Friday, December 9, 2011

Peace on Earth Podcast and Resources


On the Orthodox Christian Network, this week’s topic is “Peace on Earth” - a phrase we hear a lot this time of year, but do we really mean it? We begin with Fr. Hildo Bos, author of For the Peace from Above, who shares what early Christians wrote about peace and war. Then we’ll hear from Peter Sprunger-Froese, a Mennonite pacifist, on how to make peace part of our daily awareness and life.

Listen to the Peace on Earth Podcast now.

You can receive 1 credit for listening to this podcast. Simply listen, fill out the podcast worksheet, and email it back to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for credit.

Want to read more about peace issues? The website of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship (OPF) has dozens of essays on peacemaking and being Orthodox. Check out their site. You can receive credit for reading their online articles and essays. Simply read an essay, fill out the general worksheet for books (indicating that you read an online article and also provide its URL) and you'll receive 1 credit. Email your homework to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

You can also receive 2 credits for reading Fr Bos' book, For the Peace from Above. Simply read the book, fill out the general worksheet for books, and email it back to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for credit.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Read-Along Lesson 8

Jesus and the Lost Sheep. Courtesy St-Takla.org.
Our eighth lesson in The Gospel of St Matthew: Torah for the Church, covers the Sabbath and the lost sheep of Israel.

Read along with us, then fill out the homework sheet.

Download homework for lesson 8.

Students: You can receive one credit for this read-along lesson. Simply read the pages covered in the lesson, complete the homework, and e-mail your answers to else10(at gmail)d0t(com).

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Read-Along Lessons 6 and 7

St Matthew

Here are our sixth and seventh lessons in The Gospel of St Matthew: Torah for the Church.

Read along with us, then fill out the homework sheet.

Download homework for lesson 6.

Download homework for lesson 7.

Students: You can receive one credit for each read-along lesson. Simply read the pages covered in the lesson, complete the homework, and e-mail your answers to else10(at gmail)d0t(com).

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Read-Along Lesson 5

Jesus heals the woman with the flow of blood
Our fifth lesson in The Gospel of St Matthew: Torah for the Church, covers healing and fasting.

Read along with us, then fill out the homework sheet.

Download homework for lesson 5.

Students: You can receive one credit for this read-along lesson. Simply read the pages covered in the lesson, complete the homework, and e-mail your answers to else10(at gmail)d0t(com).

Friday, November 4, 2011

Read-Along Lesson 4

The narrow gate

Our fourth lesson in The Gospel of St Matthew: Torah for the Church, covers the judging of others and the narrow gate.

Read along with us, then fill out the homework sheet.

Download homework for lesson 4.

Students: You can receive one credit for this read-along lesson. Simply read the pages covered in the lesson, complete the homework, and e-mail your answers to else10(at gmail)d0t(com).

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mystery of the Eucharist Podcasts

Bishop Kallistos
On the Orthodox Christian Network's Special Moments in Orthodoxy podcast, Bishop Kallistos Ware live at Saint Paul's in Irvine California will present a discussion on the Mystery of the Eucharist: Communion, Eating and Drinking at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

Listen to Part 1.
Listen to Part 2.

Students: You can receive one credit per podcast. Simply listen, fill out the podcast worksheet, and e-mail it back to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Read-Along Lesson 3


Our third lesson in The Gospel of St Matthew: Torah for the Church, covers the Sermon on the Mount and personal piety (alms, prayer and fasting).

Read along with us, then fill out the homework sheet.

Download homework for lesson 3.

Students: You can receive one credit for this read-along lesson. Simply read the pages covered in the lesson, complete the homework, and e-mail your answers to else10(at gmail)d0t(com).

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Read-Along Lesson 2

St Matthew from the Book of Durrow
Our second lesson in The Gospel of St Matthew: Torah for the Church, covers the ministry of John the Baptist and the call of the first four disciples.

Read along with us, then fill out the homework sheet.

Download homework for lesson 2.

Students: You can receive one credit for this read-along lesson. Simply read the pages covered in the lesson, complete the homework, and e-mail your answers to else10(at gmail)d0t(com).

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Read-Along Lesson 1

Our Read-Along has begun! Please join us in reading The Gospel of Matthew: Torah for the Church. Each week, a lesson will be posted covering one or more chapters in the book. You can receive 1 credit for each lesson you complete and email to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Download the first lesson.

