Orthodox Culture

“Orthodox Culture” documents the traditions and cultural expressions of Eastern Orthodox people from around the world. What makes these customs ‘Orthodox’ is they are Christ-centered, inspired by our spiritual phronema (mindset). They offer a physical, symbolic, and organic means by which people can express their faith, identity, and love for one another and the community through Christ. Orthodox Culture expresses how individuals ‘live out’ their faith, and also how they live within it. Many of the contributors here at OCN have the passion for expressing these Orthodox traditions and passing down this knowledge to the next generation.

Christ is Risen!

Christ is risen from the dead,trampling down death by death,and on those in the tombs bestowing life!   Since Orthodox Christians celebrate our Lord’s…

May 06, 2016

Hymn “Christ is Risen” from Orthodox in Ghana

Christ is risen from the dead,trampling down death by death,and on those in the tombs bestowing life!   Since Orthodox Christians celebrate our Lord’s…

May 05, 2016

Hymn “Christ is Risen” with Nektaria Karantzi

Christ is risen from the dead,trampling down death by death,and on those in the tombs bestowing life! Since Orthodox Christians celebrate our Lord’s…

May 04, 2016

Fifteen Bean Soup for Crockpot

The fast is only a few days away and many of my friends and I are starting to panic about what we are going to serve our families.  Fasting doesn’t…

Mar 08, 2016

Thank You, O Lord

Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann, the late Dean of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, was dedicated to writing, preaching, and teaching about the Eucharist….

Nov 28, 2015

Lazarus Cross

From the Greek island of Santorini, the ‘Lazarus’ is a large wooden cross covered with rosemary and flowers. On the eve of Holy Week, it is…

Apr 01, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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