Great Lent is always a struggle, but it's especially so in households with children—and even more if you have children at various developmental stages (toddlers and high schoolers under one roof?). Elissa Bjeletich, co-author of Blueprints for the Little Church, shares some tips.
Today, on what has unfortunately become a merely “secular” festival, we recover a deeper Valentine’s message by examining what our faith has to say about romance and true love. Dr. Edith Humphrey looks at the life of the third-century St. Valentine, and considers Hebrews 13:4, Genesis 1 and 2, Ephesians 5, and the book of Tobit (especially 8:4-8).
Every year, youth and camp workers from across the US and Canada gather for the annual Youth and Camp Workers Conference. This Orthodox event is a joint initiative of the canonical jurisdictions of the Church, hosted by a different jurisdiction on a rotating basis. YCC17 was hosted at Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Austin, YX by Y2AM, the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries and the Office of Camping Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
Father Ivan Moody—prolific composer, sought after conductor, editor of sacred music, and author and lecturer—speaks on "The Past, Present, and Future of Orthodox Music" in this public conversation at St. Vladimir's Seminary. He touches upon everything from deciphering early musical notation written on papyri to creating fresh repertoire in sacred music, and from the “monophony and polyphony wars” in church history to the therapeutic function of music in contemporary church and society.
We interview Alexei Krindatch, the Research Coordinator of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, about a new map posted to the Assembly website titled "Orthodox Bishops and Parishes in the United States."