You can buy the book online from Conciliar Press.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Podcast: Fear of the Punishment to Come, by St Dorotheos

St Dorotheos

On the Harmony of Thunder Orthodox podcast: St. Dorotheos begins his remarkable sermon on "The Fear of the Punishment to Come" by alluding to a time when he was less than at his best – this is something you have to love about St. Dorotheos. Yes, he uses himself as a good example at times, but he's just as likely to use himself as an example of what not to do. You won't want to miss exploring this very practical sermon on a very difficult topic.

Listen now.

Students: You can earn one credit for listening to this podcast. Simply listen, fill out the podcast worksheet, and e-mail it back to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Anxiety and Unemployment Podcasts


This couldn't be more timely.

On the Come Receive the Light (CTRL) podcast show, the whole month of October is dedicated to stress, anxiety and unemployment. In these uncertain times (although with our Lord, ALL is certain!), it will be good to hear the reflections of other Orthodox Christians on this topic. Says CTRL:

This week on CRTL, we begin our month-long look at anxiety and unemployment by speaking with His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios on trusting in God not headlines. Click here to listen to "Faith is a Policy We Can All Support."

Students: You can earn one credit for listening to this podcast. Simply listen to the podcast, fill out the podcast worksheet, and e-mail it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for credit. May you be blessed!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Prayer of the First Antiphon Bible Question


St Andrew
With our weekly Bible question, you can earn credits! 

Simply answer the Bible question and send your answer to both Father Andrew at St Luke Church, oandrey(at)aol.com and else10(at)gmail(d0t)com. Your anonymous response to this question will be posted on our web site.

Prayer: Let us Pray to the Lord. Lord have Mercy.
O Lord our God, save Your people and bless Your inheritance. Preserve the fullness of Your Church. Sanctify those who love the beauty of Your house; glorify them in turn by Your divine power, and do not forsake us who put our hope in You, for Yours is the majesty, and Yours is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory: of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

Bible Verse: Psalm 28:9 - Save Your people, And bless Your inheritance; Shepherd them also, And bear them up forever.

Bible question: Who are the people and what is the inheritance?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Father Hopko to Speak on Homosexuality

Fr. Thomas Hopko, dean emeritus of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary, will speak at the 2011 Synergy Symposium, on Orthodox Christianity and Homosexuality. His book on the same topic, Christian Faith and Same-Sex Attraction: Eastern Orthodox Reflections, was published by Conciliar Press in 2006.

Fr. Thomas will be our sole speaker this year. He will address different aspects of the theme in two sessions:
  • First session: Theological Vision: Orthodox Christian Faith and Human Sexuality
  • Second Session: Spiritual Practice: Orthodox Christian Faith and Homosexual Attraction and Behavior
Our young people need to hear Fr. Thomas' message on the Church's stance on this timely issue, particularly with the pressures they are under from their schools and society to accept that "it's just okay." Please bring your Sunday school classes, youth groups, etc. This presentation will be appropriate for those middle school and older.

Saturday, October 15
St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
1220 S. 60th Court / Cicero, IL
9 am - 1:30 pm

Registration and payment prior to October 7: $35; October 8-15: $40 per person.

Early registration and payment (prior to October 7 only) for married couples: $50
High School and College Students: $20.00.

Registration includes continental breakfast, coffee service and lunch.
For more information please call Diane (630) 230-0079.

Click here for the registration form.

Students: You can earn three credits for attending this workshop. Simply attend, fill out the event worksheet, and e-mail to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for credit.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Book Review: Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer

Staci, one of our Internet students, has given me permission to reprint her personal review of the book, Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer, authored by Norris Chumley and Fr. John McGuckin. Thank you, Staci!

Staci says:

I was excited to read this book for a few reasons.  Having listened to several of Fr. John's podcasts on the Orthodox Christian Network, I knew an interesting and thoughtful man was involved in the project.  Additionally, The Orthodox Observer newspaper had recently written an article about the book and the corresponding video documentary.  And finally, the recent episode of 60 Minutes about Mt. Athos and my own reading of Mountain of Silence had kindled an interest in Orthodox monastics.

I really enjoyed this book and actually found that it ended too soon  It is a combination of a travelogue, personal narrative, and spiritual journey.  As the two authors travel, visiting monasteries, convents, caves, churches, and towns, I found myself gaining such an understanding of the area, the culture, and both the richness and remoteness of the areas and the people they encounter.  The monks and nuns and others they meet are inspirational examples of people who have devoted their lives to Christ.  Furthermore, the authors analyze the origins and the meaning of the Jesus Prayer and offer help to each of us to deepen our lives through praying this simple, but powerful and profound prayer.

