Blessed Mother’s Day…to ALL Women in the Church!

I want to share the beautiful excerpt from Matushka Juliana Schmemann’s book, The Joy to Serve on this Mother’s Day! Whether you are a mother, or a monastic, or a single woman–you are… Continue reading

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Loving Your Enemies–The Ultimate Challenge

“Love your enemies” is a phrase many are familiar with, Christian or not. In today’s world, this phrase is easily lumped with the phase, “I believe in being a good person”. What most… Continue reading

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This morning I found myself thinking about the Wisconsin girls involved in the “Slenderman” case. They were recently deemed competent to stand in trial. They are being charged as adults in the case.… Continue reading

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Fasting for the Feasts

The Nativity fast is upon us! If you have never fasted for the Nativity before perhaps consider picking up a copy of Fasting for the Feasts: A Starter’s Guide published last winter. In the… Continue reading

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Let the Children Come to Me – The Eyes of a Young Catechumen

In our parish we have a family who is seeking to become Orthodox. The most beautiful aspect, in my opinion, is the excitement of the two daughters who are 12 and 9 years… Continue reading

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Women’s Study 5: St. Mary Magdalene

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A selection from Archbishop Demetrios’s Address at the 2014 Clergy-Laity Congress on Family

Yes, this is lengthy. But it is an excellent address. I have taken out the business components of the address. Archbishop Demetrios addresses the “modern family” and what the family truly is and… Continue reading

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Women’s Study 3 and 4: Susana and Prosfora Workshop

The notes for the third and fourth women’s studies are now available: Learn about Susana from the prologue of Daniel Here Supplimental Article on Susana by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Learn about the… Continue reading

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Women’s Study Week 2: Types of the Theotokos in the Old Testament

    The second week of the women’s study notes can now be downloaded for viewing. We discussed the stories of Sarah and Hannah through the lens of the New Testament. Women’s Study… Continue reading

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Women’s Study: From Eve to Mary, The Fall and Restoration

I’m leading a discussion at my parish which will span through the summer. A copy of the notes packet can be accessed here.    

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Family Study of the Divine Liturgy: The Anaphora

The Holy Anaphora is the very core of the Divine Liturgy. This portion of the text is, indeed, the oldest portion of the service which remains unchanged in the Liturgy’s various forms. The… Continue reading

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On Motherhood

This post has been reblogged from Orthodoxy is Orthodoxy  “Motherhood is what makes us the carriers of what life was intended to be in the garden of Eden. It was betrayed by Adam… Continue reading

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Women in the Church: Be the Bee

Very excited and impressed with the latest installment of Be the Bee from the Greek Archdiocese. I think it is a video everyone should watch and learn from. As a community (particularly an… Continue reading

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Family Study of the Divine Liturgy: The Creed

Understanding dogma is critical to understanding who we are as Orthodox Christians, what we believe and who we believe in. Our dogma defines exactly who God is, the purpose of Christ’s ministry, death… Continue reading

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Summer Feasts and Fasts “Magazine”

Too often our kids take a break from church during the summer-time. Whether it is due to vacation, visiting other parishes or just not coming, we do not see our children in church… Continue reading

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