Note — The End of Days: Holy Pascha

If your conversations with your kids about the End Times leaves them fascinated and yearning for more, you might be interested in this: two Orthodox priests created a gorgeous graphic novel version of The Book of Revelations. Joel Miller offers an excellent review, including images from the book, at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/joeljmiller/2013/06/a-new-way-to-see-the-book-of-revelation/    

Homily for Fr. Tom’s funeral, by Fr. John Behr

The OCA posted the text of Fr. John Behr’s Homily at Fr. Tom Hopko’s funeral, and I am so moved by it that I wanted to share it with you here. May his memory be eternal. Homily at the Funeral Service of Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko The Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration, March 23, 2015 Offered by Archpriest John Behr, Dean, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary How can one find the words, the…

Children in Church

With Great Lent just around the corner — along with its increase in church services — I’ve been thinking about this podcast episode from 2012 and thought I’d repost. Just about every parent is at least sometimes frustrated with their child or children’s behavior in church. Some of us were less regular about church attendance before we had children, but becoming parents got our attention: we realized that if we want our…

Update: Special Needs in the Sunday School

We held our Sunday School Teachers Meeting with our new Special Needs Consultant this weekend, so I wanted to post an update to one of my first posts, “Special Needs in the Sunday School”. As you may recall, our parish Philoptochos held a fundraiser for local groups working with children with a variety of special needs, and they set aside part of the money for our own Sunday School to be outfitted…

St. Paisios on Progress

In honor of the canonization of Elder Paisios, we are offering a Raising Saints episode on some of the Saint’s wise words on Progress. I stumbled across some really interesting words from Elder Paisios that I’d like to share with you. He was talking about technology, and there is, of course, a lot of interest in the problems of technology — but he has an unexpected take that I enjoyed and maybe…

New Year’s Resolutions

I recently posted a podcast episode on New Year’s Resolutions, and I’m curious about how many of us are making them. Naturally, New Year’s Resolutions are not an Orthodox thing, but then, repentance is very Orthodox! Examining our lives and looking for ways in which we need to ‘get back on track’, changing course so that we are staying on the Path — these are good practices. “Repentance opens the heavens, takes…