Lent is a great time for us to quiet our distractions and spend more time in prayer and spiritual reading. The Church has given us so much wisdom from the mouths of the Holy Fathers and others through the generations—it can be for us like a fountain that refreshes and nourishes us during the Great Fast. We have collected a list of books that are sure to provide wonderful insight and inspiration for you lenten journey. May it be blessed!
Fasting, or the practice of restricting what types and how much food you eat, is an ancient practice of the Church. We know how difficult it can be to accommodate a variety of tastes, special diets, and picky children, so we have compiled a list of our favorite go-to resources for fasting recipes and ideas to help you in your Lenten meal planning. We hope you find these to be beneficial!
Read on for resources, ideas, activities and recipes to enrich your family's Holy Week experience. However much you choose to do, it is a week of careful prayer and preparation for the Feast of Feasts; be sure you leave everyone with energy for a joyful Pascha!
On March 25 NS/April 7 OS we honor the feast of the Visitation of the Archangel Gabriel to the Theotokos. The Annunciation falls in the middle of Great Lent, and gives us a glimmer of anticipation of the birth of our Savior. Here are some resources to help you celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation with your family!
Memorial services, also known as pannakhidas, are special prayer services offered for the departed. There are many forms, some of which take place just after a repose, but several times a year—especially around fasting periods—the Church holds general services to remember and pray for the departed.