Guest Post: Hannah Vazquez on her new podcast on Mothering!

I’m happy to introduce Hannah Vazquez, who has recently released a wonderful new podcast for parents on Ancient Faith Radio! All These Things is likely to become a favorite among Raising Saints fans, so I recommend that you subscribe now!     Hello everyone! I’m Hannah Vazquez. When I met Elissa at the Ancient Faith Writer’s Conference this summer, and shared my idea with her, she was so enthusiastic and supportive. I’m…

Contemplating the Incarnation: Pilgrimage and Sunday of Orthodoxy

I spent ten days on pilgrimage in the Holy Land. (That’s right! You can call me Elissa Hadzi-Bjeletich now!) As they say, we walked in Christ’s footsteps; we touched the stones that He touched. Again and again, we said to ourselves, This is where it happened. Right here on this spot. As I prepared to embark on this pilgrimage, I thought a lot about what that means. God is everywhere; He is…

Group Work for Great Lent

Let us fast in a way that is acceptable and pleasing to the Lord. True fasting is flight from evils, temperance of the tongue, refrain from anger, separation from lustful desires, and from lies, from falsehood and from perjury. The absence of all these makes our fasting true and acceptable. (From Vespers Service on Clean Monday) Let us fast. When we sing about fasting on Clean Monday, we’ll sing together, a community…

Falling in Love with Lent, A Guest Post on Hopeful Patience

Michelle writes a beautiful blog called Hopeful Patience, in which she asks the question, what does it mean to dwell in hope? She and her husband, Ariel, were married in 2009 and work together as their church’s secretaries. Ariel’s health challenges (Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type III) make their daily routines unique, and over their ten years of marriage, they have tried to wait patiently and hopefully to see what children God might…

Preparing the Family for Great Lent (with printables!)

Great Lent is the path back home to Paradise. Because of their sins, Adam and Eve were cast out of Paradise, but through repentance and fasting, we find our way home: we take the journey to Pascha, when Christ will trample down death by death and break down the gates that closed us out of Paradise. How glorious! We are invited to prepare for that journey right now, and to take it…

Great Lent is Coming, and We’ve Got You Covered

We are so excited to announce that our new book, Tending the Garden of Our Hearts: Daily Lenten Meditations for Families, is now available at the Ancient Faith Store! Great Lent begins on March 11, so it’s time to start planning how to lead your family in a meaningful fast. In addition to the meditations in the book (or Audible audiobook, if you prefer), you might want to think about creating a…