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 September 2009 Newsletter
 This Month 
September's Article: Komboskini Prayer Rope Special Feature: Iconography in the Orthodox Church
What's New: Music, Movies, and Books Featured Destination: Crete Part 5 - East Crete
Latest Arrivals: Ancient Greek Magnets September's Recipe: Bakaliáros Me Prása (Stockfish with Leeks)
Saint Namedays in September Suggestions, Comments, Subscription Info

September's Recipe: Bakaliáros Me Prása  (Stockfish with Leeks)

Ingredients:
  • 2 lbs or 1 kg stockfish
  • 1 generous cup or 250ml Greek extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 lbs or 1 kg leeks, thickly sliced
  • 1 lb or 500g tomatoes, skinned, seeded and coarsely diced
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped flat-leaved parsley
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Preparation:

Soak the stockfish for at least 12 hours, changing the water at regular intervals. Heat the olive oil in a pan and saute the leeks. Add 1 scant cup or 200 ml water, season with salt and pepper, and cook for about 15 minutes, then add the tomatoes. Place the stockfish on top of the vegetables and sprinkle with parsley. Cover and simmer over a low heat for about 25 minutes, checking frequently with a fork to make sure nothing is sticking. Serve while still warm.


Culinaria Greece by Milona, MarianthiExcerpts and Photography from: Culinaria Greece
by Milona, Marianthi
September's Article:
Komboskini Prayer Rope


Komboskini (Prayer Rope)


Komboskini or prayer ropes are a loop of knots, (typically 100 knots) and are held in the left hand, leaving the right hand free to make the Sign of the Cross. Traditionally the prayer rope is placed in the left pocket or wrapped around the left wrist, as a reminder for one to continuously pray.


When held in the hand, pass from knob to know saying the Jesus Prayer, or "the prayer from the heart", and let your mind start to set aside problems and focus on the prayer alone. The practice is a way for you to relax your mind and unite your body with your soul. Historically, the prayer rope is one of the most important tools of the monks. The prayer rope is commonly made of wool, as a symbol of the flock of Christ. Beads can be spaced evenly throughout the chain of knots, making it easier for the knots to be counted.


In proper practice, prayer ropes should be tied by a person of true faith, and although they are often tied by monastics, lay persons are permitted to tie the knots. As the ropes are sacred and should not be displayed out in the open for others to see.
 


 Special Feature: Iconography in the Orthodox Church
Part 4 of 4


 

The Icon of the Theotokos as Platytera dominates the upper portion of the apse, the half dome at the front of the church housing the sanctuary. In basilica or barrel vaulted churches the icon will be on the ceiling above the sanctuary. Her imposing presence illustrates her role as the link between Heaven and Earth, between God and man just as the Icon of the Platytera creates a visual link between the great Icon of the Pantocrator in the dome and his creation as represented by the icons below. She may be shown seated on a decorative chair or throne, standing, or as a half figure filling the apse. The embodiment of virtue and preeminent role model for all, she calls the faithful to Christ and receives prayers of intercession on their behalf. Her face, reflecting serenity and love for God, subtly shows a shadow of the sorrow that she must bear.

The inscription “MHTHP ΘEOY” (Mother of God) or “Π ΛATYTEPA T ΩN OYPANΩN” (Platytera ton Ouranon) title the icon. The latter title means “Wider than the Heavens” and is taken from the Akathist Service, poetically describing her as she who “held the entire universe within her being. She holds holds arms out to embrace us all” In the orans design the Theotokos opens her arms, supplicating God on behalf of the faithful. She is not shown alone but with Jesus, always reminding the faithful that He is the path to salvation. Both are looking directly at the faithful. Her posture is stately but demure with her hair modestly cankered. On her mantle or cloak the stars at her head and shoulders teach the faithful that she was a virgin before, during and after the birth of Jesus.

Infant or youthful Jesus with the cross inscribed halo is seated or standing in front her. In some icons she supports the Christ Child with her arms. His face always has a mature, sometimes adult, countenance to remind the faithful that He is always God even as a child. Jesus is blessing with His right hand. In His left hand He holds an unopened scroll indicating His ministry has not yet begun.

Often only the beginning and ending of each word is used as is tradition in iconography. Words and initials can be written horizontally or vertically. Some churches may also have angels with their hands reverently covered by the folds of their garments kneeling or floating on either side.

Below the Platytera are the Great Hierarchs or “Fathers of the Church” shown in bishop's vestments. St. Basil and St. John Chrysotom, writers of the Divine Liturgy are in the center with St. Gregory the Theologian, Athanasios the Great, St. Spyridon and St. Cyril of Alexandria on each side. They often hold scrolls and each is identified by name, or initials. Their position behind the altar is reminder to the clergy of their great responsibility to uphold the teachings of the Fathers.

