St. Mark’s Day: Winged Lions and Roses

St. Mark’s Day: Winged Lions and Roses

I disappointed a little girl right before Holy Week. She had been reading Catherine’s Pascha, and she wanted to know more about Catherine’s family. Specifically, she wanted to know the names of Catherine’s mommy and daddy. So she got out her toy phone and...
Christ is Risen, and I Need Sleep

Christ is Risen, and I Need Sleep

If you’re not Orthodox, it can be hard to understand what your Orthodox Christian friends have been doing for the last week, or why they’re so bleary-eyed today. Let me see if I can explain it. To imagine Pascha, think of what it would be like if you combined the...
The Sweetest Easter Basket Treats

The Sweetest Easter Basket Treats

When my kids were small, I wasn’t a big fan Easter baskets full of candy. It’s not that I didn’t allow my kids to have candy. I did. But they’d had candy, lots of candy, at Halloween and Christmas and Valentine’s Day. For them, candy was the ordinary way to celebrate...
Legend of the Colombian Mermaid: A Revew

Legend of the Colombian Mermaid: A Revew

Janet Balleta’s charming story, The Legend of the Colombian Mermaid, is based on a Colombian folk tale that Balleta learned from her mother when she was a young child. In the story, Judith and her little brother, Tomas, spend all day on Maundy Thursday with their...
The Lenten Feast of St. Patrick

The Lenten Feast of St. Patrick

Today is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It’s a feast day that invariably falls during Lent. We have these feasting-fasting days from time to time. And special traditions grow up around them, to honor both the feast and the fast. We eat fish...

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