Happy Easter! Apr 5, 2015 | Events and Giveaways The Greek Orthodox Easter is not for another week, but I know that most of you celebrate it today, so… Happy Easter! 🙂 from newfreescreensavers.com If you leave a comment, not only will Perro the cat chase a mouse on his blanket, but I’ll also keep you up-to-date with my news and send you exclusive short stories as a 'thank-you'!TwitterFacebookGoogleLinkedInRedditMoreEmailPinterestTumblrStumbleUponPrintPocketLike this:Like Loading... Related Today's Offer: For a limited time only, you can read my latest release, A Heaven for Toasters, for only $0.99 or FREE with Kindle Unlimited. Having trouble seeing this post or reblogging? Just go to my basic-format blog. Follow Me: 44 Comments M T McGuire on April 6, 2015 at 21:35 It was officially Easter for me but because I had flu I have had to put off a visit to my parents until next week so I shall be Orthodox about my Easter festivities this year. Cheers MTM Reply Nicholas C. Rossis on April 6, 2015 at 21:59 Lol – yes, that works 😀 Reply jazzfeathers on April 5, 2015 at 22:37 Happy EAster to you too Reply Nicholas C. Rossis on April 6, 2015 at 11:40 Thanks! Hope you had a lovely one 🙂 Reply Sue Dreamwalker on April 5, 2015 at 19:06 Sending Easter Greetings your way also Happy Easter Nicolas Reply Nicholas C. Rossis on April 6, 2015 at 11:40 Thanks! Hope you had a lovely one 🙂 Reply Galit Balli on April 5, 2015 at 18:05 Happy Easter 🙂 Reply Nicholas C. Rossis on April 6, 2015 at 11:39 Thank you! Hope you had a lovely one 🙂 Reply danniehill on April 5, 2015 at 17:16 Thank you, Nicholas. Christ has risen indeed! Reply Nicholas C. Rossis on April 6, 2015 at 11:38 Alithos Anesti, as we say in Greece (truly, He is risen). Hope you had a lovely one 🙂 Reply Ali Isaac on April 5, 2015 at 17:05 Have a good time next week, Nick! Hope you and your wife have a lovely Easter. Reply Nicholas C. Rossis on April 6, 2015 at 11:38 Thanks, Ali! Hope you had a lovely one 🙂 Reply johnfioravanti on April 5, 2015 at 16:33 Thank you, Bro! Happy Easter to you in advance! Reply Nicholas C. Rossis on April 6, 2015 at 11:37 Ah, thanks, John! Hope you had a lovely one 🙂 Reply Laura on April 5, 2015 at 16:23 Auguri Nicholas, 🙂 Reply Nicholas C. Rossis on April 6, 2015 at 11:37 Grazie, Laura! 🙂 Reply Laura on April 7, 2015 at 01:45 🙂 Reply macjam47 on April 5, 2015 at 16:21 Happy Easter a week early then. Wonderful explanation by Mihran. Reply Nicholas C. Rossis on April 6, 2015 at 11:37 It was rather thorough, wasn’t it? Reply John W. Howell on April 5, 2015 at 16:10 Happy Easter in advance. Reply Nicholas C. Rossis on April 6, 2015 at 11:36 Thanks, John! Hope you had a lovely one 🙂 Reply John W. Howell on April 6, 2015 at 15:36 Very much so. Thanks Reply utahrob on April 5, 2015 at 15:37 Happy Easter! He is risen . . . and, boy, is He mad. Reply Charles Yallowitz on April 5, 2015 at 14:55 Happy Easter. Both this one and the future one. Now I return to the baked cardboard my people call food. 🙂 Reply Nicholas C. Rossis on April 6, 2015 at 11:36 Lol 😀 Reply ErikaKind on April 5, 2015 at 14:47 Thank you, Nicholas. That way I wish you a Happy Easter in advance! Reply Nicholas C. Rossis on April 5, 2015 at 14:47 Lol – no worries, you get another chance next week 😀 Reply ErikaKind on April 5, 2015 at 14:57 I hope I am as attentive as you are… 😉 Reply Sue Coletta on April 5, 2015 at 11:26 Happy Easter!!!! Tell me, how is the Greek Orthodox Easter different from ours? Just curious. Reply mihrank on April 5, 2015 at 11:30 This ceremony takes place in the Orthodox Church of the Resurrection of Christ in Jerusalem in such a way that bewilders the soul of the Christians. ON EASTER SATURDAY, at noon, the Orthodox Patriarch, or any other Orthodox Archbishop, enters the Holy Sepulchre in the church of Resurrection, recites special prayers and remains waiting. Sometimes the waiting is long, sometimes short. The crowd, in the darkened church, repeats continually with a loud voice: “Lord, have mercy” (Kyrie eleison). At a certain moment the Holy Fire flashes from the depth of the Holy Sepulchre in a supernatural way, miraculously, and lights up the little lamp of olive oil put on the edge of it. The Patriarch (or the Archbishop), after having read some prayers, lights up the two clusters of 33 candles he is holding, and begins to distribute the Holy Fire to the multitude of pilgrims, who receive it with great emotion, accompanied with the pealing of bells, acclamations, and an unbridled enthusiasm. The Holy Fire is not only distributed