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From OrthodoxWiki:

“The Annunciation (or Evangelismos in Greek) to the Theotokos is one of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church, celebrated on March 25. Greeks also celebrate Greek Independence Day this day. This is one of only two days during Lent, the other being Palm Sunday, when fish is permitted.

According to the Gospel of Luke 1:26-38, the Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary to announce to her that she would conceive and bear a son, even though she “knew no man.” According to holy tradition Mary had come home to her parents when she was only fifteen when she was visited by Gabriel.

This date was selected by the Church Fathers to be exactly nine months ahead of the Nativity of Our Lord (or vice-versa?), indicating that Christ was conceived in perfection at that time “of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,” as stated in the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed.”

Last year I bought a vegan faux fish to celebrate, but I didn’t see it at the Asian market the last time I went. So, I decided to celebrate with oil and wine instead.

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After Liturgy I threw some frozen fries in the oven. I drizzled them with olive oil and sweet Marsala wine, and sprinkled on a little salt. Or kind of a lot.

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I had some leftover chili in the fridge made with chili beans, refried beans, corn, tomato and tons of spices. I sauteed some onion and garlic, added a chopped tomato & cooked it down, then added the chili and even more spices (cumin, smoked paprika, dill, onion powder).

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Poured it over the fries…

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Then added more olive oil, a bit of salt, and some nutritional yeast. I let it sit on the fries a while until the fries soaked up all the flavor and got a little soft, then ate it with a fork. I like feast days : )

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