Reverence and humbleness
Patmos is a famous worldwide destination for the celebration of the Orthodox Easter and is often called the «Jerusalem of the Mediterranean», due to the presence of St. John the Evangelist, who wrote the book of Revelation into the holy cave. A genuine sacred cave, flooded with saintliness, which is said to have been created by the voice of God that entered the cave causing a large crack, forming the rocky ceiling in three smaller pieces (symbolizing the Holy Trinity).
Definitely attend the holy ceremony of the Washbasin on Holy Thursday. The Abbot, just as Jesus did, washes the feet of twelve monks sitting on a big platform, just like the students at the Last Supper. On Holy Friday, the representation of the Deposition is performed at the monastery of St. John the Theologian. During the same evening, all epitaphs from the island's churches follow a mournful march through the streets of Patmos and meet in the large squares of Chora and Skala.
The gates of the Monastery are open for all believers during the evening of Holy Saturday and offer the opportunity to experience the resurrection of Jesus, carried out at one of the most significant monasteries of Christendom. On Easter Sunday, the Gospel of the Resurrection is read in various languages during the «Love» service, a service many believers attend from every corner of the Earth.
Patmos Aktis Suites & Spa, is open during the Holy days of Easter in order to accommodate guests who wish to experience the true character of the Orthodox Easter, in the holy island of the Apocalypse. The hotel's personnel will be happy to inform you of all the customs and traditional festive ceremonies on the island. Each year, the award-winning restaurant Apocalypsis, offers its guests a Lenten menu during the Holy Week, a resurrection menu during the Holy Saturday evening, offering the established traditional soup and a rich buffet during Easter Sunday, including the famous local lamb and a generous Greek buffet.