The Orthodox liturgy, when done well, brings to mind heaven on earth.  Part of this is the smell of incense, of course.  Well, one could be forgiven for thinking he had entered heaven on earth if he came into the Cotsidas Auditorium today.  It was tsoureki baking time, and a force of Philoptochos women, along with some men, spent yesterday and today making 218 tsourekia.  The smell was indeed heavenly, even for a gluten-free person like me.  Philoptochos president Eleni G. said they will be convening to make more – such is the demand.  Here is a photo which is pretty similar to the ones I have put up in years past:

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