christian: Everyone Knows Today is Martin Luther King Day --- BUT DID YOU KNOW IT IS ALSO... - 01/19/09 08:01 AM
THEOPHANY?
At least for Old Calender Orthodox Christians, such as myself.  Old Calendar Christians use the Julian Calendar
while Western Christians (and most of the rest of the world) use the Gregorian Calendar.  For Western Christians Theophany was January 6th.
For those of you who don't know what Theophany is -- it is the day that Christians celebrate the Baptism of Christ.
If you have read this far then I ask that you allow me to give a very brief overview of the significance of Theophany to Orthodox Christians.
In the Old Testament God revealed himself to his people by various … (2 comments)

christian: Roasted Vegetable Medley - A Vegetarian Delight - 12/11/08 03:12 PM
Here's a great recipe for vegetarians. Lazarus is NOT a vegetarian! However, Lazarus IS an Orthodox Christian, and it is the practice of the Orthodox Church to fast from from eating meat on most Wednesdays and Fridays (and all during Lent and many other feast days).
I was introduced to this dish at *St. George's Greek Orthodox Church (in Fresno --- one Wednesday evening after a pre-sanctified Liturgy).
Its very simple but does take a fair amount of time to prepare.
Cooking time is also quite long. I made this dish the other night and didnt start until ~2:30 and got … (9 comments)

christian: Speechless Sunday - 12/07/08 05:01 AM

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christian: Hide It Under A Bushel? NO - I'm gonna let it shine - 01/21/08 05:30 AM
Yesterday morning I decided to do something out of the ordinary, the ordinary being that Sunday mornings I usually attend liturgy at St. Peter the Apostle Orthodox Church here in Fresno Ca.  I packed up my camera and went downtown thinking to shoot the city hall (and did just that) and then went a block or so east over to one Fresno's landmark churches: St Johns Cathedral.  The church is listed in Fresno's Historical Registryand is over 100 years old.
 

I arrived during one of the later morning services and it could tell immediately that the church was well attended because … (13 comments)

christian: Today is Theophany for old calendar Orthodox Christians - 01/19/08 02:42 PM
One of the basic tenants of Orthodox Christian faith comes from the Psalms:
"God is the Lord and has revealed himself to us"
Theophany - refers to the revelation or "shining forth" of God on earth.  When Jesus Christ was baptized the Spirit of God descended up him in the form of a dove and Father spoke from heaven saying "This is my beloved son..." 
It was at his baptism that Jesus Christ was revealed to the world as the Son of God.
During Theophany we have a blessing of the water and the blessed water is taken home and used later when the … (3 comments)

christian: St Herman Monastery in Platina California - 12/11/07 06:54 PM
This Monastery in Platina California happens to be in our Diocese. Platina is about 40 miles west of Redding [click here for map]and nestled in a little valley. Wikipedia has the population at around 200 which sounds high to me. Its a rather idyllic place.
I went up to visit the Monastery with a friend during the winter few years ago and down in the valley it where the post office is was wet from rain, but as we went up the hill we encountered snow. This picture pales in comparison to what I saw with my eyes. The sun shining … (9 comments)

christian: IT'S SUNDAY and I want to share a SECRET... - 10/14/07 12:37 PM
First, I will  tell you something that is NOT a secret, but you wouldnt know about me unless I told you.  I am tonsured reader in the Orthodox Church. If you were to see me at church on a Sunday, its likely I would be wearing a cassock, looking more like a cleric than a cowboy.
Today when i was served communion and the Deacon addressed me as "the Reader of God, Lazarus..." I was reminded what a great honor it is to have even the lowest order of ordination.
SO WHAT IS THE SECRET?
It's the beauty of my Orthodox Christian faith which so few western Christians seem to know about.  … (0 comments)

 
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