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Week 2: Patron Saints & Namedays

Week 2: Patron Saints & Namedays

This week, I put together an introductory lesson on patron saints and namedays in preparation for our year-long project on our class’ patron saints. The goal of this lesson was to review, or introduce (depending on the student), the celebration of namedays and...
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)...
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...
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...
Name Days: Saint Gregory of Nazianzus

Name Days: Saint Gregory of Nazianzus

When my husband was chrismated, he wanted Saint Gregory of Nazianzus (or Saint Gregory the Elder) as his patron saint.  He is the father of Saint Gregory the Theologian.  (Sometimes these two saints are confused and Saint Gregory the Theologian will also be called...
Name Days: Archangel Gabriel

Name Days: Archangel Gabriel

Archangel Gabriel is commemorated on March 26, July 13, and November 8.  We celebrate our little Gabriel’s name day on November 8th. After many, many years of infertility, we were overjoyed when our son arrived a little over a year ago.  Both my husband and I...
Name Days: Saint Zenobia

Name Days: Saint Zenobia

Saint Zenobia is commemorated on October 30th. On our name day, we commemorate the saint for whom we are named or for whom we chose/were given at our baptism or chrismation. We look to the saints for strength and guidance because they are examples to us of ways we can...
St. John of the Ladder Craft

St. John of the Ladder Craft

Jeannie is an Orthodox Christian homeschooling mom to 3. You can visit her blog at: http://www.creativehandscreativeminds.com On the Fourth Sunday of Great Lent in the Orthodox Church we commemorate St. John Climacus (also known as St. John of the Ladder). He is the...
Companion to “Special Agents of Christ”

Companion to “Special Agents of Christ”

This was part of my presentation at the last IL webinar.  For the foreseeable future, Illumination Learning will not be hosting anymore webinars.  As time permits, I will be archiving as many resources as possible from these past webinars on the website. The following...
Lessons Through a Loaf of Bread: St. Basil & Vasilopita

Lessons Through a Loaf of Bread: St. Basil & Vasilopita

On January 1st, we commemorate Saint Basil.  Those with the names of Basil, William, Bill, Vasiliki, Vasilios, and others all celebrate their Name Day today.  May God grant you many blessed years to come!!! One of the most well known Orthodox kitchen traditions occurs...
Patron Saints for Jennifer

Patron Saints for Jennifer

Years ago, long before my dad was ordained, my mom and I asked our parish priest who I should pick as my patron saint.  He told us I should choose Saint Zenobia.  Roughly translated, her name is Jane in English.  He told us this was the closest saint he could think of...
A Name Day Celebration: Saint Anna

A Name Day Celebration: Saint Anna

Celebration May God grant many blessed years to four dear girls/women in my life who celebrate their Name Day today. We enjoyed having lunch with one of them after Liturgy this afternoon.  As a gift, I baked a Name Day cake for our friend yesterday evening and left it...