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Greek community celebrates Easter
16 April 2023
Following the 40-day Lent, hundreds of Community members across Adelaide
celebrated Greek Orthodox Easter in what constitutes the most significant
religious day in the Greek Orthodox Calendar.
‘Christ is Risen’ is echoed at every Community church during the Easter Saturday
Midnight Mass, with the Holy Light spreading among the crowd as a symbol of
spiritual purity and heralding the Resurrection of Jesus.
The Holy Week commenced on Sunday 9 April with the service of Palm Sunday,
marking the beginning of the Passion of Christ.
An announcement from Smaragdi Skordas, the General Secretary of the Greek
Orthodox Community of SA, said all Community churches reached full capacity
in the days leading to Easter Saturday as 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 the Good Friday services.
Black and purple ribbons ran across the churches’ interior reflecting the
mourning spirit of the day, while dozens of parishioners attended the morning
services on Thursday and Saturday to receive Holy Communion.
On Good Friday, the Tomb of Christ stood out in every church with many
attending Good Friday services through-out the day and the procession of the
Tomb of Christ around 9 o’clock later in the evening.
The Easter celebrations concluded on Saturday with the traditional midnight
Mass and the Service of the Resurrection, which was unfortunately forced inside
due to bad weather, and was attended by hundreds of parishioners and official
Amongst them, Ms Olivia Savvas MP Member for Newland, Ms Jayne Stinson MP
Member for Badcoe, Ms Nadia Clancy MP Member for Elder, the Mayor of West
Torrens Mr Michael Coxon, Councillor Peter Ppiros, representing the Mayor of
Charles Sturt Ms Angela Evans, and Councillors Elisabeth Papanikolaou and
George Demetriou from the City of West Torrens.
Easter Sunday services concluded with the Great Paschal Vespers of Love at the
Cathedral of Archangels Michael & Gabriel on the evening of Easter Sunday".
Adelaide, South Australia