Shrimp and Rice, a Good Way to Celebrate a Fasting Feast Day

Shrimp and Rice, a Good Way to Celebrate a Fasting Feast Day

On the feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross, we celebrate the protection, glory and life-giving power of the cross.  We also remember with sobriety, through a strict fast, the suffering of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  But this feast isn’t only in remembrance of history, but also a time...

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Elevation of the Cross Prayer Beads

Elevation of the Cross Prayer Beads

On September 14, we will be celebrating the Elevation of the Cross, and by celebrating I mean fasting. For this is one of two feast days which we actually commemorate with fasting. Just what are we commemorating with this feast? In 326 AD, St. Helen, the mother of Constantine, made...

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Elevation of the Holy Cross: Why is it important?

Elevation of the Holy Cross: Why is it important?

On Just Thinking, Fr. Alkiviadis Calivas, Emeritus Professor of Liturgics at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary in Brookline, MA, describes the important feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross.

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The Feast Days of September

The Feast Days of September

On Theologically Thinking, Fr. William Chiganos speaks to us about many Feast Days of September, including the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, The Nativity of the Theotokos, Saint Euphemia and Saints Sophia, Faith, Hope, and Love.

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Celebrating Feasts and Miracles of the Virgin Mary with a Zymaropita, a Twist on Cornbread

Celebrating Feasts and Miracles of the Virgin Mary with a Zymaropita, a Twist on Cornbread

There are several ways we celebrate major feast days: there is usually a forefeast, the feast day itself, and an afterfeast or apodosis. With the feast of the Dormition, August 15, I know of two major celebrations of miraculous icons of the Virgin Mary which mark the feast and its...

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Honorable Sash of the Theotokos

Honorable Sash of the Theotokos

This week on Theologically Thinking, Fr. William Chiganos speaks on the end of August and the beginning of the ecclesiastical New Year, and on one of the holy days we celebrate in this week – The Honorable Sash of the Theotokos.

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Holy Pentecost

Holy Pentecost

Streamed live on Jun 23, 2013 When the Most High came down and confounded tongues of men (Babel), He divided the Nations. When He dispensed the Tongues of Fire, He called all to unity, and with one voice we glorify the Most Holy Spirit. *Kontakion in the Plagal of the...

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Resurrection Service and Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Resurrection Service and Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

On the Great and Holy Feast of Pascha, Orthodox Christians celebrate the life-giving Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This feast of feasts is the most significant day in the life of the Church. It is a celebration of the defeat of death, as neither death itself nor...

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