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On December 13 NS/26 OS, we remember St. Lucy of Syracuse, a martyr who died in the fourth century. Her work serving persecuted Christians in hiding is remembered through her crown of candles, which Scandinavians love because she is a beacon of light during the darkest part of winter. Read on for our collection of traditions for celebrating St. Lucia in your little church!
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Without a doubt, one of the most beloved saints of the Church is St. Nicholas of Myra. In recent years,...

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Orthodox Christians fast for the forty days prior to the Nativity of Christ, and enjoy a fast-free period for the eleven days following the feast. We have compiled a list of traditions, ideas and resources for observing the Twelve Days of Christmas according to the Orthodox calendar, to help you prepare for the festal season where we can happily proclaim “Christ is born! Glorify Him!”
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The Nativity—or St. Philip's—Fast begins on November 15 NS/28 OS every year. There are so many beautiful traditions in the Church and activities we can add to make the time edifying for our families; read on for ideas to add richness to your Nativity season!
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