The Children’s Word: Before They Were Famous…

The Children’s Word: Before They Were Famous…

Welcome to The Children’s Word, a weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network brought to you by Presvytera Alexandra Houck! This week, Pres. Alexandra asks if you have ever wondered what the saints were like before they became saints – before they were famous. Were they ordinary people just like...

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The Children’s Word: Ask for Help!

The Children’s Word: Ask for Help!

Welcome to The Children’s Word, a weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network brought to you by Presvytera Alexandra Houck! This week, Pres. Alexandra tell us how important it is to ask for help. Sometimes, we don’t want to ask for help when we need it. But there’s a Gospel...

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Helping Children Grieve

Helping Children Grieve

Grief and loss due to the death of a loved one are hard to experience, and many want to protect children from these emotions by telling them their loved ones have “fallen asleep” or “Jesus took them.”  In today’s episode Fr. Chris speaks with  Maria Scaros Mercado, a licensed creative arts psychotherapist...

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The Children’s Word: God Doesn’t Want Sadness

The Children’s Word: God Doesn’t Want Sadness

Welcome to The Children’s Word, a weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network brought to you by Presvytera Alexandra Houck! This week, Pres. Alexandra tells us that God does not want us to be sad! He loves us, and He wants us to be happy. She shares a story about...

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Talking to God and to Children about Death

Talking to God and to Children about Death

Do you think of death as static? Are you frozen forever in the spiritual state in which you died?  In the Orthodox faith, we pray for those who have already died. Why do we do this? Fr. Chris talks to Fr. Timothy Chrapko about what does stop when you die,...

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Vampires and Teens – Reinventing the Tale

Vampires and Teens – Reinventing the Tale

“The vampire is that glittering, dazzling rule-breaker and outsider who has gained ascendancy over time and place. The vampire is always presented as someone who is living a heightened existence and that is very seductive. He is also someone who is able to satisfy all of his cravings. Vampires are...

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The Children’s Word: A New Ministry at OCN!

The Children’s Word: A New Ministry at OCN!

Welcome to “The Children’s Word,” a weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network. Each week, Presvytera Alexandra Houck writes this little newsletter for young parishioners! You will find age-appropriate articles, stories, and activities in every edition. The newsletter is provided in PDF format so that you can easily download and...

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Parenting a Child with Autism

Parenting a Child with Autism

Steven Yates speaks with Fr. Chris this week about his experience as the parent of a child with autism. Hear about the whole family’s journey as they worked to help their son reach his full potential. We hear also from Dr. David Ford about St. Elizabeth the New Martyr. __________________________________________...

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Silence of Love: A Life Insurance Commercial Every Father (and Mother) Should See

Silence of Love: A Life Insurance Commercial Every Father (and Mother) Should See

Thai Life Insurance is a company with a history of producing powerful ads. For some time now, it has released long-form commercials that tell dramatic stories, emphasizing virtue, family life, civic responsibility, and solidarity with those less fortunate. The ads have touched people internationally, raising the company’s brand awareness considerably...

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Metropolitan Stefanos: Four Attributes of a Christian Family

Metropolitan Stefanos: Four Attributes of a Christian Family

The following excerpt is taken from an address by His Eminence Metropolitan Stefanos of Kallioupolis and Madytos on behalf of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the Clergy-Laity Congress of the Holy Archdiocese of America on July 9, 2014. The theme of this year’s Clergy-Laity Congress, “The Orthodox Christian Family,”...

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