Sunday, March 6

The 40 Martyrs of Sabaste...

Together let us honor the holy company united by faith,
Those noble warriors of the Master of all.
They were divinely enlisted for Christ,
And passed through fire and water.
Then they entered into refreshment praying for those who cry:
Glory to him who has strengthened you!
Glory to him who has crowned you!
Glory to him who has made you wonderful, O holy Forty Martyrs!


Today we celebrated the feast of the 40 Martyrs of Sebaste with Lark Buns. Though this feast is usually celebrated on March 9th, it was transferred to Forgiveness Sunday because the 9th falls during the first week of Great Lent. We used the Lark Bun recipe from the Orthodox Kitchen Cookbook and these 40 larks were gobbled right up at coffee hour!


  1. Those are adorable! My children would love those.

  2. They are so cute! Maybe we will make them -- we will celebrate on the old calendar date. The tradition we inherited is also cute: cakes or cupcakes with two colors of blue frosting -- one blue for the sky, the other blue for the water, and a little candy crown in the middle (one for a cupcake, a bunch for a cake).

  3. Those cupcakes sound great, Maria!

  4. We made these for our soup supper after PreSanctified Liturgy on Wednesday. My children had so much fun. They were so cute lined up on the cookie sheet waiting for the over. Thanks so much for sharing this idea!

  5. Thank you for sharing...we are going to make these today, for the memory of the 40 martyrs of Sebaste, which is tomorrow!

  6. I have just happened upon the tradition of the Lark Buns. Can anyone tell me if they are blessed, and if they are, what hymns/prayers are said? Or are they just consumed during coffee hour? Thanks for any helps, we are planning on making these for this next Sunday.

  7. I don't know, Kyra. We've only just served them at coffee hour (or home). Does anyone else know?