Saturday, April 27, 2013

Σάββατο Του Λαζάρου: Lazarus Saturday, Time for Lazarakia

 Lazarus, come forth

Lazarus Saturday is the Saturday before Palm Sunday and comes at the end of the Great Lent. It is really a day of joy with the resurrection of Lazarus, who rises from the tomb at the command of Jesus Christ.

"Lazarus, come forth." And he that had been dead four days came forth immediately, bound hand and foot with the grave clothes, and Jesus said to those standing there, "Loose him, and let him go." This is the supernatural wonder wrought by the Saviour that we celebrate on this day.    Read more about Lazarus Saturday at Goarch (The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America)

We first came across the custom of making lazarakia (little Lazaruses) at daughter's pre-school in Greece, when the teachers got the children to make these as they taught them about the meaning of Easter.

Our Mother coming from Arcadia in the Peloponnese didn't make them, so it wasn't a custom we grew up with in our Global Greek community on the other side of the world.  However, since we discovered this tradition, we liked it and decided to keep it going.

Lazarakia - ready to go into the oven... 
the dough mixture reminded us of hot cross buns, 
so we made a few of these too...

 Lazarakia - just out of the oven, 
they grew a bit in the meantime.

 Lazarakia - ready to eat! 
Kai tou xronou!

We got the recipe from Maria Verivaki's Organically Cooked blog with a couple of changes which worked out very well... they were delicious!

We used whole wheat flour and added some nutmeg too - try them!

Και του χρόνου!

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Greek Orthodox Divine Liturgy in English: Join Us This Sunday 21st April at St George's in Halandri



If you are in Athens, speak English better than Greek and would like to listen to Sunday's Divine Liturgy in English, then this is your chance... hope to see you there. We really enjoyed the first service Father Stefanos gave in English on December 2nd 2012. Join us!

 On Sunday, April 21st, 2013

The Divine Liturgy

will be celebrated in English

 by Father Stefanos Alexopoulos 

at the Church of St. George in Halandri
(81 Agias Paraskevis Street – Plateia Kennedy)
10:30-11:45 am

About Father Stefanos Alexopoulos

Father Stefanos Alexopoulos  serves as a parish priest at the parish of St. George, Halandri,  which belongs to the Archdiocese of Athens, Church of Greece.

Father Stefanos received a B.A. in Religious Studies from Hellenic College in Brookline, MA, and his M.Div. from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline. He holds a Ph.D. in Theology (Liturgical History) from the University of Notre Dame, where his main area of concentration was Liturgical Studies, with minors in Byzantine Art and Patristics.

Before coming to Greece in 2003, Dr. Alexopoulos taught a theology course, “The Spirituality of the Christian East; Experience, Form & Expression,” at the University of Notre Dame, for which he received the “Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Kaneb Award for Excellence in Teaching.”

He has been teaching at the College Year in Athens Program since 2007 and was recently elected Assistant Professor of liturgy at the Ecclesiastical Academy of Athens. He is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy and the Society of Oriental Liturgy of which he is the secretary.

Father Stefanos has participated  in the project “New Catalogue of Byzantine Manuscripts” of the Protestant Theological University, Kampen, Holland as an expert/consultant on issues of Byzantine liturgical history since September of 2009.

He has had his book, based on his dissertation 'The Presanctified Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite: A Comparative Analysis of its Origins, Evolution, and Structural Unit's published in the series Liturgia Condenda 21  by Leuven: Peeters Publishers, 2009.

In the Spring Semester of 2012, Father Stefanos was a visiting professor at the Institute of Sacred Music of Yale University.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Skorpios: Onassis' Greek Island Paradise Going, Going, Gone... for a Song!

What a shameκρίμα
A mere 100 odd Million dollars marks the end of the Onassis Era for Skorpios… 

Dear Athina,

That’s it then.

Farewell to your own private island in the Ionian Sea.

Skorpios, the private island bequeathed to you by your Mum Christina who inherited it from her Dad, Aristotle Onassis, has been sold/leased to a wealthy Russian Oligarch, Dimitri Rybolovlev, for his 23 year old daughter Ekaterina, who plans to make the most of it, already referring to it as a financial and business centre!

What a shame

That you didn’t recognize or perhaps appreciate the value of your island paradise and what marvellous things could be done with it!

Every so often we heard that that you had sold that symbol of extreme wealth –your Grandfather’s legendary island - to one or other of the world’s privileged - eg Bill Gates or Madonna - Millionaires or Billionaires, it doesn’t matter - but it always stopped at rumour status… until now. We wrote about it the last time too, in August 2009, and wished you well if that’s what you really wanted...

But, like most Greeks in Greece and around the world, we're sad... and puzzled.

You never really seemed to take to your Greek side very well…

We don’t know why you appeared to reject all that was Greek and didn’t appear to want to visit this beautiful little island.

