THE DAY OF EASTER
Christ is risen! Young, old and maidens,
All, little and grown-ups, get ready
In the laurel-strewn churches
Gather with the light of Joy.
Open peace-bearing arms
In front of the saints and kiss each other
Kiss sweetly, lips to lips,
And say “Christ is Risen”, foes and friends.
Laurels are on every grave-stone,
And mothers hold beautiful infants in their arms.
The cantors looking at the painted
Icons chant sweetly.
Silver shines, gold shines
From the light shed by the candles.
Every face shines from the holy candles
The Christians hold in their hands.
Dionysios Solomos (1798-1857)
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September 115th cycle of Greek Language classes begins
A glimpse of some of the embroideries and costumes the family of Doreen Canaday Spitzer (1914-2010), well known American Philhellene, recently donated to the Greek Institute.
On her first visit to Greece, Doreen Canaday wrote to her cousin, "I have seen the Parthenon in full moonlight, have seen Sophocles' Electra in the Odeon of Herodes Atticus...I have got lost, almost, on the slopes of Hymettus, of honey fame, and seen such sunsets and sunrises as people only dream of. Sometimes I can't believe it's really true..."
View the embroideries