Praying for our Children, Part II

This was originally posted on the Raising Saints podcast in December 2013. Most of our episodes are geared toward talking with children ­­– perhaps our own children, or our Sunday School students, our youth groups, our godchildren and grandchildren. But today, we’re thinking about how we pray for those children. Our last episode was Praying For Our Children Part I: St. Porphyrios, and we closed with his beautiful prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, give Your…

Praying for our Children, Part I

This was originally posted on the Raising Saints podcast in December 2013. We have a new Saint in our Holy Church! The official word has come from our Patriarch in Constantinople: the holy Elder Porphyrios is henceforth to be known as St. Porphyrios. What a great blessing! St. Porphyrios just left us, fell asleep in the Lord in 1991. Our lifetimes overlapped. I love to see modern Saints, to know that even in this…

Leading the Family into the Great Fast

Once again, Great Lent approaches. I think I love how Pascha moves around, which means that Great Lent has to move around. Some years, it has come early and this year, of course, it’s late. It’s like Spring — sometimes it comes early, and sometimes it comes late. Great Lent begins on March 14 this time, with Pascha falling all the way back to May 1st. Have a late Lent makes me yearn…

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…