Early in life, I learned how skilled my mother was in baking fresh fruit and cream pies. Every Sunday at lunch, she would prepare different flavors for her family. During the summer, she liked to bake fresh blueberry pies. The focus of this week’s spiritual reflection was inspired by the[…} Read more….
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Fr. George Tsahakis
We often choose dogs and cats as household pets. Yes, Presbytera Marinda and I adopted a dog that was wandering homeless at the Diakonia Retreat Center several years ago. We have been blessed to own him and several loving dogs. One memory I recall from both my parents is the[…} Read more….
Each Saturday evening during Great Vespers, Orthodox chant the following beautiful hymn, one of the most ancient of our faith: Gladsome light of holy glory of the holy, blessed, heavenly, immortal Father, O Jesus Christ: arriving at the hour of sunset and having seen the evening light, we praise the[…} Read more….
In this photo, my granddaughter is pretending to be Belle in the story, “Beauty and the Beast.” With her blanket cape, she is running like the story’s heroine to escape the mean wolves seeking to do her harm. Evie’s mind imagines herself as being part of the story. All children[…} Read more….
When I was young, my parents would share stories during our Sunday Lunches which I liken today as them admitting they were human… i.e., they taught us they could and did make mistakes; they could and did own up to them. They helped my brothers and me understand that while[…} Read more….
Do you recall how many in Christ’s midst criticized and attacked Him during His earthly ministry? They spoke untruths about Him and sought to ridicule and discredit Him. His own disciple, Judas Iscariot, betrayed Him. Sometimes, we may feel the same is happening to us, to a family member, or[…} Read more….
It’s the last day of the year. Some of us may busy ourselves with making predictions for 2017… will it be easier, more fruitful? What prospects await us? Will our goals and hopes finally be realized? Yet our worries still persist… our anxieties and fears have not gone away. As[…} Read more….
One of my favorite hymns in the Divine Liturgy is the Cherubic Hymn: We who mystically represent the Cherubim sing the thrice holy hymn to the life giving Trinity. Let us set aside all the cares of life that we may receive the King of all, invisibly escorted by the[…} Read more….
Growing up, my parents taught my brothers and me to respect our clergy. During lunch on Sundays, they reinforced his teachings about God and our faith. They quizzed us about what we had learned in Sunday School. They wanted to ensure we were close to God and to our Church.[…} Read more….
Summer is now over. Vacations have come and gone. Memories survive and serve to inspire us. Is there a family summer outing you might share at this Sunday’s Lunch that could motivate your family to reflect on God’s presence in your lives? It’s easy for me to recall one unforgettable[…} Read more….
Quarrels, suspicion, resentment, stubbornness, and fighting over things that don’t matter… do these ever occur in your family, in your workplace, and yes, in your parish? What feelings of bitterness exist in our hearts and souls that cause these divisions to keep us from coming together and sharing a spirit[…} Read more….
For this Sunday’s Lunch, many of us will eat together after church services. A cherished family tradition, Palm Sunday Luncheon in our local parish hall brings us together for an afternoon of hospitality and fellowship. Growing up, I always looked forward to “eating lunch at church.” On Palm Sunday, everyone[…} Read more….