Thursday, January 24, 2013

Two St Macariuses

St Macarius of Egypt

Dear Students and Friends,

There are actually two saints by the name of Macarius that are celebrated on January 19!

Saint Macarius the Great of Egypt was born around 331 in the village of Ptinapor in Egypt. At the wish of his parents he entered into marriage, but was soon widowed. After he buried his wife, Macarius told himself, "Take heed, Macarius, and have care for your soul. It is fitting that you forsake worldly life." Read more...

Saint Macarius of Alexandria was a contemporary and friend of St Macarius of Egypt (January 19). He was born in the year 295, and until the age of forty he was occupied in trade. Later, he was baptized and withdrew into the desert, where he spent more than sixty years. Read more...

Fr McGuckin has a great podcast on Macarius. Listen to find out which one he is talking about.

Listen now.

You can earn one credit for listening to this podcast. Simply listen, fill out the Podcast worksheet (available from the Lessons tab, above) and e-mail it back to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com to receive your credit.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

New Book Wednesdays: Dear and Glorious Physician by Taylor Caldwell

Dear Students and Friends,

This Wednesday's book is not a "new" book--but it is new to the School.

"Dear and Glorious Physician," by Taylor Caldwell, is a fictionalized account of the life of St Luke. It tells his story, and the story of his coming to faith, set in the rich background of first-century Israel and Rome. I read this book many years ago and it filled me with faith. First published in 1959, it was out of print for a long time and can now be read again.

Here's what Amazon says about it:

The world-famous novel about the triumphant story of St. Luke, man of science, and Gospel writer!

Today St. Luke is known as the author of the third Gospel of the New Testament, but two thousand years ago he was Lucanus, a Greek, a man who loved, knew the emptiness of bereavement, and later traveled through the hills and wastes of Judea asking, "What manner of man was my Lord?" And it is of this Lucanus that Taylor Caldwell tells here in one of the most stirring stories ever lived or written.
Lucanus grew up in the household of his stepfather, the Roman govenor of Antioch. After studying medicine in Alexandria he became one of the greatest physicians of the ancient world and traveled far and wide through the Mediterranean region healing the sick.

As time went on he learned of the life and death of Christ and saw in Him the God he was seeking. To find out all he could about the life and teachings of Jesus, whom he never saw, Lucanus visited all the places where Jesus had been, questioning everyone--including His mother, Mary--who had known Him or heard Him preach. At last, when he had gathered all information possible, he wrote down what we now know as the Gospel according to St. Luke.

Taylor Caldwell has chosen the grand, the splendid means to tell of St. Luke. Her own travels through the Holy Land and years of meticulous research made Dear and Glorious Physician a fully developed portrait of a complex and brilliant man and a colorful re-creation of ancient Roman life as it contrasted in its decadence with the new world Christianity was bringing into being. Here is a story to warm, to inspire, to call forth renewal of faith and love lying deep in each reader's heart.

A portrait so moving and so eloquent I doubt it is paralleled elsewhere in literature. Here indeed is Taylor Caldwell's major novel!

I guarantee you will not be able to put this book down. It will increase your faith and drive you once again to the wonderful Gospel of St Luke. This book is offered as a companion study to our Read-Along.

You can earn 2 credits for reading this book. Simply read, fill out the General Worksheet for books (available from the Lessons tab, above) and e-mail it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for your credits.

Buy the book here.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Read-Along Lesson 1: The Gospel of St Luke

Dear Students and Friends,

The first lesson in our new Read-Along in The Gospel of St Luke by Fr Farley is now available for your use. You can download it here or from the Read-Along tab at the top of this website.

You can earn 1 credit for each lesson you complete. Simple read along, complete the lesson worksheet and e-mail it back to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com to receive your credit.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

New Read-Along! Good News for the Poor

Dear Students and Friends,

On January 24, concurrent with the adult Bible Study at St Luke Church, we'll begin our new Read-Along in the book, "The Gospel of St Luke: Good News for the Poor," by Father Lawrence Farley. The group study will be led by Lee and the worksheets so you can read along will be published on this website under the Read-Along tab (above) and in weekly web posts.

The first lesson will be about the personal qualities of St Luke and what they can mean for you.

Download the first Read-Along lesson here.

You can earn one credit for each lesson you complete. Simply download the lesson, fill it out, and e-mail it back to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

About the Book
The Gospel of St. Luke has been described as “the loveliest book in the world.” It was written by a Gentile for Gentiles, with the purpose of touching their hearts with the Good News of Christ. Luke speaks especially to the poor and the marginalized of society—including women—with an emphasis on joy, healing, and prayer.

With his gift for making the fruits of biblical scholarship accessible to the ordinary layperson, Fr. Lawrence Farley expounds this beautiful account of the life and ministry of Christ for contemporary Christians.

About the Author 
Archpriest Lawrence Farley currently pastors St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Mission (OCA) in Langley, B.C., Canada. He received his B.A. from Trinity College, Toronto, and his M.Div. from Wycliffe College, Toronto. A former Anglican priest, he converted to Orthodoxy in 1985 and studied for two years at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary in Pennsylvania. He has also published A Daily Calendar of Saints.

And now, let's begin! Buy the book here.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Podcasts to kick off your New Year's credits!


Dear Students and Friends,

The new year is upon us; let's start earning some credits! Some suggested podcast activities are listed below.

You can earn one credit for each podcast you listen to. Simply listen, fill out the podcast worksheet (available from the Lessons tab, above) and email it back to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Peace, Faith and War. On Theologically Thinking, Fr. Hildo Bos, co-editor of For the Peace from Above, shares what early Christians wrote about peace, faith, and war. Listen now.

Recalling the Nativity. On Special Moments in Orthodoxy, join us for one of Fr. Chris’ earlier recorded messages on the Nativity, “Are we ready for God to be with us?" Although this message is part of the archives, it continues to be relevant. Listen now.

Theophany. On Theologically Thinking, Keith Massey, Ph.D., shares thoughts on the Secret Message of the Theophany. Listen now.

Blessed new year to all!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Orthodox Calendar of Events and Event Credit

Dear Students and Friends,

Check out the new link in the right hand column of this website: 2013 Illinois Orthodox Calendar of Events.

This interactive calendar will inform you of events in the Illinois area.

For those of you who live in other states, please contact Mary Photini at iphnh3(at) to request a calendar for your state.

You can receive 3 credits for attending an event in your area. Simply attend the event, fill out the event worksheet (available from the Lessons tab) and email it back to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for credit!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year's Resolutions for 2013

Happy New Year 2013!

Dear Students and Friends,

Do you make new year's resolutions? If so, perhaps your list can include some of the following!

  • Read Scripture daily. Here's how.
  • Complete some more activities for the School of the 70. Here's a list.
  • Participate in our Read-Along! It's not too late to begin or catch up. Find out more.
  • Participate in alms-giving activities. Find out what your church offers!
  • Above all, pray more. Here is a helpful book.

Wishing you all a blessed and holy new year, full of God's grace and love and direction as you learn and grow spiritually.

I look forward to receiving all your homework activities for credit!