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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 18.09.2004

AGIA KATARINA

agia katarina at hora.

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 18.09.2004

HAND PAINTED ICON

this fresco is inside this unique church agia katarina hora

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 18.09.2004

AGIA KATARINA

inside agia katarina at hora which out the rock.

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 18.09.2004

AGIA ELLISSA

the panayri at agia ellissa 1st august.

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 01.10.2005

AGIA ELESA

agia elesa 1st. august

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submitted by Spyro Calocerinos on 17.09.2004

Some of Agia Elesa's Church Service written 1886

Agia Elesa's "Kontakion" and "Megalynarion"
According to the book,the service was written in 1847 in Athens
and then a hand written service was found in 1886 and printed in Smyrni by the Kytherians living in that City.

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submitted by Spyro Calocerinos on 17.09.2004

Agia Elesa's Church Service. Elesa with one s

This service book was printed in 1961 and the name Elesa appears with one s, not two

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 14.09.2004

BELL TOWER MYRTITHIA

a gloden glow drapes over the bell tower at myrtithia esperenor church service 14th. august.

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 14.09.2004

AGIA PELAGIA

the church of agia pelagia at agia pelagia.

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 14.09.2004

AGIA MONI

chuch service at agia MONI on the 6TH august.

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 11.01.2006

FULL MOON AT POTAMOS

a beautiful full moon early august makes a dramatic back drop at ilariotissa church at potamos.

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 01.10.2005

AGIA ELESA

sunset at agia elesa

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submitted by Chris Dascalopoulos on 20.08.2004

myrtidia bell tower

the bell tower at Myrtidia is a work of art

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submitted by Spyro Calocerinos on 04.05.2008

The late Bishop Kalokairinos 1982

The late Bishop Gabriil Kalokairinos, was the Bishop of Santorini. He was born in Alexandrades 1910, son of Andreas and Diamanta Kalokairinos,brother of Mina and Theodoros Kalokairinos. He was ordained Deacon in 1933 at the church of Profytis Ilias Santorini (Thyra) and was named Gavriil. He was "Ierokyrikas"(Preacher) Trifylias and Olympias and later was appointed as "Protosyggelos"(Bishop's Chief) Vatinias Kynorias Korinthias. On the 14th of November 1957 he became the Bishop of Santorini (Thyra) where he remained until 1982. He passed away, on the 28th January 1983.His father Andreas was my grandfather's brother.

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submitted by George Poulos on 01.10.2005

Elesa of Kythera

Elesa of Kythera

Available to purchase from,

http://www.religiousmall.com

What I like about the "religiousmall" icons is the great number of variations in which the icons can be purchased.
[With/without frame, history, 3-dimensional embellishments on frame, individually made, etc etc.]

Note when searching the "religiousmall" site - that they spell Elesa with one "s", a convention which (given Spyro Calocerinos's comments below), and the evidence from the two church service books (immediately) below, I intend to adopt.

Page from Ayia Elesa's church servive, 1886

Page from Ayia Elesa's church servive, 1961

Greek spelling: ΕΛΕΣΗΣ

Ayia Elesa: life story.

[From the Kytheriaki Ithea site:]


http://www.kytheraismos.gr/kythidea/pdf/travel2003/trkb07.pdf

The Monastery of Agia Elesa was built in
1871 on the peak of a mountain 433 mtrs high with impressive views.

It was built in memory of the tragic St. Elesa who was the daughter of an army officer, an idol worshipper from the Peloponnese.

Elesa, a Christian, fled to Kythera to
get away from her father who was angered by her refusal to marry the man he had chosen for her. She disembarked at Melidoni, Kythera in 375 A.D. determined lead a life of a nun instead.

On the way up to the mountain, she begged the Lord to open the ground at her feet so that she could hide from her father who was in close pursuit. The earth beneath her feet cracked open but her father was already there, waiting for her. She underwent terrible torture at the hands of her father.

He whipped her, hung her from a carob tree and finally decapitated her. Her grave today is located in the Monastery’s courtyard and the church commemorates her memory every 1st August.


ELESA: biography, martryed, 1.8.375.

Translated from the German, (and grammatically "re-engineered" by GCP);
Fr. Heyer: The holy ones on the island Viten and Hymnen from Aegaeis and Adria, 1991, 242-247.

www.bautz.de/bbkl/e/elessa

Arrived on Kythera at the time the Christian faith was just beginning to "take root" on the island.

She came to Kythera to escape her parents. She wanted to live the reclusive life in order to devote herself to God and Christ.

"During a period when her father was absent for a long tiume, Elesa availed herself of the opportunity to escape.

Elesa sought to lead a spiritual life, focused on Evangelist virtues, devoted to prayer. She also wanted to maintain her virginity. She chose Kythera as a place which was isolated and secluded, and far from her paternal home.

Kytherians treated Elesa and her religion - "as black barley" - ie. not very favourably. [Black barley can't be ground down to flour; and tastes bad].

After returning from his journey, and noticing her "escape", Elesa's father rented a ship, and searched for her, until he found her.

In the report it states how: "in such a way also Elladios rented the ship, took a number of men with him, and sailed to Kythera, in order to look for his daughter Elesa. They thoroughly searched the island.

They found Elesa alive, living her ascetic lifestyle on one of the highest mountain summits in the southern part of Kythera. "...after a long discussion between father and daughter, Eladdios beheaded his daughter Elesa."

At her grave-site, remarkable healing miracles have been reported. Particularly on her Feast Day, August 1st.

The inhabitants of the island sing the following in her honour: "..The Elesa Island Kythera is honoured to have you, good virgin, holy witness of Christ, because it, the island, is blessed by your arrival, because you were transformed into complete heavenly mercy on the island".

Images, at kythera-family

View of the whole church of Ayia Elesa

Church in the Monastery at Ayia Elesa, looking upwards to the tower

Sunset at Ayia Elesa

Interior of the Church of Ayia Elesa

Ayia Elesa Church service, August 1st

Ayia Elesa, Priests conducting Church service, August 1st

Pourko, village at the base of Ayia Elesa

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submitted by George Poulos on 10.06.2004

Theodore of Kythera

Theodore of Kythera.

Available for sale from

http://www.religiousmall.com

What I like about the "religiousmall" icons is the great number of variations in which the icons can be purchased.
[With/without frame, history, 3-dimensional embellishments on frame, individually made, etc etc.]

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submitted by George Vardas on 28.05.2004

Blue and White

The church of Agios Giannis Tou Agriou Ilia above Kapsali.

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submitted by George Vardas on 18.05.2004

Agios Mamas

The church of Agios Mamas is on the way to Coponada and enjoys excellent views across to Avlemonas

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submitted by George Vardas on 17.05.2004

The Churches of the Kastro

The churches of Myrtidiotissa and Panayia Orfani in the Kastro at Hora

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submitted by George Vardas on 17.05.2004

Agios Dimitrios

The church of Agios Dimitrios at Kambianika near Karvounades dates back to the 13th century.