The book contains many pictures, and has wonderful detail and explanation, so that as a reader of the book, I really felt that I was along for the journey with Mr. Chumley and Fr. John.  The book did not disappoint me in my excitement to read it, and in fact was even more enjoyable than I might have imagined. 

I purchased the book through Amazon.  (I got the Kindle ebook, but it is available as an actual book as well.)  There is also a website:  www.jesusprayermovie.com.

Book information: Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer, Norris Chumley and Fr. John McGuckin, HarperOne: 2011, ISBN-13: 978-0061874178.

Students: You can receive two credits for reading this book. Simply read the book, fill out the General Worksheet for books, and e-mail the completed worksheet to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for credit!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

New Read-Along starts September 29!


Our first read-along this year will be in "The Gospel of Matthew: Torah of the Church" by Father Lawrence Farley (Conciliar Press). You can also purchase this book from Amazon.

Our teacher will be St Luke Church elder Lee, and he will be writing up lessons and worksheets to go with this read-along that will be posted to this site.

If you live in the Chicago area, you can join the LIVE class on this book every Thursday night at 7 pm at St Luke Orthodox Church, Palos Hills, beginning September 29, 2011.

For more information on the read-along, click the tab at the top of this site or e-mail else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

New Term Starts September 1!

The Seventy

Fall is around the corner and that means that the School of the Seventy is starting up again! Make this the year that you learn more about your Orthodox faith--and the School can help!

To enroll, simply submit the form available in the right column of this website. It's that simple. If you have any questions about the School, e-mail else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for more information. :)

Friday, August 5, 2011

Trinity Podcast


On OCN's Special Moment of Orthodoxy, listen in to Fr. John Behr  as he discusses and explains the difficult yet essential aspect of Orthodox Christianity - Trinitarian Theology. Listen now.

On "Orthodox Life Tips," St. Cyril of Jerusalem tells us what we really need to know about the Holy Trinity.
It’s impossible to truly comprehend the Holy Trinity, but St. Cyril of Jerusalem tells us what we really need to know about the Holy Trinity: The Father through the Son, with the Holy Spirit, is the giver of all grace; the gifts of the Father are none other than those of the Son, and those of the Holy Spirit; for there is one salvation, one Power, one Faith; One God, the Father; One Lord, His only-begotten Son; One Holy Spirit, the Comforter. And it is enough for us to know these things; but inquire not curiously into His nature or substance: for had it been written, we would have spoken of it; what is not written, let us not venture on; it is sufficient for our salvation to know that there is Father, and Son, and Holy Spirit. Listen now.

Earn one credit for each podcast you listen to. Simply fill out the podcast homework worksheet and e-mail it back to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Sacrament of Marriage Podcasts and Book


On OCN's podcast, Theologically Thinking, Fr. William Chiganos speaks to us about the celebration of Marriage and about how we can miss the vital message found  in the Marriage Celebration. Listen now.

Also on Theologically Thinking, a constant contributor to OCN David Ford discusses Marriage through the writings of  St. John Chrysostom's high and exhalted view of this blessed sacrament. Listen now.

You can also read a book with St Chrysostom's sermons on marriage:

On Marriage and Family Life. Although himself a monk, Chrysostom had a profound understanding of the needs of his congregation. Inspired by the epistles to the Corinthians and Ephesians, he discusses the reasons God instituted marriage: primarily to promote holiness of the husband and wife, and only secondarily to produce children. Chrysostom goes on to discuss sexual relations, the mutual responsibilities of marriage, and parenting. While parts of Chrysostom's sermons may seem limited to his own time, the vast majority of his advice has timeless relevance for the Christian family. Available on Amazon.

Receive credits for these activities by filling out the podcast worksheet and/or general worksheet for books and e-mailing your completed work to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Sacraments in the Church Podcast

 
Learn about the sacraments in this informative podcast. You can earn a credit  for listening to this podcast. Simply fill out the podcast worksheet and return it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

From "Come Receive the Light" on OCN:
Sacraments are not ways we encounter God, but rather a means of living out “The Way” says Rev. Dr. Peter Galadza of the Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at Saint Paul University and a priest at the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. We’ll also hear from Dr. Steven Muse about his new book entitled When Hearts Become Flame, which explores the intersection of modern counselling and ancient Orthodox teachings. Click here to buy Dr. Muse's new book from Amazon. Listen now.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Breaking News: St Philip the Apostle's Tomb

St Philip shares the Gospel with the Ethiopian



A tomb believed to be that of St. Philip the Apostle was unearthed during excavations in the ancient Turkish city of Hierapolis.

