Orthodox Children’s Book wins National Award!

Orthodoxy may be the second largest Christian Church in the world, but in America, we are largely unknown — so when an Orthodox children’s book is a finalist in a national book award, we should all celebrate! Glory be to God! If you are not already reading Charlotte Riggle’s Catherine’s Pascha to your children at bedtime, you may want to take a moment to get to know this rich and beautiful book, which…

Stillness

Lately I’ve been noticing that when we’re doing our family prayers, or when we’re in church, my eight year old may be standing quietly, may even be saying the words — but it doesn’t seem like she’s really praying. It’s hard to help kids make that transition. We begin by just trying to get them to be physically present at prayers, and then we work on not distracting other people or not…

Nativity & the Solidarity of Mankind

If you are contemplating Jesse trees or lessons for an Advent countdown during the upcoming Nativity fast, this 2014 podcast episode might be of interest to you. It’s time for us to lead our children to the great feast of the Nativity of Christ, Christmas. Many families will use the Jesse Tree to bring the 40-day Nativity fast to life for their kids. Search ‘Orthodox Jesse Tree’ online, or check out my 2014…

The Nativity Fast

This text was originally posted as a Raising Saints podcast episode in 2012. It’s November, and that means that it’s time to get ready for the Nativity Lent, the Advent Fast. For Orthodox Christians living in America, this is a very important fast, because in this society, we really need it. In our American culture, we love to pre-celebrate our holidays, especially Christmas.  Many stores are already pressing you to purchase your Christmas…

Prosphora & Theosis: Teaching Transformation

This early Raising Saints podcast episode appeared in July of 2012, and was later published in the Orthodox Observer. God became man so that man might become God. – St. Athanasius One of the most concrete and wonderful ways children can participate in the life of the Church is to bake the communion bread. Bread-making takes a little while, and it calls for patience, but while our hands are busy, we can…

Teaching Prayer to Children

One of the very first Raising Saints episodes focused on how we teach prayer to children.  This was originally posted in June of 2012. Today we’re talking about teaching prayer to children. We need to develop a vocabulary to communicate the significance of prayer in terms that they can understand and apply to their own spiritual lives, and then we’ll need to offer them opportunities to put it into action: we should…