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December 11-17


Saint of the day:
Sunday of the Forefathers

The Sunday of the Holy Forefathers is the Sunday that falls between December 11-17, the second Sunday before the Nativity.

The ancestors of Christ according to the flesh are remembered on this Sunday of the Nativity Fast. (Orthodox)

Sunday of the Forefathers

All the great Fathers and Mothers and Prophets of the Old Testament, starting with Adam, Abraham, the Righteous Sarah, Isaac and Jacob, including Holy Prophet Elias and Daniel, and concluding with Holy Prophet Zechariah (Zachary), Joachim and Anna, Holy Prophet and Forerunner John the Baptist and The Theotokos. They lived before the Law and under the Law, especially the Patriarch Abraham, to whom God said, "In thy seed shall all of the nations of the earth be blessed" (Genesis 12:3, 22:18).








Troparion (Tone 2)

Through faith You justified the Forefathers, betrothing through them the Church of the gentiles.

These saints exult in glory, for from their seed came forth a glorious fruit:

She who bore You without seed. So by their prayers, O Christ God, have mercy on us!

Kontakion (Tone 6)

You did not worship the graven image, O thrice-blessed ones,

but armed with the immaterial Essence of God, you were glorified in a trial by fire.

From the midst of unbearable flames you called on God, crying:Hasten, O compassionate One!

Speedily come to our aid, for You are merciful and able to do as You will.





Apple Bishop's Hat
Makes 45 pieces


  • 200 g of butter, softened 

  • 120 g of sugar 

  • 2 eggs 

  • 100 ml of milk 

  • 2 tsp. baking powder 

  • pinch of salt 

  • 2 tsp. vanilla essence 

  • lemon peel 

  • 500 g flour 


  • 1 kg apples 

  • 5 tbsp. sugar or taste 

  • cinnamon to taste 

  • 2 tbsp. butter 

  • 1/2 lemon juice 

  • 30 ml water  


  • powdered sugar for sprinkle 


  1. Whisk soft butter with sugar, add eggs, vanilla, zest and milk. Sift the flour with salt and baking powder and pour into the egg-and-oil mixture. Knead the dough, wrap it in a food film and put in the refrigerator for 1 hour. 

Preparation of the filling:

  1. Peel the apples from the peel, remove the core, grate on a large grater. Add the rest of the ingredients for the filling. Put the apples on the fire and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and cook the apples until the liquid evaporates. Ready the filling completely cool. 

  2. Put the cookies on a baking tray and bake for 15 minutes. Sprinkle the cookies with sugar powder. Preheat the oven to 180C degrees. Sprinkle the work surface lightly with flour. Cut a piece of dough, roll it into a circle about 3 mm thick and cut into triangles. In each triangle make cutouts as shown in the photo. Put the filling and wrap first one side, then the other. 

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