Italian professor Francesco D'Andria said archeologists found the tomb of the biblical figure -- one of the 12 original disciples of Jesus -- while working on the ruins of a newly-unearthed church, Turkish news agency Anadolu reported Wednesday.

The structure of the tomb and the writings on the wall proved it belonged to St. Philip, he added.

The professor said the archaeologists worked for years to find the tomb and he expected it to become an important Christian pilgrimage destination.

St. Philip, recognized as one of Christianity's martyrs, is thought to have died in Hierapolis, in the southwest province of Denizli, in around 80AD. It is believed he was crucified upside down or beheaded.

Follow your news for developments as archaeologists open the tomb.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Learning About the Church Podcasts


Here are some informative podcasts about our Church and our Liturgy. You can earn a credit or two for listening to each podcast. Simply fill out the podcast worksheet and return it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

On Theologically Thinking, we will hear the Words originally written by Fr. Stanley Harakas, for the Nation Herald’s The “Whats and Whys” of our Church. This week we take a closer look at "The Secret Prayers of the Liturgy." Listen now.

On OCN's Worship in Spirit and Truth, join Dr. Demetrios Katos, as he explores the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, and helps you more fully appreciate what's going on in Church on Sunday morning. Listen now.

And on Come Receive the Light: Why do we need sermons in addition to our services? Fr. Alexander Goussetis offers his argument about the role of the sermon in the Church, both historically and in modern times. Click here to order Fr. Goussetis' new book, Seed for the Sower: Preaching Matters from the Holy Cross Bookstore. We’ll also be joined by Fr. Timothy Chrapko of St. Volodymyr's Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Alberta, Canada, as he talks about his personal memories of being ordained, along with explaining the main sections of this sacrament. Listen now.

Monday, July 4, 2011

New Book: The Sign of the Cross, by Andreas Andreopoulos

From Regina Orthodox Press comes a new volume exploring the sign of the cross and what this daily sign of our faith means and where it came from.

Read what others are saying about this new book:

"This book is a little masterpiece: it informs and it explores, it recounts history and it provokes a religious quest. It is a personal book, yet it explores the great questions of theology; it is full of learning, but not ponderous; it is written from the perspective of faith, but is not off-putting to the inquirer."
-Thomas O’Loughlin, Professor of Historical Theology
University of Wales Lampeter

"Andreopoulos explains the gesture and meaning and history of why Christianity has needed symbols and signs through the ages. Throughout, his writing is as inspiriting as a restorative benediction."
-ALA Booklist

"The Christian of today grows quickly from the innocent child into adulthood and demands understanding of any simple behavior. ‘Why to sign with the crossing? Where did this practice begin? When and how?’ Andreas Andreopoulos, with his book, helps to answer these questions…. [H]e immerses us into the illuminating obscurity of the Holy Tradition."
-Protopresbyter Kyrillos Leret-Aldir, Orthodox Christian Comment

About the Author

Andreas Andreopoulos is recognized throughout the world as one of the most eloquent young scholars of Christianity. He earned his Ph.D. in theology at the University of Durham and has taught in Toronto, Montreal and Philadelphia. He is currently Lecturer of Christian Theology at the University of Wales.

Order the book from Regina or from Amazon


Earn credits. You can earn 2 credits by reading this book. Simply read the book, fill in the general worksheet for books, and return the worksheet to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com!

Final Read Along Lessons

Our Read-Along in the book "Universal Truth" is at an end. The last lessons, 8, 9, and the summary, are now posted to the Read-Along tab for your convenience. Join us this fall for another Read-Along in Orthodox Christianity. Stay tuned to this blog for more on that later this summer!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Pentecost Podcasts


Earn some credits during this summer break that will count towards next year's credit tally. To start, here are some podcasts for Pentecost. To receive credit, listen to the podcast, fill out the podcast worksheet, and e-mail it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Pentecost: Our Roots. On Theologically Thinking, Fr. Demetrios Tonias Pastor of the Taxiarchae Church in Watertown Mass speaks on Pentecost; our roots in Temple Judaism and the influence on our worship today. Listen now.

