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CULTURAL EXPRESSIONS, CUSTOMS & TRADITIONS

Pascal Shortbread (Koulourakia Paschalina)

Holy Thursday is the day that baking is done within the house, the Pascal bread (tsoureki),  Pascal shortbread (koulouria) and the dying of the red eggs occurs. No other jobs or chores around the house should be taken care of. Dora Kitinas-Gogos shares this Pascal shortbread recipe: INGREDIENTS: 1 cup butter, plus extra for greasing cookie sheets, 1 and 1/2 cups ... Read More »

Tsoureki (Pascal Bread)

Holy Thursday is the day that baking is done within the house, the Pascal bread (tsoureki),  Pascal shortbread (koulouria) and the dying of the red eggs occurs. No other jobs or chores around the house should be taken care of. Dora Kitinas-Gogos shares this Tsoureki recipe: TSOUREKI (PASCAL BREAD) This is a fail safe recipe; it has come to me via ... Read More »

Vasilopita (St Basil’s Bread)

One of the most beautiful and inspiring traditions and customs of the Greek Orthodox Church is the observance of Vasilopita. It is this annual family observance, together with many other traditions of our Church, which joins our Orthodox Faith and heritage with the history of the Christian religion itself. The word Vasilopita is a compound Greek word which means the ... Read More »

Western Christmas Carols and the Orthodox Liturgy

By “Orthodoxy and the World” Dec 24, 2010 Christmas carols have a deep connection to the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord in western countries, but today one can meet different attitudes toward them among clergy. There are parishes where a priest refuses to use them during or after the Nativity service, and there are priests who allow them ... Read More »

The Symbolism of the Paschal Table

By Archpriest Michael Vorobiev The Typikon calls every festive meal a “great consolation for the brethren.” Pascha, which in importance stands outside the ranks of the twelve main feast days and is called the “Feast of feasts and the Celebration of celebrations,” presupposes a particularly abundant and diverse trapeza. However, in allowing this consolation, the Church nonetheless does not particularly ... Read More »