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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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Celebrating Pascha with your godchildren

Celebrating Pascha with your godchildren

When you became a godparent, you assumed responsibility before God to bring the child up in the Orthodox faith. You pray for your godchildren, of course. You light candles for them every time you enter a church. And you mean to ensure that your godchildren love the...

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St. Nicholas, Thursday prayers, and pirates

St. Nicholas, Thursday prayers, and pirates

The life of the Orthodox Church is carried through cycles of worship and prayer. If you follow these cycles, you’ll encounter St. Nicholas over and over. He has three feast days on the annual cycle of fixed feasts. And he’s also commemorated every Thursday, during the...

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Bacon-wrapped dates

Bacon-wrapped dates

When you read Catherine's Pascha, you'll see Catherine loading her plate with hot dogs and chocolate cake. And in the background, someone is asking whether Andrea brought her bacon-wrapped dates this year. Andrea is a real person, and this is her recipe for...

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(Almost) traditional pumpkin pie

(Almost) traditional pumpkin pie

I love pumpkin pie. Seriously. At our house, it’s not just for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We have it all winter long. We have it for dessert. We have it for breakfast. It’s a healthy breakfast, as far as I’m concerned. Much healthier than a bowl of cereal. And it’s a...

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6 ways to celebrate St. Stephen’s Day

6 ways to celebrate St. Stephen’s Day

Tomorrow is St. Stephen’s Day! At least, it’s tomorrow for us Orthodox folks. Other folks are keeping it today, and that’s okay. In the early Church, it was considered fitting that, on the second day of Christmas, we would celebrate the memory of the first martyr. And...

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9 steps to an autism-accessible home library

9 steps to an autism-accessible home library

When you love books, you want your children to love books, too. But Summer Kinard's kids are particularly rough on books. Instead of hiding books away from them, she figured out how to make a home library that works for them. Here, she explains the nine things she did...

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The Adventure of Father Evangelos: A snowy story for Christmas

The Adventure of Father Evangelos: A snowy story for Christmas

If you can find a copy of The Adventure of Father Evangelos, it may be just the book to put under the tree for a little one. It’s a bright, happy, colorful book, full of snow-covered evergreen trees and helpful animals. And the adventure all happens on one Christmas...

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A Miracle at Bates Memorial: A story of sensory kids at church

A Miracle at Bates Memorial: A story of sensory kids at church

If you have a sensory kid, a child who with sensory processing differences, your child may struggle with behavioral expectations at church. You may have worried that your child would have a complete and total meltdown at church. Your child may have actually had a...

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Three boys in a pickling tub

Three boys in a pickling tub

In Medieval Europe, the most common image of St. Nicholas shows him standing over three small children in a wooden tub. The image illustrates an odd story that was told and believed for centuries. The story began as the story of the three innocent men whom St....

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THE MAGIC OF BOOKS

Share the joy of Pascha through the magic of a book: Catherine's Pascha.

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