Rhodes Road Trip – Part 3 (Prasonisi (also Prassoníssi) cape is a part of the island of Rhodes)

We decided to see a bit more of the Island this time and travelled down the coast to the southern tip to Prasonisi. At this time of the year the water level is low enough that the island becomes joined to the mainland. 


It was very busy with masses of people enjoying water sports – how they managed not to crash into each other is beyond me! On one side the sea was lovely and calm, while the other side had quite a rough sea along with a lot of litter.


Very picturesque, definitely a place to go to if you enjoy water sports but don’t expect to be the only person there!

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Rhodes Road Trip – Part 2 (Monastery of the Virgin Skiadenis)

When ever we go anywhere, particularly if Charlotte is directing or driving we often go off the beaten track. On the way down the coast road as soon as she saw a sign for a monastery we did a quick turn inland to go and explore.


We went up and up… 


What a beautiful view awaited us.


Such a beautiful and peaceful spot. As usual the chapel didn’t disappoint!


Charlotte looked so Angelic…

“Following an uphill road outside the village of Apolakkia towards the village of Kattavia, is guiding to Skiadi mountain. On the top of the mountain is placed the Holly Madonna Skiadenis that protects the villages of Rhodes.

 There are two stories about the name of Madonna. The first declares that the place where the monastery has been built, even during the morning when the sun is shining, this place is not illuminated immediately but it remains in the shadow. The second story says that if someone looks at the mountain from far away its shape is similar to a hat.

The exact date of the foundation of the monastery is not known. The dates that are written in the Sanctuary point out its construction in 1200 and the other its foundation in 1977. It is sure that the monastery was repaired and finished at the time when the Abbot was Ignatios Zannetidis from Kattavia with the fulfilment of the works in 1861.

The tradition has it that in the forest lived two or three monks from Vati or Kattavia in a building by name “Askitario” about 300 meters from the Monastery. These monks saw a bright light and when they approached at night they found the picture of Madonna. Devoutly they returned to their Askitargio but the next morning the picture had disappeared. When they were looking for it they found it in the same place where they had earlier seen it. So they understood that Madonna wanted to stay there and they built the Monastey for Her.

 In the area of the Holy Monastery there are a lot of jewels the oldest of which is the above picture of the Monastery which is located on the Altar Stone, while besides this picture there is a Gospel of 1871. Also there are five liturgy books the Monthly and the request of old editions. The code of the Holly Monastery is located in Metropolis of Rhodes.

 Madonna Skiadeni is celebrated on 8th September simultaneously with the Madonna’s birthday where a lot of people are gathered in the yard of the Monastery to worship. Furthermore, one of the costumes that is referred to Madonna’s picture, is its transportation all over villages something that happens till today. This happened in order to bless the pace with raining. Men, women and children are holding in their hands the miraculous picture of Madonna singing and transporting it to the island of Chalki . Then it returned to Skiadi and after the resurrection of Lazaros which is located in Monolithos, every day it is transported to another village. In Sianna, Empona, Sain Issidoos, Istrio, Arnitha, Apolakia. On Sunday of Thomas the picture is transported to Messagros and Monday after Thomas celebration the picture returns to the Monastery.

Madonna’s picture is miraculous with a lot of miracles that happened during the difficult period that Rhodes and all the villages suffered. A known miracle is the following : During pirate years, a pirate vessel birthed at Skiadi and the pirates climbed on the mountain and stole the church. Among the others they took the picture of Madonna. When they returned to their vessel, it and its crew was turned into marble. Christians thought that it was a miracle of Madonna Skiadeni. In the seaside of this area there is a small island which is located in Mesanagro towards Skiadi. They called it stone vessel because it looks like a small vessel made of stone.

