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Saint Namedays in April.
April Recipe.
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April Recipe:
Tsoureki (Greek Easter Bread)

2-7 gram Packets Active Dry Yeast
2 cups Warm Milk
9 to 10 cups All-purpose Flour
1 1/2 cups Granulated Sugar
2 tsp. Makhlepi (Optional)
8 Tbs. Butter; Melted and Cooled
6 Eggs; 1 Lightly Beaten
1 tsp. Salt
1 Tbs. Grated Orange Rind (Zest)
1 Tbs. Grated Lemon Rind (Zest)
2 Hard-Cooked Red-Dyed Eggs (Optional)
2 Tbs. Black Cumin Seeds

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warmed milk.
Stir in 1 cup flour and 1/2 cup sugar, cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 1-hour. Steep makhlepi (if utilizing)in 1/2 cup simmering water for about 5-minutes. Strain mixture and discard seeds. Set remaining liquid aside to cool.

Stir 1/2 cup water or makhlepi-scented liquid into the yeast mixture. Add butter and 5 eggs and thoroughly combine. Sift in 8 cups of flour, salt and remaining sugar into bread mixture. Add salt, orange and lemon zest, and mix thoroughly with a large wooden spoon. Turn out dough onto a floured surface. Knead, adding more flour if necessary, until smooth, approximately 10-minutes. Form the dough into a ball and place in a lightly greased bowl. Cover the dough with a clean dish towel and set aside to raise for about 2-hours.

Return dough to the floured surface. Divide the dough into 6-equal parts and roll into ropes about 15-inches long. For each loaf, loosely braid 3 ropes, turn under ends and press 1 dyed egg (optional) near one end of each braid. Set bread aside to rise again for at least 1-hour on a lightly greased cookie sheet.

Pre-heat oven to 350-F degrees. Brush bread with remaining beaten egg and sprinkle with black cumin seeds. Bake until golden, approximately 40 to 50-minutes. Store cooled bread in an airtight container or serve warm.

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Greek Easter
The solemnity of Holy Week in the Greek Orthodox Church ends with the commencement of Easter celebrations, where it glorifies the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. In Greek religion, every Sunday is dedicated to the Resurrection of the Lord, but one hundred days also are dedicated to Easter, 50 before its actual preparation, and another 50 after it in commemorating the glorification of the Lord. Easter is therefore considered, the "Feast of Feasts".

The 50 days before Easter, known as a part of the period of 'Triodion', are the period for strengthening faith in the Lord. This is a period of repentance, which changes people from indifference to full devotion and prayer.

The 50 days which follow Easter are signified by the Pentecostarion, which are dedicated to the spiritual enjoyment of the participants in the deep belief that God is with all men in everyday life and thoughts. It starts with the celebration of the Jesus' Resurrection. During this period, the Church of Christ (Christ's mystical body) was instituted and strengthened. His disciples and Apostles miraculously witnessed the appearance of the risen Christ, and from that became recipients of the Holy Spirit. From this momentous event, the Apostles became the ambassadors of the new message of salvation in the name of Christ, 'the Savior'. Nowadays, Christians are also called to commemorate the same divine events and to enact them in their hearts and minds in realization that 'Christ is Risen'.

Holy Week itself, begins after 'Palm Sunday' and runs from Monday, where fasting and observance lead up to the so-called, 'Passion'. The Tuesday following it is usually devoted to scripture reading and Wednesday is devoted to the anointing the faithful with holy oil or a spig of oregano. These sprigs are later thought to have healing powers. Thursdays usually finds the household up and about very early decorating the churches as priests read bible passages from the Last Supper. Later, the taking of communion begins in which all the faithful participate. In the evening services, the priest recites passages from the twelve gospels, describing the Passion of Christ. On Good Friday, most shops and businesses are closed and flags are flown at half-mast in commemoration of Christ being taken down from the cross. On Friday evening, the bier of Christ is decorated with gold cloth and fresh flowers, where the faithful bow and stoop to kiss the symbolic body of Christ. After this, the bier is carried out of the church and paraded through the streets in a lengthy funeral procession. Finally on Holy Saturday, the ceremonies come to a close as people begin to break their fasts, savoring specially prepared dishes like 'margeiritsa' soup, made of lambs innards. The rest of the day is spent preparing for next day's big lamb feast at the Easter Sunday celebrations.

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Greek Cologne

Memories of Greece

Introducing the first Greek cologne, with a fragrance as refreshing as the Greek sea! It's fragrant nature explores essences of orange, lemon and jasmine, as well as water notes of the fresh cool sea . Memories of Greece is recommended for casual use by both men and women.

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Greek Orthodox
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Wholeness of Faith
and Life: Orthodox
Christian Ethics

Greek Customs and Traditions in America:
Forty-Day Observances

The following customs should be observed for forty days after Easter, the time Christ was on earth before his Ascension.

Greetings: Say "Christos anesti" and "Alithos anesti" instead of "Hello" to fellow Orthodox.

Dinner: Light candles on the dinner table with the light form the "ikonostasi kandili" and sing "Christos Anesti: three times.

Saints' Namedays in April








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