Are Easter Candles Superficial and Materialistic?

Are Easter Candles Superficial and Materialistic?

  A Tradition For Children and Their God-Parents It is tradition for Godparents to give their children an Easter Candle to take to Church for the Saturday night service. Plain white candles can be purchased for a donation from the Church, however many people purchase candles online or from local...

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You Are God’s Field, God’s Building (1 Cor. 3:9)

You Are God’s Field, God’s Building (1 Cor. 3:9)

In the well known movie “Field of Dreams”, there is an ongoing argument between lead actor Kevin Costner as Ray Kinsella and his brother-in-law, Mark, over the family’s finances. Mark implores Ray to sell the farm since Ray is not making it as a novice Iowa farmer. The problem stems...

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The Pascha Basket

The Pascha Basket

When I was a child, growing up in a secular home in Toronto, Ontario, I loved my Easter basket. It held that plastic fake grass in the pastel colours, and while my parents never indulged in the “Easter egg hunt” that’s such a solid tradition in the rest of the...

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Great Easter Books for Kids

Great Easter Books for Kids

Inspired by the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the Orthodox Christian Network features Great Books, Music & Teaching Publications featured in the Orthodox Christian Resource Catalog. The Catalog is a publication of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Department of Religious Education.    The Easter Story...

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Watch Be the Bee Episode 93 – How to Prepare for Pascha

Watch Be the Bee Episode 93 – How to Prepare for Pascha

Inspired by the Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the Orthodox Christian Network is proud to feature outstanding programs of “young adults coming together in faith, fellowship, and service” .    Watch Be the Bee Episode #93 – How to Prepare for Pascha Great...

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The Children’s Word: A Happy Lent

The Children’s Word: A Happy Lent

Have you ever done something nice for a friend? Well, of course you have! Maybe you picked out a present for him or her, or sent a card, or helped your friend with something. But did you grumble about it? Did you complain? Probably not. When we do something for...

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The Sunday after Ascension May 24, 2015

The Sunday after Ascension May 24, 2015

In this episode of Good News for a Change, Fr. Constantine describes how, with the Ascension, we leave the joys and symbols of Pascha behind. So, do we need to wait until next year to experience again the reality and significance of Christ’s Glorious Resurrection? Some people sadly follow that...

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Joy Has Come to All the World

Joy Has Come to All the World

Three weeks have passed since the Paschal celebration​,​ and I am still basking in the afterglow. I look back at the images and videos from the days leading up to Pascha and the great feast itself​,​ and I am filled with such great joy, and no wonder! “For behold, through...

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When Pascha is Everyday!

When Pascha is Everyday!

Xριστὸς ἀνέστη! Christ is risen! Natural catastrophes and personal tragedies, not uncommon in our complex and fallen world, are simultaneously indicative and derivative of our fallen existence. Orthodox soteriology, always cognizant of the imperfect world in which we live, makes insightful references to salvation as man’s restoration to perfect communion...

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Forty Days of Pascha: Christ is Risen!

Forty Days of Pascha: Christ is Risen!

Orthodox Christians greet each other saying “Christ is risen!” during the forty days after our Lord’s resurrection. This is in response to the forty days Christ continued to teach the Apostles until His Ascension. The Ch​u​rch is wonderful in the way She can ebb and flow with feasts and fasts....

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