Posts by Chris Vlahonasios

Living Traditions

Three Holy Hierarchs: St Basil the Great, St Gregory the Theologian, and St John Chrysostom

In the 11th century AD, there was a growing dispute among the faithful over which of these great saints was greater than the others. This led to fractures,…

Jan 27, 2015
The Moving Icon

An Orthodox Christian App Designer

Apps have become a booming market with the expansion of smartphone use. Like the internet generally, as well as social media, there needs to be an Orthodox…

Jan 23, 2015
The Sounding

Theophany; A Short Film

Here is a new short video of the Theophany Troparion by UK-based Orthodox filmmakers The Brothers Robinson. This team, who have produced many short clips,…

Jan 14, 2015
Living Traditions

Česnica: Serbian Christmas bread

Česnica is a Serbian Christmas sweet-bread baked on Christmas Eve, which falls on January 6th in the Old Calendar. It is tall, round, and resembles a…

Jan 05, 2015
Living Traditions

Psenica: A Serbian Christmas Custom

On the feastday of St Nicholas, which occurs on December 19th in the Old Calendar, wheat grains (žito) are planted in a small bowl or plate for this Serbian…

Dec 19, 2014
Living Traditions

Christmas Bread with Figs

This is another version of the Christopsomo. From the region of Macedonia, Northern Greece, this bread contains figs, symbolic of prosperity, wealth, and…

Dec 18, 2014
Living Traditions

Sesame Baklava

Baking sesame baklava (Μπακλαβάς Σουσαμένιος) on Christmas Eve is an old custom in Thrace and other parts of Greece. Sesame was once…

Dec 18, 2014
The Moving Icon

Making “The Healing”: Orthodox Film-makers’ Perspective

In this episode, Chris Vlahonasios interviews Serbian Orthodox filmmaker Ivan Jović and his wife screenwriter Monja Jović. Their film “The Healing”…

Dec 18, 2014
Living Traditions

Honigkuchen: An Orthodox Variation on a German Custom

The Honigkuchen is a German biscuit or cake traditionally baked at Pascha and Christmas. It is customary to give these cakes to friends and family as part…

Dec 17, 2014
Living Traditions

Christopsomo: Christ-bread

An old Greek tradition, this bread is baked on Christmas Eve and eaten on Christmas Day. Baking this bread bestows a great blessing upon the family. The…

Dec 15, 2014
Living Traditions

Assurè, Noah’s Pudding

For the Greek Christians of Asia Minor, Assurè (Grk: Assurè / Arb: Ashure) was made on Christmas Eve as an offering to Christ and Panagia. These refugees…

Dec 12, 2014
Living Traditions

Craciunel

Craciunels are braided breads with knots made to celebrate Christmas. They are given to family and friends, symbolising the spirit of giving at Christmas….

Dec 10, 2014

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