Moldovan Christmas, Part 2

Word Count: 981 As I promised in my post The Land of Perfect Christmas, I would report back to you about the festivities here on Orthodox Christmas, January 7. I was actually surprised by just how low-key the entire thing was, even though about 99% of Moldovans celebrate Orthodox Christmas in one way or another. Mostly it just seemed like a day off from work … Continue reading Moldovan Christmas, Part 2

The B-I-B-L-E, Yes That’s the Book for Me!

Well as the Easter holiday rapidly approaches, and having received some positive feedback for my last bit of exegesis, I thought I’d be useful to give an extremely simplified guide to reading the Bible. Sad to say this but most Christian religious instruction tends to be teaching a handful of stories from what is, after all, an enormous book and giving no context or explanation … Continue reading The B-I-B-L-E, Yes That’s the Book for Me!

Word of the Day: Prohod

Well here’s a word you won’t hear every day: prohod. In fact, the only time you’ll (probably) ever hear it is today because it refers to the specific Orthodox religious ceremony conducted on Good Friday. The word prohod specifically refers to funeral rites or the series of prayers and ceremonies conducted when someone is buried. What’s interesting (to me) is that the Slavic (yep) root … Continue reading Word of the Day: Prohod