The majestic and powerful Pantocrator Icon or “Ruler of All” is seen in the domes of cruciform churches and on the ceiling of single vault basilica style Orthodox Churches. His face, reflecting power and wisdom from the high forehead and large eyes, is simultaneously austere and judgmental but gentle and compassionate. His full brown hair is divided in two. Sometimes there are two small wisps at the top of his forehead. These signify his human and divine natures. His halo, containing a cross inscribed with OΩN or “The One” is found on all icons of Jesus Christ. He is surrounded by gold reflecting the light of glory. The initials IC XC initials for “IΣOYΣ XPIΣTOΣ” or “Jesus Christ” and/or “O Παντοκρατορ” or “The Pantocrator” are above His shoulders. His right hand may be shown with the blessing posture of thumb and third finger touching with first two fingers crossed, forming IC XC or gracefully extending from his garment showing Him as teaching. He holds the Gospel as “The Way to Salvation.” His half length image to enclosed within a circle often banded with concentric circles colorfully embellished with rainbow-hued designs reminiscent of the sun. Inscriptions can also be included on the circle such as “I am the light of the world” or “The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.” The image in the dome is not God the Father, but is Jesus Christ the Son. God the Father cannot be portrayed because He has never been seen. Whereas, Jesus was seen and therefore can be portrayed in icons.  

Cocentrically positioned below the Encircled Pantocrator can be angels, some eight-winged and some many-eyed as described in the Scriptures, or prophets of the Old Testament, or the Deisis which includes the Theotokos, St. John the Baptist and Archangels Michael and Gabriel. Placement of these figures near the Pantocrator shows their importance as bearers of God’s word to His people.

In the four pendentives or inverted triangular areas supporting the dome are the writers of the New Testament, the Four Evangelists. They face each other with Matthew and John on the front two pendentives and Luke and Mark on the back two. All are usually shown with scrolls. John sits with his head tilted to hear the angel while Prochoros, his discipile, is writing what is heard. Symbols associated with the Evangelists are taken from Prophet Ezekiel’s vision of the four faces of the seraphim. The angel, most human-like, describes the Gospel of Matthew. The eagle, most mystical, describes the Gospel of John, while the lion, most powerful for its focus on Christ , symbolizes the Gospel of Mark. Lastly, the ox, gentle and useful, denotes the Gospel of Luke.

(Written by Faye Peponis, who has served the Greek Orthodox Church for over 35 years in various administrative and teaching capacities. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education from DePaul University and a Master's in Education from Purdue University.)
 

Ecclesia: Greek Orthodox Churches of the Chicago Metropolis
Excerpts and Photography from
Ecclesia: Greek Orthodox Churches
of the Chicago Metropolis

by Panos Fiorentinos


 What's New!
 CDs
Thalassa 2009 - 22 Greek Summer Hits (CD +DVD)

Thalassa 2009 - 22 Greek Summer Hits (CD)
Thalassa 2009 - 22 Greek Summer Hits (CD)

Thalassa 2009 - 22 Greek Summer Hits (CD +DVD)


Minos Summer 2009 - 20 Greek Summer Hits

Minos Summer 2009 - 20 Greek Summer Hits
Athens Bar vol. 3 - 16 Greek Summer Hits

Athens Bar vol. 3 - 16 Greek Summer Hits
Hot Summer Mix 2009 - 25 Greek Summer Hits

Hot Summer Mix 2009 - 25 Greek Summer Hits
 
Digital Heaven 2009 - 14 Greek Summer Hits from Heaven

Digital Heaven 2009 - 14 Greek Summer Hits from Heaven
Kalokeri 2009 - 55 Hits (3cds)

Kalokeri 2009 - 55 Hits (3cds)


Non-stop Greek Mix Vol. 5 by Nikos Halkousis

Non-stop Greek Mix Vol. 5 by Nikos Halkousis

 
The Nisiotiko Glenti - 81 Island Songs for your party

The Nisiotiko Glenti - 81 Island Songs for your party


Leko Xefantoma 2CD Compilation

Leko Xefantoma
2CD Compilation
Mamma Mia (OST)

Mamma Mia (OST)
 
Seven 7 Special Edition, Mihalis Hatzigiannis (BONUS DVD)

Seven 7 Special Edition, Mihalis Hatzigiannis (BONUS DVD)
PS S' Agapo Sp. Edition CD / DVD (PAL), Dionysis Shoinas

PS S' Agapo Sp. Edition CD / DVD (PAL), Dionysis Shoinas

Ap' to liverpoul sti sadorini, Vasilis Kazoulis

Ap' to liverpoul sti sadorini, Vasilis Kazoulis
Me ton obama adama, Hristos Nikolopoulos

