• A New Year, a New Harvest: Renewal through Orthodox Christian Community

    Center for Family Care

    August 31, 2019

    It’s about that time…the time for New Year’s resolutions: new beginnings, new goals and new inspiration. I am not talking about watching the ball drop in Times Square or counting down to midnight with your friends and family. I am talking about the Ecclesiastical New Year we just celebrated on September 1. Read More

  • A Relationship to be Emulated: The Maternal Kinship Between the Mother of God and Her Cousin Elizabeth

    Religious Education

    July 12, 2019

    The tale of the Visitation, and its depictions in Orthodox iconography, has much to say about the Church’s esteem for expectant motherhood. Read More

  • Summer Vacation: Renewing the Powers of the Soul

    Center for Family Care

    June 3, 2019

    "I'm bored… there's nothing to do… are we there yet… play with me." These are the calls of our children during summer vacation. Rather than hearing these statements as pesky intruders, it is possible to think of them as voices crying out from the wilderness of the young soul, seeking activity, connection, and stimulation within the safe environment of the family vacation. Read More

  • Forgiveness in the Light of the Resurrection

    Center for Family Care

    May 20, 2019

    We are made in the image and likeness of God, which means we are made to be like God. As Trinity, God is three persons, meaning He Himself is in perfect relationship—with Himself. Since we are made to be like God, we are also called to have perfect relationships with each other and with God. We attain perfect relationships by loving each other. When we fail to act in love, we sin, and when we sin we have the opportunity to reconcile with God and each other through forgiveness. Read More

  • A Family’s Spiritual Toolbox

    Center for Family Care

    May 15, 2019

    As we are filled with the radiant light of the Resurrection, we look forward and also look back. By looking back on our Lenten journey, we realize our family has grown in strength and endurance through the struggles we overcame together. As we look forward to the future, we strive to continue using the tools that Lent has given us to grow in spiritual maturity, together as a family, in our continued journey ahead. Read More

  • Christ Is Risen! Have We Forgiven?

    Center for Family Care

    May 1, 2019

    You are sitting in church during the Resurrection service. It is virtually pitch black; the most notable exception is a single flicker of light from the altar. The warm sound of hymns fills the air, and the anticipation is building. You have been waiting for this moment for almost seven weeks—maybe, all year. Now the priest emerges from the sanctuary with a lit candle, chanting “Come, receive the light…” The once-dark space rapidly becomes aglow as the faithful eagerly accept and pass on the light. Read More

  • Rewarding the Effort

    Center for Family Care

    March 23, 2019

    In God’s eyes, the effort is equal to the achievement. Our bishop said that last week, and it’s been on my mind ever since. Our Lord rewards our efforts regardless of whether they are effective. Whether or not we achieve our worthy goals, God sees and rewards the effort. Read More

  • And When You Fast

    Great Lent

    March 1, 2019

    When people think of the word "Lent," the word "fasting" is one of the first things that comes to mind. The cornerstone of Lent is not fasting, but repentance and growing in our faith. Fasting is a tool that is used to assist in spiritual growth. Fasting is also mischarac­terized as a form of deprivation, rather than a spiritual discipline. Because fasting is so misun­derstood, it is many times done incorrectly. Read More

  • It Came Naturally to Them

    Great Lent

    February 28, 2019

    In loving others, do we realize that we also love the Lord? When we are indifferent, do we realize we are indifferent to Him as well? Do we make it a goal each day to try to help someone? Is our ministering to other people more "natural" or does it seem "forced" or "contrived"? Read More

  • I Never Left! Not True

    Great Lent

    February 15, 2019

    If God our Father is ready and happy to restore us, we should be happy to restore one another. After all, no one has sinned against me more than I have sinned against God. If I expect God to forgive all of my sins, then I should be willing to forgive the sins of others. I should rejoice, rather than resent, when someone "comes back" and "makes it right." Read More

  • Time for a Check Up

    Great Lent

    February 15, 2019

    The period of the Triodion, which begins today, is a time for us to evaluate ourselves on a spiritual scale. Saint Paul, in his Epistle to Timothy, offers us a good "seven-point inspection" of our spiritual lives. Read More

