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When Jesus was the guest of Zacchaeus the Publican

When Jesus was the guest of Zacchaeus the Publican

In today's Gospel, we hear the story of the publican and the pharisee. And one of the publicans we know from the Bible is Zacchaeus. Little children often learn to sing a song about Zacchaeus. You might remember it. It starts like this: Zacchaeus was a wee little man,...

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Home: A picture book built with love and dreams

Home: A picture book built with love and dreams

If your kids like the I Spy books, or Where’s Waldo, they are going to love Carson Ellis’s Home. If anything, Home is more interesting and more intriguing than any of the other books in the “can you find it” genre, because Ellis doesn’t tell you what’s going on in the...

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Honey bunnies

Honey bunnies

Honey bunnies are the sweet, sticky, bunny-shaped rolls that Catherine’s mom makes every year at Pascha. As Catherine says, “They are the best!” Honey bunnies You can use this recipe to make between 8 and 32 bunny-shaped rolls, depending on how you shape them....

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Anastasis icon of the Resurrection

Anastasis icon of the Resurrection

Explanation and icon by iconographer Randi Maria Sider-Rose The icon called Anastasis (ah-NAH-sta-sis), or The Resurrection, is a symbolic depiction of Christ’s descent into Hades in order to redeem humanity. He is grasping the hands of Adam and (usually) Eve, who...

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Paska and kulich

Paska and kulich

Paska, or pascha, is a sweet spread made with cheese and eggs. You eat it with kulich, which is a sweet, rich Easter bread. Depending on where you're from, kulich might also be called paska, and paska (the cheese kind) might go by other names as well. Whatever they're...

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How did Easter get its name?

How did Easter get its name?

Why is Easter called Easter? For all Christians, the heart of the faith is the Resurrection of Christ. At first, the celebration of the Resurrection was called Pesach, the Hebrew word for Passover, because the Passover feast was being celebrated when Jesus was raised...

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Cheese and sausage balls

Cheese and sausage balls

Cheese is traditional in a Pascha basket. So is pork sausage. So I decided, many years ago, that cheese and sausage balls would go in my Pascha basket every year. I'd make a big batch, leave a small bowl of them at home for us to have with breakfast on Pascha morning,...

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Peeps in marshmallow nests

Peeps in marshmallow nests

Peeps in marshmallow nests are adorable. And they are so easy and fun to make, you can have your little ones help you make them. You can make these treats dairy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free if you're careful about the brands of the ingredients you use. Rice...

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Calculating the date of Pascha

Calculating the date of Pascha

Pascha is celebrated on a different date every year. And most years, Easter and Pascha are celebrated on different days, even though they both celebrate the Feast of the Resurrection of Christ. Often, people want to know why Pascha is when it is, and why Pascha and...

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Make red eggs for Pascha using onion-skin dye

Make red eggs for Pascha using onion-skin dye

Orthodox Christians make beautiful deep red eggs for Pascha. It’s an ancient tradition, perhaps going back to the time of the apostles. The eggs, along with meat and cheese and wine, are brought to church in baskets. The baskets are blessed at the end of the Paschal...

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Pascha for families with special needs

Pascha for families with special needs

Most children love the idea of a celebration that takes place in the middle of the night! But their parents, who are already tired by the time the Pascha service begins at midnight, may wonder how to attend with peace and joy, instead of frustration and tears....

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Pascha baskets and Pascha basket covers

Pascha baskets and Pascha basket covers

Today, most of us think that bringing of Pascha baskets loaded with meat and cheese and other rich foods to church is a Slavic custom. But it wasn’t always so. It was once the universal practice of the Church. In the early days of the Church, on the Great Feasts,...

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