Like in Jordan and Egypt also in Greece the Chaldean
Catholic community will celebrate Easter on 19 and not on 12
asked why to the Chaldean Procurator to the Holy See and the
Apostolic Visitator for Europe
Najim before his leaving for Athens.
when the church of Mater Misericordiae in Athens was
canonically erected as a Chaldean parish at the Byzantine
Greek Catholic exarchate the liturgical calendar of the
majority church of the country, the Greek Orthodox one, has
always been followed. The explanation is in the desire of
brotherhood and ecumenism that the whole Christian community
shares. In Greece, the Chaldean community is small -
2500/3000 faithful - and keeping different dates would not
favoured its integration because it would isolate it from
the joy but also from the deep spirituality that pervades
the country for the main Christian celebrations."
Easter rites will be celebrated?
Byzantine Greek Catholic exarchate refers, in addition to
the Chaldean community, also a small community of Ukrainian
and Romanian Catholic. The rites are then celebrated in the
three different traditions. On Good Friday the celebration
will see the three communities combined. Each of them will
held a celebration according to its own liturgical tradition
and then all the celebrants will gather around the Exarch of
Greece for the faithful of Byzantine rite,
Dimitrios Salachas, for a procession with songs and
prayers of the three traditions."
the tradition of Gayasa, the representation of the dispute
between the cherub who prevents the sons of Adam to entry
into Paradise and the redeemed thief who, strong in the
cross of Christ he brings, has the better and since then
replaced in the Syriac tradition St. Peter as the guardian
Will this tradition be followed in
during the Easter Mass the Gayasa will be performed after
the Gospel and before the homily."
But in not
all the churches the dispute is represented in the same time
'true. Gayasa is a tradition and as such it does not have a
defined liturgical time. It' s just typical of Easter and is
a link with our culture and our past that does not disappear
in diaspora. Something that makes us happy and proud."