Festal “Life Cycle” Chart for Children

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 me to teach them a little more about our faith while they’re having fun. Over the years, I’ve found many small projects to help...

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Embracing the Blessing of Exquisite Pain

Embracing the Blessing of Exquisite Pain

Every year when Pascha ends, I start to eagerly anticipate the next one, the next opportunity to completely focus on my faith and forget the rest of my earthly obligations. In the Orthodox faith, we are gifted with an abundance of fasts, feast days and other opportunities to embrace what...

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What is Pentecost?

What is Pentecost?

Most of us recognize Pentecost Sunday as the day on which the “Kneeling prayers” are said at the end of the Liturgy. These prayers draw to a close our long celebration of the Resurrection of Christ on Holy Pascha. But the roots of Pentecost are far older than Christianity, and...

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Divine Liturgy on Holy Pentecost

Divine Liturgy on Holy Pentecost

Today we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, which happened and is always celebrated 50 days after the Resurrection of our Lord. At Pentecost, the disciples received the Holy Spirit as tongues of fire, fulfilling the promise that Christ had given them while He was still with them. This spirit was...

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Apostles Fast Activities for Children

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 finished Great Lent and started celebrating Pascha when the Apostles’ fast arrives. Now when summer is just beginning, we have to fast again,...

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Resurrection and Healing

Resurrection and Healing

Click here to listen to Fr. Chris’ Paschal sermon, as well as Fr. Tom Tsagalakis’ reflections on how Lazarus’ resurrection from the dead serves as a metaphor for the spiritual healing we are all in need of. Posted by the Orthodox Christian Network.  You can find the Orthodox Christian Network...

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Invite Someone You Love to Church for Pascha

Invite Someone You Love to Church for Pascha

As part of our ongoing effort to be a resource for Orthodox people and parishes, OCN has produced a short video invitation to come to church for Pascha. Whether you want to encourage someone who already believes, remind someone who is struggling why the battle is worth it, or invite...

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Dormition of the Theotokos, Part 3

Dormition of the Theotokos, Part 3

In this third episode of his series on the sermon of Patriarch Modestus, Fr. David Smith helps us explore why it is so important for Christians to observe the fast and feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos. Taking us once again to this important sermon, Fr. David asks us...

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Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow: Why the Ascension Matters

Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow: Why the Ascension Matters

Departures are typically sad events, but not always. When I was a kid, I had a great aunt who we would love to see visit, but were more excited when she left. You might be imagining someone initially pleasant transforming into a demanding irritant within a few days—the Dr. Jekyll/Mr....

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