i spent this morning making yummy tahitopittes! these are cypriot sweet breads filled with tahini (sesame paste) and covered in cinnamon syrup. traditionally they are eaten during orthodox easter for fasting because they are nystisima (lenten) and also vegan, but i think they are still delicious all year round :)
(Edit: the picture shows them raw and about to be cooked, just for clarification)
O God, who made this most holy night to shine with the glory of the Lord's resurrection: Stir up in your Church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
April 8, 2023
Holy Saturday with Mother Mary
The Savior of the World died a cruel death upon the Cross. His broken body was laid in the tomb. His disciples scattered and were fearful that they would be next. But our Blessed Mother kept vigil in the perfect hope that her Son would soon rise.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, we pray you to set your passion, cross, and death between your judgment and our souls, now and in the hour of our death. Give mercy and grace to the living; pardon and rest to the dead; to your holy Church peace and concord; and to us sinners everlasting life and glory; for with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Done with the Visita Iglesia. Seven churches, fourteen stations of the Cross.
It's always been a #goodFriday tradition of mine, and of countless Catholics too.
Gonna post about the churches I visited later once I get back home. But I have to say, Metropolitan Manila is such a perfect place for this tradition since there's so many churches to go to, some not even too far from each other. Plus traffic is generally light during this time.
April 7, 2023
Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion
The Greatest Act of Love Unfolds
The Passion of our Lord begins.
John’s Gospel relates to us that after Jesus was dead, a soldier pierced His side with a lance, and blood and water flowed out. This final gift from our Lord has been understood as a
Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
April 6, 2023
Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper
The One True Sacrifice of the Mass
1 Corinthians 11:23–24
We begin the most sacred Triduum, the greatest Feasts in the life of the Church. Tonight we celebrate the Last Supper with our Lord. The Church then keeps vigil in prayer until midnight.
Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
April 5, 2023
Wednesday of Holy Week
Rejecting Empty Promises
One of the central lessons we can learn from Judas is that the desire for money is a powerful incentive for the decisions we make. So many of the great saints have taught us that the path to holiness consists, first, in a
O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
April 4, 2023
Tuesday of Holy Week
The Glory of God in All Things
Everything in life has the potential to become an instrument of the glory of God. Even our sin can end in God’s glory when we repent and receive God’s forgiveness. It will not be our sin that glorifies God but His mercy
Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The week that changed the world continues to change our lives❣️
Let us spare this week for our God. Let us spend time for reflection and prayer. Be thankful for all the blessings He bestowed upon us. 🙏
May we all have a meaningful Holy Week! ✝️
April 3, 2023
Monday of Holy Week
Expressing Your Love of God
One clear lesson this teaches us is that nothing is too good for our Lord. It’s true that we must do our part to help care for the poor, but Jesus’ response to Judas is quite interesting. He says, “Leave her alone. Let her keep
On this Palm Sunday, as we enter Holy Week, my Dad reminded me of the wonderful poem The Donkey, by GK Chesterton. I think the picture and text say all that's needed.
Beannachtaí an lae oraibh/Blessings of the day upon you.
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#Lent with R.S. Thomas - Day 34 - A fragment of 'The Echoes return slow' - 'love questioning is love blinded with excess of light'
"They tried to arrest him again, but he eluded their grasp. He went back across the Jordan" (Jn 10:39-40).
"Jesus distances himself from those who want to kill him, without running away from his mission. Sometimes physical absence isn't a matter of distancing; it's another way of being present."
-Bishop Silvio José Báez, OCD
...their 'sacred connections to the Earth' -- without mentioning the Trail of Tears, smallpox blankets, and ongoing miserable conditions on reservations.
❗It's teaching history to American schoolchildren while leaving out the fact that chattel slavery constitutes the foundations of this nation, just so white kids don't have to feel uncomfortable."
"Worrisome to Žižek is that the delicate texture of our human relations is disintegrating. He mentions the book 'The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason' by Sam Harris. As an atheist, Žižek says he should have liked the book, but he actually thought it was terrible. It paints all religions, faiths, and beliefs as outdated and harmful, what I gather as *unworthy* of...
Listened to 'Who are you?' by the Who, like really listened and read the lyrics. Seems a really apropriate song for #Lent , though not the authors intent! https://www.lyricsfreak.com/t/the+who/who+are+you_20146820.html #Christian #Religion
Deleting Instagram for #Lent has meant that I don't ever see the reels my kids share with me on IG. I'm not sure if I'll come back to 600 unread DM's of reels, or if they've given up already. (They still ask me - "Did you see that reel I sent you? Oh... right." I say "Describe it to me." which always ends in "...I think you just have to watch it to get it.")
