Nativity Fast: Pettuli – Greek

Nativity Fast: Pettuli – Greek

From the region of Taranto, Greece, these golden fried pieces of dough are traditionally eaten during the fasting-Christmas period. The folklore is they were given by the infant Christ to the poor – this tale acts as a “prequel” to Christ’s adult miracle of the five loaves. It represents Christ...

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Tavener: Svyati

Tavener: Svyati

Sir John Tavener (1944-2013) wrote many substantial concert works which explore the spirituality of the Orthodox Church, and he was very concerned with exploring the riches of the Orthodox tradition outside the Church itself. “Svyati” is one such work, built as it is on a liturgical text but intended for...

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The Gift of Time

The Gift of Time

It was last Spring, just after Pascha. A Sunday at the conclusion of Liturgy. Our priest was announcing the forthcoming daytime services for the next few weeks. I wish I could attend a mid-week liturgy, I’d thought. But I was too busy at work. Then, two days later, I learned...

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Islamists blow up church, desecrate bones of Armenian genocide vitcims

Islamists blow up church, desecrate bones of Armenian genocide vitcims

Lord have mercy! Last month, a chilling report in the Independent, filed from Syria by Robert Fisk, revealed that “Islamists’ destruction of a shrine to the victims of genocide marks the latest chapter in a tragic national history.” The bomb obliterated a huge archive of historical records and scattered the...

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Our Children Reveal Our True Priorities at Christmas

Our Children Reveal Our True Priorities at Christmas

The Christmas season has arrived, and I find myself thinking about my most cherished memories from every Christmas prior. As a mom, I find it important to pass along as many of these treasured traditions to my children as possible. As I was thinking about this, I was wondering if...

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Thanksgiving Explained – We Hold Ourselves to a Higher Power

Thanksgiving Explained – We Hold Ourselves to a Higher Power

Every wonder where the Thanksgiving holiday came from?  After 45 short years of life, I have to admit that I did not know.  But this year, the knowledge of Thanksgiving’s origin recharged my soul, knowing that its origins stemmed from humility and gratitude for God’s abundance. In an excellent Wall...

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The Children’s Word: How to Praise God

The Children’s Word: How to Praise God

Welcome to The Children’s Word, a weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network brought to you by Presvytera Alexandra Houck! This week, Pres. Alexandra asks, “Do you praise God every day?” God gives us all our blessings, but we sometimes forget to say thank you. Read a story about a...

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