by Gigi | Joyfully Homegrown | Dec 17, 2022 | Great Feasts of the Church, Homemaking, Liturgical Life, Motherhood, Shopping, YouTube
Christmas shopping time is upon us. It’s such a beautiful holiday for Christian people everywhere, but somehow, no matter how much we fight it, the true message of Advent gets drown out by materialism and over-consumption. Here are a few simple ways to stop the clutter before it enters your home and steals your Christmas joy.
by Gigi | Joyfully Homegrown | Apr 4, 2021 | Faith, Great Feasts of the Church, Lent, Liturgical Life
Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered; and let those who hate Him flee from His face. As smoke vanishes, let them vanish; and as wax melts from the presence of fire, so let the demons perish from the presence of those who love God and who sign themselves with the Sign of the Cross and say with gladness: Hail, most precious and life-giving Cross of the Lord, for Thou drivest away the demons by the power of our Lord Jesus Christ Who was crucified on thee, went down to hell and trampled on the power of the devil, and gave us thee, His honorable Cross, for driving away all enemies. O most precious and life-giving Cross of the Lord, help me with our holy Lady, the Virgin Theotokos, and with all the Saints throughout the ages.
by Gigi | Joyfully Homegrown | Mar 14, 2021 | Faith, Great Feasts of the Church, Lent, Liturgical Life, Lives of the Saints, Scripture, Wisdom of the Saints
This Martyr, who was from Antioch in Syria, contested during the reign of Gallienus, about the year 260. Through the working of the evil one, his friendship with a certain Christian priest named Sapricius was turned to bitter hatred. Nikiphoros, repenting of his enmity, tried both through intermediaries and in person to be reconciled with Sapricius, but to no avail. Later, when the persecution broke out under Valerian and Gallienus, Sapricius was seized as a Christian. When Saint Nikiphoros learned that Sapricius had been arrested by the pagans and was enduring torments for Christ, he sent intermediaries to Sapricius, begging his forgiveness; but Sapricius would not forgive him. Later, as Sapricius was being taken to beheading, Nikiphoros, hoping that Sapricius, at his end, in such a holy hour, would at last forgive him, met him on the way, fell before him, and fervently asked his forgiveness; but Sapricius forgave him not. Wherefore, though Sapricius had passed through many sufferings, and the crown of martyrdom was now awaiting him, because he disdained the chief commandments of love and forgiveness, the grace of God, which had been strengthening him in his torments, departed from him, and he told his executioners he would sacrifice. Nikiphoros immediately confessed Christ before them, and being himself beheaded, took the crown that Sapricius had cast away.GOARCH Website
by Gigi | Joyfully Homegrown | Jan 6, 2021 | Faith, Great Feasts of the Church, History, Liturgical Life, Scripture, Wisdom of the Saints
“When Thou, O Lord, wast baptized in the Jordan, worship of the Trinity wast made manifest; for
the voice of the Father bore witness to Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son. And the Spirit in the
likeness of a dove confirmed the truth of His word. O Christ our God, Who hast appeared and
enlightened the world, glory to Thee.” -Troparion of Theophany
by Gigi | Joyfully Homegrown | Jan 1, 2021 | Faith, Great Feasts of the Church, Homemaking, Motherhood, Scripture, Wisdom of the Saints
Leyah got the coin in our Vasilopita!
by Gigi | Joyfully Homegrown | Dec 22, 2020 | Great Feasts of the Church, Homemaking, Liturgical Life, Motherhood
I’m not really good at maintaining traditions, but I read so often about how beneficial it is to have seasonal traditions and rhythm. We don’t have many abrupt colors in our home. Our furniture and sheets are all light or neutrals, but I found this old set of beautiful garnet red sheets while going through boxes last spring.