Wishing our Orthodox community a happy Easter, Καλή Ανάσταση!

Dear residents and families,

During the Holiest week on the Orthodox religious calendar, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish the St. Basil’s Homes NSW/ACT community who are celebrating Orthodox Easter, Καλή Ανάσταση!

This Easter I feel blessed to have the chapels at our Homes open again, and with almost no COVID-19 restrictions in place at present, this allows for gatherings and outings with family and friends which I personally cherish and encourage.

During Holy Week at St. Basil’s, the consumers and staff of our Randwick, Kensington, Kogarah, Miranda, Annandale and Lakemba Homes, and our Day Centres are involved in traditional Orthodox Easter activities such as the preparation of Easter Epitaph on Friday morning, and attending an Epitaph procession to remember and mourn the death of Jesus on Friday afternoon.

Together we also dye hundreds of eggs red, bake traditional Greek Easter biscuits (κουλούρια), and decorate candles ready for the traditional lighting of the Holy Light at Church.

The values of our Orthodox faith continue to flow through our Homes in particular during times such as this that emphasise our commitment to the strength of the human spirit.

I wish our Orthodox Christian community a safe, peaceful and blessed Easter.

Yours faithfully,

Spiro Stavis

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