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Raising Saints

Raising Saints

Parenting: Struggling Toward Salvation

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In honor of Parenting Month at Ancient Faith, Raising Saints is flipping it around: instead of talking about how adults can feed the faith of children, we're considering the impact this process has on the parents, and the many ways in which raising saints can transform one into a saint.

Welcome to Raising Saints. It’s parenting month on Ancient Faith Radio. On this podcast, we always focus on ways that parents and teachers and any adults, really, can pass on the faith to children, but in honor of parenting month, I want to flip it around and consider the effect that leading the children can have on the parents. After all, we work out our salvation in whatever life circumstances come our way. Whether they’re in our homes or families…

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Death and Dying: Talking to Kids

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Elissa offers some suggestions for guiding children through death and dying.

Welcome to Raising Saints. We lost a beloved member of the family over the summer. My husband’s 89-year-old Uncle Dan was one of my favorite people in this world, and a fixture in our home. Dan found something to celebrate in every person he met. If you had been a guest for dinner at my house, or if you waited on him at a restaurant, or if you had the good luck to serve as his nurse, he would have looked you in the eyes and been genuinely interested…

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Angels

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Elissa discusses angels and what children can learn from them in Sunday school.

Welcome to Raising Saints. First of all, I’m excited to announce that we’ve set up a Raising Saints blog right here on the Ancient Faith site. If you click the little “blogs” button at the top of the main page at ancientfaith.com, you’ll find that Ancient Faith is hosting a number of really great blogs now, and I’m honored to be included. The blog is also…

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Heaven and Hell

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Elissa shares some examples of how to teach children about the Orthodox understanding of heaven and hell.

Welcome to Raising Saints. Today I thought we could take on a pretty big topic: heaven and hell. Most kids will eventually ask, “What happens when we die?” and we should be ready with answers. Especially if they’ve experienced the death of a beloved person, the question can be very urgent. “Where did he go? What’s happened to him?” Christ came to the earth to save us, to give us eternal life. Our faith centers on this idea…

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Exams? Examining St. Euphrosynos

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Elissa addresses the issue of testing Sunday School students.

Welcome to Raising Saints. I was recently looking at a website for Orthodox Christian educators, when I saw that a teacher posed a question to the group about a Sunday school student who intentionally failed his final exam. Now there’s a question: what happens if a Sunday school student fails a test? Does he fail the class? Do you hold him back a year or expel him? If you don’t, what does that say about your test? If you told the kids that they…

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Children in Church

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Elissa explains how to be responsible for a child during the Divine Liturgy.

Welcome to Raising Saints. It seems to me that you can’t have a podcast about raising Orthodox children without, at some point, talking about bringing our kids to church, literally about how to be responsible for a child during the Divine Liturgy. As far as I can tell, just about every parent is at least sometimes frustrated with their child or children’s behavior in church.

Some of us were less regular about church attendance before we…

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Halloween and St. Cyprian

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Elissa shares how to use the lives of the Saints to combat children's fears.

Well, it’s October, and in our neighborhood that means that Halloween decorations are all over the place. Ten foot purple spiders seem to have infested the house down the street, and a few neighbors have turned their front yards into cemeteries, complete with decaying hands emerging from under the lawn.

Whether you celebrate Halloween or maybe try to celebrate a sweeter version of it, or you’ve totally sworn the whole thing off, your kids are inundated…

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The Nativity Fast

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Elissa encourages us to participate fully in the Nativity fast in order to prepare our hearts for Christ.

It’s November, and that means it’s time to get ready for the Nativity Lent – the Advent Fast. In our American culture, we love to pre-celebrate our holidays, especially Christmas. Many stores are already pressing you to purchase your Christmas gifts and ornaments.

As soon as Thanksgiving is out of the way, they’ll be inundating you with Christmas carols and candies. By the time Christmas Eve arrives, how many Christmas parties will you have…

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How Do You Know That There’s a God?

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Elissa explains how to help children who struggle with doubt about the existence of God.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about a question that my daughter Helena used to ask me all the time. Every night, as I’d sit at the edge of her bed to tuck her in, she’d look at me with her enormous brown eyes and demand to know, “How do you know that there’s a God? How do you really know?”

Helena wrestled with God. She believed in the sincerity of the Church; the sincerity of her parents and her priest and her Sunday School…

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Teaching Prayer to Children

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Elissa encourages us to develop a vocabulary to communicate the significance of prayer in terms children can understand and then offer opportunities to put it into practice.

Today, we are talking about teaching prayer to children. We need to develop a vocabulary to communicate the significance of prayer in terms that they can understand and apply to their own spiritual lives. And then, we’ll need to offer them opportunities to put it into action. We should pray with them and encourage regular family prayer times.

Now, parents have a lot of control over this. We can personally implement family prayer time. As Sunday School…

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