The adults and older kids here can probably recite the story from memory: Jesus tells a parable about a father and his two sons. Although He doesn’t say this, the father is mean to represent God, and the sons are meant to represent two kinds of people. See if you can figure out which one you are.
Orthodox Christianity adds richness to so many aspects of our lives. The calendar is just one avenue, but it’s an important one that we might often miss. This printable, weekly planner incorporates elements of the Church calendar, and can be customized to include the dates important to you and your family.
As we begin the season of Great Lent—a season seemingly filled with rules and exhortations to be holy—the Church reminds us that following the rules is not what it’s all about. If Great Lent just makes us a better rule follower, we’re missing the point.
Sixteen feasts of the Orthodox Christian Church have forefeast periods or afterfeast periods. Here they are compared visually.
As we prepare for Great Lent our focus should be on true repentance. Zacchaeus is one of the best examples of repentance in the Gospels.
Tending the Garden of Our Hearts is a book of daily devotionals, specifically designed for the 50 days of the Eastern Christian season of Great Lent and Holy Week. Here’s why you should get it.
As an IT professional, I tend to understand liturgics best when I can envision them as pseudo computer code. For example, the rubrics for determining which troparia and kontakia to read during the Prayers of the Hours on Sundays is complex, but there are only ten defined patterns. The following algorithm gets you the right…
Imagine if you went to the Super Bowl, but you couldn’t see the game. You can’t see the players or the field or the ball. Everyone around you would be cheering, and booing, and jumping up and down, but you wouldn’t know why. You’d say, what are you people doing?
When I first started reading the Epistle in church, the first thing I learned was the proper procedure. No one mentioned what to do if there were two readings for the day though. Like so many things in Orthodox Christian liturgics, this is one of those things I found out because I happened to ask…
Did you know there’s a difference between not doing something that’s bad and doing something that’s good?