by the Archbishop, but operates also by itself. It emits from the Holy Sepulchre having a gleam of a hue completely different from that of natural Fire. It sparkles, it flashes like lightning, it flies like a dove around the tabernacle of the Holy Sepulchre, and lights up the unlit lamps of olive oil hanging in front of it. It whirls from one side of the church to the other. It enters to some of the chapels inside the church, as for instance the chapel of the Calvery (at a higher level than the Holy Sepulchre) and lights up the little lamps. It lights up also the candles of certain pilgrims. In fact there are some very pious pilgrims who, every time they attended this ceremony, noticed that their candles lit up on the own accord! This divine light also presents some peculiarities: As soon as it appears it has a bluish hue and does not burn. At the first moments of its appearance, if it touches the face, or the mouth, or the hands, it does not burn. This is proof of its divine and supernatural origin. We must also take into consideration that the Holy Fire appears only by the invocation of an Orthodox Archbishop. Each time that heterodox bishops tried to obtain it, they failed. Once the Armenians paid the Turks, who then occupied the Holy Land, in order to obtain permission for their Patriarch to enter the Holy Sepulchre, The Orthodox Patriarch was standing sorrowfully with his flock at the exit of the church, near the left column, when the Holy Fire split this column vertically and flashed near the Orthodox Patriarch. A Moslem Muezin, called Tounom, who saw the miraculous event from an adjacent mosque, abandoned immediately the Moslem religion and became an Orthodox Christian. This event took place in 1549 under Sultan Mourad IV, when the Patriarch of Jerusalem was Sophrony II. (The mentioned split column still exists. It goes back to the XII c. The Orthodox pilgrims embrace it at the “place of the split” as the enter the church). The appearance of the Holy Fire is an event which occurs every year in front of thousands of visual witnesses. Nobody can deny it. On the contrary, this miracle can reinforce those who have lack of faith. Reply Sue Coletta on April 5, 2015 at 11:39 Wow. I’ve got Goosebumps. I want to see it, touch it, feel it. Awesome! Thank you for taking the time to share that with me. I’m going to have to print this out so I don’t lose it. Reply mihrank on April 5, 2015 at 11:45 Sue – welcome – Jerusalem is the holiest shrine for the Christians. Here is a clip from Jerusalem. Reply Sue Coletta on April 5, 2015 at 11:47 Ooh, thank you! Reply Nicholas C. Rossis on April 5, 2015 at 14:45 I’m not sure what I can add to Mihran’s fascinating comment! 🙂 Reply Hugh's Views and News on April 5, 2015 at 11:15 Happy Easter, Nicholas. I hope the Easter Bunny paid you a visit and you enjoy some chocolate 🙂 Reply Nicholas C. Rossis on April 5, 2015 at 14:45 Lol – as an avid chocoholic, I can assure you that this house is never without chocolate 😉 Reply helenj0303 on April 5, 2015 at 10:54 Happy Easter to you and your family as well, Nicholas! x Reply Richard Ankers on April 5, 2015 at 10:37 Happy Easter!!!!! Reply C.E.Robinson on April 5, 2015 at 08:42 Thanks so much, Nicholas! An early Happy Easter to you and your family. Christine Reply kathyrollinson on April 5, 2015 at 08:18 Happy Easter to you, too. Reply mihrank on April 5, 2015 at 08:01 Rejoice and sing praises to God. For Jesus Christ has risen from the dead, just how he had promised. Here’s wishing a very happy Easter to you and your family. May your hearts be filled perpetually with compassion, hope and love. Να χαίρεστε και να τραγουδούν ύμνους στο Θεό. Διότι ο Ιησούς Χριστός Ανέστη εκ νεκρών, ακριβώς πώς είχε υποσχεθεί. Εδώ είναι που επιθυμούν ένα πολύ καλό Πάσχα σε εσάς και την οικογένειά σας. Μπορεί οι καρδιές σας να γεμίσει διαρκώς με συμπόνια, την ελπίδα και την αγάπη. Reply Nicholas C. Rossis on April 5, 2015 at 14:44 Thank you for the Easter wishes, Mihran! Your explanation of the Orthodox Easter was amazing, as was the video. Thanks for the awesome 🙂 Reply mihrank on April 5, 2015 at 14:48 Nicholas – next year you should plan for a pilgrimage tour to Holy Land. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mqZ_GnIZ90 I am sending something via email too… Reply Nicholas C. Rossis on April 5, 2015 at 14:52 Thank you for the great info and the invitation 🙂 Reply Submit a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Add me to your mailing list Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.