Me ton obama adama, Hristos Nikolopoulos
Mia kokkini grammi, Natasa Theodoridou

Mia kokkini grammi, Natasa Theodoridou
Para Poli, George Tsalikis

Para Poli, George Tsalikis
Ximerose, Glykeria

Ximerose, Glykeria
Thanos Petrelis Live, Thanos Petrelis

Thanos Petrelis Live,
Thanos Petrelis
Etimi, Rallia Hristidou

Etimi, Rallia Hristidou
Allios, Konstantinos Hristoforou

Allios, Konstantinos Hristoforou
Ena Oneiro Zo, Thelxi

Ena Oneiro Zo, Thelxi

 
Zodano Kittaro, Eleni Vitali (2 CD)

Zodano Kittaro, Eleni Vitali (2 CD)
Kostas Makedonas Live (2 CD)

Kostas Makedonas
Live (2 CD)
An Ikseres, Andreas Stamos

An Ikseres, Andreas Stamos
Eleni Vitali Antholoyio (4 CD)

Eleni Vitali Antholoyio
(4 CD)
Ap' Tin Arhi, Vicky Leandros (5 CD)

Ap' Tin Arhi, Vicky Leandros (5 CD)
72 Megales Epiihies, Dionysis Hiotis (4 CD)

72 Megales Epiihies, Dionysis Hiotis (4 CD)

 
Sighroni Elliniki Mousiki Yia Flaouto Ke Piano, Contemporary Greek Music Foro Flute and Piano

Sighroni Elliniki Mousiki Yia Flaouto Ke Piano, Contemporary Greek Music Foro Flute and Piano
Glenti Sta Klarina, Filio Pirgaki

Glenti Sta Klarina,
Filio Pirgaki

 
14 Megala Tragoudia, Sofia Vebo

14 Megala Tragoudia,
Sofia Vebo
14 Megala Tragoudia, Nikos Gounaris

14 Megala Tragoudia, Nikos Gounaris

14 Megala Tragoudia, Tonis Maroudas

14 Megala Tragoudia,
Tonis Maroudas

 
14 Megala Tragoudia, Yiannis Logothetis

14 Megala Tragoudia, Yiannis Logothetis
14 Megala Tragoudia, Lakis Alexandrou

14 Megala Tragoudia, Lakis Alexandrou

 
 Books - Children's Books in Greek
Mythology for Children, O Kosmos genietai, oi Titanes, o Dias kai I Oikogeneia tou, adaptation by So

Mythology for Children, O Kosmos genietai, oi Titanes, o Dias kai I Oikogeneia tou, adaptation by So
Mythology for Children, Hera, Efaistos, Aphrodite, and Aris , adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka

Mythology for Children, Hera, Efaistos, Aphrodite, and Aris , adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka
Mythology for Children, Athina, Poseidon, and Artemis, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka

Mythology for Children, Athina, Poseidon, and Artemis, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka
Mythology for Children, Hermes, Pluto, Persefoni, Demetra, and Dionysos, adaptation by S Zarambouka

Mythology for Children, Hermes, Pluto, Persefoni, Demetra, and Dionysos, adaptation by S Zarambouka
Mythology for Children, Moires, Promitheas, Pandora, Defkalion, kai oi Anemoi , adaptation by Sofia

Mythology for Children, Moires, Promitheas, Pandora, Defkalion, kai oi Anemoi , adaptation by Sofia
Mythology for Children, Eos, Elios, Faithon, Selini, and Pan, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka

Mythology for Children, Eos, Elios, Faithon, Selini, and Pan, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka


Mythology for Children, Centaurs, Asklipios, Mouses, and Orfeas, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka

Mythology for Children, Centaurs, Asklipios, Mouses, and Orfeas, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka
Mythology for Children, Europe, Kadmos, Tantalos, Pelopas, and Danaos, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouk

Mythology for Children, Europe, Kadmos, Tantalos, Pelopas, and Danaos, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouk

Mythology for Children, oi athloi tou Hrakli, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka

Mythology for Children, oi athloi tou Hrakli, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka

Mythology for Children,Thiseas, Minotavros, Minoas, Pasifai, and Ariandne, adaptation by Sofia Zaram

Mythology for Children,Thiseas, Minotavros, Minoas, Pasifai, and Ariandne, adaptation by Sofia Zaram

Aristofanes for Children Series, Irini, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka

Aristofanes for Children Series, Irini, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka

Aristofanes for Children Series, Vatrahoi, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka

Aristofanes for Children Series, Vatrahoi, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka
Aristofanes for Children Series, Lysistrata, by Aristofanes, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka

Aristofanes for Children Series, Lysistrata, by Aristofanes, adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka
Homer's Illiad, Adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka (In Greek)

Homer's Illiad, Adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka (In Greek)

