The Presentation of the Lord officially ends our Christmas observances with the infant Christ being brought into the Temple on his 40th day and his encounter with the prophet Simeon. In spiritual terms, we have left Christmas and now turn our focus to Pascha.
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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 Presentation of the Theotokos is the first feast we celebrate during the season of the Nativity Lent, on November 21 NS/December 4 OS. Read on for ways to prepare for and observe this feast in your little church!
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The feast of the Exaltation or Elevation of the Holy Cross is celebrated on September 14 NS/27 OS is a day of fasting and repentance, when we decorate the Cross with flowers and sprigs of basil. Keep reading for more ways to observe the feast with your family!
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Educational ideas and resources for celebrating the birth of the Mother of God on September 8 NS/21 OS in the Orthodox Christian tradition.
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To welcome the beginning of the new liturgical year on September first, there are many traditions (small “t”!) you can observe. Read on for great ideas to ring in the New Church Year!

 

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