St.John the Russian, Evia – Day excursion

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Intro

Visit the Church of St. John the Russian whose remains rest in a bright and beauteous temple in New Prokopi Evia where we will attend the Liturgy. We will also make a stop for lunch and swim at the sea, in Pili (optional) and then coffee in Halkida.

Program

06:30 Starting point of departure from the offices of Big Blue Travel, Priamou 11 Agios Dimitrios ( Brahami ) – METRO station AGIOS DIMITRIOS. Free parking in a private parking lot of Big Blue Travel.

06:40 from Syntagma Square (The Unknown Soldier).

06:45 from Omonia Square (Hondos Center).

07:00 National Road Athens-Lamia, (Intersection Olympic Village & Thrakomakedones).

07:30 Arrival in Halkida for a short stop and boarding of the pilgrims from the hotels of Eretria and Halkida.

08:30 Arrival at St.John the Russian Church (Ag.Gianni the Russian) to attend the Holy Mass.

Saint John was born in Russia in 1690. Peter the Great reigned at the time. In 1711 war broke out between Russia and Turkey in which Saint John fought. The Saint was captured by a Turk and became his slave and was carried away to the Turk's homeland in Prokopi Asia Minor. The Saint accepted the intolerable oppression and humiliation of the Turks, who were trying to make him change his faith. His virtuous behavior made his master favour him and let him free to perform his religious duties. The work he was commissioned to do was to care for the animals, which he performed with love and willingness. At age 40 became seriously ill and died. On the 27th May 1730 his burial ceremony took place. Hi master gave permission to the Christians to bury him as a Christian . He was buried in the church of St. George and his holy relic was placed in a marble urn . In 1832 however, the corpse was thrown out of the urn in a pile of wood to be burned by the soldiers of the Turkish Chatkeral Oglou Osman Pasha, who had also robbed all temple dedications. The relic remained intact and not burned, this frightened the Turks who fled the area and the body of the saint was placed back into the urn. The miracles that take place in the shrine that houses the relics of the saint are known quickly to the public and many sick people of unknown religion run to the shrine to seek cure. A major pilgrimage is created in the area that dominates the Central Cappadocia until 1924.

During the population exchange of 1924 , the Christian inhabitants of Prokopi village Asia Minor, took with them the relics of the saint and transferred them into their new home of New Prokopi in Evia. The holy relic was transferred to Evia in October 1924 aboard the ship " Basil Destounis ." In 1930 a magnificent church was founded in honor of the saint, which was completed in 1951 . Many are the saint's miracles since, but great emotion causes a humble cane that stands next to a silver reliquary of the saint, silent witness a miracle.

The pilgrim, leaving the Pilgrimage of Saint John, returns mentally refreshed and calm.

11:00 Following Mass, the escort will accompany you on a walk to the village for souvenir shopping and a taste of local products.

12:15 We continue to Pili, the picturesque little village by the sea only 7 kms away from Prokopi for the option to deep in the sea and lunch also for Osios David monastery for the pilgrims who chose to visit it.

16:00 Departure for Halkida via Prokopi.

17:00 Arrival in Halkida, coffee break and debarkation of the pilgrims who stay at the hotels in Halkida and Eretria.

17:30 Departure from Halkida to Athens.

18:30 Arrival in Athens.

Included

  • Air-conditioned Motorcoach 
  • Escort during the tour
  • Free parking at Big Blue Travel office
  • VAT and all legal taxes included

Not Included

  • Meals and drinks during the tour
  • Gratuites
  • Anything that is not mentioned in the program as included

Osios David Monastery Program

12.15 Departure for Osios David Monastery.

The monastery of Osios David, which is located in the heart of a dense forest area to the low mountains of "Kavalaris"and' Xiron" opposite the village "Drimonas" and above the village Kalamoudi, is dedicated to the Transfiguration of Sotiros.

In the church of the convent are kept in the reliquary artistic fragrant the miraculous bones of Saint David the Elder, the censer and stole of the saint, (Russian origin) and other precious relics. Also worth walking the path from the basement under the chapel of Saints Anargiron in the southeast wing of the cloister cell, in which you are given the opportunity to admire paintings of the 17th century. A secret Greek school was operated in this catacomb church during the Ottoman occupation.
The monastery of Saint David is well known for the virtues of a charismatic elder monk named "Iakovos" (Jacob), who for many years until the end of his life was its "Abbot". Hundreds are the beneficiaries and faithful to the elder Iakovos, and still today many visit in groups the Monastery to venerate the tomb and to invoke assistance to their small or large human problems.
14.30 Departure for Pili
15.30 Arrival at Pili where we would have time for a dip in the sea or to taste the delicious Greek hors d'oeuvres at "Tasos" traditional seafront tavern.
16:00 Departure for Halkida via Prokopi.

Boarding from Eretria & Chalkida hotels

06:00 from hotel "Olympic Star"
06:10 from Amarinthos's main square
06:15 from hotel "Holidays in Evia"
06:20 from hotel "Eretria Village"
06:25 from hotel "Grand Bleu"
06:30 from the port of Eretria
06:40 from hotels "Negroponte" and "Palmariva"
07:00 from hotel "Philoxenia Hotel" (Lefkandi)
07:15 from Chalkida ΚΤΕΛ Bus terminal

Distances

  • Athens - Halkida: 78 km
  • Halkida - Prokopi: 48 km
  • Prokopi - Osios David Monastery: 55 km (extension)
  • Prokopi - Pili: 10 km

Total distance: 272 km

Price List

Rates per Person upon request on private basis

 2016
Adult
Child 04-13,99 years old  
   
Charge for the visit to the monastery of Saint David  
Adult 12€
Child up to 13,99 years old 6€
   
Boarding & alighting supplement from a specified location or hotel  
Adult 10€
Child up to 13,99 years old 5€

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