Homer's Odyssey, Adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka (In Greek)

Homer's Odyssey, Adaptation by Sofia Zarambouka (In Greek)
(In Greek)

O Megalexandros, Sofia Zarmbouka (In Greek)

O Megalexandros, Sofia Zarmbouka (In Greek)

Greek Mythology Illustrated Dictionary for Children (In Greek)

Greek Mythology Illustrated Dictionary for Children (In Greek)
Geros & I Thalassa, Hemingouei  (In Greek)

Geros & I Thalassa, Hemingouei (In Greek)
Palia Epaggelmata (In Greek)

Palia Epaggelmata (In Greek)
Sta Mystika tou Valtou, Penelope Delta (In Greek)

Sta Mystika tou Valtou, Penelope Delta (In Greek)
Maggas (Monotoniko), Penelopi Delta (In Greek)

Maggas (Monotoniko), Penelopi Delta (In Greek)

Trellantonis, by Pinelopi Delta (In Greek)

Trellantonis, by Pinelopi Delta (In Greek)
Paramythi horis onoma, by Pinelopi Delta (In Greek)

Paramythi horis onoma, by Pinelopi Delta (In Greek)

Gia tin Patrida, by Pinelopi Delta (In Greek)

Gia tin Patrida, by Pinelopi Delta (In Greek)
Ton Kairo tou Voulgaroktonou, by Pinelopi Delta (In Greek)

Ton Kairo tou Voulgaroktonou, by Pinelopi Delta (In Greek)
O Aris o Tsagkaris, by Evgenios Trivizas (In Greek)

O Aris o Tsagkaris, by Evgenios Trivizas (In Greek)

Ta Tria Lykakia, by Evgenios Trivizas (In Greek)

Ta Tria Lykakia, by Evgenios Trivizas (In Greek)
I zoi tou Ai Vasili san Paramithi, by Efi Karantinou (In Greek)

I zoi tou Ai Vasili san Paramithi, by Efi Karantinou (In Greek)

O kyrios Zaharias kai I kyria Zaharia, Evgenios Trivizas (In Greek)

O kyrios Zaharias kai I kyria Zaharia, Evgenios Trivizas (In Greek)
Frikantela, I magissa pou misouse ta kalanta, Evgenios Trivizas (In Greek)

Frikantela, I magissa pou misouse ta kalanta, Evgenios Trivizas (In Greek)

 
O Mikros Nikolas se nees peripeties, René Goscinny (In Greek)

O Mikros Nikolas se nees peripeties, René Goscinny (In Greek)

C. S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew (In Greek)

C. S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew (In Greek)
C. S. Lewis, Prince Caspian : The Return to Narnia (In Greek)

C. S. Lewis, Prince Caspian : The Return to Narnia
(In Greek)

Pame Diakopes Telionontas to Nipiagogeio, by Evaggelia Desypri  (In Greek)

Pame Diakopes Telionontas to Nipiagogeio, by Evaggelia Desypri (In Greek)
To Proto mou Vivlio Gia to Perivallon, by Elena Eleni (in Greek)

To Proto mou Vivlio Gia to Perivallon, by Elena Eleni (in Greek)
O polemos tis Omegavitas, Evgenios Trivizas (In Greek)

O polemos tis Omegavitas, Evgenios Trivizas (In Greek)

Haroumeni Protohronia, by Efi Karantinou (In Greek)

Haroumeni Protohronia, by Efi Karantinou (In Greek)
Kalo Pasha, Ithi kai ethima me aftokolita, by Efi Karantinou (In Greek)

Kalo Pasha, Ithi kai ethima me aftokolita, by Efi Karantinou (In Greek)
(In Greek)

Paradoseis tis Patridas mas me aftokolita, by Efi Karantinou (In Greek)

Paradoseis tis Patridas mas me aftokolita, by Efi Karantinou (In Greek)

Trigona, Kalanta, Drastiriotites kai Paradoseis (+CD) by Efi Karantinou (In Greek)

Trigona, Kalanta, Drastiriotites kai Paradoseis (+CD) by Efi Karantinou (In Greek)
 Greek Fisherman's Hats

Children's Greek Fisherman Hat

The original Greek Fisherman hat is now available in a children's
size 6 1/2 (US). This size fits most children's ages 7 and up.

Makes a great accessory for dance outfits. Discounts
available on volume orders for Churches and Dance Troops.
 

