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!