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Learning resources available at OCN draw on the wealth of Orthodox Christian teaching and the wonderful creative people who bring this treasure to schools and families around the country. We’ll be sharing special activities for fasts and feast days, ideas for church school and youth groups, and home school resources. Visit often to find new posts.

Assurè, Noah’s Pudding

For the Greek Christians of Asia Minor, Assurè (Grk: Assurè / Arb: Ashure) was made on Christmas Eve as an offering to Christ and Panagia. These refugees…

Dec 12, 2014

Craciunel

Craciunels are braided breads with knots made to celebrate Christmas. They are given to family and friends, symbolising the spirit of giving at Christmas….

Dec 10, 2014

Cyril and Methodius

Among the best known saints in the Orthodox calendar are the brothers Cyril and Methodius, who are remembered for devising the Cyrillic alphabet and thus…

Dec 09, 2014

Metropolitan Athanasios of Lemessos: Christmas’ Deeper Meaning (Part I)

Every time we stand before the Lord either in prayer or in celebration in Church of an event from the life of Christ, or we are in any other way experiencing…

Dec 06, 2014

December 6th Onward: Karavaki – Christmas Boats

As St Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors and the Greek navy – as well as students, merchants, pawnbrokers, and children – an old custom which…

Dec 05, 2014

December 6: Saint Nicholas Traditions

During the Advent period, a great saint of the Church is celebrated – Saint Nicholas. Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, and he is commemorated…

Dec 04, 2014

Nativity Fast: Pettuli – Greek

From the region of Taranto, Greece, these golden fried pieces of dough are traditionally eaten during the fasting-Christmas period. The folklore is they…

Dec 03, 2014

December 4: Saint Barbara’s Feast – Greek

Celebrated on December 4th, Saint Barbara is the patron saint of artillerymen, firemen, and those engaged in hazardous occupations. According to Greek…

Dec 02, 2014

December 4: Feast of Saint Barbara – Syrian, Lebanese, Jordanian, Palestinian

Saint Barbara’s day, or Eid il-Burbara, is celebrated in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine. The traditional food served on St Barbara’s feastday…

Dec 02, 2014

November 30: Saint Andrew and Loukoumades

St Andrew is celebrated on November 30th. On the Greek islands of Rhodes, Kalymnos and Kos, it’s customary to make Loukoumades or Tiganites to honour…

Nov 29, 2014

Metropolitan Kallistos Ware: My Acquaintance with Elder Sophrony

Metropolitan Kallistos says that Elder Sophrony wanted his monastery to stay loyal to the tradition of Orthodoxy, but at the same time be open to the spirit…

Nov 28, 2014

Metropolitan Alexios: My Life on Mount Athos

His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta explains why he thinks of Mount Athos as his family. He remembers when he first went to Mount Athos, at the…

Nov 28, 2014

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