Next Book: Courtship, Engagement and Marriage Preparation in the Orthodox Church; A Guide for Young Adults

Due to the popularity of the “Starter’s Fasting Cookbook“, I’ve decided to begin a series of simple “starter” self-help books in the same vein. I have begun preliminary work on a book about… Continue reading

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Fasting for the Feasts

Although it seems like an inopportune time to mention this, I have been in the process of assembling a fasting cookbook for those new to fasting. It is a compilation of recipes I… Continue reading

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OpEd: “Before you were born I knew you”

For as long as my friends have been having babies, I find so many of them will tell you “the gender is going to be a surprise!” They say it with a smile… Continue reading

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The Great Relationship Drama

Generally, many of the Orthodox blogs online written by women are written by dedicated, married women who have years of experience under their belt in marriage and raising children. A lot of these… Continue reading

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Online Byzantine Chant Class to be Offered from Chicago

Metropolis of Chicago Announces Byzantine Music Webinar Classes To be Offered With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, long a stalwart supporter of traditional Orthodox chant… Continue reading

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Same-Sex Pair Uses Orthodox Wedding Service

Originally posted on Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy:
[HuffPo] Manhattan saw many couples married that day, but one wedding was different, not only because it was two men being married in a Christian church, nor…

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A bit of Good, Personal News

My husband and I have received word that he will be ordained, shortly, to the priesthood. We are very excited about this blessing and the next steps in our vocation. 

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Singing to the Lord All My Life; Beginning with a Junior Choir

“Never forget our plain chant, for it is the jewel of our church! It is the pride of our liturgical services and we do not want to lose it because of lack of… Continue reading

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My Red Eggs!

Firstly…. gaze upon this photo and rejoice! The refrigerator is filled with goodness! I grew up in the Greek/Antiochian tradition and my husband is from Slavic tradition so we will have both lamb and a… Continue reading

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Earth Day: Something to Think About

Today is Earth day. Since 1990 more than 200 million people participate in environmental activities in more than 141 countries  This year over a billion people in 192 countries are expected to participate. The holiday has contributed to… Continue reading

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Protect Us, Oh Holy Theotokos!

  To thee, the Champion Leader, do I offer thanks of victory: O Theotokos, thou who hast delivered me from terror. But as thou that hast that power invincible,  O Theotokos, thou alone… Continue reading

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A Response to the Equals Sign Photo–So What?

Part of me is surprised by the number of people who have reached this blog looking for information or guidance on the current Human Rights “social media campaign” if you will. Amidst the… Continue reading

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A response to the Red Equality Photo

My written response is here The Human Rights Campaign, which advocates equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, has been promoting an image of a pink equal sign over a red background… Continue reading

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Lenten Challenge–Day 2

“It is right that our treatise should now deal with the warriors and athletes of Christ” write St. John Climacus on his chapter on obedience. “Like trees swayed by the wind and driving… Continue reading

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Clean Monday Challenge

SWOD: (Spiritual Workout Of the Day) Turn everything off. Computer, TV, cell phone, texting, chat… remove any interactions with these media as much as possible outside of that which is required for your… Continue reading

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