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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...
Name Days: Saint Justin the Martyr

Name Days: Saint Justin the Martyr

Saint Justin was a well-educated man.  He spent a great deal of his time studying as well as writing apologies for Christians, which ultimately cost him his life when he was martyred for his beliefs.  We commemorate him on June 1st. My little Justin struggles with...
Name Days: Saint Gregory of Nazianzus

Name Days: Saint Gregory of Nazianzus

When my husband was chrismated, he wanted Saint Gregory of Nazianzus (or Saint Gregory the Elder) as his patron saint.  He is the father of Saint Gregory the Theologian.  (Sometimes these two saints are confused and Saint Gregory the Theologian will also be called...
Name Days: Saint Nicholas

Name Days: Saint Nicholas

Our daughter, Nikolia, celebrates her name day on December 6th.  On Saint Nicholas Eve, we read one or more stories about Saint Nicholas and set out stockings for the next day.  In the morning, my kids find chocolate coins in their stockings in remembrance of Saint...
Name Days: Saint Zenobia

Name Days: Saint Zenobia

Saint Zenobia is commemorated on October 30th. On our name day, we commemorate the saint for whom we are named or for whom we chose/were given at our baptism or chrismation. We look to the saints for strength and guidance because they are examples to us of ways we can...
A Name Day Celebration: Saint Anna

A Name Day Celebration: Saint Anna

Celebration May God grant many blessed years to four dear girls/women in my life who celebrate their Name Day today. We enjoyed having lunch with one of them after Liturgy this afternoon.  As a gift, I baked a Name Day cake for our friend yesterday evening and left it...
A Name Day Celebration: Prophet Zacharias

A Name Day Celebration: Prophet Zacharias

Dinner has ended and the sweet aroma of Name Day bread is wafting its way towards the table where four anxious children await a slice.  You see…today is Zacharias’ Name Day and we are just about to begin our family’s Name Day tradition. This is our...