(The above is taken from – http://secretrhodes.gr/en/holly-monastery-of-madonna-of-skiadeni/)”

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Rhodes road trip – part 1 (St Paul’ Bay)

Since 2013 I've wanted to get down to St Paul's bay. It is a beautiful place with blue water in the bay, the traditional white houses of Lindos and the Acropolis on the opposite side to St Paul's Chapel.

Paul on his third missionary journey is travelling to Rome in Acts 27.

The Shipwreck
39 In the morning they did not recognize the land, but they noticed a bay with a beach, on which they planned to run the ship ashore, if they could. 40 So they cast off the anchors and left them in the sea. At the same time they loosened the ropes that tied the steering-oars; then hoisting the foresail to the wind, they made for the beach. 41 But striking a reef,[e] they ran the ship aground; the bow stuck and remained immovable, but the stern was being broken up by the force of the waves. 42 The soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners, so that none might swim away and escape; 43 but the centurion, wishing to save Paul, kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and make for the land, 44 and the rest to follow, some on planks and others on pieces of the ship. And so it was that all were brought safely to land.

Last year we had a trip out to the island of Symi, it had a great reputation for the best boat builders in the area. During the short tour we were told after Paul's shipwreck it was the boat builders from Symi who made it sea worthy again.

This little chapel dates back to the 13th or 14th Century, built on the ruins of a previous church, which may have been built as early as the 6th century.

It is a popular place for wedding being in such a beautiful setting. I'm not sure I would want to walk to and from it every day though, you can drive down so far and then walk the rest of the way – certainly a good idea to walk it in decent foot ware as it's quite steep (as I found out!)

Once we got to the chapel, even though there were lots of people on the beach, people swimming and having scuba diving lessons it was such a peaceful place – well worth the visit.

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Easter Sunrise

In the silence and stilness we waited….

Very early in the morning, God created all that is good and beautiful.

Very early in the morning, a mother placed her new born in a manger.

Very early in the morning, the good news that Jesus was risen and alive in their midst was shared with frightened friends.

 

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Christ is Risen!

Happy Easter Everyone.

 

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Faith and Creation

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Over the last year or so, I have been reading around Forest Church, our connection with the world around us and our worship with God.

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God created the world and us. We can learn a lot about God and be united with the whole of the world, humanity and creation together. Many of us have lost the direct connection we once had as our hunter gatherer ancestors, who spent more of their time working with rather than exploiting and wasting the worlds resources.

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Why does this interest me?

Spiritually I have always felt close to God particularly when amongst nature. As a child, when I would visit and spend time with family on the farm there was a spot I always used to love to go to. In one of the far fields, near the beck was a fallenk rotting tree trunk. I loved sitting there, watching the cows, rabbits and birds – listening to all the sounds and trying to work out what they were. There was a time were I wanted to be a farmer like my grandad when I grew up!

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And I occasionally got to help out!

I still feel closer to God surrounded by nature – normally when walking the dogs. Its my time for quiet space, at time to reflect and pray.

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Lent prayer by Cagney and Lacey

Combining this with wanting to be as good a steward as I can to the world I live in, Wanting to be good stewards of our world

means learning more and spending more time getting to know the world around me.

For me this is a continuing journey of understanding my faith, the world in which I live and my interaction and worship of God within it all.

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Wanting to be good stewards of our world

I’ve always been interested in nature and the world around us. Particularly from childhood when we wanted to explore everything…


Being a good steward for me is looking after and working with the world around us.

Back in 1997 this is partly what drove the theme for my dissertation while I was at University of Northumbria in Newcastle studying 3D design. Looking at the value and availability of the timber we used to make good quality furniture that would last several life times. Also looking at how to make the supply of resources sustainable and keeping the local habitats healthy.

I wish now that I had managed to keep a copy of the dissertation, I’d quite like to read it again to see if I still agree with what I thought then. 

(The photos of the table top lecturn and coffee table were made at university in 1996/7)

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The ‘English Boomerang’


I love this quote. If we had dogs that loved English Boomerangs – it could get quite costly!


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