 Statue of Aristotle Onassis at Nidri Port,

Maybe it is the fact that your Grandfather is buried on it along with his two children - your Mum, Christina and the Uncle you never met, Alexander -  and all this brings back too much sadness, sadness which maybe you had too much of as a young child growing up without your mother. 

Then again, this may not be true. Maybe we read too many wicked stepmother fairytales! Maybe you actually enjoyed your life growing up in as normal a way as possible and as part of a large family with the added bonus of bodyguards… maybe that’s what has made you want to sever connections with anything that’s Greek…and forget about the Greek part of your heritage, a heritage that appeared to be too hard for you to cope with, a heritage you didn’t seem to want, except briefly when you were talking about holding The Athina Onassis Equestrian Competition in Athens, when your beloved was considering wearing Greek colours for the Olympics, although we did read on your website that you are still riding for Greece Athina then switched her national affiliation from France to Greece, effective for all of her equestrian competitions’ .

Most of our Global Greeks around the world have gone to a great deal of trouble, personal and financial , under very difficult conditions and without many resources, to make sure that their children grow up within their Greek heritage, their history, traditions, language and, above all, a love for Greece.

Millions of people, come to visit Greece each year, inspired by her history and culture and attracted by her natural beauty. Many non-Greeks have made Greece their home, bringing up their children there and following an essentially Greek way of life. They’re not Greek by descent but they are Greek by choice.

Yet you, the only Onassis left, have effectively severed relations with your Greek heritage, with Greece, with the Onassis Foundation, apparently unwilling to take any step towards reconciliation by learning Greek, quickly auctioned off your Mother’s jewels, the houses in Greece and now the last link, Skorpios, is gone too. 

You virtually gave it away…

What a shame

It puzzles us that you, the only grandchild and descendant of one of THE most famous Greeks – a man who made his stature as a sharp businessman synonymous with his Greek identity - seem to be denying that heritage… for what? For money?  Mere money?

Money is just money and it doesn’t last. It is simply a tool that can help make daily living easier… when you have a lot, it really doesn’t mean much to get another few million to add to the stockpile.

You’ve given Skorpios away for a song. What’s 100 million dollars these days? Not much for an island, let alone an island like Skorpios with status and history!

Why?  It’s perplexing for us non-billionaire-heirs-and-or-heiresses because one doesn’t have to ‘feel’ particularly Greek to enjoy the benefits an inheritance like yours gives you – the fortune your Grandfather made and which allows you to live a life of luxury - whether you want it or not.

Isn’t it strange that the world’s titled and moneyed are looking for the added prestige owning their own Greek island will give them, yet you, apparently, couldn’t wait to get rid of it? 

The Emir of Qatar bought a couple of islands of his own in the Ionian for his family vacations just a few weeks ago, and now the Russian Rybolovlev has ‘bought’ yours, handing over something more than 100 million dollars for a piece of the Onassis myth - the Onassis myth which lives on long after its main protagonists have left this world, and remains forever synonymous with wealth, power and glory intertwined as it was with stories of the world's rich and powerful, from Hollywood stars and celebrities to royalty and politicians. 

It is a real shame  that you didn’t decide to do something yourself with your fabled island paradise in the Ionian. This mythical island which hosted so many celebrities and legends in their own right, was also home to two famous women, Maria Callas and Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and the final resting place of the Onassis family members.

Since you didn’t want to go there why not open it up and share it with the rest of the world?

You could have opened the main house up as a Museum – The Onassis Family Memorial Museum, thus ensuring its existence as an ongoing and living tribute to its founder, your Grandfather, Aristotle Onassis.  This would have been the real tribute to your Grandfather and your Onassis family, on the island paradise he created and where he is buried.

There are so many who would love to be able to visit, to see this beautiful island, to capture a bit of history, a piece of the glorious past, to see up close the legend that was the Onassis retreat… recreating the atmosphere, the glamour and the joy of the time when your grandfather was alive and bringing back that ultimate Greek’s love of life! 

What a shame…

If you didn’t want to do it, why not sell the island to the Onassis Foundation and let its Trustees do it.  Although they haven’t done too badly at keeping the Onassis name and spirit alive and above all Greek, your Grandfather’s arch rival’s family via their Stavros Niarchos Foundation is doing a lot better to be honest! The Stavros Niarchos Foundation have committed the same amount you received for Skorpios, around 100 million dollars, to benefit and assist those who are suffering in Greece right now, supporting their founder’s homeland in its time of need. Bravo to them all!

We hope we will be able to say the same to you one day. Maybe, you too plan to donate some of the proceeds of this deal, to the people in Greece who are suffering right now. We certainly hope so.

