December 29, 2020

Kollyva Art in Honor of the Holy Innocents


The kollyva art photographed here was done in honor of the Holy Innocents at the Monastery of the Prophet Elias in Erythres. Kollyva art is a monastic practice that goes back many years in which a Saint or a Church Feast is depicted to honor them. This particular kollyva art was offered by the monks to the nuns at the nearby Monastery of Holy Infants in Thebes for their feast in 2018. It depicts the Birth of Christ up top with the gruesome slaughter of an infant below as Rachel weeps for the dead children, with four slaughtered infants ascending to heaven as first martyrs on Christ's behalf. An interesting side note is the use of a wooden semantron as an elbow rest as the monks perform their task.