Greek Fisherman's Hat - Wool - Black

Greek Fisherman's Hat -
Wool - Black


 Christian and Greek Oil Lamps
Oil Lamp Jerusalem

Oil Lamp Jerusalem
Oil Lamp Nazareth

Oil Lamp Nazareth
Oil Lamp Bethlehem

Oil Lamp Bethlehem

Oil Lamp Jericho

Oil Lamp Jericho
Oil Lamp Tabor

Oil Lamp Tabor
Oil Lamp Jordan

Oil Lamp Jordan
Oil Lamp John

Oil Lamp John

Oil Lamp Mark

Oil Lamp Mark
Oil Lamp Matthew

Oil Lamp Matthew

Oil Lamp Luke

Oil Lamp Luke

Oil Lamp Paul

Oil Lamp Paul
Oil Lamp Peter

Oil Lamp Peter

Oil Lamp Zeus

Oil Lamp Zeus
Oil Lamp Athena

Oil Lamp Athena

Oil Lamp Galinos

Oil Lamp Galinos

 Latest Arrivals: Magnets!
 Ancient Greek Magnets
Ancient Greek Magnet New Arrivals
 
Ancient Greek Aphrodite Magnet

Ancient Greek Aphrodite Magnet
Ancient

Ancient Greek Prophet Magnet
Ancient Greek Dionysus Magnet

Ancient Greek Dionysus Magnet

Ancient Greek Fortune Magnet

Ancient Greek Fortune Magnet
Ancient Greek Aphrodite Magnet

Ancient Greek Aphrodite Magnet
Ancient Greek Ionic Column Magnet

Ancient Greek Ionic Column Magnet
Ancient Greek Tholos Temple Magnet

Ancient Greek Tholos Temple Magnet

Ancient Greek Shield Magnet

Ancient Greek Shield Magnet
Ancient Greek Helmet Magnet

Ancient Greek Helmet Magnet

Ancient Greek Athena Magnet

Ancient Greek Athena Magnet

Ancient Greek Athena Magnet

Ancient Greek Athena Magnet
Ancient Greek Artemis Magnet

Ancient Greek Artemis Magnet

Ancient Greek Aphrodite Magnet

Ancient Greek Aphrodite Magnet
Ancient Greek Lions' Gate Magnet

Ancient Greek Lions' Gate Magnet

Ancient Greek Owl Magnet

Ancient Greek Owl Magnet

Statues and Busts
Plato Bust (6")

Plato Bust (6")
Hygeia Bust (5")

Hygeia Bust (5")
Aristotle Bust (6")

Aristotle Bust (6")

Charioteer Bust (6")

Charioteer Bust (6")
Apollo Bust (6")

Apollo Bust (6")
Poseidon or Zeus Bust (6")

Poseidon or Zeus Bust (6")
Sphinx Statue (5")

Sphinx Statue (5")
Artemis Bust (6")

Artemis Bust (6")

Asclepius Bust (6")

Asclepius Bust (6")
Athens Stadium Statue (5" x 3")

Athens Stadium Statue
(5" x 3")
Helmet of Athena (4")

Helmet of Athena (4")
Helmet Statue (4")

Helmet Statue (4")
Temple of Apollo Statue Portara (6")

Temple of Apollo Statue Portara (6")

Owl Statue (6")

Owl Statue (6")
Hadrien's Gate Statue (6")

Hadrien's Gate Statue (6")

Homer Bust (7")

Homer Bust (7")
Column Statue (7")

Column Statue (7")
Pythagoras Bust (7")

Pythagoras Bust (7")

Alexander Bust (7")

Alexander Bust (7")
Poseidon or Zeus Bust (8")

Poseidon or Zeus Bust (8")

Hippocrates Statue (12")

Hippocrates Statue (12")
Pericles Bust (10")

Pericles Bust (10")
Epidavros Theater (7" x 8" x 3")

Epidavros Theater
(7" x 8" x 3")

Candle Stick Holder -  Ancient Greek Column (5")

Candle Stick Holder - Ancient Greek Column (5")
Candle Stick Holder - Ancient Greek Column Top (3")

Candle Stick Holder -
Ancient Greek Column Top (3")
  Food Items
Mythology Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Crete 3 liters

Mythology Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Crete 3 liters
Greek Nescafe for Frappe Iced Coffee - Net Wt. 200 gr - Case of 12

Greek Nescafe for Frappe Iced Coffee - Net Wt. 200 gr - Case of 12
Palirria Cuisine Hellenic - Young Okras in Oil

Palirria Cuisine Hellenic - Young Okras in Oil

Palirria Cuisine Hellenic - Baked Giant Beans in Tomato Sauce

Palirria Cuisine Hellenic - Baked Giant Beans in Tomato Sauce

Palirria Cuisine Hellenic - Cabbage Leaves Stuffed with Rice, Raisins, Pine Nuts in Lemon Sauce

Palirria Cuisine Hellenic - Cabbage Leaves Stuffed with Rice, Raisins, Pine Nuts in Lemon Sauce
  Vancouver 2010 Olympic Collectors' Pins

