Η Eντολή της Aγάπης- The Commandment of Love

Η Eντολή της Aγάπης- The Commandment of Love

 Υπάρχουμε στη ζωή επειδή λειτουργεί η αγάπη.Υπάρχουμε στη πίστη επειδή η Εκκλησία διακονεί την αγάπη και τον κόσμο. The Commandment of Love: We exist because love works. We exist in faith because the Church serves the love and the world.   Come Receive the Light- Greek is a weekly program...

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Kallinikeion Institute Intensive Modern Greek Language Program begins July 27

Kallinikeion Institute Intensive Modern Greek Language Program begins July 27

The Kallinikeion Institute at Hellenic College Holy Cross is an intensive Modern Greek language program sponsored by the Kallinikeion Foundation. The program offers two courses in Modern Greek, one at the Beginning (Beginning Modern Greek I) and one at the Intermediate level (Intermediate Modern Greek I&II). Beginning Modern Greek I is...

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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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An Orthodox Journey through Time

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 on the city’s street lights. The Icon of Saint George would stare at me, seeming to call me. “HEAVEN AND...

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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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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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Christopsomo: Christ-bread

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 bread’s design The dough is divided into two pieces. The first portion, the largest, forms the main base. Using the second portion, the...

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Assurè, Noah’s Pudding

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 brought Assurè to Northern and Central Greece. For Cretans, the Assurè became a dessert in the cities with no religious significance.   Assurè: Turkish Version...

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Integrity

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 will discover profound meanings that speak directly to the way we are to be and to live our Orthodox Christian life. We can start...

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For Middle East Christians, Past and Present Collide with Violence

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 history.” When it comes to the Christians of the Middle East, we must learn from history and not repeat the same mistakes...

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