Christmas is one of the most important feasts for Christians, as we celebrate the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Today, many traditions and forms of celebration exist, especially as Christmas has become an integral part of Western culture. Today, we wish to share with you seven facts about how Christians celebrated Christmas in ancient times. Our hope is that you discover the roots of your Christian heritage from those Christians who celebrated before us.
An icon of Saint Nicholas made from semiprecious stones in our Convent
Following the tradition originated by St Nicholas and feeling his special prayerful intercession over our convent, we are glad to offer you our handmade Christmas gifts, created to remind your loved ones of the all-time basic necessity, the remembrance of the Lord Jesus Christ and the joy of His Birth.
Our Convent's Online Christmas Market is already open. Follow the link and order gifts for your families and friends, so that we can deliver them in time for the holiday. All products in our workshops are made with prayer and love!
God, who gives the sinners and the righteous their dues, is not someone who lies in waiting to punish a wrongdoer after the fact. What gives us fear and trembling is the hurting wound of not responding to the love that He had given to us.
There is a special and ancient order in the Orthodox Church called the Eternal Commemoration on Psalter. What is this order about, who can apply, and why do we commemorate people? Read further to discover these answers.
The Apostle Luke is mostly known as one of the four Evangelists. In fact, he told us more than the other three about our Lord’s childhood, as well as about His mother Mary.
An Athonite ascetic said, "Lord, I pray twenty-four hours a day, and I cannot pray enough!" You have to experience the sweetness of God to say these words.
The book Ladder of Divine Ascent by St. John, hegumen of Mount Sinai is a guide for ascending to spiritual perfection. In his book, the Saint captured the entire spiritual path in a vibrant image of a ladder with thirty rungs.
We offer ourselves up to God by fulfilling His commandments, anticipating our imminent death, however absurd it may sound.
Repentance is hard work. It takes humility to admit our sins and courage to repent and ask for forgiveness. Here are four timeless narratives from saints and monks from different centuries.