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Family Values: Body of Christ

Family Values: Body of Christ

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
"Family Values: BODY OF CHRIST"

Opening Prayer (Read as a Family)

Shine in our hearts, loving Master, the pure light of Your divine knowledge, and open the eyes of our minds that we may understanding of the things Your Gospel teaches. Implant in us also a reverence for Your blessed commandments so that, putting down the desires of our bodies, we may pursue a spiritual way of life, thinking and doing only those things that will please You. For You are the light of our souls and our bodies, Christ our God and to You we give glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the endless age.

As a Family Read: 1 Corinthians 12:12-20 (NKJ)

For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free – and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many. If the food should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. And if they were all one member, where would the body be? But now indeed there are many members, yet one body.

As a Family have the Following Discussion

  • Describe some of the roles and responsibilities of the priest in our parish?
  • What are our responsibilities to Christ and His Church?
  • What are things that we are currently doing to serve Christ and His Church?
  • What are other things that we can do?
  • As a family, commit to doing something new to serve Christ make a plan to carry it out.

Closing Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, my God, You have said, “Apart form me You can do nothing.” In faith we embrace Your words, Lord, and we entreat Your goodness. Help us to carry out the work we wish to begin, and to bring it to completion. To You we give glory, Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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