Pentecost: A Harvest. On Special Moments in Orthodoxy, Fr. Christopher speaks with Fr. David Smith the host of OCN’S Podcast Harmony of Thunder to discuss Pentecost: “A Harvest for Distribution and a Sustenance for Continuation”. Listen now.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Summer Reading Program!

Summer is a great time to get a head-start on next term's Orthodox and spiritual reading! See below for the books you can read for credit. Simply fill out the General Worksheet for Books for each title you read and send it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for credit! More details below...

Read 3 books, get 10 points!
June 1 to September 1, 2011

Gender: Men, Women, Sex and Feminism
by Frederica Mathewes-Green
"Is hell a male-only club?" Frederica asks this provocative question as she takes us on a journey through her early years as a feminist, her conversion to Christianity, and the realization that men and women are unique yet equal. She gives us glimpses into her meetings with prominent feminists, takes us through Crisis Pregnancy Centers and explores the provocative idea of early marriage as a way to mature and healthy adulthood. Sure to make you think and react, this is a great book to give to friends, for lively discussions on some of the most important issues facing us today. This excellent book is first in a four part series, which provides a selection of Frederica's best writings on contemporary issues relating to Gender, Culture, Ethics, and Faith. Her original and thoughtful insights are expressed in a style that is fresh, personal, and frequently humorous. She examines modern-day challenges from a perspective of ancient wisdom, as one who seeks to be deeply grounded in the faith of the early Christian Church. Get it from Amazon.

Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy: Exploring Belief Systems through the Lens of the Ancient Christian Faith
by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick

Are you an Orthodox Christian who wonders how to explain to your Baptist grandmother, your Buddhist neighbor, or the Jehovah's Witness at your door how your faith differs from theirs? Or are you a member of another faith who is curious what Orthodoxy is all about? Look no further. In Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy, Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick covers the gamut of ancient heresies, modern Christian denominations, fringe groups, and major world religions, highlighting the main points of each faith. This book is an invaluable reference for anyone who wants to understand the faiths of those they come in contact with, as well as their own. Get it from Conciliar Press.

Turning the Heart to God
by St Theophan the Recluse
One of the most profound works on repentance in all of Christendom. St. Theophan, a beloved Orthodox bishop from nineteenth-century Russia, speaks not only from a deep knowledge of the Church Fathers, but also from a lifetime of experience in turning his heart to God-and guiding others on this glorious Way that leads to our salvation. His writings are unique in that he combines centuries of Church wisdom with keen psychological insights for us today. Repentance is not a popular term here in the West, yet it is the cornerstone of the Lord's gospel, and the entrance into God's kingdom. Turning the Heart to God is a manual of true spiritual transformation in a world of often cheap grace--a classic book that has the power to change our lives, if we let it. Get it from Amazon.

Everywhere Present
by Fr Stephen Freeman
Have you ever referred to God as "the Man upstairs"? Most Christians living in a secular society have unwittingly relegated God and all things spiritual to the "second storey" of the universe: a realm we cannot reach except through death. The effect of this is to banish God, along with the saints and angels, from our everyday lives. In Everywhere Present, popular blogger and podcaster Fr. Stephen Freeman makes a compelling case for becoming aware of God's living and active presence in every moment of our lives here and now. Learning to practice your Christian faith in a one-storey universe will change your life, and make possible the living, intimate relationship with God you've always dreamed of. Get it from Conciliar Press.

Living in Christ: Essays on the Christian Life by an Orthodox Nun
by Mother Raphaela Wilkinson
This collection of essays stuns the reader at every turn of the page...both an enticing depiction of abundant life in Jesus Christ and a warning of the persona sacrifice and labor necessity to acquire it. Ironically she compels her audience to desire to live honestly and in joyous communion with God while cautioning that such spiritual growth comes neither by magic, nor feigned piety, nor laziness. It comes by 'proven ability to be responsible and willing to work, plus the inner resources to function or stimulation' These essays are for those who are serious about giving up excuses, complaints, ingrained bad habits and the blame of others for all their problems. They are not 'chicken soup for the soul;' They are strong medicine for intransigent sin. They are the cold showers for hot passions that have led us to anxiety, depression, power trips, and problems with relationships. They are gems of sound, solid advice to water a parched soul. Mother Raphaela is abbess of Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery in Otego, New York. Drawing on her experience inside and outside monastic life, her practical wisdom crosses the boundaries of the monastic community and is valuable to anyone trying to walk a Christian path. Get it from Amazon.

