Living the Nativity in our Little Churches

    I just returned from Holy Trinity Cathedral in Portland, where I spoke with some lovely parents about how we live the Nativity Fast, how we help our children prepare their hearts for Christmas. Think of the story of His birth: When Herod called for the census, Joseph and Mary had no choice but to head for Bethlehem to be counted. Mary was large and pregnant, and would be giving birth soon. They…

Bible Story Resources

On an upcoming podcast, while considering how we read Bible Stories to our children, I mention a few Orthodox Bible story collections.  I thought I’d post these resources here for your reference in case you’re in the market for a new Bible Story book: For elementary-aged children, I love  A Sacred History For Children, by a Russian Orthodox priest, Fr. P. Vozdvizhensky, and translated from the Russian by Tatiana Marr and adapted by Nancy Mirolovich.  It narrates the…

The Nativity Fast!

The Nativity Fast begins soon (even sooner on the New Calendar) and it’s time to think about how we will lead our families in this time of preparation for Christ’s Nativity. When we celebrate the feasts of the Church, we Orthodox do not simply note the anniversary of an event, but we enter into it — our earthly timeline gives way to the eternal, and we simply step into the Nativity. So…