The severing of communion between us should be the last thing we do – Photo Report from Easter (Vespers)

The severing of communion between us should be the last thing we do, not the first. We must resort to this only after exhausting all the ways by which we may preserve our unity. Also, this measure may only be taken through a council of the healthy members of the Church, and then recognized by the body of the Church itself, its members.

Through the union of men amongst themselves in God, holiness springs forth and decisions are made according to the Holy Spirit.

Based on Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos

The following photos are from the Agape Vespers (also called Vespers of Love), which is a Vespers service that continues the celebration of Pascha, typically held in the afternoon on the day of Pascha. At this service the Gospel reading (John 20:19-25) 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. To this effect, the Gospel pericope is sometimes read from different places within the nave.