Most of us felt sad today as we watched the movers loading up what remained of the Onassis personal effects as they left for an unknown destination to make way for the new owners…it is always sad to witness the end of an era, and that’s exactly what this is. 

For Skorpios and all it symbolises, it is the end of an era

The Onassis legend and the Onassis legacy remain and will do so forever but Skorpios is now in the hands of Ekaterina and Dimitri Rybolovlev who we hope will breathe new life into the island and the entire area.

For you, the last Onassis, a clean cut, a clean break, a clean slate that you can now draw on as much as your heart desires.

We sincerely hope it brings you the happiness you are looking for.

Enjoy it. 

If and when you do decide to claim back your Greek heritage, and we hope for your sake that that day comes soon, Greece will always be there for you...

PS Onassis international Prizes - Where Are they Today?

While we are talking about what a shame it is how these situations have developed, it would be interesting to find out what happened to the Onassis International Prizes which Onassis had intended to be the Greek equivalent of the Nobel Prizes? 

From Simone Veil to Herbert von Karajan and Elizabeth Taylor to Manolis Andronikos, the Laureate list from 1980 to 1993, the last year that they were awarded, is impressive to say the least.

 Dame Elizabeth Taylor
1988 Onassis International Prize for services in the fight against AIDS
Press Conference, Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens 
The stunning jewellery worn by an equally stunning Liz in these photos comes from the famous Lalaounis collections which Liz adored.

To read about Onassis on Wikipedia Click here

To read about the Alexander Onassis Public Benefit Foundation Click here

To read about Athina Onassis on the ADSport Horses Site, Click here

To read Athina Onassis: In the Eye of a Storm by Alexis Mantheakis, former Roussel family spokesman click here

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Ευχαριστούμε Ισπανία! Thank You, Spain! Gracias Espana!

The Spanish students say 'Gracias Grecia!'
We say 'Gracias Espana!'

Yesterday in Athens Greece officially thanked and honoured Aristides Minguez Banos, Pedro Prunera Conejero, Jose Miguel Martinez Vaquer, Alfredo Lopez, Paty Lopez Davalos and Marien Perez Zarauz, a group of teachers from Spain who were responsible for a wonderful gift they gave the people of Greece a couple of months ago. 

Their gift? A brilliant, inspiring and uplifting video, a real ode to Greece and her legacy to the world. In 7 short minutes, the Spanish teachers and pupils thank Greece for what it has given the world, and point out just some of Greece's many contributions to today's society.

Democracia, Geografia, Aristocracia, Historia, 
Fisiocracia, Anarquia, Autarquia, Clima....
words of Greek origin in Spanish  -
just part of Greece's enormous legacy to the world

From Democracy to Language, Medicine, Science, and Music, from semitones to photocopies, our friends and fellow sufferers from Spain, which is going through its own debilitating economic crisis, go through some of Greece's accomplishments and her contributions to language, history, science, sport and culture which have left an indelible mark on the world.

Gracias, Grecia - Nuestra herencia 

 Thank you Greece - Our heritage

In a ceremony at the General Secretariat  of the Ministry of Culture, organised with the Agia Paraskevi Rotary Club, Mr Kostas Tzavaras, Alternate Minister of Education and Religious Affairs, Culture and Sport, thanked the teachers and the pupils for the video and the support they gave so generously to the people of Greece.

Thanking the Minister, Mr Aristides Minguez Banos said the following - in Greek:

«Χωρίς την Ελλάδα δεν θα υπήρχαν ούτε η πολιτική, ούτε η δημοκρατία. Χωρίς τους Έλληνες δεν θα είχαν αναπτυχθεί οι επιστήμες. Δεν θα ήμασταν αυτό που είμαστε χωρίς τους στίχους του Καβάφη και του Ελύτη, χωρίς τη φωνή της Κάλλας, χωρίς τη μουσική του Μίκη Θεοδωράκη και του Μάνου Χατζηδάκη, χωρίς το φως του Αιγαίου. Ευχαριστούμε για όλα την Ελλάδα μάνα μας. Η Ελλάδα ρίζωσε στις καρδιές μας για πάντα. Νιώθουμε αδέλφια και είμαστε υπερήφανοι για αυτό που είστε και θα είστε».

Our translation :

"Without Greece there would be no politics or democracy. without the Greeks the sciences would never have been developed. We wouldn't be who we are without the poetry of Cavafy and Elytis, without the voice of Callas, without the music of Mikis Theodorakis, without the light of the Aegean. Thank you for everything, Mother Greece. Greece is deep in our hearts forever. We feel we are siblings and we are proud of all that you are and all that you will be" 

Thank YOU, Aristides!   
Even your name, a Greek name, is very appropriate 
 He who excels! 

Ευχαριστούμε Ισπανία! 
Thank You, Spain!  
Gracias Espana! 

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