6/20: Chanting, Confession and Fanari Games

It’s Wednesday already…the week is flying by! We’ve been busy with sessions, activities and getting to know our new friends. The fun never stops at Fanari!

It was a peaceful day, as our campers received the sacrament of Holy Confession during their Orthodox Life session. Our Flex session today was Chanting. Alex Magdalinos reviewed the basics of byzantine chant and also taught the beautiful hymns we chant in the orthros, vespers and Divine Liturgy. The Holy Spirit was shining through all the heavenly voices singing today!

Ahoy, Matey! The St. Iakovos Retreat Center Marina was open and ready for campers at free-time! Paddle boats, canoes and row boats were floating around Friendship Lake, giving the campers and staff a relaxing way to spend the afternoon. Others played basketball, soccer and enjoyed some ice cream with friends. A few campers learned how to make prayer ropes in the Log Lodge, thanks to counselors Nick and Chryse! What a blessing to discover new talents and learn more about our faith.

Tonight’s evening activity was our annual Fanari Olympic Games!  The spirit of Fanari was all around, as each cabin made grand entrances, dressed in various color schemes! The energy was contagious and the campers really got into the spirit of the night! Campers cheered each other on, in friendly competition, and put their heart into every game and race. In the end, the Delphians were victorious and received the trophy for earning the most points. Congratulations to all our cabins for having such great sportsmanship and fun tonight!

We ended with Closing Day and a reflection by one of our staff directors Chris Chakonas who told us a story of how God is always with us, and many times carrying us through tough times on his shoulders.

Our Olympians and Spartans won spirit sticks for the day, after showing so much enthusiasm and unity all day long! Before dismissal, the entire camp joined in singing together,  “I Will Magnify the Lord” and a round of “Father, I Adore You”.  There’s so much joy in the voices of our campers when they sing!  As the Athenians and Olympians went off to their cabins for devotionals, Fr. George and Sara led the Spartans and Delphians in learning a beautiful hymn of the Church, “Theotoke H Elpis” “Theotokos our Hope”. What a beautiful ending to this special day!

Another day to be thankful for the blessings Christ has bestowed upon us here at Fanari Camp. One Camp. One love for each other. One family in Christ. God willing it will be beautiful day for our picnic tomorrow.

Check out Session 1 Day 4 Photos!

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