For those of you who always wonder why Greek Easter is rarely celebrated at the same time as Catholic Easter, there are two reasons.
Easter Eve, is the day after Good Friday. It is the day before Easter and the last day of Holy Week in which Christians prepare for Easter. It commemorates the day that Jesus Christ’s body lay in the tomb.
THE HOLY FLAME We gather at the church with our candles on Saturday night before midnight to pray, sing and receive the holy flame to take home. It is sent from The church of Holy Ascension in Israel to all Orthodox churches. After receiving the flame and passing it to others waiting with candles, everyone kisses and says Christos Anesti, (Christ has risen). We carefully drive with the precious fire to bless our homes. Every entryway is blessed as we say a prayer and create a smokey cross above each portal. Even the gas stove receives the flame. The candles are placed upright in glasses of water to extinguish on their own. Many families then enjoy a traditional meal to begin breaking fast. For us, we head to bed ready for a fun Sunday party celebration with lots of lamb!