  • The Church in the Home

    Center for Family Care

    February 4, 2019

    Where can young people experience God's love better than in a Christ-centered home? We need the home environment that includes parents, grandparents, and relatives to manifest this love of God. Learn about what a Church in the Home looks like. Read More

  • Infertility and the Intercessions of Saints Joachim & Anna

    Center for Family Care

    January 24, 2019

    Although there are other saints who are petitioned for childlessness, Joachim and Anna retain a special standing because their story is so familiar. Having a special affinity for the plight of Joachim and Anna, and recognizing not only their faithfulness but also the powerful manner by which the Lord responded to their prayers, Christians in like circumstances have sought their intercessions for nearly two millennia. Read More

  • Athenagoras: Ecumenical Patriarch (1948–1972)

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    December 28, 2018

    On November 1, 1948, Athenagoras (Spyrou), then Archbishop of North and South America, was elected Ecumenical Patriarch. Read More

  • Healthy Fasting: A Practice for All Ages

    Center for Family Care

    November 6, 2018

    This webinar connects the physical and spiritual elements of fasting for contemporary life by appealing to what the Church has always understood—our physical fast supports godly thoughts, words, and actions. Read More

  • Feast of the Twelve Apostles

    Feasts of the Church

    May 31, 2018

    A brief explanation of the Feast of the Twelve Apostles and the Apostles Fast. Read More

  • Mystery and Meaning in Unanswered Questions

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    January 18, 2018

    Recognition of suffering requires vulnerability, often accompanied by unanswerable questions. Anyone who has been present with a child in a time of loss has heard these difficult questions. As parents, grandparents, youth workers, teachers, clergy, aunts and uncles, etc., we need to invite these questions. Read More

  • Sacred Image, Sacred Marriage

    Center for Family Care

    November 13, 2017

    Does the Church hold up any paradigms for marriage to provide the framework for a Christ-centered marriage? Indeed it does. The Church offers three icons from which we can learn how to live the married life: Christ the Bridegroom, Sts. Joachim and Anna, and the Wedding at Cana. Read More

  • A Circuitous Journey to the Holy and Sacred Priesthood

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    November 6, 2017

    I am writing this short autobiography for the explicit purpose of inspiring prospective students to consider pursuing studies at Hellenic College – Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (HCHC), no matter what their age or circumstances. Read More

  • Brothers in Christ: A Hope for Vibrant Orthodox Christian Fraternity

    Center for Family Care

    October 27, 2017

    Men, being sons of God’s household as members of the Body of Christ, hold a capacity for tangible brotherhood as well, especially by forming and maintaining friendships within local communities. Identical sensibilities and perspectives aren’t essential for spiritual brothers to get along as friends. Read More

  • Educating the Orthodox Heart through Liturgy and Prayer

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    October 24, 2017

    Our liturgical life feeds our personal prayer life and vice versa, not only through our weekly participation in the Divine Liturgy but also within the rhythm of the Church year with its many fasts and feasts. Our Church calendar helps orient us toward God’s acts of salvation in our Faith’s history and in our own individual faith history. Read More

  • Not Afraid To Talk About...Poison

    Center for Family Care

    June 1, 2017

    The word pornography is scary. No, the word porn is dirty. Even in its shortened form, porn is just a word–a word that simply describes something that is demeaning, causes objectification, makes us feel funny, drives the largest slavery operation in the history of the world, and changes the ways we think and act. Porn, simply put, is poison. Read More

  • We're All Broken

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    April 13, 2017

    We all struggle with something. We're all broken. Every Holy Thursday, we see Christ on the Cross. We come face-to-face with our own brokenness, and the way Christ joins us in our pain. He brings light out of darkness, and life out of death. Read More

  • Paschal Greeting

    Prayers

    April 6, 2017

    Translations for the Paschal Greeting - Christ is Risen! - in many languages. Read More

  • Starter Meals for Fasting Seasons

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    March 24, 2017

    Here are some more meal ideas to help carry you through fasting seasons, courtesy of Rita Madden. Read More