St, Joanna the Myrrhbearer

Saint Joanna the Myrrhbearer Commemorated on June 27 Saint Joanna the Myrrhbearer, wife of Chusa, the household steward of King Herod, was one of the women following and attending the Lord Jesus Christ during the time of His preaching and public ministry. She is mentioned in Luke 8:3 and 24:10. Together with the other Myrrh-bearing…

Spanish rice red lentils

APOSTLES’ FAST They are a tad spicier than what I would normally eat… I don’t have a final pic (I’m not that great at food photography right now.) I do, however, have a pic of the ingredients. From left to right starting in the back; red lentils, hard to see but that is dried onions…

Icons are necessary (and you have them in your home already)

My heart aches for my church. I miss it so much. We are closed for the next two weeks because the priest’s son has tested positive for Covid-19. Our priest and his family are self-quarantining. Lord have mercy. Even if it were open, I still could not attend. As I walk through my home, I…

A prayer for rain

Colorado is in a drought. O Master, Lord our God, Who didst hear Elijah the Tishbite because of his zeal for Thee, and for a time didst command that the rain be held back from being sent to the earth, and again at his prayer didst grant it fruit-bearing rain: Do Thou Thyself, O Master…

Sacraments at home

I have lost count as to how many weeks it has been since I last took the eucharist. Through some personal bungling, I was unable to take it at the last presanctification liturgy I attended. The last time I took it was BEFORE the shut down. I don’t want to make vows because the devil…

Akathist to the Theotokos (Mother of God)

akathist-to-the-theotokos From our parish priest. May it edify you, and give you hope. On the Fifth Saturday of Great Lent, the Saturday of the Akathist, we commemorate¬†the Most Holy Theotokos. In 625, when the emperor¬†Heraclius was fighting the Persians, the Khan sent forces to attack Constantinople by land and by sea. Patriarch Sergius urged the…

Book review: The Orthodox Veneration of the Mother of God

Please watch my video of my review of what I believe to be a good book for converts to read, or really anyone with issues about venerating Mary. I’m not sure I made clear the use of the word ‘until’ in my reading so I’m putting that page here for you to read. “After the…

The prayer rule of St. Seraphim of Sarov

I asked my parish priest if he would bless my rosary. His reply was, ‘Yes, as long as it is being used as a prayer rope.’. Hmmm, not sure entirely what he means; am I not to pray the Roman Catholic rosary? That’s ok because there are plenty of prayers out there and obedience is…

Women’s History Month

Remembering the Theotokos (Virgin Mary) Instead of celebrating other flawed humans, I’m celebrating the Theotokos this month (and every month). The perfect example of Christian femininity. I had always loved the icon, Mary, softener of evil hearts, but until I wrote this post, I did not know that these two icons pictured in my post…

Giving up the Internet for Lent? Not me.

Saint Isidore was born in the middle of the sixth century, and was related to the Visigoth royal family who converted to Orthodoxy from Arianism during his lifetime. Saint Isidore was the brother of three saints: Saint Leander (February 27), Saint Fulgentius, and Saint Florentina. Orphaned at an early age, he was educated by his…