Orthodox Christianity

Orthodox Christianity
My index for all things related to Orthodox Christianity from this blog. Every time I share an Orthodox quote, information about a feast day, etc., I’ll add it here to make it easier to find. Eventually I’m hoping to have something for each day of the year (and more).

I do already have a page in the recipe index for Orthodox Recipes, foods used for certain services or served on special feast days. I’m working on building that up, too!

Liturgical Music
Worship Music of the Orthodox Church
St. Romanos Byzantine Choir
Take Light from the Light, sung at the Pascha (Easter) service on Saturday night

Orthodox Quotes for our Spiritual Life
What is a Merciful Heart? by St. Isaac the Syrian
On turning away from evil, by St. Tikhon of Zadonsk
On attaining perfection, by St. Seraphim of Serov
On man’s relationship with animals by St. Paisios
On keeping spiritual watch, by St. John Maximovitch
On ascetic labors, by St. Gregory Palamas
On the community of the Church: Seeing everyone as good, by St. Symeon the New Theologian
On Living as an Orthodox Christian, by Elder Amphilochios Makris
On the uselessness of fasting alone, by St. John Chrysostom
On obtaining virtues, by St. John the Dwarf
On fasting with joy, by St. Basil the Great
On being accountable for our brothers & sisters, by St. Paisios
On saving crumbs, by Elder Thaddeus 🙂
On love, by Elder Thaddeus
On thoughts, by Elder Thaddeus
On hair, by Clement of Alexandria
On good thoughts, by St. Paisios
On freeing the soul, by Elder Thaddeus
On depression and singing, by Elder Thaddeus
Turn to Christ, by St. Porphyrios
We Are the Sons of Light and Love, by Elder Thaddeus
True Freedom, by St. Philaret of Moscow
On praying without ceasing by St. Basil the Great

Orthodox Prayer
Prayer Behind the Amvon, prayed by the priest just before the dismissal during the Presanctified Liturgies of Great Lent
Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian, used during Great Lent
The Morning Prayer of St. Philaret of Moscow
Sunset Prayer

Various Marked Periods in the Church Year

Great Lent
Cheesefare Week/Pizza Week
Cheesefare Week, 2013

Clean Week
Clean Monday, 2013
Clean Monday, 2014
Clean Monday, 2016: How to Destroy the Passions
Clean Tuesday, 2013
Clean Tuesday, 2014
Clean Tuesday, 2016: Body & Soul
Clean Wednesday, 2013
Clean Wednesday, 2014

First Wednesday of Great Lent, First Stichera, 2013
First Wednesday of Great Lent, Fifth Stichera, 2013

First Sunday of Great Lent
Orthodoxy Sunday
Second Wednesday of Great Lent, First Stichera, 2013

Second Sunday of Great Lent
St. Gregory Palamas

Fourth Sunday of Great Lent
St. John Climacus, and the Ladder of Divine Ascent

Fifth Sunday of Great Lent
St. Mary of Egypt
Sixth Wednesday of Great Lent, Stichera for Lazarus, 2013
Sixth Wednesday of Great Lent, Stichera for Martha & Mary, 2014

Lazarus Saturday
Gospel Reading for Lazarus Saturday
Doxasticon for Lazarus Saturday

Palm Sunday
Victory Through Christ, on the meaning of Palm Sunday, by St. Dorotheos of Gaza

Holy Monday

Holy Tuesday

Holy Wednesday
The Sacrament of Holy Unction

Holy Thursday
3rd Stichera from the Vesperal Liturgy, With a Lying Kiss
Luke 23:44-45

Holy Friday
Epistle Reading for Vespers of the Unnailing on Holy Friday
Holy Friday Vigil

Holy Saturday

Great and Holy PASCHA, the Feast of Feasts – the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
Christ is Risen!
Light from the Light – Pascha Candle Tradition

New Tradition for the Feast of Ascension


Feast Days by Month
11 St. Ephrosynos the Cook
14 Elevation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross
23 Conception of St. John the Baptist



6 St. Nicholas of Myra
St. Nicholas Day (The Real Santa Claus)

6 The Theophany of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
Making zalabia for the Feast of Theophany



Simeon the Holy Fool, April 1
St. Simeon’s Story




1 – 15
On the Dormition Fast
Quote from the Paraklesis to the Mother of God
15 Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God

29 Beheading of John the Baptist
Customs for the Feast of the Beheading of John the Baptist

31 Deposition of the Sash of the Theotokos
About the Feast, with pictures from a chapel on Tinos dedicated to this feast day

Pictures from Throughout the Church Year
Holy Week Highlights, 2013
About My Pascha Candle, 2014