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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 13.10.2018

come on down !!

a number of priests were present at this years 24th september kytherian panayias services at myritia  including the bishop from the islands of naxos and paros ...

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 13.10.2018

AGIOS THEODOROS

the church of agios theodoros . just outside potamos , agios theodoros is the patron saint of kythera , his bones are storedv within the church , theodoros was a priest on kythera he was from monivasia .. agios theodoros celebrates on the 12th may ...from the air you can see the byzantine architecture designed of the church.. 

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 07.10.2018

proud Mary keeps on rolling !

the panayia myrtityoiitisa icon is paraded in the church courtyard as part of the 15th august feast day service ..

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 08.10.2018

AGIOS THEODOROS

the patron saint of kyhera agios theodoros which is located just outside the village of potamos celebrates on the 12th may .. xpona polla to all out theodores !

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 08.10.2018

on parade !

the icon of thye panayia is paraded in the coutyard of myrtithia on the 24th september .. the kytherian tis panayia .. may she always bless us all !

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 06.10.2018

'' there were bells all around ''

the priest of agios theodoros rings the bells to announce that the church service was about to commence ...

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 06.10.2018

kerair liaesorn !

the bishop of kythera serifim and a fellow bishop with kytherian priests at this years agia ellessa feast day service on the 1st august with the mayor and vice mayor in the background  ... xpona polla !

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 06.10.2018

'' there were bells all around ''

the priest of agios theodoros rings the bells of the church to signal the service is about to start ...

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 28.09.2017

the icon at agia ellessa..

the icon of agia ellessa on the day she celebrates .. the 1st august ...

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 28.09.2017

on the march !

bishops and priests at agia ellessa on the 1st august afetr the service at where agia ellessa was saved by the rocks opening to save hwer from her father ..

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 27.09.2017

oh when the saints come marching in !

bishops, priests  , all were in attendance for this years agia ellessa church services on the 1st august , lovely service ,lovely church with a lovely view , be great if more Greek Australians attended these services as soon they wont be a part of the kytherian culture , they are so moving to go to one .. hope to see you there next summer ..

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 24.09.2017

tis panayias brisbane ..

24thg september the kytherian tis panayias held at saint george church west end brisbane, lots of kytherians attended the service to worship the the virgin mary  followed by a morning tea at the church hall .. xpona polla ...

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 24.09.2017

' tis panayias brisbane '

24th september tis panayias service at saint george west end brisbane , large amount of kytherians attended to honour our lady of the myrtle.. xpona polla to all 

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 23.09.2017

xpona polla

xpona pola to everyone for tomorrow the 24th september the kythera' tis panayias' may she always bless and look after our little island !

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 03.06.2017

if you are in kythera late august , please read this ....

if you are in kythera late august , please read and try to attend this little church service on either  the evening of the 23rd and morning of the 24th august ... for all the information please  open ..... PHOTOS ,... then open the heading of CHURCHES AND ICONS and scroll down  to  the story with the photo of pailochora  and the heading of........ [ theres nothing as lovely as mary in the morning], this is important to save  some of the islands history and culture .. please attend one of the services .. thank you ...

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 14.05.2017

AGIOS THEODOROS ... BRISBANE .. 12th MAY ...

president of the kytherian assocation of queensland mr. peter coroneo [left side of icon ] carrying the icon of agios theodoros at the service for the saint of kythera agios theodoros at agia paraskevi greek orthodox church brisbane  .. after the service a morning tea was held at the church with lots of conversation about the  upcoming summer on the island .... .. xpona polla to all ...

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 11.04.2017

Easter in kythera

special time of the year easter on kythera , its early  spring , the wild flowers are in bloom all over the island , the island is covered in red and yellow, and easter celebrartions are in full swing .. xpona polla to everybody and kali anastasi !! in this photo the icon from mytrithia monastery  is walked to every  village during easter.. 

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 10.04.2017

Agios jannis trifyllianika 1984

Wonderful photo of  John the Baptist celebration at agios jannis church at trifyllianika , this photo was taken after the service in 1984 .. The annual church service is held on August 29 th ...so if you are in kythera late August please come down to the classical village of trifyllianika near potamos on the morning of the 29th or evening of the 28th August , after the morning service a great morning tea is served  under the large tree outside the church with lots of chatting from all who attend ... In this photo there is a young Gika ,from gikas supermarket  ( in the black shirt , dark hair in the back row ) also members of the manea family ...