New Arrivals to our Vancouver 2010 Olympic Pin Collection!
Vancouver 2010 Mukmuk and Family Pin

Vancouver 2010 Mukmuk and Family Pin
Vancouver 2010 Silhouette Pairs Skating Pin

Vancouver 2010 Silhouette Pairs Skating Pin
Vancouver 2010 Double Quatchi Carrying Torch Pin

Vancouver 2010 Double Quatchi Carrying Torch Pin

Vancouver 2010 Miga Carrying Torch Pin

Vancouver 2010 Miga Carrying Torch Pin


 
 Sterling Silver & Gold Plated Jewelry, Worrybeads  
18k Gold Overlay Necklace - Hand Braided Wire

18k Gold Overlay Necklace - Hand Braided Wire
18k Gold Overlay Bracelet - Hand Braided Wire

18k Gold Overlay Bracelet - Hand Braided Wire
Gold 14k Evil Eye Bracelet Dark Blue (7mm)

Gold 14k Evil Eye Bracelet Dark Blue (7mm)
Gold 14k Evil Eye Bracelet Dark Blue (5mm)

Gold 14k Evil Eye Bracelet Light Blue (7mm)
Gold 14k Evil Eye Bracelet Dark Blue (5mm)

Gold 14k Evil Eye Bracelet Dark Blue (5mm)
Gold 14k Evil Eye Bracelet Light Blue (5mm)

Gold 14k Evil Eye Bracelet Light Blue (5mm)
Sterling Silver Serpent Cuff Bracelet (6cm)

Sterling Silver Serpent Cuff Bracelet (6cm)
Sterling Silver Serpent Cuff Bracelet (5.5cm)

Sterling Silver Serpent Cuff Bracelet (5.5cm)
Sterling Silver Serpent Cuff Bracelet (5.5cm)

Sterling Silver Serpent Cuff Bracelet (5.5cm)
Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet - Double Rams Head

Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet - Double Rams Head
Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet - Double Lion Heads

Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet - Double Lion Heads
Sterling Silver Ring - Double Rams Head

Sterling Silver Ring - Double Rams Head
Sterling Silver Ring - Double Lion Head

Sterling Silver Ring - Double Lion Head
Sterling Silver Necklace - Handcrafted Greek Key Link

Sterling Silver Necklace - Handcrafted Greek Key Link
Sterling Silver Earrings - Hanging Double Greek Key

Sterling Silver Earrings - Hanging Double Greek Key
Rubber Bracelet - Round Sterling Silver Greek Key (.6cm)

Rubber Bracelet - Round Sterling Silver Greek Key (.6cm)
Rubber Bracelet - Sterling Silver Large Greek Key (.7cm)

Rubber Bracelet - Sterling Silver Large Greek Key (.7cm)
Rubber Bracelet - Round Sterling Silver Greek Key (.4cm)

Rubber Bracelet - Round Sterling Silver Greek Key (.4cm)
Rubber Bracelet - Round Sterling Silver Greek Key (.4cm)

Rubber Bracelet - Round Sterling Silver Greek Key (.4cm)
Rubber Bracelet - Round Sterling Silver Double Greek Key (.4cm)

Rubber Bracelet - Round Sterling Silver Double Greek Key (.4cm)
Rubber Bracelet - Sterling Silver 5 Greek Key (.5cm)

Rubber Bracelet - Sterling Silver 5 Greek Key (.5cm)
Sterling Silver Worrybeads - Onyx

Sterling Silver Worrybeads - Onyx
Sterling Silver Worrybeads - Tigereye

Sterling Silver Worrybeads - Tigereye
Sterling Silver Worrybeads - Brown Goldstone

Sterling Silver Worrybeads - Brown Goldstone
Sterling Silver Worrybeads - Sapphire

Sterling Silver Worrybeads - Sapphire
Sterling Silver Worrybeads - Amethyst

Sterling Silver Worrybeads - Amethyst
Sterling Silver Worrybeads - 6mm

Sterling Silver Worrybeads - 6mm
Sterling Silver Worrybeads - 9mm

Sterling Silver Worrybeads - 9mm
Sterling Silver Worrybeads - 10mm

Sterling Silver Worrybeads - 10mm
 
Begleri - Spiral and Greek Key Beads

Begleri - Spiral and Greek Key Beads

  Featured Destination: Crete (part 5 of 5)

   
  Crete: Part Five of Five

Karpathos Island MapGEOGRAPHY: The Prefecture of Lasithi is one of the most attractive regions of Crete of particular natural beauty and archaeological interest. Its tranquil shores, well-organised tourist facilities and mild climate make it an ideal venue for vacations. This idyllic picture is completed by the lush vegetation, azure sea, numerous coves and some 5000 windmills. The capital of the Prefecture and its main port is Aghios Nikolaos. Siteia is its second most important harbor and Neapolis and Ierapetra are the other two main towns. The Prefecture is reached by boat or aeroplane, via Herakleion, though the ferry boat on the Piraeus - Kavala route calls at both Siteia and Aghios NikoIaos once a week, connecting Lasithi with Piraeus, the Cyclades, the Dodecanese, the islands of the north Aegean and Kavala. Excursion cliques sail from Aghios Nikolaos to Elounda and the islet of Spinalonga, and from lerapetra to the islet of Chrysi. There is a bus service from Siteia and Aghios Nikolaos to Herakleion, Rethymnon and Chania.

