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Learning resources available at OCN draw on the wealth of Orthodox Christian teaching and the wonderful creative people who bring this treasure to schools and families around the country. We’ll be sharing special activities for fasts and feast days, ideas for church school and youth groups, and home school resources. Visit often to find new posts.

Reception into the Catechumenate

We have seen how our present baptismal service is the result of long development, a part of which consisted of joining the rite for making a catechumen…

Sep 04, 2014

The Churching

The little pew booklet which my church (the OCA) publishes for the baptismal service provides the text of the entire service of Holy Baptism as currently…

Sep 04, 2014

Rituals and Sacraments

It is difficult to open a book of systematic theology and not find reference to “the seven sacraments,” often capitalized for greater effect: The Seven…

Sep 02, 2014

On Fasting by St. John Chrysostom

Fasting is a medicine. But medicine, as beneficial as it is, becomes useless because of the inexperience of the user. He has to know the appropriate time…

Aug 01, 2014

What Does It Mean to Take Up Our Cross

The great 19th century Russian bishop, St. Ignatius Brianchaninov, delivered the following sermon on a famous text from Holy Scripture: “Whosoever…

Jul 29, 2014

St. Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain: It is Necessary to Receive Holy Communion Frequently

We shall prove from scriptural and patristic witnesses that it is necessary for the faithful and Orthodox Christians to receive the Body and Blood of our…

Jul 29, 2014

Charitable Works Abolish Death by St. John Chrysostom

A selection from a sermon by our father among the saints, John Chrysostom (On the Nativity, 55). The saint writes: is so great that they not only cleanse…

Jul 29, 2014

“Faith Seeking Understanding” (Part II): Clement of Alexandria

Editor’s note: Part I of this series may be found here. Without a doubt, the richest source for theological epistemology in pre-Nicene Christian…

Jul 25, 2014

“Faith Seeking Understanding” (Part I): Patristic and Early Christian Touchstones

Christianity entered the Greco-Roman world as a religion of the incarnate Logos – word or reason – of God. With such a message and with the growth…

Jul 24, 2014

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

Orthodoxy in Romania

On Special Moments in Orthodox, Dr. Keith Massey presents a video podcast report from Romania. Many Americans hear “Romania” and immediately think…

Jun 20, 2014

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