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A collection of Orthodox Christian resources for family-centered catechesis

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Dad, a Living Icon of Christ

When I first started writing this post, I don’t think I had any idea of the places it would take me as I thought about what it truly means to be a dad. After being a father to 8 amazing children, I also never expected that I would come out of this feeling wholly...

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Asceticism of Fatherhood

At 3 in the morning, our house is quiet and dark. The distractions of the day all fade into silence, no to-do lists, no errands, no calls, nothing. I learned this the night we brought Elise home from the hospital and was reminded the countless nights over the next...

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Our Journey to Pascha

Three weeks prior to Great Lent, the Triodion (the service book for Orthodox Christians which contains the services for the three weeks prior to Lent, Great Lent, and Holy Week) begins. In these three weeks prior to the beginning of Lent, it is a time of preparation...

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Our Family Forgiveness Night Tradition

Many years ago, when my big kids were but wee ones, we were unable to make it to Forgiveness Vespers for a variety of reasons that night.  If you’ve never been to this vespers, it is a wonderful service where you approach each person individually in the church and ask...

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Living Our Faith: “It’s Too Hard For My Kids”

I've heard many times over the years, "It's too hard for my kids" when someone brings up the topic of fasting and children. Let's consider for a moment our children's education.  I don't know of any parent who would present a college math textbook to their toddler and...

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A Study of North American Saints

This past autumn, my kids and I embarked on a semester long study of North American saints, ignited by a love of Saint Herman of Alaska. My goals for this project were: to read about the lives of these saints, locate where each saint passed away (for consistency sake)...

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Literature Connections: “Nikola and the Monk”

Recently, I received a review copy of Nikola and the Monk by Dessi Jackson in the mail. I read it later that night, after everyone else was in bed, when I had the first opportunity to devote my entire attention to it. With each page I turned and each new sentence I...

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Our Journey to Pascha

Three weeks prior to Great Lent, the Triodion (the service book for Orthodox Christians which contains the services for the three weeks prior to Lent, Great Lent, and Holy Week) begins. In these three weeks prior to the beginning of Lent, it is a time of preparation...

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Connecting Church & Home

A year long cycle of living our faith for families

Special Needs, Small Classrooms, and One-Room Classrooms

Overview of a recent church school seminar which includes links and resources

 

Family as Nurturer

“The family is not just the principle educator but the educator of such importance that the influence of all other factors is at best marginal.”

– John Boojamra, Foundations for Christian Education

 

“You can only teach that which you have made your own…”

– Sophie Koulomzin, Our Church & Our Children

“Experience before understanding, participation before explanation, is advocated as the way of catechesis in the Church.”

– Anton Vrame, The Educating Icon

“Therefore, it is of paramount importance that the Orthodox Christian learning process begin from the very birth of the child.”

– George Nicozisin, The Road to Orthodox Phronema

“The religious education of children is mainly brought about by example, and by the atmosphere of love and prayer in the home.”

– Sister Magdalen, Children in the Church Today

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