Friday, January 20, 2017

Theophania Concert in London

St Kyrel Trust present a Musical Concert entitled: 'Theophania - Music from the Oldest Christian Civilizations.' This interesting event will include ecclesiastical music from a number of choirs, including the Armenian, Coptic, Greek, Maronite, Moldovan, Russian and Syriac.

The event will take place at St Yeghiche Armenian Church (13 B Cranley Gardens, Kensington, London SW7 3BB) on 29th January 2017 at 5.00 pm. All the profits of this event will go to the  reconstruction of Syrian Churches. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Book Review: Petals of Vision

This collection of poetry, written by my good friend Christopher Villiers, who is an award-winning British Catholic theologian and poet, tackles, expands and interacts with many themes. This is Christopher’s second book, following his successful collection of poems, entitled Sonnets from the Spirit. However, this second publication is different to the first. Petals of Vision allows the reader to become a traveller into mythology, theology, philosophy, politics and daily life, which all coexist and intertwine, presenting us all with the psychological and spiritual synthesis and thoughts of the poet.

These poems and sonnets are a pilgrimage through life! The poet’s reflections are a challenge for the reader, but also an opportunity to reminisce personal experiences, thoughts, ideas and dreams. One theme is prevalent in this anthology, and that is the idea, the reality and the significance of love. Through this notion, we identify a marriage between the Christian virtue of love together with a more secular and casual reality of this concept.
Poetry is understood very subjectively by any reader, as any form of art. A poem which impressed me is Attempting Poetry. It is rear to see the methodology of poetry within a poem. How the creator of the written word in front of us felt or what he thought, when he was endeavouring to achieve this collection.  Poetry is a journey; and this is evident through this poem.
Of course, Christianity and an ecclesial understanding of the world is evident in this new collection. In Earth and Easter, for example, we identify a poetic insight of Holy Week, of the burial and Resurrection of Christ. Earth and the environment collaborate together with the spiritual mystery of salvation, of God’s plan, or as the poet explains: ‘God’s story.’

The poet wishes to promote and explain old ideas in new ways, allowing for a renewed understanding of life, love, God, affection, friendship, the environment and feelings. We can only be enriched by these ideas, allowing us to contemplate about the deeper mysteries of life.  

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Committee Elections and Annual Cutting of the Vasilopita 2017 – Peloponnesian Association of GB

The Committee of the Peloponnesian Association of Great Britain invites you to the Committee Elections and the annual cutting of the Vasilopita, which will take place on Sunday 22nd January 2017 at the crypt of St Sophia (Moscow Rd, Bayswater, London W2 4LQ). The elections will take place at 4.00 p.m. and the Vasilopita at 6.00 p.m.

All members of the Association are invited to attend the elections in order to vote for the new Committee. Those who wish to declare their candidacy for these elections must do so by Thursday 12th January 2017, sending their Statement of Candidacy by email at: or by post to: Peloponnesian Association of Great Britain, c/o Fotios Stikas, 57 Northcott Avenue, Wood Green, London N22 7AP. Please also see the Facebook page of the Association for more information in Greek. 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Talk: “Jewish Refugees and the Cypriot Internment Camps, 1946-1949”

The High Commission of the Republic of Cyprus and the Embassy of the State of Israel
with the support of the
National Federation of Cypriots in the UK and the Board of Deputies of British Jews
Cordially invite you to a presentation entitled

“Jewish Refugees and the Cypriot Internment Camps, 1946-1949”

by Ms Eliana Hadjisavvas
Thursday 19 January 2017, 19:00 pm, London, SW1Y area (details with the venue location will be sent after registration)

RSVP by 16/1/2017:

Reception to follow with Cyprus wines and delicacies

Presentation abstract: In the aftermath of the Second World War, thousands of visa-less Holocaust survivors sought to flee the horrors of Nazi Europe by embarking on clandestine voyages to the British Mandate of Palestine, most often from Italian ports. In August 1946, the British government responded to such movements by establishing internment camps in Britain’s colonial territory of Cyprus. The erection of 12 distinct campsites in the villages of Caraolos and Xylotymbou collectively housed over 52,000 people and witnessed the births of over 2,000 children until the camps dissolution in February 1949.
The case of the Cyprus camps has largely remained on the periphery of academic scholarship, often confined to brief sections on the post-Holocaust period or national narratives of Israel and Cyprus. The presentation will explore the history of the camps and the rich thematic context it encapsulates, from illegal immigration and post-war relief to decolonisation and Anglo-American relations.

Speaker Biography: Eliana Hadjisavvas is a final year Ph.D candidate in Modern History at The University of Birmingham, under the supervision of Professor Gavin Schaffer. Her research, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), is centred on Jewish Displaced Persons in post-war Europe, with a specific focus on the Cypriot internment camps (194649). Since October 2015, she has been in residence as a fellow at the Library of Congress’ Kluge Centre in Washington DC.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

The first visitor of the year!

The Greeks have an interesting tradition which takes place on the 1st of January. According to the tradition, someone with good luck, visits your house, in order to bring good luck to the household. The person visiting the house for the first time of the year (known in Greek as podariko) states that that person has to ring the bell or knock on the door, and not open the door with keys. According to one view, that person has to bring a pomegranate, which he brakes upon entering the house.

Whoever does the podariko has to enter the house with his right leg. Then the family has to give that person, who brought luck to their household, something to drink, something to eat – preferably a cake – and if it is a child, the norm is to give some money. It is an interested tradition followed by many Greeks in both Greece and in the diaspora.