The Song of Saint George

The Song of Saint George

Saint George is one of the most beloved saints of the Eastern Church. In particular, the people of Cappadocia, his homeland, had recourse to him for help and assistance from very early on and his honour and fame spread throughout the world. The achievements of the saint didn’t remain only...

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Why I Go to Church

Why I Go to Church

It’s Sunday morning. Maybe it’s raining outside. Maybe it’s a bit chilly. It’s a tempting thought to lay around in my pajamas, sipping coffee, and watching the Sunday morning news programs. When I was a young child, there was no such thing. It was church choir time, and we were...

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Red eggs, traditional method

Red eggs, traditional method

James W. Lillie   On Lazarus Saturday, I realized I couldn’t find my copy of the services for Great Week, so, naturally, I went down to the local supermarket and bought another copy. This ease of access to Church supplies (charcoal, wicks, incense, televised services for the sick and so...

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What’s in the Name?

What’s in the Name?

During my last visit to the monasteries in Egypt, I was asked by family members to baptize their child at the monastery. When I went there the day of the baptism, the monk priest in charge of baptisms asked me to baptize all the kids that came that day—which totaled...

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My Church’s Centennial Celebration

My Church’s Centennial Celebration

Photo courtesy of Kathleen Marvin Sickles. This past October, I had the honor of being the co-chairperson of my church’s Centennial Celebration. It was an amazing experience to be part of the excitement leading up to the grand weekend. Seeing old friends and family come together to honor a rich...

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Vasilopita (Saint Basil Pie)

Vasilopita (Saint Basil Pie)

The Vasilopita (VasilOpita) is the main custom in Greece for New year. It’s one which we encounter throughout Greece, though naturally with local variations. These are mostly to do with the ingredients of the cake. In some places it’s a cake, though there are also parts where it’s a savory...

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Traditional Greek Christmas Cookies

Traditional Greek Christmas Cookies

The most famous Christmas cookies in Greece are the traditional melomakarona and kourabiedes. Here we present the recipes for the most tasty way of cooking them, as a treat for friends and relatives. Happy cooking! Melomakarona (Christmas honey cookies) Ingredients: 1½ cups of oil 1½ cups of cooking fat 1...

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The Tradition of Holy Baptism—A Grandmother’s Perspective

The Tradition of Holy Baptism—A Grandmother’s Perspective

My granddaughter, Penelope Katherine, was born on January 24, 2016. It was a very joyous event for me. I have a grandson, Gavin (Gabriel), who is already 15 years old. My husband and I are very active in his upbringing, and we are looking forward to being a part of Penny’s life,...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: How America Lost Her Virginity

Musings from a Grateful Convert: How America Lost Her Virginity

I am listening to the music of Little Eva, an early ’60’s Pop Music star in the U.S. Her songs include “Breaking Up is Hard to Do”, “Some Kinda Wonderful”, “Locomotion” et al. If I were a young person , I would be asking, “My how American Pop Culture has...

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Youth and Tradition

Youth and Tradition

“Tradition” and “youth” aren’t words that generally go hand in hand. Before Pink Floyd’s iconic 1979 hit, “Another Brick in the Wall pt. II, ” which contains lyrics such as, “We don’t need no education, We don’t need no thought control”, the portrayal of the stereotypical “youth” brought to mind...

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