St. Helen, Sweet Basil, and the Holy Cross

September 14th marks yet another important Feast Day in the Greek Orthodox Church. It’s the day a woman born in obscurity would find something highly regarded by much of today’s world.

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Memorial Day – Remember Them All

The sad reality is that many military lives aren’t lost on a battlefield, or even during any military activity at all.  Many are the result of the after effects these events have on them.  Tristan was one of those lives.

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Agia Paraskevi (Saint Friday)

Imagine not being able to see the words on your screen.  Imagine not being able to see anything.  Imagine having that all miraculously change.  I’m hoping I won’t have to imagine it.

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I Know Santa

20181227_110902Any time I think about getting pictures of the boys with a department store Santa, a scene from the movie “A Christmas Story” pops in my head.  It’s the one where Ralphie realizes how long the line is to see Santa Claus, and all you hear are screaming kids.  No thanks.

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A Baby is Blessed

20181015_144043Last Sunday was a special day for my family.  My new grandson was brought to church for the first time following the same kind of practice going back thousands of years.  The same practice as when Jesus was brought to the synagogue when he was a baby.

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Great Lent

13131646_10209283437745925_7332453790807098832_oAh, Great Lent.  That multi-week period of time where every orthodox child develops a love-hate relationship with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

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Feast Days in the Orthodox Church

In the Eastern Orthodox faith, days that commemorate a particular saint, holy event, or the angels are called feast days.  Is it called a feast day because there is a feast?  No.  Can food be part of the equation?  Yes.

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The Nativity of the Virgin Mary

nativity of theotokosSeptember 8th is the feast day of the Nativity (birth) of the Virgin Mary.  In Greek Orthodox tradition, feast days are holy days that commemorate significant events related to the church.  They may mark the births and/or deaths of saints, or other momentous occasions.  This particular feast day marks the day that Orthodox Christians commemorate the birth of the Virgin Mary.  In Greek she is called the Theotokos, or Mother of God.

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