Patriarch Ilia of Georgia: Raise Children With Family Prayer

Patriarch Ilia of Georgia: Raise Children With Family Prayer

In a recent sermon, His Holiness Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia emphasized the importance of attending church as a family and praying together every evening. The Patriarch said: Today I want to talk to you of the significance of the Church in our lives. The Church is the gateway to...

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The Children’s Word: How Good is Your Excuse?

The Children’s Word: How Good is Your Excuse?

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 wants to know how you get to church every Sunday. Do you go every week? Is there a good excuse if you don’t go? Read about...

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Georgian Patriarch: We Give Our Children Everything But Don’t Think About Teaching The True Religion

Georgian Patriarch: We Give Our Children Everything But Don’t Think About Teaching The True Religion

In a recent sermon preached at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi, His Holiness Ilia II, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, emphasized that only spiritual renewal will bring about societal change for the better. Problems such as domestic violence and juvenile delinquency represent a spiritual crisis in family life. “Recently, the government,...

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Our Children Reveal Our True Priorities at Christmas

Our Children Reveal Our True Priorities at Christmas

The Christmas season has arrived, and I find myself thinking about my most cherished memories from every Christmas prior. As a mom, I find it important to pass along as many of these treasured traditions to my children as possible. As I was thinking about this, I was wondering if...

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The Children’s Word: How to Praise God

The Children’s Word: How to Praise God

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, “Do you praise God every day?” God gives us all our blessings, but we sometimes forget to say thank you. Read a story about a...

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Protecting Children – Online and In the Womb

Protecting Children – Online and In the Womb

With Christmas coming and door buster sales everywhere you look, you might be shopping for a smart phone or tablet to put under the Christmas tree. Before you sign that contract, listen to this insightful interview with Kathryn Bocanegra as she talks with Fr. Chris about the many dangers and...

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The Children’s Word: Do You Follow Christ Too?

The Children’s Word: Do You Follow Christ Too?

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 the story of how the Christian church first got started. Do you know who was the very first person Jesus called to be a Christian?...

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On Sabbath Time

On Sabbath Time

Much of life today can involve a persistent feeling of being busy. We have full schedules, personal and professional commitments, and to-do lists of all the things we want to get done. Our physical space can be overwhelming as well: paperwork that needs to be dealt with, piles of books...

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Mindfulness and Simplicity

Mindfulness and Simplicity

Life is a series of one moment after another. If we want to really experience life, instead of it passing us by, we need to be cognizant of our experiences on a moment by moment basis. The most important part of living mindfully is to experience the moment, to not...

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The Children’s Word: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry?

The Children’s Word: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry?

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 what you would do if you had all the free time you can possibly imagine. If you could do whatever you wanted to, what would...

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