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 30.05.2017

THERES NOTHING AS LOVELY AS MARY IN THE MORNING !

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 23.03.2017

FOR VISITORS GOING TO KYTHERA IN AUGUST ...

FOR VISITORS GOING TO KYTHERA IN AUGUST ... by  Stephen Trifyllis

For all those who will be in kythera late august , there is a church service that perhaps many of you dont know about , the church services are held at . PALIOCHORA... in a very old church called '' e kerrea tou fouro '' [ lady of the tax ] unusual name for a church but thats another story , the services that are held there are the memorial services for the 9 days of the falling asleep of the mary .... after the main services  at myrtithia on the 15th august  , they are held in perhaps one of the most significent fotress's on the island ... paliochora.... a place of dwellings  with animals  , crops,water wells, it was an entire community   for kytherians some 600 years ago to protect themselves from the turkish pirates that attacked  kythera and other parts of greece ,for many of us its the place where we have our family beginnings , after the pirate era period ceased , the people that survived the Turkish pirates,   left the fort of agios dimitrios  as it was called and set up villages such as  potamos ,trifyllianika  melitianika, logothatianika , aroniathika  and surrounding  villages north and to  the centre of the island ..... these church services have been held in late august every year in paliochora for hundreds of years in the same church which is in remarkable good condition , a resident from trifyllianika told me when he was a young boy, at last years service he could remember 30 to 40 donkeys parked outside the church as  that's how people travelled around the island ,  but unfortunently as the years go by the attendaces have been getting smaller and smaller ,!! it is now up to this current geneartion of the island vistotrs to attend so as not for this special day of worship not to completely disappear , it would be a shame for these services to cease , as our ancestors would have gone to these services, as i keep saying, kythera is not only for, sitting in platias gossiping , drinking coffees , going to beach parties , making movies , going to bars and drinking the night away , we must protect the culture of our island as much as possible for future generations  , and you dont have to be religious to attend although they are very moving ceremonies ,  everyone is welcomed, non Greeks , people that are holidaying in kythera from Athens and other places of Greece , this is the real historic kythera .., it is also a great opportunity to explore the magnificent fortress, the other churches and ruins of this spectacular fortess of kythera ...if you havent been to paliochora this is a perfect way of seeing kytherian history and help save a wonderful church service , after the morning service ,  coffee and the best kytherian sweets are served outside the church and people can mingle and meet new people from kythera and other countries and discover more about the island .....PLEASE SUPPORT OUR CULTURE  AND VALUES OF OUR BELOVED ISLAND !!  ... and honour our past and protect the  future  , our ancestors attended these smaller type church services in the various villages around the island !!!  respect and never forget the way they lived  and leaving their families to migrate to other countries   ......dates for the paliochora 9 days mary services are .... the evening of the 23rd august around 7pm.... and the morning service on the 24th august commencing around 8am .... if you neeed more information i will be in kythera mid July to early September... my Greek mobile number is 6984778201 or my Australian number is... 0412 729927 .... ... ... there are two ways of getting to paliochora, you can walk the marked track from trifyllianika, which starts next to the little church [agios jannis ]  in the square of the village , which takes about 40 minutes  .. that's how it was done in the old days by foot and donkeys.... or these days you can drive on a good sealed and dirt road to the fortress, look for the signs on the main road between the village of potamos and just before the village of aroniathika ....please try to attend one of these wonderful services in a magic place of the island .. i look forward to meeting all that attend .. would be nice to see current committee members from the kytherian associations... of new south wales, Queensland  and Canberra, there are lots of you on the island during that period and  you should attend this event after all you are the main promoters of the island in Australia and you all should attend one of the services ... xpona polla ....

please note .... wear a hat , flat shoes , sport type shoes , no open shoes . bring water as it is a very hot period of the summer ,once you have reached paliochora by the road way, there is a small track leading down to the church so please wear the suitable  foot wear .....and a special thank you to our good friends at SUMMER EDITION   for sponsoring and promoting this kytherian event .. thank you ... .... see you in church !!