Patmos

The Island where the Book of Revelation Was Written

The Island of Patmos owes its fame to St. John the Evangelist, the most beloved disciple of Christ, and to the monastery, built during the 11th century A.D., to honor the Evangelist’s name. The monastery has always been the heart of the island. A small settlement, called Chora, developed around the monastery and the inhospitable island grew to become a jewel of civilization in the Archipelagus.

As it is well known throughout Christianity, St. John was exiled to Patmos, where he wrote The Book of Revelation with the help of his disciple Prochorus, in a cave. The Book of Revelation is considered one of the most difficult books of the New Testament. Its main idea is the second coming of Christ as a fair judge and the struggle between good and evil, light and darkness, the Church and the Antichrist, leading to the definitive triumph of the Church and Christ. The cave became the holiest site of the island.

Tradition kept alive the memory of the presence of St. John by indicating the spots on the rocky surface of the cave where he rested his head, where his hand held the rock and where the parchment was set, and the crack on the rock where he heard the voice of God.

Eventually works of great intellectual significance were slowly but steadily gathered in the monastery, proving the social status and education of the abbots. The icons, manuscripts, sculptures and frescoes collected by the monastery over the centuries reflect the monastic spirituality of Patmos, and are housed today in the museum.

The center of the monastic complex is the inner courtyard diverting the light from above, while a number of arches are erected towards the sky enhancing the beauty of the limited space.

The Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons, documents and holy relics have made Patmos an important pilgrimage site, and its glory and fame have spread throughout the world.

During the Passion Week, the Monastery of St. John is in a deeply spiritual atmosphere. On Maundy Thursday the abbot washes the feet of 12 monks, and then steps off the stage and heads to a sacred place to pray, reminding us of the way Jesus retired to the Garden of Gethsemane.

The reenactment of the Taking-Down from the Cross takes place on Good Friday. The
epitaphs of various churches meet at the central squares of Chora (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and Skala (Patmos’ port).

In the evening of Easter Saturday, the Monastery opens its gates to welcome the celebration of the Resurrection. Locals and visitors have the unique opportunity to attend an Eastern Orthodox mass in a spirtiual atmosphere of devout concentration. When “Christos Anesti” (Christ has risen) is heard, an impressive display of fireworks lights up the night sky.

The Liturgy of Love is performed on Easter Sunday at the Monastery of St. John, when the Gospel of the Resurrection is read in seven different languages. When the liturgy ends, red eggs are offered to all those in attendance, symbolizing the perpetual rebirth of life and nature.

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