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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Golubtsi for the Lents

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Delicious Lenten golubtsi (stuffed cabbage), with stuffing made of a mixture of two cereals, buckwheat kasha and rice cooked together. then, you sauté some onions, carrots, and sauerkraut, seasoned with salt n’ pepper. You mix together the cereal mixture with the sautéed vegetables, and make the rolls as usual.

7 December 2015

Nina Svirkina



I’d add that you could use a mushroom or vegetable broth to cook the rice and kasha, and/or add or substitute mushrooms, bell peppers, and garlic to the vegetables. I’d use both paprika and dill as flavouring. You can use a tomato or mushroom sauce over the cabbage rolls. Cook these as for your normal recipe.



Tuesday, 3 February 2015

3 February 2015. Lent is Creepin’ Up on Us, Kids…

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics.  Replacement Ingredients in Lenten Periods. 2012


This year, Catholic Easter is 5 April and Orthodox Easter is 12 April (that is, Catholic Easter is Orthodox Palm Sunday). So, Catholic Lent begins on 18 February, Ash Wednesday… Orthodox Lent starts on 16 February, on Pure Monday. That is, Maslenitsa is next week, and some of the Catholic Carnival seasons have begun. The Orthodox rule for Lent is abstinence from meat, eggs, and dairy products… anything beyond that is really monastic, not for layfolk. Any road, the late Patriarch Pimen Izvekov blessed laypeople and clergy in the world (including seminarians) to eat fish during the Great Lent. It appears that some loud rigourists were causing trouble… well, Vladyki Pimen ended that… tout suite. Remember what Lent is FOR… to bring us to Holy Easter prepared for the Feast of Feasts, the Holyday of Holydays, the utmost festival and holiday of Christendom. It’s NOT an end in itself. It’s a road with a destination, not a prideful calculus of comparing what one eats and doesn’t eat. Sadly, some compare what others do to their own Lenten effort and do nothing but excoriate them for lack of zeal. That’s not why the Church gives us this season. The Forty Days DO have a reason… to allow us to meet the Resurrection as Christians ought. Anything else is demonic pride and prelest. Christ is risen from the dead, trampling on death by death… THAT’S the “reason for the season”.


Monday, 24 November 2014

24 November 2014. Christmas Lent Begins on 28 November… Here’s “Angel of God, My Holy Guardian”

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Christmas Lent begins on 28 November… American Thanksgiving is on 27 November this year. Customary usage here in the States recognises that people have “leftovers” and it’s accepted that you’ll use ’em up and eat ’em down… no real priest considers that sinful. The video has prayers to the Guardian Angel. Always remember… Lent isn’t an end in itself, it’s a preparation for a time of FEASTING. NEVER forgot that.


Saturday, 8 November 2014

8 November 2014. Get Your Mind (and Soul) Right! The Winter Lent is Upon Us… Here’s are Some Hymns to the Most Holy Virgin and a Cherubic Hymn… Christmas Lent is on the Way

00.1bb A Point of Unity. Catholics woman praying. Basilica of the Virgin Aparecida. BRAZIL


My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord (the Magnificat). It sounds like New Roman chant sung in Staroslav. Sung at St Tikhon parish in Yaroslavl RUSSIAN FEDERATION


Ancient Old Russian Stolpvoy/Zanamenny chant harmonised by Irina Denisova. Херувимская песнь (Cherubic Hymn (Hymn of the Great Entrance) from the Liturgy). Sung at the St Elisabeth Convent in Minsk BELARUS. This is the most ancient Russian Orthodox chant form in existence.


Rejoice, O Ever-Virgin Bride! Sung at the Valaam Monastery in Republic of Karelia RUSSIAN FEDERATION


It’s My Choice! A Russian Orthodox multifilm (animation) sponsored by the Russian Federation Ministry of Culture… even if you don’t know Russian, watch it for the visuals. The best part is at 11:30… the peasant refuses to carry out the death penalty… now, that’s REAL Russian Orthodox! One note… if you voted Republican, you voted AGAINST the Russian government that sponsors such wholesome presentations. Crank world, ain’t it? Holy Rus or Greedy Mammon America… which one do YOU want?


The winter lent is almost upon us. Just as Easter has 40 days of abstinence preceding it… so does Christmas. Orthodoxy has four lents… the Great Lent, before Easter, the Christmas Lent, before Christmas, the Peter and Paul Lent, before the feastday of Ss Peter and Paul, and the Assumption Lent, in August before the feastday of the Assumption of the Virgin. Get in the mood, kids… there’s a season for celebration and a season for fasting… and a season of fasting is upon us. Keep it focused and keep it straight…


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