Posts by Kelly Lardin

The Sounding

The Most Important Christmas Tradition

It seems that Christmas more than any other time of year is a time for traditions.  Our traditions connect us to the past, to those we love.  They are…

Dec 23, 2014
Featured Orthodox Christian Churches

Holy Trinity Cathedral, Chicago, IL

Holy Trinity Cathedral in Chicago was established in 1882. At the time, it was called St. Vladimir’s. At the turn of the 20th century, the current…

Nov 15, 2014
The Sounding

From Dust You Came… To Toxic Goo You Shall Return?

“Mom, what do you want for Mother’s Day?” “I would like a ‘coffin table’.” “That’s weird. People…

Oct 29, 2014
The Sounding

When God Says No….and My Mother’s Death

The past year or so has given me many occasions to prove my faith. It has been difficult at times, but I held on. I gave my worries over to God. I asked…

Oct 08, 2014
The Sounding

Teaching the 12 Great Feasts and Pascha

This topic is on my mind at the moment because our church school program is focusing on the feasts for this year’s curriculum. I’m working…

Sep 23, 2014
The Sounding

Help Climbing Out of a Slump

I have been in a slump! A long slump… it has engulfed nearly every aspect of my life. I have felt like I’m in the waiting place. “The…

Jul 12, 2014
Learn, The Sounding

Festal “Life Cycle” Chart for Children

As the mother of two young daughters who love to do craft projects and art, I’m always looking for new project ideas, especially those that allow…

Jun 29, 2014
Learn, The Sounding

Apostles Fast Activities for Children

We are about to enter the Apostles fast, which is almost certainly the least appreciated fast of the church calendar. Sometimes it can feel like we just…

Jun 03, 2014
The Sounding

The Power of Positive Discipline

When I was having my first child, I heard about many parenting books I should read. And I avoided them like the plague. After all, none of the “experts”…

May 26, 2014
The Sounding

Pascha isn’t over yet!

While getting ready for bed on Easter Sunday, my older daughter began to get teary-eyed. After I tucked her sister into bed, she followed me out of the…

Apr 24, 2014
Learn, The Sounding

Teaching the Annunciation

The feast of the Annunciation is a glorious respite in the middle of Great Lent. For adults, there are numerous church services and fasting to prepare…

Mar 23, 2014
The Sounding

Fight Wrong, Choose Right, and Still Be You

“Wrong is wrong even when everyone is doing it. Right is right even when no one is doing it.” I’m not sure who first said that, but it…

Feb 11, 2014

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