Xristuusax̂ Aĝlaĝikux̂! Aĝanĝulakan Aĝlaĝikux̂! (Unangam tunuu) Khristós anésti! Alithós anésti! (Greek) Khristos voskrese! Voistinu voskrese! (Church Slavonic) Kristus vstal z mŕtvych! Skutočne vstal z mŕtvych! (Slovak) Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!
Since being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis my life has become one big puzzle about what, when, and how my immune system has already been and is still being impacted. Suffice it to say, it sucks. No longer included in my diet are wheat and soy. Never do I use processed foods. I make my own ghee so that I can have butter. I should eat only organic foods, but living in the Aleutian Islands makes that nearly impossible. I think holidays are probably the times when I really miss certain foods. I think the one thing that I miss the most is my mother’s Easter bread, or what we call kulich , made for our Orthodox Easter. I am honestly going to try to make it with gluten free flour one of these years. I just have to prepare myself for what may be utter failure and a waste of resources.
From the land of saints, the faithful Orthodox in Unalaska, Alaska wish you a Merry Christmas. This evening was the celebration of the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord. Tomorrow we begin our tradition of following the Star of the East. For three nights we will visit parish homes and sing carols. We call it starring as we carry a large, decorated star and the star spins as we sing.
The title of this post is in Unangam tunuu, or the Aleut language. We also say the phrase in Slavonic. Khristos Razhdayetsya!! Slavite Yego! And in English. Christ is born! Glorify Him!