Saturday, April 07, 2007

The Orthodox tradition
Not quite Kyriopascha but close, rare and interesting all the same
And one hopes about as lucky :). In the Julian calendar this year today is Holy Saturday and the Annunciation (here is an icon of the feast).
The last Kyriopascha on the Julian calendar was in 1991, which was the year of the collapse of the Soviet Union, which resulted in the liberation of the Orthodox people of Eastern Europe.
The Vigil the night before, for both the feast and Good Friday, is interesting to say the least! The beginning and pre-resurrection end of Jesus’ earthly life all in one go.

Rather like I understand in theory you may have a wedding on All Souls’ Day. Very goth that. The wedding ceremony with white vestments, then change to black for the Mass: Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine...

In ‘Fluffya’ the Greek Independence Day parade is diplomatically on a day between the Gregorian and Julian dates of the feast.

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