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Our Journey to Pascha

Our Journey to Pascha

Three weeks prior to Great Lent, the Triodion (the service book for Orthodox Christians which contains the services for the three weeks prior to Lent, Great Lent, and Holy Week) begins. In these three weeks prior to the beginning of Lent, it is a time of preparation...
Teachable Moments from The Hunger Games

Teachable Moments from The Hunger Games

*This is a post I wrote three years ago as a guest author for another Orthodox website.  I’m re-posting it on Illumination Learning for those of you who have children currently interested in The Hunger Games series or would like to use it as a framework for a...
Journeying Through Great Lent to Pascha as a Family

Journeying Through Great Lent to Pascha as a Family

I spent the weekend preparing our home for our journey to Pascha as Great Lent is on our doorstep once again.  We received our Pascha Passports in the mail along with the new companion booklet, Raising Lazarus Project Booklet, which is intended to help prepare our...
Participating in the Nativity Fast as a Family

Participating in the Nativity Fast as a Family

As we enter the Nativity of Christ Fast, here are some ways we can participate together as a family as we are called to fast, pray, and give alms: Talk about why we fast Do the New Testament Challenge together: We had a busy weekend so we started this last night.  I...
Lenten Staples: Meals on the Go – the Sequel

Lenten Staples: Meals on the Go – the Sequel

Here’s one more set of Lenten meals on the go during this season. These are simple meals I made for my family to eat on the way to or from church during last week.  Trust me, at 6 months pregnant, I did not spend a lot of time putting these together. These are...
Lenten Staples: Meals on the Go

Lenten Staples: Meals on the Go

These fasting meals were inspired by the school lunch, the grown-up work lunch, and the meals eaten in the car going to or from weeknight Lenten services.  They are meant as inspiration or to copy for all those needing a Lenten meal on the go.   Contents of this meal:...
Lenten Staples: Legumes & Grains

Lenten Staples: Legumes & Grains

These are eight examples of meals I’ve made using the legume and grain staples in my pantry.  I decided to label this selection of food legumes and grains to provide the widest definition for these staples.  Wikipedia defines legumes as – “Well-known...
Lenten Staples: Vegetables

Lenten Staples: Vegetables

How do you create a fasting meal using the items you already have in your home?  With a few Lenten staples, the possibilities are limitless. Below you will find 8 examples of meals I made using the vegetables I had available in my kitchen.  I have some basic recipes...
Chopped: My Version of Lenten Meal Planning

Chopped: My Version of Lenten Meal Planning

Once again, Sylvia and I are on the same wave length.  While her approach to meal planning during Lent looks absolutely fantastic, I take a slightly different approach.  I’ve never met her in person (talked to her via the webinar practice session and would LOVE...
Pascha Passports

Pascha Passports

This Lenten season, every student in our church school received their own Pascha Passport. These were made available to the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver parishes through Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Loveland, Colorado.  We were fortunate enough to be...