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How to Naturally Dye Eggs with Onion Skins for Pascha

How to Naturally Dye Eggs with Onion Skins for Pascha

Several years ago, I set out on a quest to successfully dye a batch of eggs red using yellow onion skins. My first two attempts failed to even come close to that desired deep red I was told could be achieved using them. I searched and searched online and was basically...
D.I.Y. Orthodox Gifts

D.I.Y. Orthodox Gifts

For many years now, I’ve spent a couple of days in November gathering family photos from the previous months that year and then create a calendar for the upcoming year for my parents, siblings, and in-laws on Shutterfly.  The calendar has become a treasured gift...
Feast Days: The Ascension of Christ

Feast Days: The Ascension of Christ

This is a moveable feast celebrated each year forty days after Pascha.  On this feast day, we commemorate Christ ascending to heaven after His Resurrection.  “He was lifted up before their eyes in a cloud which took Him from their sight” (Acts 1:9). Before...
Feast Days: The Annunciation

Feast Days: The Annunciation

This is a special feast day for our family.  First, we celebrate the Theotokos learning she will give birth to Christ from the Archangel Gabriel.  For our family though, it also significant because it’s the day our middle children remember their birth mom on her...
Feast Days: Presentation of Christ into the Temple

Feast Days: Presentation of Christ into the Temple

We commemorate the Theotokos and Saint Joseph bringing Christ to the Temple and being received by Symeon.  Our family celebrates this feast day by attending Divine Liturgy together. This year, my boys also wrote a short summary on a post-it note about this feast day...
Feast Days: Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

Feast Days: Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

We commemorate Saints Joachim and Anna presenting their daughter, Mary, into the Temple.  She was received by Zacharias who is the father of Saint John the Baptist.  Our family attends Divine Liturgy together on this feast day. This year, we visited a sister parish...
Feast Days: Nativity of the Theotokos

Feast Days: Nativity of the Theotokos

We commemorate the birth of the Theotokos on this day.  There is a beautifully illustrated book and story about the Theotokos that we read each year called The Story of Mary, the Mother of God.  We also attend Divine Liturgy as a family on this feast day. This year,...
Feast Days: Theophany

Feast Days: Theophany

We commemorate Christ being baptized in the Jordan River by Saint John the Baptist on Theophany. Whenever it is offered, we go to the Blessing of the Waters service by a body of water.  Sometimes we go to a river, other times we’ve gone to a large pond, and...
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...
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...