Archangel Gabriel and the Birth of Christ

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”. It has also been translated as the “Strength/Power of God”. This archangel has also been called the leader of the heavenly hosts. Gabriel was...

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Celebrating the Archangel Michael, The Defender of the Faith

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 was a wonderful Orthodox Christian role model for me. Though it took until my mid-forties to fully appreciate it, nonetheless...

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The Tradition of Holy Baptism—A Grandmother’s Perspective

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 old. My husband and I are very active in his upbringing, and we are looking forward to being a part of Penny’s life,...

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Father Paisios of the Holy Mountain

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 Saint Arsenios the Cappadocian, who baptized him, named him after himself, and predicted Arsenios’ future as a monastic. Soon after his baptism, the family...

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Enabling a Loved One: A Christian Perspective

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 root of arguments, suffering, and drama. It can be very stressful to deal with loved ones who have a...

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The Power of a Kiss

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 in their young adulthood and settled in a small mill town in Pennsylvania. Yiayia loved to hold my head with both hands and...

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Understanding Christ’s Love Through Caregiving

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. Because of this, I have acquired a great admiration for His lessons and the good guidance in them. Here are some of...

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The Presentation of Christ in the Temple

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 forty days old, Mary and Joseph took Him to the temple to be presented to God. This was the custom at that time....

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 The Icon of the Nativity

 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 return to their birthplace for a census. Mary and Joseph were descendants of King David and Bethlehem was in the city of David....

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Saint Nicholas the Wonder Worker

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 in the southern part of Asia Minor. His parents had been childless until the infant Nicholas was born.  Nonna, his mother,...

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The Entrance of Mary, the Theotokos

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 to as, The Presentation. According to tradition, Mary’s parents Joachim and Anna had been unable to conceive. Their promise was that...

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The Holy Protection of the Theotokos

The Holy Protection of the Theotokos

One of the most beloved holidays in the Orthodox calendar is the Protection of the Mother of God. The Slavic people celebrate this holiday on October 1. The Greek tradition celebrates it on October 28. The tradition holds that during the tenth century, the city of Blachernae in Constantinople was...

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