Christ is Risen, and I Need Sleep

Christ is Risen, and I Need Sleep

If you’re not Orthodox, it can be hard to understand what your Orthodox Christian friends have been doing for the last week, or why they’re so bleary-eyed today. Let me see if I can explain it. To imagine Pascha, think of what it would be like if you combined the...
Implications of the Annunciation

Implications of the Annunciation

It’s the Annunciation! Today, we celebrate the moment that time, space, all that is and was and will be, turned inside out, and the uncontainable God was contained in a virgin’s womb. It was His choice, of course, to enter into space and time, to take on flesh, to...
The Lenten Feast of St. Patrick

The Lenten Feast of St. Patrick

Today is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It’s a feast day that invariably falls during Lent. We have these feasting-fasting days from time to time. And special traditions grow up around them, to honor both the feast and the fast. We eat fish...
Thoughts on our house blessing

Thoughts on our house blessing

We had our house blessed on Saturday. For most Orthodox Christians, the house blessing is an annual event. Some time between Theophany and the beginning of Lent, your priest comes to your home. There are prayers at your icon corner. Then the family and the priest...
The Exaltation of the Cross and a Bed of Basil

The Exaltation of the Cross and a Bed of Basil

If you make it to the Liturgy for the Exaltation of the Cross, the cross will likely be set out on a fragrant bed of fresh basil. Why is that? The first thing you have to understand is that when we Orthodox ask a question like that, the answer tends to be a story. And...

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