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At most Orthodox Churches, on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, the Cross is displayed for veneration on a bed of basil. Why basil?

The Exaltation of the Cross and a Bed of Basil

At most Orthodox Churches, on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, the Cross is displayed for veneration on a bed of basil. Why basil?

"Could the leaves exist without the tree, and could the tree itself exist without earth, air, water, and warmth? Likewise no soul can exist without God, without His Son, without His Spirit. God is my being, my breath, my light, my strength, my drink, my food. He carries me as a mother carries her infant in her arms. More than this. Carrying me, my soul and body, He dwells in me, and is united to me.": St. John of Kronstadt in 'My Life in Christ'

"Could the leaves exist without the tree, and could the tree itself exist…

"The purpose of fasting is not dieting or carnal in nature, but rather gets to the heart of what it means to be truly human. Our relationship with the Father was distorted in the Garden, and only through true spiritual renewal — such as can be experienced through the ascetic discipline of fasting, coupled with both prayer and almsgiving – can one “grow” to become greater than one’s flesh."  (Gabe Martini, 21st Century American Orthodox subdeacon, 04/13 blog) [Repentance; Sanctification]

"The purpose of fasting is not dieting or carnal in nature, but rather gets to the heart of what it means to be truly human. Our relationship with the Father was distorted in the Garden, and only through true spiritual renewal — such as can be experienced through the ascetic discipline of fasting, coupled with both prayer and almsgiving – can one “grow” to become greater than one’s flesh." (Gabe Martini, 21st Century American Orthodox subdeacon, 04/13 blog) [Repentance; Sanctification]

Christ is Risen from the dead  Trampling down death by death!  And upon those in the tombs, bestowing life!   Χριστός Ανέστη στην Accra / Ghana

Christ is Risen from the dead Trampling down death by death! And upon those in the tombs, bestowing life!

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Those who do not know must be taught, not punished. We do not hit the blind. — St Dionysius the Areopagite

Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black: linking Ancient African Christianity and the African ­American Experience

Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black: linking Ancient African Christianity and the African ­American Experience

Orthodox Prayer--Calling upon Saints for special purposes

Prayer of the Heart - Jesus Prayer - for the Faithful Living in the World

Hipsterdoxy...where the ancient faith meets pop culture.  Roman Catholic site but has some items that an Orthodox Christian would like.

where the ancient faith meets pop culture. Roman Catholic site but has some items that an Orthodox Christian would like.

What an Orthodox bishop thinks you should know about the Book of Revelation

What an Orthodox bishop thinks you should know about the Book of Revelation

Book Of Revelations, Orthodox Christianity, Greeks, Bookmarks, Religion, Lord, Book Markers

Timeline of Church History (this is really close... missing the years of Orthodoxy while Christ was walking the earth, but close close! also missing all the protestant branches [perhaps too many to list])

Timeline of Church History (this is really close. missing the years of Orthodoxy while Christ was walking the earth, but close close! also missing all the protestant branches [perhaps too many to list])

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