On Holy Tuesday night, a hymn known as the hymn of Kassiani, melodic, captivating for those who know, is dedicated to the sinful Kassiani who was forgiven by Christ for her sins.
On Holy Monday night (Holy Tuesday) we look back at two known parables those of the ten virgins, and the talents. To both parables emphasis is given for the need of internal processing in order to be benevolent, cultured and generous.
From Palm Sunday until the evening of Holy Saturday, the Holy Week condenses the course of Christ and the culmination of the divine drama, the burial, and the Resurrection, the salvation of the human soul.
In order for our Church to help the faithful to participate in the Services, it performs the Matins (i.e. Service before the Divine Liturgy) of the following day, the previous evening. For example, in the evening of Palm Sunday the Matins of Holy Monday is chanted, etc.
On Palm Sunday evening the Matins of Holy Monday is chanted, where reference on two events is made: On the life of Joseph, the so-called Pangalos, where his story brings Christ in mind and the story of the "fruitless fig tree" which Christ himself cursed, symbolizing the fruitless and without good deeds, lifestyle of the Israelite people.
«Just as water is the most precious of all the elements, just as gold emerges as the most valuable of all goods, and just as the sun shines brighter than any other star, so shines Olympia, putting all other games into the shade», Pindar sings signaling the value of the Games in Olympia among all the Panhellenic games held in ancient Greece. According to legend, Hercules is the one who brought the Games in Olympia, the one who set the length of the stadium, who organized the road races and who offered the olive wreath to the winner.
The revival of the games and the lighting of the flame
With an interruption of 15 centuries since the last Olympiad in 393 AD, the modern Olympic Games were held again in Greece, in Athens in 1896 and ever since they take place every four years. The lighting of the Olympic Flame was first introduced in 1936 for the Berlin Olympics with the High Priestess requesting the assistance of Apollo, the god of the sun, in order to light the torch on the site of the temple of Hera (Heraion).
April 21, the High Priestess invokes Apollo again
80 years later, the High Priestess will recite an invocation again and the flame will be lit in the hope to illuminate the soul and mind of the people who will gaze it.
Apollo god of the sun
and the idea of light
send your rays and lit the sacred torch..
..And you oh Zeus bestow
peace to all people on earth
and wreath-crown the winners
of the Sacred Race.