Christ is Risen!

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 resurrection for forty days, that is until Ascension, we will be posting several videos of the beautiful hymn, “Christ is Risen” until then. The embedded video...

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Hymn “Christ is Risen” from Orthodox in  Ghana

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 resurrection for forty days, that is until Ascension, we will be posting several videos of the beautiful hymn for the coming weeks. In this video, we...

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Hymn “Christ is Risen” with Nektaria Karantzi

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 resurrection for forty days, that is until Ascension, we will be posting several videos of the beautiful hymn for the coming weeks. Listen to an amazing performance...

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Fifteen Bean Soup for Crockpot

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 have to be complicated.  It shouldn’t be.  But we all have to eat, so I am sharing my “famous”  Fifteen...

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Thank You, O Lord

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.  In Fact, the translation of the Greek word ‘Eucharist’ is Thanksgiving.  Fr. Schmemann gave his life to Thanksgiving.  As we remember this special American Holiday taking place only a few days...

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Lazarus Cross

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 a pre-celebration of the life-giving nature of the Cross which will soon be experienced. The cross is made on the morning of Lazarus Saturday...

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

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, with some favouring the teachings of St. Basil over St. Gregory and vise-versa. In order to bring an end to this pointless...

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Česnica: Serbian Christmas bread

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 crown, celebrating the birth of Christ the King. The bread also contains a coin which bestows a blessing upon the person who finds it. ...

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Psenica: A Serbian Christmas Custom

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 Christmas custom. After the Lord’s Prayer is recited, the seeds are watered and left to grow for the remainder of Advent....

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Christmas Bread with Figs

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 happiness, as a blessing upon the household. It is also symbolic of the arrival of Christ into the world.  The bread can be made into small buns...

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Sesame Baklava

Sesame Baklava

Baking sesame baklava (Μπακλαβάς Σουσαμένιος) on Christmas Eve is an old custom in Thrace and other parts of Greece. Sesame was once regarded as a highly-prized commodity worth its weight in gold. When used in the Christmas baklava, it is symbolic of the invaluable gift of Christ who comes into...

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Honigkuchen: An Orthodox Variation on a German Custom

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 of holiday festivities. This idea for an Orthodox version of the Honigkuchen custom is part of an Australian infusion. The Barossa Valley, a...

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