Is Basil the king of herbs? 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. Basil is also called a superfood.
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.
Read the beautiful homage written by Gillian Bouras on: http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/