The importance of children in Orthodox Tradition

The importance of children in Orthodox Tradition

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis   In the Old Testament, children are considered to be a blessing from God and are called ‘the crown of the aged’ . Sons are called ‘young olive plants around the table’ of their fathers. In the New Testament, Christ blesses the children and appears to highlight...

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A Deep Scar

A Deep Scar

Mina Boulekou, Author-Poetress- Columnist   A deep scar kept me alive. I cross the earth like a brave soldier with solid steps and doleful eyes. Oh! Lord Hear the cry of your children. Hear the voices screaming in the war ruins. A veil of terror spread all over humanity. Oh!...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Kingdom is in Good Hands

Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Kingdom is in Good Hands

It belongs to the children. During this Great Lent, I have the privilege of chanting during some of the services. Weeknight services are not really well-attended in general, but there is almost always a special visitor. My priest is very young and has a beautiful family, which includes a two-year-old...

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On Raising Emotionally Healthy Children

On Raising Emotionally Healthy Children

Listen Now.  Join us as Fr. Chris speaks with Dr. Gary Chapman about the importance of raising emotionally healthy children and teenagers.  Dr. Chapman is the author of The 5 Love Languages and Senior Associate Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  He speaks with Fr. Chris about...

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8 Tips to Raise Children in Today’s World

8 Tips to Raise Children in Today’s World

Thirty-six years ago, I was blessed to marry a wonderful man. My husband, Jim, and I have two grown children and two beautiful grandchildren. The world is a different place than it was when we married. And tips about raising children in today’s world are invaluable. There are many challenges...

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Hank Hanegraaff’s Journey to Orthodox Christianity and On Knowing the Scriptures

Hank Hanegraaff’s Journey to Orthodox Christianity and On Knowing the Scriptures

Tune in for two great conversations with Fr. John Peck and Hank Hanegraaff together with our host, Fr. Chris. Listen Now.  We begin with Fr. John Peck who offers valuable insights about teaching the Bible to children and then we learn about the personal spiritual journey of Hank Hanegraaff, the...

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For the Child: The House Blessing

For the Child: The House Blessing

Jane G. Meyer   It’s early February. The nights are long, but daylight is beginning to lengthen—slowly, steadily. During this part of the year, our parish priests are on the move, and have been, since January, blessing homes from one end of town to the other. And tonight it’s our...

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Is It Okay to Make Mistakes? (Part 2): Family Insights Podcast Series

Is It Okay to Make Mistakes? (Part 2): Family Insights Podcast Series

Today join us as they continue to talk about how we all make mistakes and how struggles can be good.  Together these counselors will walk you through the important topics so that you can gain insight into your family. Need more resources?  Do not give up, strengthen your Toolbox with these: One...

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Planting Orthodox Seeds: LIVE Q & A with Fr. Gregory

Planting Orthodox Seeds: LIVE Q & A with Fr. Gregory

Every person asks questions.  Here at Orthodox Christian Network we encourage it.  Fr. Gregory Joyce blesses our OCN Community. Every other week Fr. Gregory goes LIVE on OCN Facebook and has a worldwide audience of questions and answers with viewers and supporters like you.   We thank you to those that...

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How we should deal with difficult children

How we should deal with difficult children

Saint Paisios the Athonite   (A letter written by Elder Païsios to a family of firm believers who were socially and spiritually aware and in despair over the behaviour of their daughter) My dear brother, ‘Rejoice in the Lord’. With regard to the child you wrote to me about, I’m...

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