(Blessed Virgin Mary the Merciful) is the central church
of the village and liturgies take place in it quite
often. It is located at the east end of the village
in the midst of traditional houses. It is of the Byzantine
style with a dome, stone-made, and relatively large
for a community like that of Kato Lefkara, having the
comfort of accommodating around 120 faithful. Externally
it has a large and comfortable yard, which is slated.
The church’s external wall is 120 centimeters thick.
Internally the church is whitewashed. We will not come
across any hagiographies but its woodcut icon-screen
is unique in its kind, bearing carvings with representations
of angels and lions. It is worth noting that above the
icon-screen there are another two rows of icons, the
so-called “dodekaorto” (twelve-pieces), depicting the
most important moments of the Lord’s life such as the
“Palm-bearer”, the “Ascension”, the “Resurrection”,
and the “Raising of Lazarus”. The Psalters are new,
made out of wood but of a modern, more recent design.
About 25 years ago the church went through maintenance,
the floor of the church’s interior was paved with new
slates and the surrounding walls were scraped. As they
were digging the floor so as to extract the old slates,
they found earthenware jars at a depth of one meter
below the earth’s surface. They were placed there so
as to reverberate the sound of one’s voice. Furthermore,
when they scraped the walls, again they found some small
jars placed inside the walls. One arrives at the conclusion
that in this way they achieved the reverberation of
the Priest’s voice during Mass.
The icon dedicated to “Panagia Eleousa” is very old
and it is kept at the church’s icon-screen. It celebrates
in a festive manner on the 21st of November, Her Holy
Icon being carried about in procession and many faithful
from the surrounding region gathering in order to kneel
before the Blessed Virgin and attend Mass.
Country Church of Archangel
Michael in Kato Lefkara
country church of Archangel Michael
(12th century) is a moderate-sized church where the
See of Kition and Lefkara was seated in previous times
(during the era of Turkish domination). Back then it
used to have cells and it functioned as the area hosting
the Bishop. It is built in the Byzantine style with
a dome at the south end of the village and in the midst
of the community’s fields. It is not very large. Stone-made
on the outside, being covered with painting of saints
inside, it lacks a steeple and only the monastery bell
(triangle) is present. On the right wall there is a
hagiography of the Holy Veronica, a bit further the
ones of the Baptism, Saint Neofytos, Saint Nikolaos,
Archangel Michael, Saint Dimitrios, Saint George, and
-in the large dome –the “Theotis tou Kyriou” (the Lord’s
Judgment). The church’s icon-screen was old and has
been renovated. The little church is small and plain.
The icon dedicated to Archangel Michael is very old
and it is kept in a special icon stand there in the
country church. A liturgy takes place in it twice a
year, on the 8th of November, which is Archangel Michael’s
day, and on the 13th of July, the day when Archangels
Gabriel and Michael are celebrated.
Country Church of “Agios Timotheos”
in Kato Lefkara
Timotheos” (Saint Timothy) is a 15th century
structure. The country church is located at the west
end of the village, close to the community’s school.
It is a small, stone-made country church of the Byzantine
style with a dome, which barely can host 100 faithful.
Inside it has an arch, which is in the area where the
faithful pray. There are hagiographies but with the
passage of time they have been distorted. The icon-screen
is quite old and it has gone through maintenance in
the past 20 years. The icon dedicated to Saint Timothy
is very old and it is kept in the church of “Panagia
Eleousa”. A liturgy takes place in it once a year during
the Saint’s day on the 22nd of January, his Holy icon
being transferred there so as to be carried about in
procession. The country church does not have a steeple
and the faithful are summoned only through the use of
a monastery bell (triangle).
The Little Church of “Agia
Marina” in Kato Lefkara
Marina” (Saint Marina) was constructed around
the 18th century. It is a small church made of stone
externally and located at the village’s center. Its
structure is of the Byzantine style, simple and flat
in its interior, though with hagiographies. Its steeple
is tall and arched and it summons the faithful whenever
a liturgy will take place. It has been recently renovated
–around 1998. Outside the church there are guests’ houses,
which formerly hosted the teachers that came from the
surrounding regions so as to teach the children in the
community’s school. The dedicated icon is split in two
pieces (it was made that way) and it is placed upon
a special, arch-shaped kneeling desk on the wall and
that is where it is kept. A liturgy takes place in it
twice a year, once on Saint Marina’s day on the 17th
of July and on Easter Monday or Tuesday.
Country Church of “Agios Georgios”
in Kato Lefkara
The small country church of Saint
George is located east of the village of Kato
Lefkara, on top of a hill. It is a small and plain country
church that is externally made of stone. It does not
have a steeple but only a monastery bell (triangle).
Its interior is whitewashed and humble. It has a simple,
woodcut icon-screen and a few seats for the faithful.
The icon dedicated to Saint George is kept there in
the country church -on a special kneeling desk that
is adjacent to the wall -and it is quite old. A liturgy
takes place in it once a year, during the Saint’s day
on the 23rd of April.