Virtual Sunday School Begins This Weekend!

With everyone staying home, it’s going to be hard to make Sundays feel like Sundays… so we were thinking: after you livestream the Divine Liturgy, join us for an online Virtual Sunday School! Kristina Wenger and I create new episodes of Tending the Garden of Our Hearts every week, so we are expanding those into full Sunday School lessons for the duration of this strange season. Bring the whole family. Join us…

Virtual Sunday School

I have been talking with some other Sunday School enthusiasts about how we can create a virtual Sunday school classroom, a place where you and your children can come every Sunday morning for a little video, some conversation and activities. If so many schools are moving to online classes, maybe Sunday school could do that too? Stay tuned. I’ll be putting up a link on this blog, once we know what that…

Our Global Great Lent

What an interesting Great Lent we have this year! Just as Clean Monday arrived, COVID-19 became an international news story, a global concern. As we move deeper into the Lenten season, we are asked to retreat from our noisy lives, to avoid entertainments and parties, to spend more time quietly at home… actually, the Church calls us to do that every year, but this year, the WHO and the CDC are calling…

Podcasts for the Days of Self-Isolation

Kristina Wenger and I were recording this week’s episode of Tending the Garden of Our Hearts, and I realized that unlike so many of my activities, podcasting won’t miss a beat in this period of social distancing and self-isolation; at Ancient Faith Radio, we’re already working from home, recording in our closets, and communicating with you digitally. Glory be to God! We’re already set up for this brave new world. So, if…

WIN a FREE Audiobook: Blueprints for the Little Church!!!

Blueprints for the Little Church: Creating an Orthodox Home is now available on audiobook (in addition to the real physical book and ebook versions)!  If you prefer to listen to your books read aloud, you’re in luck. You can win a free audiobook of Blueprints! There are three ways to enter, and you are welcome to enter three times (once via each method): 1- Use the contact form here on the blog…

Triumph of Orthodoxy

This Sunday will be the first Sunday of Great Lent, on which we celebrate the Triumph of Orthodoxy. In our parish and in parishes around the world, we will process with icons held high, celebrating together the rightful return of icons to the church so many years ago. As you know, icons were removed from our churches in the 8th century, and then fully restored in the 9th century. The Sunday of…