Houston Catholics (along with those in some other major cities) are cleared to eat meat on St. Patrick's Day this year, defying a centuries-old tradition for Catholics to not eat meat on Fridays in Lent.
Read about it here: https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/houston-lent-meat-17843279.php
Does traditional French cooking have a strain of Lenten foods that are vegetarian? I'm not looking for contemporary vegetarian adaptations of French cuisine, but rather, I'm interested in how it might have been traditionally adapted.
Polish cuisine is normally very meat-centric, but special Christmas eve "fast" dishes are vegeterian while actually quite festive and rich.
If there is a similar French tradition, what terms should I use to find it?
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A good description of #Lent in Tudor England, with complaints (among other things) about an excess of #fish, #leeks and #nettles. It also mentions the traditional figure of #JackaLent, a stuffed effigy, usually made of straw, which was dragged through the streets during Lent, and burned on #PalmSunday.
#earlymusic #earlymodern #histodon #histodons #historyoffood #historicalfood #song #ballad #folklore #calendarcustoms #historical #renaissance #tudor #tudors @histodons @earlymusic @earlymodern @histodon @folklore
"Make those who will profess vows here learn through a long trial period not to think their life will amount to words alone, without deeds also."
I went to Orthodox Church today and someone gave me “A Pocket Prayer Book for Orthodox Christians” Containing Daily and Occasional Prayers together with Prayers for Confession and Holy Communion and the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom according to the use of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America!! I’ve never been given a present for #Lent before, what a great way to start the liturgical season with this new little book!
#PrayerBook #Christianity #OrthodoxChristian I am #Thankful
This week on my #podcast 'The Break with Fr. Roderick':
🔹 My spoiler-free review of the first episodes of the retro-futuristic TV show 'Hello Tomorrow!' #hellotomorrow
🔹 The reason we celebrate #Lent
🔹 Valve's #SteamDeck - first impressions.
You can listen to the episode here: https://www.fatherroderick.com/fat.../hello-tomorrow-review/
or look for 'The Break with Fr. Roderick' wherever you get your podcasts!
I'm in a position where I'm asked to review materials a lot, whether it is code, project plans, liturgy worship aids, baseball league e-mails, etc.
My default is to point out issues to be resolved and, if I don't say something about something, it means I like it, or it is fine enough.
Trying this #Lent to be more intentional about calling out things that impress or I like, in addition to suggesting changes.
For Mark Wahlberg's 40-day challenge I'm going to give up social media consumption. I'll occasionally post things here if I publish something, but I'm not checking it. See ya after.
There are many different goals people set for themselves at the start of their lenten journey, but there are some potential pitfalls that you may want to avoid…
Listen here or search for 'The Walk with Father Roderick' wherever you get your podcasts: https://www.fatherroderick.com/thewalk/the-pitfalls-of-lent/
If I give up Instagram / Twitter / TikTok for #Lent, how will I post a photo of frosted up windows complaining about it being -43C today???
Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.
As Lent begins today, it's a chance to humble ourselves. Whether or not you're Catholic or Christian or a theist of any sort, we can remember that we're not the sole masters of our world. We all fail and we all need to be reconciled.
Be faithful to the Gospel, to our God, to each other.
Starting my day with a small bowl of millet upma, topped with a spoonful of red lentil curry. It's really quite tasty, and now I'm going to be craving it until I can have another small bowl tonight. #Lent always manages to offer me lessons I didn't think I needed.
"In this life we shrink from knowing our real selves." -St. John Henry Newman
Self reflection is hard in an era with many easy distractions. It's often easier to avoid spending time with yourself rather than encountering your perfectionism, anxiety, neurodivergence, queerness, spirituality, gender, or privilege and trying to accept and understand yourself in a world full of scripts and norms which you don't quite fit in with.
Today is Mardi Gras / Shrove Tuesday / Pancake Day and tomorrow myself and many Catholics will start our Lenten journey, a season of fasting, prayer, reflection, and almsgiving. It lasts about 40 days, so it's a good amount of time to try a new reflective practice.
If you want to try something new to open your eyes/heart/mind to your place in the world, maybe you want to join us in your own way, and we can share our journeys in solidarity.
(quote source: https://twitter.com/philokalia_min/status/1627642565230034944)
In this week’s episode of my podcast 'The Break' I share my enthusiasm about season 3 of #startrekpicard, I talk about #AshWednesday and #Lent, I review ‘The Butterfly Assassin’ #books and I talk about my love-hate relationship with carrots: https://www.fatherroderick.com/fatherroderick/star-trek-picard-season-3-my-spoiler-free-review/