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.