“For this holy House,
Church & Divine Liturgy
The church is a holy place; the House of God. The Divine Liturgy is the main religious service of the Orthodox Church. Going to church allows us to participate in the miracle of the Divine Liturgy, when the heavenly come down to earth and the earthly go toward Heaven.
Saints & Church Feasts
Church Feasts are based on events in the lives of Jesus Christ, the Mother of God, the saints, and sacred moments in the life of the church. They serve as a model of Christian life. When we participate in these Feast days, we receive the same blessing as did those who lived at Christ’s time. (The Gregorian calendar is used here; according to the Julian calendar, the fixed Feast days are celebrated 13 days later.)
To have children understand the reason a censer is used and what it symbolizes.
To have children understand some of the things we do when we go to church.
To have children understand the sequence of events during the Divine Liturgy, as well as be aware that the consecration is the most important part.
To have children understand what the different components of the Priest’s vestments are.
To have children become familiar with the roles and responsibilities of an altar boy – acolyte.
To have children become familiar with Saint Parascheva and her life.
To have children become familiar with Ss Archangels Michael and Gabriel and their role in the Church.
To have children become familiar with the lives of the Three Hierarchs: St. Basil the Great, St. John Chrysostom and St. Gregory the Theologian.
To have children understand the celebration of The Annunciation of the Mother of God. Explain to them that not only is it important that God showed Mary His path, but also that she accepted to follow it.
To have children understand the miraculous raising of Lazarus from the dead by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and how it prepares us for the Resurrection of our Lord.
To have children understand the celebration of Palm Sunday. Explain to them that this is the end of the Lenten period and the beginning of Holy Week.
To have children understand the meaning of Pascha (Easter), the most important Feast of the year.
To have children understand the importance of the Ascension of Christ.