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The Skopelos trooping of the colours (icons actually!)

By Sofia, Apr 5 2019 08:22PM

This blog should have been put up earlier, but I couldn't resist blogging it, albeit late.


The event marks the Sunday of Orthodoxy, a bright event within the atmosphere of the Lenten. I compare it to the 'trooping of colours' because of the icons and colourful cloth of the priests.


In reality, the Sunday of Orthodoxy stands in remembrance of the end of iconoclasm and restoration of icons in the faith, which was held in 843 AD. I took these photos because of the bright colours of the event and the fact that my favourite photographer, Virgil, is being photographed for a change, instead of photographing the event, which he usually does.


Why the switch? Virgil is the Keeper of the Monastery where the icon he carries is housed. The Panaghitsa is a major icon in the order of icons on the island. It is said that it was washed onto the shores of Skopelos island in perfect state many centuries ago.


I have known Virgil for many years and know that his family has spent a small fortune to keep the icon in good order, so surely for it to be washed in perfect state from the depths of the sea warrants a miracle status.


British Politics would surely need a similar miracle to achieve the harmony of the past!


Colourfully-cladded priests follow the icon
Colourfully-cladded priests follow the icon
On to the monastery - a service will be held when the icon is in position
On to the monastery - a service will be held when the icon is in position
My friend Virgil leads the procession
My friend Virgil leads the procession
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