Logistics: Planning Holy Week and Pascha at Home

  Note: An updated list of ideas and resources, including those listed in this post, is now available on the Tending the Garden of Our Hearts Holy Week and Pascha at Home page. This year, we will almost surely be at home for Pascha — but Christ does not rise from the dead, trampling down death by death, because we are in church; He rises from the dead because He is the…

If your kids are scared… here’s a book!

I’m reposting an old review of Sasha and the Dragon because it’s such a great book for helping children to deal with their fears, and something tells me that there are some kids out there who could use it right now. It’s available as an ebook, if you happen to need it right now. May God bless you and keep you! Update: Laura E. Wolfe has created a video of herself reading…

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…