Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Blessed Birth of Christ!

Dear Students and Friends,

Merry Christmas! Blessed Nativity! Christ is Born! Rejoice!

Read the Christmas story.

Read some of the Christmas Scriptures.

Troparion — Tone 4
Your Nativity, O Christ our God, / Has shone to the world the Light of wisdom! / For by it, those who worshipped the stars, / Were taught by a Star to adore You, / The Sun of Righteousness, / And to know You, the Orient from on High. / O Lord, glory to You!

Kontakion — Tone 3
Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, / And the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One! / Angels with shepherds glorify Him! / The wise men journey with a star! / Since for our sake the Eternal God was born as a Little Child!

May your day and the coming year be full of Our Lord's Life and Holiness!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Podcast: What does it mean to Repent?

Dear Students and Friends,

During the Nativity Fast, we are called to contemplate our lives. This may lead to confession and repentance...but what does it mean to repent?

Author and priest Fr. Steven Ritter is back on the Orthodox Christian Network today talking about repentance. What does it mean to repent? If we truly repent, why do we need confession? Is repentance about our relationship with those around us or with Christ? Tune in to hear the answers to all these and more! But first, as our heterogeneous American communities try their hardest to pull Christ out of the Christmas holiday, hear from award-winner director and author Norris Chumley and read about why God is still cool.

Listen to the podcast now.

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

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Other White-Bearded Saint of Christmas

Dear Students and Friends,

I love this title, which I borrowed from Orthodox Christian Network's article. We celebrate the repose of St Herman of Alaska on December 13.  His life and works are worth contemplating during this season. Here are some resources for you.

For each activity, complete the Article worksheet, then email it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for credit.

The life of St Herman will bless and encourage you this Christmas season!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Read Along With Us: Ancient Paths--Updated!

Dear Students and Friends,

Here at St Luke Church, we've begun a mini read-along in the book, "Ask for the Ancient Paths" which I've offered here before.

Our teacher, Lee, has also prepared a weekly lesson guide for this book. You can work on the lesson here.

Read along with us! You can receive 2 credits for reading the book and completing the lesson . Simply read, complete the lessons as offered on this website, and email your work back to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Halfway through the Nativity Fast

St Nicholas surrounded by the saints
Dear Students and Friends,

We are halfway through the Nativity Fast! Here are some activities to keep you going until that Blessed Birthday:
  • Listen: Fulfilling the Prophecies--Frederica Mathewes-Green is back on the show to talk about the many Old Testament prophecies fulfilled by Christ's birth, as well as the need to understand the entirety of the Old Testament through the lens of Jesus. Listen now.
  • Listen: Worship in the Nativity Season--On Worship in Spirit and Truth, Dr. Demetrios Katos discusses the prayers and services of the upcoming Nativity Season. Listen now.
  • Read: Fasting as an Ecclesiastical Notion. Read now.

And if you haven't yet, read/listen about some of the Saint Days we've celebrated so far during this Season:
Earn one credit for each activity you complete. For podcasts, fill out and return the worksheet for podcasts. For readings, fill out the article worksheet. Both worksheets are available from the Lessons tab at the top of this website. Email your work to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com. May your learning be blessed!