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In This House of Brede–The Liturgical Seasons

In This House of Brede–The Liturgical Seasons

I have a new gem to share with you from In This House of Brede. It’s about the liturgical seasons and how it entertains us. Following is a conversation between a new postulant and a nun, Dame Clare: “…very dear, though still exacting.” These words describe my feelings as we are at the beginning of Great Lent. I love the liturgical […]

A Feast, a Birthday, and a New Book

A Feast, a Birthday, and a New Book

February 5th is the feast of the Theotokos the Searcher for the Lost. She is the patroness of Holy Resurrection Monastery, so we started the day with Divine Liturgy. February 5th is also our son Lorenzo’s birthday! This sweet little man is a joy for all of us. He is a great big brother to his two younger siblings, is […]

4 Things My Family will Miss about Lent

4 Things My Family will Miss about Lent

My kids and I were discussing that Lent is almost over and Holy Week is upon us. As much as we are looking forward to Pascha (Easter), there are some things we will miss about Lent. Here’s our list of what we will miss: The Prayer of Saint Ephraim Lucas (7) and his younger brothers agree that they will miss the […]

Seeing Mercy and Spiritual Progress in Lent

Seeing Mercy and Spiritual Progress in Lent

  “Mom, are we allowed to eat that?” During the first weeks of the fast in Great Lent, I am asked this question at least a dozen times by any one of my kids. They know the fasting rules. I tell them at the very beginning what we are fasting from (for us it’s no meat, limited dairy) but still, […]

The Nostalgia of Lent

The Nostalgia of Lent

We are at the end of the first week of Great Lent. Every year, the season of Lent can be wildly different. Some easier than others. Some not at all what I expected. This year I see some new dynamics in our family; I see joy and nostalgia. My twenty-year-old, Scarlett, told me this is the most nostalgic time of […]

Enchiladas and Forgiveness Sunday

Enchiladas and Forgiveness Sunday

Tomorrow is Cheesefare and Forgiveness Sunday; the day before Clean Monday which begins Great Lent for Eastern Catholic and Orthodox Christians. I just finished making two trays of cheese and onion enchiladas. The red sauce is one I have been making for years; the recipe was my grandmother’s. I decided on making my grandmother’s cheese enchiladas for Sunday’s church potluck […]

Fast Friendly Recipes from the Monastery and My Home

Fast Friendly Recipes from the Monastery and My Home

It’s fairly common for Eastern Christians to have a regular potluck or social hour after Sunday liturgy or after one of the Presanctified Liturgies during Great Lent. We have been having regular Sunday potluck at the monastery for what seems like forever now! Father Moses and I have been planning meals, swapping recipes, and commiserating during Lent about “what to […]

Fasting As A Family: A Giveaway and Book Review!

Fasting As A Family: A Giveaway and Book Review!

O, how I wish I had this book, Fasting As A Family by Melissa Naasko, when we first started fasting about 18 years ago–WISH! It could’ve helped me to worry less during Lent and the other fasts about ‘what on earth will I cook,’ ‘what will I pack my husband to eat for lunch,’ and ‘are the kids getting enough protein.’ […]

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