Epiphany

Epiphany

Today is Epiphany, which is when the church celebrates the coming of the wise men, and the Orthodox church also celebrates the baptism of Christ. Other than Pascha, Epiphany is my favorite feast. The church is decorated with vases of water with white floating candles. The priest prays the great blessing over the waters and sprinkles everyone with holy water. Here's an excerpt: Today the grace of the Holy Spirit hath descended on the waters in the likeness of a dove. Today has shone the Sun that setteth not, and the world is…Read more …
The Advent of Unbelief

The Advent of Unbelief

Advent is upon us, and everyone seems to be writing about it. But actually my Advent started back on November 15, which is when Orthodox Christians enter into the nativity season. So like every year, we put up the Christmas decorations on the weekend of the 15th. We got out our little Advent tree and the ornaments that the kids put on it night by night. We bought an Orthodox Advent calendar with forty little windows to open. I am going through the motions, but can I tell you? Just a week or two…Read more …
Ask About Orthodoxy: What Are Feasts?

Ask About Orthodoxy: What Are Feasts?

On the first Monday of the month, I answer readers' questions about Eastern Orthodoxy. Feel free to leave your questions in the comments, email them to me, or tweet them to me!  In my last AAO post, I talked about Orthodox fasting, but today I want to address Orthodox feasting. I did not grow up knowing the term "liturgical year." I looked forward to Christmas and Easter, and we did do an Advent wreath and Easter cantata at church, but that was about it. I timed my year more by when school was…Read more …
Ask About Orthodoxy: Why Do Orthodox Christians Fast?

Ask About Orthodoxy: Why Do Orthodox Christians Fast?

You may have noticed I haven’t been running the Ask About Orthodoxy series lately. I felt like Orthodoxy was taking over my blog, and I needed to step back for a bit and reflect. I definitely want to address Orthodoxy here, but I also want to write about other topics. So I will continue to run the AAO series on the first Monday of every month until the end of the year, and then I will determine if there is still interest. Find all the AAO posts under the “Eastern Orthodoxy” tab at…Read more …

On Faith and Feminism: Two Female Saints

Although the Faith Feminisms link-up officially ended on Friday, I wanted to write one last post about the intersection of faith and feminism. Since I was on vacation this week, I found it hard to find time for blogging. I mean, who wants to blog when the beach is calling to you? So, a bit late, here is my last #FaithFeminisms post. {Post 1: Rethinking Feminism} {Post 2: I Am a Feminist for My Family} A little over a year after we first began attending the Orthodox church, my husband, daughter, and I…Read more …