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Hermitage of the Holy Cross Monastery


  “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover ...

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Laganes: From Unleavened to Unleavened Bread for Great Lent


Laganes. In case you don’t know this is the name of the unleavened bread sprinkled with sesame seeds that starts off the Lenten season along with kalamari, tarama, and that wicked orange fish roe you think would taste like cream ...

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St Filothei the Athenia February 19th


Philothei the Athenaia is not only one of Athens’ favorite daughters but remains to this day one of the most revered champion of women’s rights.  She holds a special place in many hearts for her unparalleled service to the poor, ...

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Holy Transvestites! The Story of St Apollinaria and Other Cross-dressing Female Saints of the Desert

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The Venerable Apollinaria:  Feast Day January 5th While January is powered by Epiphany and the many name days of John, Ioanna, Basil/Basiliki, and Gregory, a less-known female saint by the name of Apollinaria goes by unnoticed.  But her story is ...

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Mystic Calling

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I am thinking about dropping out and becoming a mystic. You know like back in the 3rd century Alexandria, Egypt. Men and women newly converted to Christianity, dropped out of the big cities and retreated into the wild abscesses of ...

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