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.
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!
Let us take a deeper look at the history and meaning behind one of the most important texts in Orthodox Christianity.
Unction, or the rite of Anointing of the Sick, is one of the seven sacraments of the Orthodox Church. The purpose of Anointing of the Sick is to invoke God's healing grace on a person suffering from bodily and spiritual illnesses.
The Great Lent starts on March 15 in the Belarusian Orthodox Church this year. The sisters of Saint Elisabeth Convent will embark on this journey to Easter by reading what the Church Fathers have said about the three pillars of Lent.
Speaking of marriage and celibacy, Apostle Paul taught: "he who marries the virgin does right, but he who does not marry her does better." Should we take it to mean that celibacy is superior to marriage?
The joyous Easter season or Paschaltide is finally here! In the Orthodox Church, this season starts on Easter Sunday (May 2nd) and continues for forty days until the eve of the feast of Ascension, which falls on June 10th this year.
The Lazarus Saturday is a very joyful day for Orthodox Christians which shows us the triumphal miracle of Christ. It falls on the same day our dear Abbess Euphrosinia celebrates her birthday - April 24th.
How do miracles happen? How do they serve our life in Christ? Here are some insights from the life of Elder Ephraim of Katukania, a twentieth-century saint from Mount Athos.
In the Orthodox tradition, almsgiving is the third main virtue after prayer and fasting. Our Lord Jesus Christ and many of His Saints have talked about the importance of giving alms. So what is this virtue all about?