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A Study of North American Saints

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)...
Our Journey to Pascha

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...
In Our Garden: Panagia’s Tears

In Our Garden: Panagia’s Tears

A couple of years ago, I ran across a bracelet on Ancient Faith Publishing made of seeds called “Panagia’s Tears” or “Tears of the Mother of God”.  I found the story of the bracelet fascinating and ended up buying it for my daughter for...
Connecting Church and Home: Censers

Connecting Church and Home: Censers

This is a craft I’ve done with elementary students, my own children, and adults (during a church school seminar) to learn more about censers within the context of worship, teaching, and praxis.  This is a phenomenal way to engage visual learners along with...
traditions: Jordan Almond Favors

traditions: Jordan Almond Favors

I had several people ask me to show them how I made the Jordan almond favors for my daughter and son-in-law’s wedding this weekend.  Honestly, they are much easier than they look and I’d be more than happy to share how I put them together over about four...
Teachable Moments from The Hunger Games

Teachable Moments from The Hunger Games

*This is a post I wrote three years ago as a guest author for another Orthodox website.  I’m re-posting it on Illumination Learning for those of you who have children currently interested in The Hunger Games series or would like to use it as a framework for a...
D.I.Y. Orthodox Gifts

D.I.Y. Orthodox Gifts

For many years now, I’ve spent a couple of days in November gathering family photos from the previous months that year and then create a calendar for the upcoming year for my parents, siblings, and in-laws on Shutterfly.  The calendar has become a treasured gift...
Our Own Calcutta

Our Own Calcutta

I don’t remember the first time I learned about the life of Mother Teresa but it was a long time ago. I sat glued to the photos of her in a magazine as she attended to the sick and infirm, to the poor and unwanted, to the forgotten and alone. I was mesmerized by...
Chronicles of an Orthodox Traveler

Chronicles of an Orthodox Traveler

When I moved away from my parents to a different state many years ago, the first thing I did was to find the local Orthodox parish. I vividly remember walking into the narthex of that parish and instantly smelling the incense. My first thought was – this is...
Name Days: Saint Justin the Martyr

Name Days: Saint Justin the Martyr

Saint Justin was a well-educated man.  He spent a great deal of his time studying as well as writing apologies for Christians, which ultimately cost him his life when he was martyred for his beliefs.  We commemorate him on June 1st. My little Justin struggles with...
Feast Days: The Ascension of Christ

Feast Days: The Ascension of Christ

This is a moveable feast celebrated each year forty days after Pascha.  On this feast day, we commemorate Christ ascending to heaven after His Resurrection.  “He was lifted up before their eyes in a cloud which took Him from their sight” (Acts 1:9). Before...