Tag: Lent

Lentil Soup

Great Lent: A cleansing of mind, body and spirit

Great Lent can be a time to detox not only just the spirit and mind but also the body. Here are some ideas about how you can detox during the Orthodox Great Lent and beyond.

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday Traditions

The Feast of Palm Sunday, commemorates Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem and the Resurrection of Lazarus, as these two feasts are linked. Given the global pandemic this year, unfortunately the faithful are…

Miracle of Koliva by St. Theodore

The Miracle of Saint Theodore the Tyro and Kolyva

Today the Greek Orthodox Church remembers the miracle of Saint Theodore the Tyro and Kolyva (boiled wheat). On the two Saturdays before Lent and the first Saturday of Lent we celebrate Liturgies…

katahra deftera lagana

Traditional Lagana recipe for Kathara Deftera

Today is Kathara Deftera, which means ‘Clean Monday’ and it is the first day of Greek Orthodox Easter Lent, which lasts forty days. Kathara Deftera is a public holiday in Greece, and…

Kathara Deftera

Kathara Deftera, a national holiday in Greece

Kathara Deftera (Clean Monday) is the first day of Great Lent in the Greek Orthodox Church. Today also brings preceding Carnival celebrations to an end, inviting everyone to leave behind the ‘sinful’…

With 40 days till Christmas the Nativity Fast begins 1

With 40 days till Christmas the Nativity Fast begins

November 15 marks forty days until Christmas and in the Greek Orthodox Church, the Nativity Fast begins today! The 40-day fasting period otherwise known as Christmas Lent is when the Greek Orthodox…

The understanding of fasting through Lent 5

The understanding of fasting through Lent

by Chysanthe Ntemos The human being as an entity has three divisions of which comprises its existence. The mind the (psychological structure), the body which consists of the metabolism, the functioning of…

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Homemade Lagana recipe for Kathara Deftera

Today is Kathara Deftera ‘Clean Monday’ and it is the first day of Greek Orthodox Easter Lent, which lasts forty days. Kathara Deftera means no red or white meat, fish, dairy products,…

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Forty days till Christmas, Nativity Fast begins

Today, November 15, marks forty days until Christmas and in the Greek Orthodox Calendar, the Nativity Fast begins. The Nativity Fast is like the fast of Easter Lent, but not quite as…

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Kathara Deftera, national holiday in Greece

Kathara Deftera (Clean Monday) is the first day of Great Lent in the Greek Orthodox Church. Today also brings preceding Carnival celebrations to an end, inviting everyone to leave behind the ‘sinful’…