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Living Traditions

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
The Sounding

An Orthodox Journey through Time

My curiosity began when I saw them every day as I drove to and from work. As I made my way through Chicago’s Greektown, I would see the maroon banners…

Feb 24, 2015
Living Traditions

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
Living Traditions

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
Living Traditions

Christopsomo: Christ-bread

An old Greek tradition, this bread is baked on Christmas Eve and eaten on Christmas Day. Baking this bread bestows a great blessing upon the family. The…

Dec 15, 2014
Living Traditions

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
The Sounding

Integrity

It isn’t very often that we hear the word “integrity” in the religious language of our Greek Orthodox Church. Yet, if we scratch the surface, we…

Sep 14, 2014
The Sounding

For Middle East Christians, Past and Present Collide with Violence

Aldous Huxley, the author of Brave New World, once said, “That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important lesson of…

Aug 04, 2014