Overnight, my dad emailed to correct my fairly massive mistake from yesterday. In my excitement for tree sap, I forgot a few critical parts of the Easter story, namely: the Last Supper, the washing of the feet, the agony in the garden, and the betrayal of Jesus. Major, major plot points.
Yesterday was actually an observance of those four things, rather than Christ's crucifixion and death, which will occur during this morning's liturgy. I'll go back in time with my editor tool, and correct yesterday's posts.
|The church last night. If you look inside the door, you can see the Christ icon's golden halo in the upper left.|
Today is Good Friday, or Great Friday, if you're Greek. Today is a day of mourning in Greece. An account of Christ's crucifixion will be read in the morning, some of which was read last night. Later in the day, the icon of Christ will be taken off the cross. Tonight will be his funeral procession.
Those purple ribbons that decorated the church last night will be replaced with black ribbons. The priest will wear black instead of purple, as will a lot of the congregants. Those mourning bells that we heard last night will start up again in a few hours when Jesus dies.
The thing about the Easter celebrations here is that it feels really participatory. It's almost like you're experiencing that week yourself, rather than just reading about it. As a Christian, it's moving.
On a secular note, I'm in two minds about whether Easter is a good time to visit Greece as a tourist, or not. On the one hand, this is Greece's holiday. It's huge, and it's countrywide, and it highlights a lot of the culture in Greece. On the other hand, a lot of things are closed. The islands are crowded, and it's hard to know what's going on if you aren't navigating the country like a local. If you have time, and a good guide, then Easter is a really beautiful time to be in Greece. [UPDATE: More things are open that I thought, though on reduced hours. This might actually be a great time to come to Greece.]
The Kid is awake. The day has begun.