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Greek community celebrates Easter
Following the 40-day Easter Lent of the Orthodox Calendar,
thousands of Hellenes across Adelaide celebrated the Resur-
rection of Jesus Christ in what constitutes the most important
religious celebration in all of Christendom.
The Greek Orthodox Community’s churches commenced the
Easter services on Palm Sunday as Holy Week marked the
beginning of the Passion of Christ.
According to an announce-ment from the GOCSA, all the
Community’s churches reached beyond full capacity in the days
leading to Easter Saturday as its members made their way to pray
for peace, prosperity and good health.
"Following the tradition, women of all ages gathered at each of
our churches on Thursday to help decorate the Tomb of Christ
‘Epitaphio’ as well as prepare the church for Good Friday.
"Black and purple ribbons ran across the churches’ interior
reflecting the mourning atmosphere for the Passion of Christ,
while the morning services on Thursday and Saturday drew
thousands of parishioners who came to receive the Holy
"Continuing on Good Friday, the Tomb of Christ dominated in
every church with thousands attending the Royal Hours service
and the litany of the Tomb of Christ reminding church goers the
sacrifice He made for humanity".
Byzantine hymns were chanted around the Tomb and at around
9.00pm the church procession of the ‘Epitaphio’ made its way out
and around the block, with thousands of people following its
The list of official guests who attended the ‘Epitafio’ procession on
Good Friday and Holy Saturday at the Community’s churches
included Minister for Multicultural Affairs Zoe Bettison, Lord
Mayor Sandy Verchoor, Maria Maglieri on behalf of SAMEAC Chair
Andriana Christopoulos, Mayor for Charles Sturt Angela Evans
Mayor for West Torrens Michael Coxon, Jayne Stinson MP and
The celebrations peaked on Easter Saturday with the traditional
midnight mass as thousands of the Community’s members
flocked to church to attend the Resurrection Ceremony and to
receive the Eternal Light. At midnight, priests sang out “Christ has
Risen’, marking the end of the Passion and making the joyful
announcement of Christ’s resurrection.
It’s worth mentioning that the Cathedral of Archangels & Gabriel
hosted as per every other year the special Service of Love,
conducted later in the evening.
Adelaide, South Australia