The Story of the Kalanta

We all know the Kalanta, but where did the word for these songs come from?   Kalanta are the Greek carols sung at Christmas and at New Year’s. There are different versions for each of those days. Traditionally, children, with no accompaniment or simply a triangle, sing them. Children would go from house to house and sing the Kalanta, however, in the diaspora, the Kalanta are now often sung at…

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Lessons in the Faith: Epiphany/Theophany

Welcome Father Sotirios P. Malamis, who helps us to understand Epiphany, also known as Theophany — it’s meaning, why we celebrate it and more, to help us to gain a greater appreciation for our Faith.   By: Reverend Father Sotirios P. Malamis         Lessons in the Faith For the majority of Orthodox Christians, Christmas and Epiphany are thought to be two separate major feasts of our Church that reveal…

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St. Nicholas Day Traditions

St. Nicholas Day is December 6. How will you celebrate?   Courtesy: Adventures of an Orthodox Mom   Pretty soon, we’ll be polishing our shoes to leave at the front door for St. Nicholas to fill with goodies.  Can you believe we’re halfway through the fast already?   St. Nicholas’ Shoes Every year on the eve of St. Nicholas, we go to Vespers and then come home and the boys…

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