Questions about the summer reading program? E-mail else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

School Awards

The Ascension

The 2010-2011 school year has now ended, and the School of the 70 is pleased to announce the following school prizes:

First Place -- Staci, with 32 credits. Staci will get an icon of Christ.
Second Place -- Luba, with 18 credits. Luba will get a CD of Orthodox music.
Third Place -- Claudia, with 9 credits. Claudia will get an Orthodox prayer book.

Congratulations and God's blessings to all!

Prizes will be sent out next week.

Stay tuned for a post on the summer reading program. Read books during the summer and earn credits towards next year's tally.

The next "formal" school term begins September 1, 2011. You can begin enrolling or re-enrolling now! If you have any questions, please email else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Read-Along Updates!

St Jude

The Read-Along has resumed! Here are lessons 5 and 6 for you to download. For each lesson you complete, you can earn 1 credit. Send your completed homework to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for credit.

Download Lesson 5 now.

Download Lesson 6 now.

Friday, May 6, 2011

New Podcast Series: Christ in the Gospels

St Matthew

St. Grergory the Theologian said that "Matthew wrote the miracles of Christ for the Hebrews, Mark for Italy, Luke for Greece; John, the great herald who walked in the heavens, for all." Prof. George Parsenios joins us for the first installment of a 5 part series on Christ in the Gospels. But first, Fr. Oliver Herbel looks at change in Orthodox services, and warns against grabbing on to something that is ancient and old simply because it is ancient and old. Listen to Part 1 now.

You can earn one credit for listening to this podcast. Simply listen, fill out the Podcast Worksheet (under the Lessons/Homework tab) and e-mail your completed work to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Understanding Orthodox Worship

The Resurrection

 One more podcast for you!

On Worship in Spirit and Truth, join Dr. Demetrios Katos will have a message entitled "Christ is Risen." How well do you understand the worship of the Orthodox Church? As Orthodox Christians, we go to liturgical services throughout our lives, often only dimly aware of the power and meaning of what is happening around us. In this podcast episode, Dr. Katos explains the services celebrating the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Listen now.

You can receive one credit for listening to this podcast and filling out the podcast worksheet (under the Lessons/Homework tab). E-mail your completed work to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

And here is an online resource on the lives of the saints: the Internet Medieval Sourcebook on Saints' Lives, located on the Fordham University website. The sourcebook contains a wealth of saints stories ranging over many centuries of Christian history: early Christian martyrs, monks, Patristic era Saints, Byzantine and Celtic saints and many, many more are covered. Don't miss this outstanding, free collection online!

Monday, May 2, 2011

After Pascha Podcasts

Assurance of Thomas

 Here are some podcasts to keep you reflecting on the Pascha message. Let's keep Pascha in our hearts all the year!

On Theologically Thinking, Fr. Spiro Bobotas and Fr. Barnabas Powell speak on A converts First Pascha and the Theology of the Paschal Hymns. Listen now.

On Theologically Thinking, enjoy a reading of one of Fr. Stanley Harakas' essays originally written for the National Herald entitled "Thomas experiences the Resurrection". Listen now.

On Harmony of Thunder, Fr. David Smith discusses the celebration of Pascha and the Sermon of St. John Chryssostom. Listen now.

You can receive 1 credit for each podcast you listen to. Simply listen, fill out the Podcast Worksheet (available on the Lessons/Homework tab) and e-mail it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Visit Mt Athos from your armchair

Mt Athos
The television show 60 Minutes recently visited Mt Athos.

Here's what the synopsis says:

"On this Easter Sunday, we're going to take you to a place outside our world. It's not Mars or Venus but it might as well be. It's a remote peninsula in northern Greece that millions believe to be the most sacred spot on Earth. 

It's called Mount Athos and prayers have been offered there every day, with no interruption, for more than a thousand years. It was set aside by ancient emperors to be the spiritual capital of Orthodox Christianity and has probably changed less over the centuries than any other inhabited place on the planet. The monks come to Mount Athos from all over and do everything they can to keep what they call "the world" far away." 

Watch now.

You can now receive 2 credits for watching this program. Simply fill out the TV/Movie Worksheet (new; on the Lessons/Homework page) and return it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Podcast: Christ in Hades--What did He do there?

 On Come Receive the Light:

Many of us know the parable of the Prodigal Son, but today we’ll hear from a prodigal daughter! Award-winning author Myrna Kostash recounts her journey back to the church of her childhood. Plus, as we prepare ourselves for Holy Friday’s services commemorating Christ’s death and entombment, we’ll ask Fr. Timothy Chrapko what our Lord did during the time between His death and resurrection.

