Posts by Joanne Jamis Cain

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My Church’s Centennial Celebration

Photo courtesy of Kathleen Marvin Sickles. This past October, I had the honor of being the co-chairperson of my church’s Centennial Celebration….

Feb 07, 2017
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Archangel Gabriel and the Birth of Christ

No angel figures more prominently in the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ than the Archangel Gabriel. The name Gabriel in Hebrew means “Man of God”….

Dec 21, 2016
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Celebrating the Archangel Michael, The Defender of the Faith

My father, Michael John Jamis, has been passed almost 20 years. Many people called him Mike or Big Mike, due to his height of 6 feet, four inches. My father…

Nov 08, 2016
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The Tradition of Holy Baptism—A Grandmother’s Perspective

My granddaughter, Penelope Katherine, was born on January 24, 2016. It was a very joyous event for me. I have a grandson, Gavin (Gabriel), who is already 15 years…

Aug 28, 2016
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Father Paisios of the Holy Mountain

Arsenios Eznepidis was born to pious parents in the town of Farasa, Cappadocia of Asia Minor on July 25,1924. Arsenios’ name was given to him by…

Jul 10, 2016
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Enabling a Loved One: A Christian Perspective

We all have one in our family. The loved one who drinks a little too much, gambles, or takes a few too many pain pills. These family members can be the…

Jun 19, 2016
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The Power of a Kiss

When I was a little girl I would spend a few weeks in the summer with my Greek grandmother (Yiayia) and grandfather (Papou). They immigrated from Greece…

Apr 25, 2016
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Understanding Christ’s Love Through Caregiving

As we continue through Great Lent, I am inspired to think of the many reasons I love Jesus. For years my daily routine has included scripture and prayer….

Mar 25, 2016
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The Presentation of Christ in the Temple

February 2- The Presentation of Christ in the Temple On February second, we celebrate the feast day of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. When Jesus was…

Jan 28, 2016
Iconography and Saints

 The Icon of the Nativity

  The birth of Jesus Christ in a manger is one we have heard since the beginning of our Orthodox lives. Emperor Augustus decreed that everyone should…

Dec 21, 2015
Iconography and Saints

Saint Nicholas the Wonder Worker

Saint Nicholas is the beloved and gentle face of Christmas for many people. This saint was born in the province of Lycia in the city of Patara which is…

Dec 08, 2015
Iconography and Saints

The Entrance of Mary, the Theotokos

  November 21st is a great feast day in the Orthodox Church. It is the day we celebrate the Entrance of the Theotokos, or as it is often referred…

Nov 16, 2015