Holy week in Patmos.. the island of the Apocalypse
During the Passion Week, on the Island of the Apocalypse (Patmos), visitors are immersed in a deeply spiritual atmosphere. The presence of the Monastery of St. John brings about an uninterrupted observance and practice of the preserved Early Christian traditions.
“The Washing of the Disciples’ Feet”
On Maundy Thursday “The Washing of the Disciples’ Feet” is the most important church ceremony. The Abbot portrays the role of Christ who washed the feet of His disciples before His Crucifixion. On this day, a stage as a platform is constructed in the square of the capital village Ηóra. In an awe-inspiring ceremony, the Abbot, after washing the feet of 12 monks, steps off the stage and heads for a sacred place to pray, reminding us of the way Jesus followed towards the Garden of Gethsemane.
The reenactment of the Deposition from the Cross takes place in the Monastery of St. John. On the same evening, Epitaphs of the various churches fill the narrow cobbled streets and paths of the island to meet at the central squares of Ηóra (a UNESCO world heritage site) and Skála (Patmos’ port).
In the evening of Easter Saturday, the Monastery opens its gates to welcome us for the celebration of the Resurrection. Locals and visitors have the unique opportunity to attend an Eastern Orthodox mass in a mystic atmosphere of devout concentration, held in one of the most important Christian monasteries. When “Christós Anésti” (Christ has risen) is heard, an impressive display of fireworks light up the night sky.
“Liturgy of Love”
It’s time to celebrate. People walk down through the labyrinthine alleys of medieval Ηórain search of restaurants and tavernas to savour some of the traditional Easter dishes, as the 40-day period of fasting finally comes to an end.
However, the highlight of Easter ceremonies is the “Liturgy of Love”, held on Easter Sunday at 3 in the afternoon at the Monastery of St. John. During this liturgy, which his dedicated to the Second Resurrection, the Gospel of the Resurrection is read in seven different languages! When the mass ends, red eggs are offered to all those in attendance by the Abbot,symbolising the perpetual rebirth of life and nature.
When the religious ceremonies are brought to an end, it’s time for you to explore the island, and to join in the Easter Sunday festivities. The tables are setawaiting to offer you all the Greek culinary delightswhich mark the victory of life over death under the dazzling sun of April.
For your stay in Patmos, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In the town of Patmos (Chora), as well as in many other areas of the island, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.
Piraeus is linked to Patmos by daily routes to Skala of Patmos, with a trip duration approximately 10 hours and via routes for destination to Leros, Kalymnos, Kos, Rhodes, Paros, Amorgos, Astypalea, Kaso, Sitia and Agios Nikolaos, Crete.
The local Dodecanese ferry routes connect Patmos to Arki, Pythagorion Samos, Agathonisi, Lipsi, Leros, Kalymnos, Kos, Nisyros, Tilos, Symi, Rhodes, Cyclades and the Eastern Aegean islands.
It runs directly from the island of Patmos to Lipsi and Arki (1 hour and 15 minutes), Leros (2 hours and 30 minutes) and and Kos.
From Thessaloniki there are routes through the islands of Ikaria - Samos - Chios - Lesvos.
There is direct connection to the island of Samos and Ikaria while Rhodes is connected via route Symi - Tinos - Nisyros - Kos - Kalymnos - Leros - Lipsi - Patmos.
Flying dolphings connect the island of Patmos to Kos (about 2 hours) , Leros (30 minutes) and Rhodes (3 hours) in 3 hours and even through the route Rhodes - Kos - Kalymnos - Leros - Patmos - Samos with frequent departures.
The island has no airport, but you can reach Patmos through the airports of Kos or Samos.
For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.