Listen now.

Receive one credit for listening to this podcast. Listen, fill out the podcast worksheet (under the Lessons/Homework tab, above) and e-mail it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Blessed Pascha to all!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

School Prizes for 2011

The prizes for this school year (ending June 1) have been selected. The students with the top three credit totals will receive the items below!

1st Place: Illuminated Icon of Christ

2nd Place: CD of Hymns to the Theotokos

3rd Place: Pocket Prayer Book

Now is the time to start handing in homework to receive credit. Submit homework to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com, or e-mail this address with any questions you might have!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Last Efforts for Lent

Our Lord's entry into Jerusalem
With Holy Week approaching, let us pull ourselves up and make a last push of spiritual efforts during what remains of Lent. Here are some activities to help you!

We ask the question, “What do we do when we’ve sinned?” On Come Receive the Light, Fr. Brendan Pelphrey looks at scriptural examples of dealing with sin, and the importance of seeking the Holy Spirit with tears. But first, some practical advice for parents of young children on how to survive Holy Week from OCN blogger Sylvia Leontaritis. Listen now.

On Theologically Thinking, Fr. William Chiganos discusses St. Mary: The extreme example of repentance. Listen now.

On Harmony of Thunder, Fr. David Smith talks about St. Mary of Egypt. Turn in to learn the rest of the story. Listen now.

A sermon on the sixth week of Lent: read it now.

Great Lent Resource Page: find it here.

Podcasts are worth one credit each with a filled out Podcast homework sheet (under the lessons and homework tab). For other readings, and items off the Resource Page listed above, please contact me for credits and homework.

Students, we are in the last weeks of this School Year, which ends June 1. Please send all your homework in so I can start tallying credits. Submit your work to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

God bless you all as we finish Lent and enter Holy Week!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Podcast on the Annunciation, Japan Update, Holy Cross Sunday


On Just Thinking, Fr. Alkiviades Calivas to learn more on the Annunciation. What it means to say that the Virgin Mary became an active participant in the Mystery of the Incarnation?  Listen now.

On OCN NOW, Fr. Chris brings us an update on the  many issues in Japan with Fr. Demitrios Tanaka, Director of External Church Relations, Metropolitan Council Holy Autonomous Orthodox Church in Japan and Yasu Tsuji from the Dallas Fort Worth area tells us his thoughts and fears after hearing about the Earthquake in his homeland of Japan. Listen now.

On Harmony of Thunder, Fr. David Smith speaks on the Sunday of the Holy Cross the mid way point of lent that reminds us that if anyone wishes to follow Christ let them deny themselves pick up their cross and follow and follow Him. Listen now.

You can receive credit for listening to any of these podcasts! Simply listen, fill out the podcast worksheet (see Lessons/Homework tab) and submit it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com. Blessed Lent to all!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Read-Along: Lesson 4 in "Universal Truth"--Review and Study Guide for 1st Peter

This lesson covers Chapters 3 to 5 in the section on 1st Peter in Universal Truth, our current Read-Along. Download the lesson now or you can access it at any time from the Read-Along tab.

You can receive 1 credit for each chapter you read in the book, Universal Truth. Simply complete the lesson corresponding to the chapter or chapters and e-mail it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Lenten Podcasts: Icons, Sin, Lenten Goals

Icon of the Sunday of Orthodoxy
Here are some more podcasts to encourage you on your Lenten journey:

On Just Thinking, Fr. Chris and Terry Mattingly discusses "Help me see what should be so obvious. Lord, show me my sins." Listen now.

On Theologically Thinking, Fr. William Chiganos of the Holy Apostles Church in Westchester, Il speaks on the primary goal of the Lenten Season - leading  us to Christ. Listen now.

On Harmony of Thunder, Fr. David Smith tells us about the true meaning of Icons and the Sunday of Orthodoxy. Listen now.

You can receive 1 credit for each podcast you listen to. Simply listen to the podcast, fill out the Podcast homework form (available under the Lessons/Homework tab) and e-mail it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com. If you have any questions, you can send e-mail to that address, too. Blessed Lent to all!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Journeys Through Great Lent

Ancient Faith Radio has some wonderful resources for Lent on their Journeys Through Great Lent webpage. There are over 135 (and counting) items such as podcasts, interviews, and instruction to aid you on your Lenten journey. Any of these can earn credits for you in our School. Contact else(10)at gmail(d0t)com for details.

