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16 Apr
Corfu Easter 2019 - Programme of events

Lazarus Friday (19/4)
19:30: Agios Arsenios Metropolitan Church Choir - Holy Week hymns at Church of Saint Spyridon.

Lazarus Saturday (20/4)
11:30 Choirs from throughout Corfu set off from Ag. Nikolaos church and Ag. Lazarou church (whose name day it is) singing ‘Lazarus Carols’. The choirs sing in various spots in the historical centre of town and meet up at 12:30 to sing the carols at the Old Town Hall. Organizers: ‘Corfu Expression Organization’.
20:00 Corfu Philharmonic Society – the oldest on the island – will give a concert at the Municipal Theatre.

Palm Sunday (21/4)
11:00 Litany with the Sacred Relics of Agios Spyridon. On Palm Sunday after the service at Ag. Spyridon church there follows the biggest – in terms of duration and length of route – litany with the Sacred Relics. It follows almost the whole length of the town’s old wall with Archbishop Nektarios of Corfu at the forefront. This litany was established in 1629 in remembrance of the island’s miraculous deliverance from the plague.
20:30 Concert with ‘Capodistrias’ Philharmonic Society and the ecclesiastical section of Corfu Choir at the Church of St. George in the Old Fortress.
20:30 Concert with ecclesiastical music at the Old Palace Colonnade organised by the Centre for Ionian Music and Corfu Cultural Choir.

Holy Monday (22/4)
20:30 ‘Mantzaros’ Philharmonic Society concert at the Municipal Theatre with the anti-war 'The Armed Man, A Mass for Peace' by Karl Jenkins.
21:00: Kinopiastes Philharmonic Band concert with ecclesiastical music at the Catholic Cathedral (Duomo).

Holy Tuesday (23/4)
21:30 Poetry and Musical Evening ‘From Cavalry to the Resurrection’. Organized by the Corfu Events Organization in the colonnade of the Old Palace.

Holy Wednesday (24/4)
19:00 The Holy Metropolis Ecclesiastical Choir ‘Agios Arsenios’ sings the Washing of the Feet Devotional at Ag. Panton Church in town, with Archbishop Nektarios of Corfu.
21:00: Concert with Ecclesiastical music at the Municipal Theatre. Corfu 'San Giacomo' Municipal Choir, 'Nikos Astrinidis' Mixed Choir and Thessaloniki Concert Hall Youth Symphony Orchestra perfom Requiem by Michael Haydn.

Holy (Maundy) Thursday (25/4)
20:00 Washing of the Feet ceremony at the Catholic Cathedral (Duomo), at which the Catholic Archbishop Ioannis Spiteris will symbolically wash the feet of twelve children. This is followed late at night by the Agia Ora ceremony.

Good Friday (26/4)

11:30 The Ceremony of the Descent from the Cross is conducted at all churches. Following this all of the churches in town organize the Epitaphios procession in a particular order with musical groups, choirs, schools, scouts and others. The church choirs, especially that of the Metropolitan Church, as well as the Municipal Choir solemnly chant the Eulogies whilst the philharmonic (brass) bands play classical works such as Albinoni’s Adagio from the ‘Old’ Corfu Philharmonic Society (Red), Verdi’s Marcia Funebre from ‘Mantzaros’ Philharmonic Society (Blue) along with Mariani’s funereal elegy Sventura and Chopin’s Funeral March from the ‘Capodistrias’ Philharmonic Society.

The Metropolitan Church Epitaphios procession is accompanied by all of the town's bands and choirs.

Epitaphios Processions

12:30 Church of St. Irene (General Hospital) and Church of St. Artemis (Police Headquarters – Old Hospital)
14:00 Church of Pantocrator (Old Town-Cambiello) / Church of Spilaiotissis (New Fortress): Corfu Naval Station
15:30 Church of Saint Nicholas of the Baths (St. Nicholas Gate): DOPAP & Corfu Scouts
16:00 Church of Saint George (Old Fortress): Corfu Events Organization
16:30 Church of Saint Panteleimon (Psychiatric Hospital)
17:00 St. Efymias Monastery (Mon Repos)
17:15 Church of Holy Virgin Mary Odigitria – Panagiopoula (Porta Remounda): Corfu Expressions Organization
17:30 Church of Holy Virgin Mary Kassopitra in Figareto / Church of the Assumption in Analipsi / Church of Saint George in Mantouki
18:00 Church of All Saints (Agion Panton) (Town) / Church of the Resurrection in the 1st Municipal Cemetery in Garitsa / St. Theodoros Monastery (Stratia)
18:30 Church of Saint Sophia in the Jewish quarter / Church of Saint Paraskevi (Porta Remounda)
19:00 Church of Saint Anthony (Spilia) / Holy Trinity Church (Garitsa) / Church of Saint Constantine and Helen (Koulines) / Church of the Dormition of Holy Mary belonging to the Mamalos family (Koyevina Hill) / Church of Saint Iasonas and Sosipatros (Garitsa)
19:15 Church of Saint Eleftherios (Kofinetta) / Church of Holy Virgin Mary Vlahernon (Garitsa)
19:30 Church of Saint Spyridon (San Rocco Square-Kotsela) / Church of the Three Holy Martyrs (Garitsa) / Church of Holy Virgin Mary Faneromeni (St. Spyridon Sq. - 'Plakada')
20:00 Church of Saint Vasilios (Pinia) / Church of Saint Ioannis Lazos (Kefalomantouko) / Church of Saint Barbara (Potamos) / Church of Saint Nikolaos (Alikes)
20:15 Church of Saint Nikolaos (Cambiello)
20:30 Church of Saint Ioannis (Piazza)
20:45 Church of Saint Jacob & Christopher in Old Town Hall Square (Catholic Cathedral)
21:00 Church of Saint Spyridon – Epitaphios Procession in the church accompanied by Corfu Philharmonic Society
22:00 Metropolitan Church Spilaiotissis (Spilia)

Easter Saturday (27/4)

06:00 Church of Virgin Mary ton Xenon (strangers) located at Plakada (Saint Spyridon square): the earthquake that preceded Christ’s Resurrection is artificially recreated.

