Shedding Light on Taybeh

Shedding Light on Taybeh

Returning one more time to the only all-Christian village that exists in Palestine has been a challenge. But the most amazing thing of all is the great blessing to light candles on my first day at the fourth century ruins of Saint George Byzantine Church, which was built when Saint Helen...

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What are Christians Doing Today in the Holy Land?

What are Christians Doing Today in the Holy Land?

It is four in the morning, and while everyone else is trying to get a good night’s sleep, Orthodox Christians from all corners of the Holy Land collect themselves to march in a beautiful procession in honor of  the Virgin Mary.  Every year, based on the Old Julian Calendar, the...

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See the Miracle of the Holy Fire

See the Miracle of the Holy Fire

Although I am in Boston finishing a very blessed Lenten book tour with Christina books, my eyes are turned to Jerusalem, and my heart is in my husband’s Palestinian Christian village of Taybeh. However, this year I will see the greatest of all miracles, the Miracle of the Holy Fire,...

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Sunday of Orthodoxy Celebrated in Taybeh

Sunday of Orthodoxy Celebrated in Taybeh

Today was a glorious celebration for the Sunday of Orthodoxy, commemorated in my church annually this first Sunday of the Holy Great Lent. After a beautiful Divine Liturgy, Fr. Daoud P. Khoury and the entire congregation of St. George Greek Orthodox Church, with the children holding icons, made a wonderful...

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Israeli Settler Attacks on Christian and Muslim Holy Places

Israeli Settler Attacks on Christian and Muslim Holy Places

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses. Proverbs 10:12 Every day, I wake up and stare at the new illegal Israeli settlement right in front of my kitchen window. It has been a very different life as a Greek American living in a Palestinian Christian village that my...

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Celebrating the Baptism of Christ in the Jordan River

Celebrating the Baptism of Christ in the Jordan River

It was simply a most glorious celebration of the Epiphany on the Jordan River today. (January 19 is Epiphany for those following the Old Julian calendar.) There were hundreds of priests, nuns, and thousands of people from all walks of life coming to the precious site where over 2,000 years...

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Receiving the Holy Fire Once Again

Receiving the Holy Fire Once Again

We have just celebrated the Miracle of the Holy Fire in Taybeh in a most magnificent way at the outskirts of our village at approximately 5:30 pm local time on this Great and Holy Saturday, after waiting all afternoon when this great miracle occurred once again in Jerusalem. “O Gladsome...

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Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11) It is under unimaginable conditions of Apartheid that Christians in Bethlehem continue to share the Good News. Christ is Born! Glorify Him! The Orthodox Holy Nativity Liturgy is always...

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Waiting for Water

Waiting for Water

“In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 There are some things that are about the same here in the Holy Land as they were two thousand years ago. It is sad that Christians in the Middle East...

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The Holiest Place on Earth

The Holiest Place on Earth

I am the light of the world. John 9:5 Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! It is here in Jerusalem that we can proclaim this news every day because it is the very place of Christ’s Holy Resurrection. Especially this year, as I celebrated the Holy Pascha Midnight Resurrection...

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