2017 is one of the rare years when the Eastern and Western Easter are celebrated on the same date. We seize this opportunity to explore and illuminate the spiritual traditions of Eastern and Western Christianity.
Athens embraces these traditions and experiences the ritual of Holy Week in a way that reflects its ancient and
The Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, celebrated in the context of the rebirth of nature in the Mediterranean,
will be a springboard for us to explore Athens through its historical memories and monuments.
Representatives of various Christian traditions and denominations will expound on their understanding of suffering, death and eternal life in the context of the Passion and Resurrection of the Lord.
The theological significance of the key events celebrated each day of the Holy Week will be explored through a series of lectures within the context of the immediate experience surrounding them.
Easter, since the Apostolic era, is the time of the main celebration of Christian unity. It offers us today a chance to explore similarities and differences between Christian traditions and denominations and above all, the opportunity to pray together.
» 7 nights accommodation in 4* centrally located hotel in Athens, including buffet breakfast
» Visits to the sites at the center of Athens, covering historical, religious and modern life Attica with local flavors
» Guided cultural walks of Athens that will take you through the material remains of Greek civilization (including among others the Acropolis, the path of St Paul, the unique spolia church of St Eleftherios)
» Smells, tastes, and culinary delights at hidden places of the city that will make you live like a local
» Visits to Museums with interactive tours and special educational programs for children (depending on numbers)
» Lunches at special places offering a genuine experience of the lenten and festive Mediterranean cuisine
» One-day cruise around the islands of Argosaronikos (Hydra, Poros and Aegina) with lunch on board.
» Morning lectures on the rites and rituals of Easter complemented by relevant handouts
» Afternoon visits to churches of all Christian traditions and denominations (Anglican, Catholic, Armenian, Coptic, Russian Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, and Evangelical). We will be received and have the opportunity to talk with community leaders, priests and scholars
» Contemplative reading of the Gospel and the Church Fathers based on selected passages and excerpts from modern theologians (such as Rowan Williams, Fr Sophrony, Anthony of Sourozh, Metr. Kallistos Ware et.al.)
» Services of the Holy Week (in the church and/or denomination each one prefers)
» There will also be time of silence for meditation and detox sessions
COST INCLUDES: accommodation, breakfast, lunch, lectures, visits, entrance to museums, one-day cruise with
lunch on board, transfers during program. Cost does not include air fare, local tips and gratuities or anything else
that is not explicitly mentioned in the program.
NOTE: Program starts at 4 pm on Monday 10th April and finishes on Monday 17th April. Depending on time of departure there will be a farewell breakfast!
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES OF THE EVENT:
ENGLISH (ALSO GREEK AND FRENCH, DEPENDING ON NUMBERS)
Early birds: €1198 per person in single, €998 per person in double, €948 per person in triple (early birds, bookings with down payment by February 28th 2017).
Regular fee (per person):
Single room €1348, Double or Twin room €1148, Triple room €1048
For information concerning the program please contact us at [email protected] or call 0030 6932421060.
For travel inquiries beyond the program (e.g. extra nights of accommodation prior or post the event, air ticket inquiries, additional excursions etc) please contact our travel partner.
We will be happy to welcome you to Greece and we look forward to receiving your comments and suggestions.
Please share the information with whoever you think would benefit from this program.
Organized by: Ainos Cultural Society, Athens Bureau of the FSASS, the University of Winchester, the Orthodox Theological Research Forum, the Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius, and the House of St Gregory and Macrina