As part of Pope Francis’ first official visit to the United States, he met this morning with Archbishop Demetrios, and delivered a benediction for the victims, the first responders, their families, and all of us. Below are some photos of the Pope greeting our Archbishop, as well as the text[…} Read more….
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On the occasion of the 14th Anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001, the Family Life Ministry would like to pay tribute to the memory of all victims and heroes who perished on that day. We continue to pray for the rebuilding process of the St. Nicholas National Shrine,[…} Read more….
The other day, my youngest daughter–the daring climber and adventurer that she is–had a bad fall. She managed to cut her head on her way down, so in addition to the cries of pain there was a bit of blood as well. This was too much for my son, who[…} Read more….
Editor’s note: This installment of Joyful Noise was initially published on Wednesday with the title “Spiritual Anorexia”. In light of a reader’s perceptive comments below, we have changed the title, but we have left the comment thread open, in effort to foster open discussion, and a spirit of understanding. How[…} Read more….
Juggling a husband, 2 teens, a 4 year old, church work and a full time job is a challenge for all of us, even on our best days! It was a beautiful September Saturday morning, the kind I would have liked to keep the whole family in their pajamas and[…} Read more….
It’s that time of year again! Even though your child may be less than enthusiastic with the return of the school year, below are some prayers which should help them get them back into the swing of things over the next few weeks. So before they rush out the door, designate[…} Read more….
A Prayer for the Nativity Fast Nativity Fast Begins November 15 Lord Jesus, You have come so many times to us and found no resting place; forgive us for our overcrowded lives, our vain haste, and our preoccupation with self. Come again, O Lord, and though our hearts are a[…} Read more….
The September issue of The Orthodox Observer has an excellent article, “Prayer as a Means of Educating Children,” written by John Sanidopoulos (pg. 29). “The most effective method in the parental education of children is to use as few words as possible, and educate through example. Elder Paisios the Athonite, in his Epistles, writes:[…} Read more….
From this week’s “Metropolis Messenger“: Did you know your spiritual practice can change your Brain? Recent scientific research shows: • Prayer and spiritual practice reduce stress and anxiety. • Just twelve minutes of focused prayer per day may slow down the aging process. • Contemplating a loving God as taught[…} Read more….
Prayer is an essential element of our Orthodox Christian life. As Orthodox parents, it is paramount that we teach our children to pray and to include our children in family prayer. Most people will ask, “What do you mean, teach my child to pray? We say ‘Now I lay me[…} Read more….
Can you imagine not hearing from or talking to your loved ones (our children, our parents, our family and friends…)? How then, must our Lord feel when we are not spending time with Him in prayer? Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it Print for later Tell a friend
Prayer by Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow Lord, grant me to greet the coming day in peace. Help me in all things to rely upon your holy will. In every hour of the day reveal your will to me. Bless my dealings with all who surround me. Teach me to treat[…} Read more….