Webinar coming up: March 1st, 1:30pm EST

Come register for our webinar and join me and Fr. Evan Armatas as we discuss preparing the family for Great Lent! This promises to be a great conversation, and will get you in the mood and equipped to make a plan for Lent. The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese’s Center for Family Care offers webinars, where you can join in and ask questions in a panel discussion. After the event, the webinars are archived…

Consecrating our Hearts and our Church

Our parish, Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Austin, Texas, will be consecrated this summer. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event, akin to the baptism of a church, and we’re all looking forward to it. As we’ve been putting plans together, we’ve stumbled on some beautiful ways to involve the kids — and we’ve thought about a few things you might want to do in your own parish, even if your church was consecrated generations ago.…

Praying Before Communion with Children

I recently received an email asking me to recommend a communion prayer for children. That got me thinking about a Raising Saints podcast episode on this very subject from 2012.  Then on Sunday I took my kids to church, and as I stood in line with my eight year old and my five year old, and as I struggled to help them focus on the sacrament they were about to receive, I realized…

Teaching Theophany

This post appeared previously as a Raising Saints podcast episode. Whether we celebrate on the Old Calendar or on the New, in our beautiful Orthodox tradition, we follow our 40 day fast with a feast that lasts not just one day, but several days.  We prepare ourselves with the fast, pulling ourselves away from the comforts of rich foods, and showing some self-discipline, so that we can focus not on making ourselves comfortable…

Christ is born!

This time of year, we celebrate the Nativity of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is breathtaking to think that the Word of God, immortal and all-powerful and invulnerable, would take on human flesh, humbling Himself to be born into His own creation. He loved us enough to become one of us — vulnerable like us. Subject to heat and cold, to pain and suffering, so that He could reveal Himself to us,…

Merry Christmas!

I’ve been thinking about what it means to be Orthodox in America this December and it’s kind of making me chuckle. Forgive me, but we’re a little bipolar. Not in the medical sense, but insofar as we are vacillating between two states of mind, two cultures — you might say we are caught between Nativity and Christmas! I wouldn’t wish you a blessed Nativity today, I won’t call out, ‘Christ is born!’…