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Thursday, 26 November 2015

26 November 2015. Happy Thanksgiving From Us to You

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Dozhinki (Harvest Thanksgiving) celebration in Belarus


Today is American Thanksgiving… the rest of the world already had Thanksgiving… usually, it occurs around the Harvest (as it does in Canada, occurring in October). That’s so that events can take place outdoors; people set up tables in the yard and feast outside. It’s a festival of thanks for the harvest, so people take the first-fruits to the church for blessing (and distribution to the poor afterwards). Thanksgiving didn’t begin with the English Puritans… it’s an ancient and venerable holiday, known to all peoples.

Have a wonderful day with your family and friends…


Sunday, 5 April 2015

5 April 2015. Something to Think About This Holy Week…

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He was the carpenter’s son from a jerkwater town in a backwoods region… He chose that, y’know… think on THAT this Holy Week…


5 April 2015. Palm Sunday is Today… Holy Week is Next, Kids…

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Holy Week starts tomorrow… technically, it isn’t Lent, but it ain’t Easter yet, which is next Sunday. This is the most consequential week of the year… it reminds us of who we are and what we believe… and why we believe it. If Christ be not risen from the dead, your faith is in vain… that’s as true today as it was in Roman times… read n’ heed, kids…


Saturday, 4 April 2015

4 April 2015. Today is Lazarus Saturday… Tomorrow is Palm Sunday… Holy Week is On Its Way

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This is the beginning of the most intense week in Orthodox Christianity, both Eastern and Oriental, bar none. This is the week that the Christian Year revolves around. I’m not going to give you a long theological explanation of it all… I’m not qualified to do that; I’m not a theologian, I’m only an internet journalist. However, I do know that this week encapsulates WHY we’re Christians… WHY we’re Orthodox Christians. We walk the path to the Cross… to the Tomb… to the Victory that is Easter. As the Apostle said truly, If Christ be not risen from the dead, your faith is in vain. Indeed…


The images are of the Icon is the Most Holy Mother of God “the Sovereign”

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