Customs & Traditions

Distinguished EPITAFIOS in Athens
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Some of you are going to be in Athens during Easter, so we thought it would be nice if  you knew where to find the most picturesque and traditional EPITAFIOS (a procession of the ikons and the coffin of Jesus Christ around the streets of the district). 

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It ‘s always on Good Friday evening, usually around 8 or 9, except the Monastery of Kaisariani where it takes place 2 – 2:30 in the afternoon through the forest.
So, the most beautiful are in Plaka, at the churches of Agia Aikaterini (starts at 19.30)
and Metohi Panagiou Tafou in Erextheos str.(starts at 19.00).
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Other churches where the Epitafios are special and have beautiful choirs are: Kapnikarea church on Ermou street, Agios Georgios Karytsis with singers from the National Opera in Karytsi square, Agia Eirini on Aiolou street and, more quiet and peaceful, Agios Dimitrios in Plaka (7,Epimenidou street).
Another idea is the monasteries of Pendeli, Agios Ioannis Kynigos in Agia Paraskevi.
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Remember to have candles with you (brown for Friday, white or a decorated or plain white one for Saturday) and enjoy it with all your heart!
What follows on the video is perhaps the most beautiful hymn of the Greek Orthodox Church.
It’s the mourning of Virgin Mary for her dead son. Although it may sound strange to you, try to listen to it, especially after 4.25”. The singer is a very young traditional music singer, but her performance in Byzantine music is remarkable.  We would love to hear some of your impressions.
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2 Responses to “Distinguished EPITAFIOS in Athens”

  1. admin says:

    Always welcome !!! Kali Anastasi and Happy Easter to you too

  2. Lyndsay sacre says:

    Thank you so much for this, we have visitors so it will be great if we can participate in one of these. Happy Easter to you and your family.

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