Today, on the 9th of May 2018, with the grace of God and the embassies of Our Lady of Myrtidiotissa, we had the blessing to go to worship, in the homonymous Temple in Kythira, her holy and miraculous icon. We attended the Blessing of the Loaves and received blessings and spiritual power, followed by a pilgrimage to Saint Elessa and after that we headed for Avlemonas to eat until it was time to leave Kythira and return to Chania.
Let us be aware so we find ourselves among the vigilant that day.
Today, April 1st, 2018 on Palm Sunday with the temple packed with the faithful, we blessed the Vaia in memory of the event that took place in the days of our Lord. So the Lord, who is on His way to His Passion, but also goes to His Resurrection and Ascension, in order to send us the Holy Spirit, to offer us the gift of walking with Him, to meet and to be saved eternally with Him in His kingdom.
May their memory be eternal.
It’s called Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross because in the vigil or Matins of this day, after the great Doxology, the Cross is carried in a solemn procession to the center of the temple and remains there throughout the rest of the week so at the end of every service, it is worshiped.
A crowd of faithful came to worship the holy relic of Saint Filothei and to receive a blessing from it.
Also at the end of the feast His Eminence addressed the reverend archimandrite Father Amphilochios Papagiannakis as the new vicar and head of the temple.
We welcome him and may he always be worthy to please God and the people!
On Monday the 19th of February we celebrate the memory of the Glorious Saint Martyr Filothei the Athenian. The Holy Chapel of the parish of Saint Nektarios that is dedicated to her celebrates too.
This year due to the fact that the Holy Feast coincides with the Clean Monday, it was transferred on the Cheesefare Sunday, February 18th.
On Saturday afternoon, the Festive Vespers will be chanted at 5:00 pm.
Afterwards we will pray the Holy Paraklesis to Saint Filothei and worship Her Sacred Holy Relic. In the morning and at 7:00 am the Matins will be celebrated and then the Archieratical Divine Liturgy will follow.
-From the Parish
Today, on Sunday the 4th of February, we had the opportunity after the Divine Liturgy to make an excursion with the ladies of our Parish to Agios Antonios in Patsos of Rethymnon. After our pilgrimage, we sat to have lunch in the music center of Drymos. Afterwards we went to the City of Rethymnon for a cup of coffee and headed back home.
His eminence our Bishop Mr. Damaskinos blessed our vasilopita pie for 2018! It was a great opportunity for all of the staff to meet. We exchanged wishes and we set new goals for the new year.