On the feast of St. Basil (January 1) it is traditional to bake and enjoy Vasilopita (pronounced “va-se-LO-pee-ta”). This special ‘pita’ (which can mean a loaf of bread, a cake, or even a pie!) is baked in honor of our Holy Father Basil the Great, archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia — hence its name “VasilOpita” meaning … Read more
It is traditional to bring a Pascha Basket to the Paschal Services of Holy Saturday night (our service starts at 11:00pm this year, 2014). The baskets are set on or near the solea (raised platform in front of iconostasis) and are blessed at the end of the Paschal Divine Liturgy. The baskets may be put … Read more
In this two part series, recorded as part of an adult education class at St. Ignatius Antiochian Orthodox Church in Franklin, TN, Deacon Michael Hyatt helps us understand the basic motivations for the practice of fasting in the Orthodox Church. These lectures are part of the podcast series At the Intersection of East and West from Ancient Faith Radio.
by Metropolitan Seraphim (Chicagov) the New Martyr (+1937) We are forgiven, we are saved, we are redeemed. Christ is Risen! These words say everything: they are the foundation of our faith, hope, and love; of our Christian life; of all our wisdom and enlightenment; of the Holy Church, heartfelt prayer, and our entire future. These … Read more
by Fr. Richard Rene The initiation of a newborn child into the Church is a journey into Christ’s own life. This process culminates in the child’s baptism and reception of the Eucharist, but it actually begins shortly after birth, when the priest offers prayers for the physical and spiritual healing of both the mother and … Read more
Just after midnight on Easter in Ukraine, people begin to fill the streets and wait for the priest to come and bless their Easter baskets. Thousands of people line the streets. It is an amazing sight. Each basket is placed on the ground with a lit candle. The priest sings songs over the loud speakers … Read more
by Fr. Gregory Wigenbach “Do not turn aside too readily from the ancient traditions you have received from the elders, which they in turn learned at their forefathers’ feet…(for) they may still prove profitable to you and yours in your times of need.” Wisdom of Sirach . If you adopt a new homeland and assimilate … Read more