Agape Vespers

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The Easter Sunday '''Service of Love''' (the "Agapi" Service) is a [[vesper]] service that takes place around 11.00 am or 1.00pm, depending on the schedule of the particular church and celebrates the Resurrection. At this service the Gospel reading depicts the first appearance of the Risen Lord to His Disciples. The Gospel is usually recited in at least eight different languages; so that the glorious resurrection of Christ can be heard to all the Nations of the world. At the end of the service red eggs are again distributed to the congregation as a blessing. People who attend this service have their Easter candles from the Resurrection Service and liturgy, lit in their hands. Also, it is customary to bring small children who were not able to attend the evening service.
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The Easter Sunday '''Vespers of Love''' (the "Agapi" Service) is a [[vespers]] service that celebrates the Resurrection. At this service the Gospel reading depicts the first appearance of the Risen Lord to His Disciples, and is recited in many languages (often as many languages as are known by those present in the congregation), symbolising that the glorious resurrection of Christ is proclaimed to all the nations of the world.  
  
After the service everyone then goes home to celebrate with their families.
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==Customs==
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Red eggs are again distributed to the congregation at the end of the service as a blessing. People who attend this service have their Easter candles from the Resurrection Service and liturgy, lit in their hands. Also, it is customary to bring small children who were not able to attend the evening service.  After this service, people will often continue the celebration of the Resurrection in their homes.
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Revision as of 16:38, April 27, 2008

The Service of Agapi

The Easter Sunday Vespers of Love (the "Agapi" Service) is a vespers service that celebrates the Resurrection. At this service the Gospel reading depicts the first appearance of the Risen Lord to His Disciples, and is recited in many languages (often as many languages as are known by those present in the congregation), symbolising that the glorious resurrection of Christ is proclaimed to all the nations of the world.

Customs

Red eggs are again distributed to the congregation at the end of the service as a blessing. People who attend this service have their Easter candles from the Resurrection Service and liturgy, lit in their hands. Also, it is customary to bring small children who were not able to attend the evening service. After this service, people will often continue the celebration of the Resurrection in their homes.

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