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It is necessary most of all for one who is fasting to curb anger, to accustom himself to meekness and condescension, to have a contrite heart, to repulse impure thoughts and desires, to examine his conscience, to put his mind to the test and to verify what good has been done by us in this or any other week, and which deficiency we have corrected in ourselves in the present week. This is true fasting.

St. John Chrysostom

I've heard that marriages in the Orthodox Church are not performed on certain days. What days are these, and why is this?

But why would God create the world to look like it was millions/billions/trillions of years old when in fact it isn’t? Why would He trick us?



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St. Basil's Bread

On Sunday, January 10th, we kept the custom of the Vasilopeta (St. Basil's Bread). This year the coins were received by David McAlpin, Christiana Milite, and Cheryl Kokkinos. May the Lord grant them many blessed years!

The tradition of Saint Basil’s Coin dates to the fourth century, when St. Basil the Great, the father of philanthropy, wanted to distribute money to the poor in his diocese. He commissioned some women to bake sweetened bread, in which he placed gold coins. Thus the poor families in cutting the bread to nourish themselves were pleasantly surprised to find the coins. This custom is kept to this day among Orthodox Christians, who on Saint Basil’s Day, January 1st, place gold coins inside a loaf of sweetened bread in honor of the Saint’s care for the poor. The one who finds the coin in his or her piece is considered commissioned by St. Basil to carry on his work for the poor, and in exchange he will ask the Lord for whatever is needful for the New Year.

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St. Basil's Bread - 01/10/16

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