest and congregants knock the chairs in the chapel in resounding celebration of the good news. Late in the evening, celebrants gather in the Village Square for the Lambradja, a bonfire where Judas is burned in effigy for his betrayal of Jesus (22:00). Midnight Mass begins at 23:00 in the Chapel. Congregants gather around the Epitafios as the priest performs a service for Christ. Just before midnight, the lights in the chapel are dramatically turned off. Then the lights are restored to symbolise the resurrection, and the priest calls the congregation to take from his candle “the light that never dies” as each congregant receives a lit candle. After the service, guests are invited to Amorosa Bar for a Traditional Midnight Supper (€18 per person) featuring Easter specialities, such as flaounes and tsorekia pastries and two lemony soups, magiritsa and avgolemono. Hard-boiled eggs, dyed red, will be cracked to symbolise Christ’s emergence from the tomb.


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