Sunday was one of twelve great feasts and the orthodox pattern of fasting and feasting was on full swing. The Aphrodite’s lessons include abstinence of some or the other kind which continues for almost half of the entire year.
On this day, many people light candles on shrines belonging to priests and besides lighting candle placing bunches of holy basil leaves is also considered as one of the key practices.
Aphrodite swore me to secrecy on the ……….
Basil is known as the king of herbs and rightly so. Bunches of these fresh leaves are always used to sprinkle holy water in churches and other holy places.
One of the
first of Aphrodite’s lessons, however, concerned the amount of fasting
or abstinence that went on, for more than half the Orthodox year
involves abstinence of some kind. Aphrodite swore me to secrecy on the
one occasion I saw her eat meat on a Wednesday, the day that
commemorates Judas’s betrayal, and of course she never ate meat on
Friday. The forty day period before Easter involves a gradual diminution
of animal products in the diet, and there are lengthy fasts before
Christmas, the Feast of the Dormition of the Virgin, the Beheading of St
John, and again before Tou Stavrou, which is the name-day for all those
called Stavros or Stavroula.
I make my way to the Cathedral of Athens
as Autumn is advancing. Dry leaves are falling and crackling underfoot,
while the delicate pink and white fronds of the Smyrna acacia are
withering. The Cathedral is not at its best, for extensive repairs and
renovations are taking place. But two important shrines lie undisturbed
on either side
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