Family Study of the Divine Liturgy: Spiritual Litany & Kiss of Peace

The next litany we hear after the Great Entrance  is truly a continuation of the first litany. This time, however, we have moved beyond basic needs to those of spiritual. Additionally, rather than… Continue reading

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The New Martyr Argyra: A Patron for the Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

A month after their abduction, the 300 Nigerian girls are finally in the news world-wide. Nearly all of these girls are Christians, but in a new video released today, the girls were forced… Continue reading

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Family Study of the Divine Liturgy: The Cherubic Hymn

When I was 12, I loathed this point in the liturgy. Above the cherubic hymn in my book I had written “S – L – O – W – L – Y” which really… Continue reading

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Family Study of the Divine Liturgy: Litanies Before the Great Entrance

Within the text of the Divine Liturgy the following litanies follow the readings. They are: Fervent Supplication Deceased Catechumens In most parish practices, only the litany of fervent supplication remains.It is also during… Continue reading

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Family Study of the Divine Liturgy: Thrice Holy Hymn, Epistle and Gospel Readings, Sermon

The Thrice Holy Hymn The singing of the Thrice Holy Hymn, Holy God Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal Have mercy on us is biblical from Isaiah 6:3. In the passage we read: In the… Continue reading

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Family Study of the Divine Liturgy: Antiphons and The Small Entrance

Yesterday we spoke of the very begining of the Divine Liturgy. We learned of the importance of the reflection of the Kingdom of God as well as the penitential, humble petitions for the… Continue reading

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Family Study of the Divine Liturgy: Blessed is the Kingdom & Litany of Peace

Last week I wrote about the children in the church and received an explosion of response from it. The article spread through Orthodox Communities of all jurisdictions literally throughout the world. Today I… Continue reading

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Where are the Children?

This Holy week I attended Holy Protection Russian Orthodox church for the rite of the washing of the feet.  In the church were many, many children..from 0-12 attending the service. A twelve year old solemnly and… Continue reading

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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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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

Some sound, Orthodox insights on this recent event.

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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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