This August 15th will have a different picture, με τους πιστούς να τιμούν την Κοίμηση της Θεοτόκου τηρώντας τα μέτρα προστασίας από τον κορονοϊού.
The feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary is celebrated this year in a less emphatic way, as the processions of Her image in the procession will disappear and the ubiquitous pilgrims will only suffice to testify their faith in the face of the Mother of God and to ask her to intercede with her Son for the salvation of their souls.: "At birth you kept your virginity, εν τη Κοιμήσει τον κόσμον ου κατέλιπες Θεοτόκε · μετέστης προς την ζωήν, existing mother of life, and the embassies are redeemed, from the death of our souls ".
With reverence, overwhelming but also the necessary attention due to the pandemic with the use of a mask and keeping the distances, the faithful will turn to the countless pilgrimages of the Virgin Mary, in order to pray, request and pay homage to the Virgin.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will precede today the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Church of the Assumption, in his hometown, the Imbros, which will be performed with great brilliance, while the Primate of the Greek Church Jerome will officiate at 7.30 of Orthros and the Festive Divine Liturgy at I.N.. of the Virgin Chrysospilaiotissi, (Aeolus 60).
Below you can see information about the most famous celebrations:
Holy Monastery of Panagia Soumela, in Trabzon
It is worth mentioning that today a Divine Liturgy is celebrated in the Holy Monastery of Panagia Soumela, in Trabzon, as permitted by the Turkish health authorities. The solemn service of the 15th of August will be performed by the Metropolitans of Kallioupolis and Madytos Stefanos, Silivrias Maximos and Zambias Ioannis, hierarch of the Patriarchate of Alexandria. However, no festive events will take place, in the context of measures to protect the Clergy and pilgrims from the coronavirus pandemic.
The historic monastery opened after five years of restoration work, while last May only a part of Panagia Soumela was opened, as not all the rocks had been cleaned and supported with a special wire mesh, area 16.000 sq.m., who "threatened" it. The historic monastery of Panagia Soumela and Agia Sofia in Trabzon are the most visited monuments in Pontos.
I.M.. Panagias Soumela, in Vermio
As a continuation of the homonymous monastery in Pontos, on the slopes of Vermio, near the village of Kastania, is the I.M.. Panagias Soumela.
The pilgrimage is of pan-Hellenic radiance and world-famous, where a multitude of believers flock to kneel in Her image.
At Panagia Soumela, symbol of Pontic faith, The icon of the Virgin Mary is a pan-Hellenic pilgrimage, work of the Evangelist Luke, the cross of the emperor Emmanuel Komnenos and the holy gospel of father Christopher, also a gift from Emperor David of Comnenus.
Megalohari of Tinos
In Tinos, where the biggest pilgrimage takes place, the celebration of the Virgin Mary was established by his Royal Decree 1836 to be eight days and to last until the "nine days of the Virgin", at 23 August, when hymns and praises are sung in an atmosphere of emotion, in front of the epitaph and the image.
On the day of the holiday, as this year, a Hierarchical Liturgy takes place, in the temple of Megalohari, of the Metropolitan of Syros, and Tinos Dorotheos followed by a memorial prayer and laying of wreaths at the spot where "Elli" was torpedoed, at 15 August 1940.
Although the church is dedicated to the Annunciation and not to the Assumption of the Virgin, The attention of the Panhellenic people is focused on Tinos, due to this torpedo which marked the beginning of the war for Greece.
Panagia of Ekatontapyliani, at Paros
The Virgin of Ekatontapyliani celebrates in Paros. Her temple, for which there are two names, "Katapoliani" and "Ekatontapyliani", is located in the capital of the island, Community. According to tradition, Katopoliani has ninety-nine open doors, while the centimeter is closed and not visible. This door will be seen and will open when the Greeks take the City. Other legends refer to St. Helen who, on the way to the Holy Land in order to find the Holy Cross, arrived in Paros and prayed in a small church located in the place of Ekatontapyliani. During her prayer she vowed that if she found the Holy Cross she would build a large temple in this place. Her prayer was answered. He found the Holy Cross and, making her vow, erected the majestic temple of Ekatontapyliani, who, Nevertheless, for the most part it was destroyed, most likely by fire, and was rebuilt under Justinian, in the middle of the 6th c. It is rumored, also, that the vow of Agia Eleni was completed by her son Agios Konstantinos, emperor of Byzantium, as she did not catch up.
"It simply came to our notice then, from a childhood that blossomed a tenderness of an island beach that reflects your compassions.
Come down from the hills, bring the source of your mercy, to gush beside our wound.
Gather the messages of joy again from the end, load them on sunset bells that mean the Prayer and bring them to be nailed to our door ", -Prayer of the 15th of August-, Matthew Mountes.