Phanouropita: The Year of the Saint

by ACP on August 26, 2010

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Well, it’s been a year in the making, but today—on the eve of Saint Phanourios’s feast day—the first leg of my journey with this Greek Orthodox saint and his cake has come to a close. (If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, please click the links in the right column or the main navigation, under “Projects,” that take you to the Phanourios Charity Project page.)

You may have noticed the scoreboard I’ve kept in the blog’s sidebar. Maybe you’ve watched its numbers grow, and now you’re wondering what’s up with the question mark. Well, I can easily count the number of cakes (phanouropita) that I’ve baked to honor Saint Phanourios, but there is no way to reliably quantify the mystery or blessings, the grit or gratitude that belong to my story of the past twelve months.

If you want to read that story, plus get my favorite recipe for this traditional Greek nut-and-spice cake, you can do so over at Leite’s Culinaria, where my personal essay, “Saints, Cakes, and Redemption,” has just been published.

I’m dashing this announcement off in a rush, on my way out of town for a few days, but as soon as I’m able, I will update this post with some acknowledgements. There are so many people to thank.

For now, I’ll leave it at this: Sas efxharisto, Agios Phanourios. Thank you Saint Phanourios.

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Banana Wonder August 26, 2010 at 11:44 am

Love this! Thanks for sharing!

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ACP August 27, 2010 at 9:25 am

Thanks for commenting!

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Nancy (n.o.e.) November 24, 2010 at 10:38 am

I have to tell you that your essay has been open in a tab on my computer since August when it was published on Leite’s. Not only is it beautifully written, your journey and your insight are inspiring. It’s amazing to think of the unknown people that your words have touched!

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ACP December 14, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Dear Nancy,
I’m so sorry for the delay in responding. What with Thanksgiving, and the way that just slides right into the December season… well, time has gotten away from me. But I really want to say thank you from the heart for your comment, which means a lot to me. I’m amazed that you have my essay open on your computer all this time. I hope that you find many wonderful things coming to you as we head into a new year. ~ Allison

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