The Lenten Season is Among Us!

This past Sunday, our church, like so many other orthodox churches across the world, practiced the freedom of forgiveness. Following Divine Liturgy, we enjoyed one another's company during our coffee hour and then continued on with the Forgiveness Sunday Vesper service. This service includes all members of the congregation that choose to participate getting together... Continue Reading →

Part 5: Food, Faith, and Fasting

Rita Madden's book, Food, Faith, and Fasting, has been a guide and an indicator for me in using baby steps through the Orthodox Lenten journey. Our book blub covered chapter two of the book at our home, where we hosted eight lovely women who are on a very similar journey to my own (I am... Continue Reading →

Forgiveness Sunday

This year was my first Forgiveness Sunday experience. I have to say this is by far one of my most favorite parts of the church calendar (and there are some really neat Orthodox services that are mighty cool). Since the previous Sunday we said good-bye to meat (aka Meat-fare Sunday), Forgiveness Sunday is also known... Continue Reading →

Shiitake Portobello Stew

This amazing Lenten stew is outrageously delicious (assuming you like mushrooms and dishes with a little kick). This recipe is found on page 163 of Dr. Joel Fuhrman's cookbook entitled, "Eat to Live Cookbook." This is a cookbook that compliments his main informational book called "Eat to Live," which is an awesome guide to help... Continue Reading →

The Last Judgment Sunday

March 6th this year, we commemorated the Sunday that is referred to as The Last Judgment. This same Sunday, Orthodox Christians eat their last meat-filled meals before the Lenten Season begins. More appropriately this Sunday is known as Meat-Fare Sunday. Meat-fare Sunday this year we attended at Decent of the Holy Ghost Orthodox Church, which... Continue Reading →

Corn Chowder in Winter

Things have been so busy the last two weeks that I cannot believe that I haven't posted anything for 11 days! The Lenten Fast started last Sunday, March 13...and with this fast comes some new recipes to try! TBF takes his lunch to work almost everyday. If I don't have a plan for breakfast, lunch,... Continue Reading →

The Sunday of the Prodigal Son

The third Sunday in preparation for Great Lent celebrates the passage of Luke 15:11-12 about the Prodigal Son (commemorated this year on February 28, 2016). I had heard dozens of sermons over my lifetime of this popular passage, but until I heard the sermon from Father Bill a week and a half ago and read... Continue Reading →

Part 3: Food, Faith, and Fasting

I just finished Chapter 1 of Rita Madden's new book, Food Faith, and Fasting: A Sacred Journey to Better Health. As I have mentioned in a previous post, I am reading this book with a study group from church and in preparation for Great Lent in just about 10 more days or so. Chapter one,... Continue Reading →

Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

Father Alexander Schmemann's book, Great Lent: Journey to Pascha is the book that I am following during this season of preparation and fasting. Sunday, February 21st, we commemorated the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee. As mentioned in a previous blog post, the previous Sunday of Zacchaeus focused on desire; the Sunday of the... Continue Reading →

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