HISTORY-SIGHTS-MONUMENTS: Aghios Nikolaos, capital of the Prefecture, is built at the far end of the gulf of Mirabello and is today a cosmopolitan holiday resort. It was named after the tiny chapel of St. Nicholas, one of the oldest in Crete (9th century). The Venetians built the mighty fortress of Mirabello here. The dominant feature of the town, an ideal centre from which to visit the rest of eastern Crete, is its lake, Almyri, Vromolimni or Voulismeni, which is linked to the new harbor by a canal. It is actually the sunken crater of a long extinct volcano. In addition to the Byzantine chapel one may visit the Archaeological Museum with its exhibit of finds from excavations carried out in eastern Crete. The road to the north of the town leads to one of the loveliest spots in Crete, Elounda (12 km.). Northeast of Elounda is the peninsula of Spinalonga, a rocky area which was a leper colony for many years, and dominated by the ruined Venetian fortress on its crest. At the very point the peninsula joins the land are the ruins of ancient Olous and an Early Christian basilica with mosaic floor has been excavated on the isthmus. Elounda has a cosmopolitan ambiance. A little further north on a small island, opposite the village if Plaka (9 km.) are remnants of Venetian and Turkish structures, a fortress and chapel. 15 km north of Aghios Nikolaos is Neapolis one of the most important towns in the Prefecture and capital of Lasithi from 1868-1903. There is a small Archaeological Collection of local finds and a Folklore Museum.

10 km. southwest of Aghios Nikolaos lies the ruined city of Lato, one of the most important in Crete. Nearby is one of the island's most renowned churches, Panaghia Kera, with 14th century wall-paintings. In the adjacent village of Kritsa there is another noteworthy church, of St. George, with early 14th century wall-paintings. Southeast of Aghios Nikolaos (10 km.) is the Minoan town of Gournia where the foundations of the houses and street system, dating from 1500-1450 BC are exposed. Finds from this area, as well as from the small shrine and palace unearthed here, are displayed in the Herakleion Museum. To the north of Gournia is Pacheia Ammos (21 km. from Aghios Nikolaos), a charming coastal village, focus of many routes and tourist centres. On the south side of the island (36 km. from Aghios Nikolaos) is lerapetra, one of the island's most thriving tourist centres. It is built on the site of the ancient city which flourished particularly in Roman times. The small archaeological collection includes finds from excavations here. There is also a small fortress and little house where Napoleon Bonaparte is reputed to have stayed a night en route to Egypt. West of lerapetra (14 km.) is yet another significant archaeological site, Myrtos (52 Km southwest of Aghios Nikolaos), a beautiful seaside village with an archaeological collection of finds from the ancient settlement located at the southeast edge of the present village. East of lerapetra there is yet another lovely settlement by the sea, Makryyalos (60 km.southeast of Aghios Nikolaos) where there are remnants of a Minoan villa and a monastery of St. John. There was another prehistoric settlement at Lastro (35 km. east of Aghios Nikolaos) and also a Byzantine church of St.George. At Mochlos too (48.5 km. east of Aghios Nikolaos) there are traces of a Minoan settlement. One of the main tourist centres on Crete is Siteia (68 km. east of Aghios Nikolaos), built amphitheatrically on the creek of a bay surrounded by greenery. Siteia was the birthplace of Vintsentos Kornaros. There is a Folk Museum in which notable examples of folk art, as well as objects for everyday use are displayed. The Archaeological Museum is also worth visiting. From Siteia one may easily visit the archaeological sites of Praisos, Itanos and Zakros.

21 km. east of Siteia is the historic monastery of Toplou and even further north is Vai (98 km east of Aghios Nikolaos) an exotic spot where the indigenous palm forest grows down to the sea. 2 km from Vai arise the ancient ruins of Itanos, yet another important Minoan city finds frim which can be seen in the Herakleion Museum. Palaikastro (85 km from Aghios Nikolaos) on the east coast was important in Minoan times and is today a major tourist spot. One of the loveliest parts of East Crete is Zakros with its narrow streets and whitewashed houses set in the midst of a verdant landscape. 4 km east of Kato Zakros a very important Minoan palace has been revealed, contemporary with those at Knossos, Phaistos and Mallia. The impressive finds from Zakros are exhibited in the Herakleion Museum.

