August in Orthodox Greece is the month dedicated to Holy Mary. The 15th of August is one of the biggest religious celebrations in Greece after Easter and Christmas, a national holiday that is observed by the public and private sector.

Procession of the Epitaphios on the Feast of the Dormition of Virgin Mary.

Procession of the Epitaphios on the Feast of the Dormition of Virgin Mary.

Dekapentavgoustos (15 August), as the day is referred to in Greek, is the day of the Dormition of Virgin Mary. On the Greek Orthodox calendar this date marks the moment when Mary, Christ’s mother, ascended into Heaven. It is considered a day, not of mourning, but a celebration of joy for the union of the mother with her son.

Greeks prepare themselves by fasting from 1 to 14 August. The fast is broken on the 15th.

It is tradition for Greeks to flock to home villages or islands and attend celebrations that are held at churches throughout the country.

In Skiathos you can experience the religious ceremonies in the temple of Evangelistria, located in the east side of the island. There you can admire the beauty of the nature surrounding the church, visit the historical museum and experience the religious traditition of the the locals.

Here is a complete scedule of the Monastery’s services for the Dormition of Virgin Mary:

Wednesday 7 Αugust 2019
18:30 – 19:30 > Afternoon service,prayers .
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Thursday 8 Αugust 2019
18:30 – 19:30 > Afternoon service,prayers .
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Friday 9 Αugust 2019
18:30 – 19:30 > Afternoon service, prayers .
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Saturday 10 Αugust 2019
18:30 – 19:30 > The 9th Service,prayers .
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Sunday 11 Αugust 2019
07:00 – 10:15 > Sunday Holy Service
18:30 – 19:30 > Afternoon service,prayers .
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Monday 12 Αugust 2019
18:30 – 19:30 > Afternoon service,prayers.
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Τhuesday 13 Αugust 2019
18:30 – 19:30 > Last service before the Dormition of Virgin Mary

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Wednesday 14 Αugust 2019
20:00 – 22:00 > Great afternoon service- Litty service and A’ Part of Holy Mass

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Thursday 15 August 2019
+ ( Dormition of Virgin Mary ) +
07:45 – 10:15 > B’ Part of Holy Mass- Benediction of Virgin Mary’s Litty

20:00 – 00:15 > Night service at the chapel of Saint Apostolos