On the Star of Bethlehem

by Saint John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople (+407 AD) On the Star of Bethlehem For if you can learn what the star (of Bethlehem) was, and of what kind, and whether it were one of the common stars, or new and unlike the rest, and whether it was a star by nature or a star […]

Day 40 – Let Us Worship Christ

The topic for Wed., December 24 – Day 40 of our 30 (40) Days of Blogging is LET US WORSHIP CHRIST It’s a busy time, but also time for us to state specifically the meaning of Christmas for each of us, and that is The Church. As I said during last year’s blogging challenge, give […]

Day 40: Christmas Means The Church

The topic for Tuesday, December 24 – Day 40 of our 30 (40) Days of Blogging is CHRISTMAS MEANS CHURCH It’s a busy time, but also time for us to state specifically the meaning of Christmas for each of us, and that is The Church. I know you are all busy. I am busy as […]

Day 35: Strange or Little Known Christmas Traditions From Around The World

The topic for Thursday, December 19 – Day 35 of our 30 (40) Days of Blogging is Strange or Little Known Christmas Traditions From Around The World This will be fun! Make it fun!     Share the post “Day 35: Strange or Little Known Christmas Traditions From Around The World” FacebookGoogle+LinkedInPinterestTwitterEmailBookmarkPrint

One Hundred Stanzas on the Nativity

by St. Ephraim the Syrian Our father among the saints, Ephraim was a prolific Syriac language hymn writer and theologian of the 4th century. He is venerated by Christians throughout the world, but especially among Syriac Christians, as a saint. Here Ephraim presents his “counsel of life”, warning against various sins such as greed, pride, […]

The Twelve Days of Christmas

by Fr. Hans Jacobse What happens when we try to secularize Christmas, and why Orthodox Christians need to remain faithful to their traditions. In the Christian tradition of both east and west, the twelve days of Christmas refer to the period from Christmas Day to Theophany. The days leading up to Christmas were for preparation; […]

The Ancient Feast of Christmas

It’s older than you’ve been told! The present Feast, commemorating the Nativity in the flesh of our Lord Jesus Christ, was established by the Church. Its origin goes back to the time of the Apostles. In the Apostolic Constitutions (Section 3, 13) it says, “Brethren, observe the feastdays; and first of all the Birth of […]

Calculating Christmas

William J. Tighe on the Story Behind December 25 In this, one of my favorite articles, William Tighe explodes the notion we were all taught in public school about the ‘Christianization’ of a pagan festival for the date of Christmas. He uses historical fact to prove his point, and has thereby offered all Christians that […]