09:00 Church of Saint Spyridon. This is the only day of the year that St Spyridon’s Epitaphios procession is combined with a Litany of the Saint’s holy relics. Dating back to the mid-16th century, this is the oldest and most awe-inspiring litany. It commemorates the incident when the Saint saved his people from starvation, by redirecting ships loaded with wheat to Corfu after his apparition appeared to the captain. The long procession moves to the funereal tunes of the three philharmonic bands. The ‘Old’ Band play the funeral march from Faccio’s Opera ‘Amleto’, the ‘Blue’ band play de Michelis’ funeral march ‘Calde Lacrimae’ (Hot tears) and the Capodistrias Band play from Beethoven’s funeral march from the Eroica Symphony. After the end of the Litany, the Saint’s holy relics lie in repose outside the door of the crypt in Saint Spyridon Church until Easter Tuesday. This is another old tradition, probably having its roots in Constantinople when the Saint's relics were still there. In the years when the island was under Venetian rule the three days when the Saint was 'outside the door' were considered days of asylum.

11.00 – The first Resurrection. After the end of the morning service at the Orthodox Cathedral, church bells around town signal what we call the “First Resurrection” and according to custom, people all over the island hurl clay pots ("botides" in the Corfiot dialect) from windows and balconies which crash noisily on the streets below.

11:01 Another old custom of Corfu Town residents is the “mastella”, a great half barrel placed at the heart of the town, Pinia. The barrel is filled with water and decorated with myrtle and palm leaves. Passers-by throw coins in it and make a wish. When the church bells ring at 11 a.m. the person standing closest to the barrel is pushed into it. As compensation for getting soaked to the bone on a day like this, he gets all the money in the barrel. (Organized by Corfu Events Organization)

21:00 Easter Vigil Devotional at the Catholic Cathedral (Duomo) with ecclesiastical music and choir and officiated by the Catholic Archbishop Ioannis Spiteris. The ceremony ends at 23:00

22:00 Reception of the Holy Fire from the Holy Sepulchre. This takes place at the Pentofanaro (Liston) in the presence of local dignitaries. The Holy Fire is taken to the Church of Saint Paraskevi where the Devotional for the Resurrection begins, led by the Archbishop Nektarios of Corfu. Recently the ceremony has been established for the reception of the Holy Fire by the Catholic Archbishop from the Orthodox Archbishop during the procession to the Church of Saint Paraskevi in Porta Remounda.

23:00 Commencement of the Devotional Vigil for the Resurrection at the Church of Saint Paraskevi, near the Upper Square.

23:40 The procession sets out from the Church of Saint Paraskevi towards the stage in the Upper Square led by the Archbishop of Corfu Nektarios. The Resurrection is celebrated there and ‘Christos Anesti’ (Christ is Risen) is chanted and the three Philharmonic Bands play in a spectacular atmosphere. There are Resurrection services in the following churches: St. Spyridon, All Saints, Virgin Mary ton Xenon, Saint Iasonas and Sosipatros, Three Holy Martyrs, Dormition of Holy Mary belonging to the Mamalos family, Saint Constantine and Helen (Koulines), All Saints (Gouvia) and the following monasteries: Platyteras, Saint Efthimia, Kassopitras (Kanoni) and Saint Theodoros (Stratia).

Easter Sunday (28/4)

09:00 – 11:00 Most churches in Corfu hold the Holy Resurrection Liturgy based on the old tradition. There is also a litany with an icon of the Lord’s Resurrection according to Byzantine tradition as is also done in the Aegean Islands and in the Slav Orthodox countries.

Processions with the Resurrection Icon in Corfu Town
07.30 - Church of Saint Sophia in the Jewish quarter
07.45 - Metropolitan Church Spilaiotissis (Spilia) / Church of All Saints (Agion Panton) / Church of Saint Paraskevi in Porta Remounda.
08:10 Church of Saint Eleftherios (Kofinetta)
08.15 - Church of Saint Spyridon (San Rocco Square-Kotsela)
08.30 - Church of the Assumption in Analipsi (Kanoni) / St. George in Mantouki / Church of Virgin Mary ton Xenon (strangers) in Plakada (Saint Spyridon square) / Church of Holy Virgin Mary Vlahernon (Garitsa)
08.45 - Church of Saint Vasilios in Pinia.
09.00 - Church of Saint Antonios in Spilia / St. Ioannis in Piazza / Church of Saint Nikolaos (Cambiello)
10.00 - Church of Saint Spiridon in Plakada with the 'Old' Corfu Philharmonic Band playing Wagner’s ‘Tannhäuser’ and ‘Mantzaros’ Philharmonic Band playing Kritkos’ ‘Marcia Trionfale’’
18.30 - Church of Holy Trinity in Garitsa.
19:30 Evensong of Love at the Metropolitan Church with the Archbishop of Corfu Nektarios reading the Gospels in all languages.

Easter Tuesday (30/4)

18:00 At the Church of Saint Spyridon the holy relics of Saint Spiridon are ceremoniously placed back into the crypt in the presence of local dignitaries and with the two oldest Corfu Philharmonic Bands.

From http://enimerosi.com

 

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