From Journeys Through Great Lent:

"This collection draws from both past and current series and will be updated throughout Great Lent. In addition to what you see below, be sure your Lenten journey includes a walk on The Path with Fr. Tom Soroka. His daily (M-F) podcast draws on Old Testament readings and the Gospels, both from the Orthodox Study Bible, and is supplemented by rich commentary from the Church Fathers."

Visit the Journeys webpage now »

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Church Fathers on Fasting


John Sanidopoulos, on his blog MYSTAGOGY, has assembled an impressive list of resources on fasting for us to use during Great Lent. Many of these are sermons and reflections by the Church Fathers on the topic of the Fast.

Fasting is difficult. These resources can help! View them here.

You can earn credit for reading some of these resources. You can earn 1 credit for reading 4 of the selections and answering the questions below:
  • What is the meaning of the Fast in each of the selections?
  • What new thing about fasting did you learn from each selection?
  • What encouragement does each selection give towards observing the Fast, and not giving up?
Send your answers, along with a list of the items you read, to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for credit.

Podcast and Book for Credit: The Canon of St Andrew

St Andrew of Crete
During this first week of Lent, perhaps at your church you are reading the Canon of St Andrew during Compline. Learn more about the Canon with these resources!

On Special Moments in Orthodoxy, we welcome back Frederica Mathewes-Green, a skilled interpreter of the theology and history of the Orthodox Christian tradition, to discuss her latest book, First Fruits: A Forty-Day Journey through the Canon of St. Andrew. This book offers readers an opportunity to walk through a classic text from the Christian East in a series of forty prayerful readings with accompanying commentary and questions for further reflection. Join us for an intriguing conversation discussing Frederica Mathewes-Green's book. Listen now.

You can receive credit for listening to this podcast. Simply fill out the Podcast Worksheet (see the Lessons/Homework tab) and e-mail it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com!

You can also receive 2 credits for reading Frederica's book on the Canon. Simply fill out the General Worksheet for Books (see the Lessons/Homework tab) and e-mail it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com. The book is available in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle versions on Amazon.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

2011 Lenten Events

Image courtesy Voices of Russia blog
Get ready for Lent by attending a special retreat, workshop or talk. View our list of 2011 Orthodox Lenten events to find one near you. This list courtesy of Mary Photini. Thank you, Mary!

Download the list now. The list is also available in the far right column of this website.

You can get credit for attending one of these events. Please contact else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for more information.

Lesson 3: Universal Truth

St Peter

Lesson 3 of our Read-Along book "Universal Truth" covers chapters 1 and 2 of 1st Peter.

Download Lesson 3 now.

See all the lessons for Universal Truth on the Read-Along tab of this site!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Upcoming Orthodox Events

St Vladimir Cathedral in Kiev.
 Once a quarter or so, I receive a list of upcoming Orthodox events throughout the U.S. I will begin making these available by providing the list in PDF format. If you would like to receive credit for attending one of these events, please e-mail me at else10(at)gmail(d0t)com to discuss.

Download Upcoming Orthodox Events (through July 31, 2011) now.

Hear Kallistos Ware Speak

Met. KALLISTOS
Metropolitan KALLISTOS Ware will be speaking at North Park Theological Seminary on February 22 and 23 at 7 pm. North Park is located in Chicago, IL and the talks will take place in Anderson Chapel, 5159 N Spaulding Ave.

On Feb. 22, the Metropolitan will speak on "Word and Silence in the Philokalia" and on the next night, "Evangelicals and Orthodox Christians." Learn more about these events here.

Kallistos Ware (born Timothy Ware on 11 September 1934) is an English bishop within the Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate and one of the best known contemporary Eastern Orthodox academic authors. From 1982 to his retirement in 2001 he held the position of Bishop of Diokleia. In 2007 he was made a metropolitan bishop. From 1966 to 2001, Ware was Spalding Lecturer of Eastern Orthodox Studies at the University of Oxford. He has authored numerous books and articles pertaining to the Orthodox Christian faith. Some of his most famous titles include The Orthodox Church and The Orthodox Way.

Don't miss this sterling opportunity to hear a contemporary Christian Father! You can also receive 3 credits for each of the Metropolitan's lectures that you attend. Simply fill out an Event worksheet for each lecture and e-mail them to me at else10(at)gmail(d0t)com. You can also receive credit for reading any of his books. E-mail me to discuss.