Wednesday, December 31, 2014
The Story of Vasilopita
1 cup butter
2 ½ cups sugar
7 eggs, separated
1 teaspoon almond extract
3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk
1 cup almonds, crushed
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 bag of whole blanched almonds
- Cream butter and sugar for 10 minutes, add egg yolks and flavorings.
- Add remaining ingredients, except egg whites.
- Beat egg whites until stiff in a separate bowl.
- Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Blend well.
- Grease baking pan (round 14” pan).
- Pour in batter and tuck coin (thinly wrapped in Aluminum Foil) into batter, then hand lay whole blanched almonds around perimeter of surface.
(You can also spell out the current year in the middle of cake)
- Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
pan for about 30 minutes.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
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Monday, December 29, 2014
Saturday, December 27, 2014
Read about The Location of the Stoning of St. Stephen in Jerusalem:
and about: The Recent Discovery of the Burial Place of St. Stephen:
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Sunday, December 14, 2014
|Church of Nativity - The silver star marks the birth of OUR LORD|
Friday, December 12, 2014
Spyridon eventually became Bishop of Trimythous, or Tremithous (today called Tremetousia), in the district of Larnaca.
He is well known for the miracle he performed at the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea. St. Spyridon took part in the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea (325), where he was instrumental in countering the theological arguments of Arius and his followers.
He reportedly converted a pagan philosopher to Christianity by using a potsherd to illustrate how one single entity (a piece of pottery) could be composed of three unique entities (fire, water and clay); a metaphor for the Christian doctrine of the Trinity.
As soon as Spyridon finished speaking, the shard is said to have miraculously burst into flame, water dripped on the ground, and only dust remained in his hand (other accounts of this event say that it was a brick he held in his hand).
After the council, Saint Spiridon returned to his diocese in Tremithous. He later fell into disfavor during the persecutions of the emperor Maximinus, but died peacefully in old age. His biography was recorded by the hagiographer Simeon Metaphrastes and the church historians, Sozomen and Socrates Scholasticus.
St. Spyridon is commemorated on December 12.
Sunday, December 7, 2014
or on this website:
"Saint Philothea (Philofthea) of Argesh was born in Trnovo, the old capital of Bulgaria, around 1206. Her father was a farmer, and her mother was from Wallachia. She died when Philothea was still a child, and her father remarried.The child was often punished by her stepmother, who accused her of being disobedient, and of giving their possesions away to the poor. Her father chastised her for this, but Philothea continued to attend church services and to do good to others, just as her mother had taught her. As she grew older, she was adorned with the virtues of prayer, virginity, and almsgiving."
Dear St. Philothea please pray for our children too!
Monday, December 1, 2014
1/2 tsp oregano