Tzerniado (44 km west of Aghios Nikolaos) is the main town of the Lasithi plateau (Oropedio). There are two Postbyzantine monasteries on the plateau, at Vidiani and Kroustalleies. Archaelogical finds have been discovered at Trapeza and the Dikte cave near Psychro (48 km west of Aghios Nikolaos), said to be the birthplace of Zeus. At the edge of the plateau is the Chavga gorge with a magnificent view, a centre for partisans during the German occupation.

The Prefecture of Lasithi boasts some of the finest beaches on Crete, all of which can be reached by bus or car: Ammoudi, Elounda, Pacheia Ammos, Mochlos, Siteia, Vai, Palaikastro, Kato Zakro, Makryyalos, Ierapetra, Myrtos. One may take a caique from lerapetra and visit the islet of Chrysi (9 nautical miles) with its gorgeous beaches and tropical vegetation. Similarly one can sail to the small island of Aghios Nikolaos in the bay of Siteia and to Pseira opposite Mochlos in the gulf of Mirabello. Accommodation is available in hotels, large and small, pensions, furnished rooms and apartments. The large hotels are equipped with tennis courts and facilities for water sports. There are volleyball and tennis courts at Aghios Nikolaos. The shores are ideal for fishing and there is a small game in the interior.


 September 2009 Greek Orthodox Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
    1
Ecclesiastical New Year

Synaxis of the Recovery of the Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos
2
13th Wednesday after Pentecost

Mammas the Martyr
3
13th Thursday after Pentecost

Anthimos, Bishop of Nicomedea
4
13th Friday after Pentecost

Babylas the Holy Martyr

Moses the Prophet Godseer  
5
Zacharias & Elizabeth

Urban, Theodore, Medimnos, and 77 Companions at Nicomedea
 

 
6
13th Sunday of Matthew

The Miracle at Colassai of Archangel Michael

Holy Martyr Calodotus
7
14th Monday after Pentecost

The Forefeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos

Sozon the Martyr
 
8
The Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

Sophronios, Bishop of Iberia
9
The Holy & Righteous Ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna

Severianos the Martyr of Sebaste
10
Forefeast of the Elevation of the Venerable and Life-Giving Cross

Menodora, Metrodora, & Nymphodora the Martyrs

11
Forefeast of the Elevation of the Venerable and Life-Giving Cross

Theodora the Martyr of Alexandria

12
Forefeast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross

Apodosis of the Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary
13
Sunday before Holy Cross

Forefeast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross

Memorial of the founding of the Holy Temple: Holy Resurrection of Christ
14
The Elevation of the Venerable and Life-Giving Cross

Commemoration of the 6th Ecumenical Council
 
15
Nikitas the Great Martyr

Philotheos the Righteous

Bessarion of Larissa
16
Euphemia the Great Martyr

Sebastiana, Disciple of St. Paul the Apostle

Dorotheos the Hermit of Egypt
17
15th Thursday after Pentecost

Sophia & her three daughters: Faith, Hope, and Love

Herakleides & Myron, Bishops of Crete
18
15th Friday after Pentecost

Eumenios, Bishop of Gortyna
f
Ariadne the Martyr
19
Saturday after Holy Cross

Trophimos, Sabbatios, & Dorymedon the Martyrs

Afterfeast of the Holy Cross
20
Sunday after Holy Cross

Eustathios the Great Martyr, his wife and two children

Our Righteous Father Eustathius, Archbishop of Thessolonica
21
Monday of the 1st Week

Apodosis of the Elevation of the Venerable and Life-Giving Cross

St. Quadratus the Apostle
 
22
Tuesday of the 1st Week

Phocas the Martyr, Bishop of Sinope

Phocas the Cyprian
23
The Conception of St. John the Baptist

Xanthippe & Polyxene the Righteous

John the New Martyr of Epiros
24
Thekla the Protomartyr & Equal-to-the-Apostles

St. Silouan of Athos

Coprios the Righteous
25
Friday of the 1st Week

Euphrosyne of Alexandria

Paphnoutios the Martyr & his 546 Companions in Egypt
26
The Falling Asleep of St. John the Evangelist and Theologian
27
1st Sunday of Luke

Kallistratos the Martyr & his 49 Companions

Mark, Aristarchos, & Zenon, Apostles of the 70
28
Monday of the 2nd Week

Chariton the Confessor

Our Righteous Father Alkeisonus, Metropolitan of Nicopolis; Old Epirus
29
Tuesday of the 2nd Week

Kyriakos the Hermit of Palestine

Martyr Petronius

 

30
Gregory the Illuminator, Bishop of Armenia

Mardonios & Stratonikos the Martyrs
     


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