Μεγάλη Πέμπτη – Ηoly Τhursday 2009

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Δύο video με την τελετουργία του Σταυρού για τους μη Έλληνες και μη ορθόδοξους…. από τον Μητροπολιτικό Ναό του Αγ. Μηνά στο Ηράκλειο σε μετάδωση από το Παγκρήτιο Κανάλι.

…….. English version ……..

For Eastern Orthodox Church (read details at Wiki) the most sad days of the Holy Week is Thursday and Friday. The first because it is the day that Jesus is dying on the cross (Resurrection Day) and the latter because He is in His grave. All these are represented into the Church while pastors and chanters do the Service.

Our Services are called Divine Liturgy. During Divine Liturgy, the prayers are sung or chanted following a prescribed musical form. Almost nothing is read in a normal speaking voice, with the exception of the homily if one is given. Because the human voice is seen as the most perfect instrument of praise, musical instruments (organs, guitars, etc.) are not used to accompany the choir. Even Gospels are not read!

I recorded the Holy Thursday’s Service as broadcasted by the local TV channel and I made 2 videos. The first one shows the Cross when it is taken out in the Church to represent the His Resurrection. The second one shows part of the Gospel of Mark narrating the event. During Gospels people are standing up and are doing nothing in our Church. So everybody reaches the Cross as soon as that Gospel finishes. During Holy Thursday evening you can hear 12 Gospels that are related to the date.

You can see then people bringing wreaths to put on the Cross. So everybody queues up to give their respects and give wreaths or flowers from lemon tree put in a thread.

Some hand made wreaths are done by using flowers of lemon tree in thread like the one you can see on top of the Cross in the following picture.

Whatever cannot be put on the Cross,

is left on its basis.

The video was broadcasted by the local TV channel and the Divine Liturgy was at the Cathedral of Heraklion, Agios Minas.

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