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The Twelve Great Feasts for Children


The Twelve Great Feasts for Children is a series of books written by Sister Elayne and illustrated by Bonnie Gillis. Each book explains the feast day in rhyming verse that will both entertain and educate. The first page of each book contains the troparion of the feast day and the date on which it is celebrated. These five-by-seven-inch paperback books are small enough to fit into a purse or tote bag to keep young children occupied in church. The full-color illustrations will familiarize the child with the imagery and themes associated with each feast. The older child will enjoy reading the simple, psalm-like poems.

Reviewed by Rosemary Shumski,

Administrative Assistant

Department of Christian Education


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Come Bless the Lord Icon Packet 


 Forty glossy colored icons are printed on 8 ½ x 11 inch paper and come with an explanation of the event or person depicted. The major feastdays are included. These are useful for framing when the feastdays are celebrated, and are a valuable supplement to any educational effort. The packet is available through the Archdiocesan Bookstore (201) 871-1355, for $15. 

Teaching Pics 

Included in the eighty 8 x 10 inch full-color pictures are several in the category, “Feast Days and Services.” The text and activities printed on the reverse side provide an explanation of the picture, and encourage further study. The three other categories are: Sacraments, Great Lent and Pascha, and the Divine Liturgy. Available from the Archdiocesan Bookstore (201) 871-1355, for $35 plus shipping and handling. 

A Way of Life: Introducing Your Child to the Orthodox Faith 


The Icon Book

The coloring book is an educational resource for preschool and higher grades as it offers line art of 25 icons, and explanations of each. Available for $6. from the Antiochian Bookstore (201) 871-1355.


Celebrations: Feasts and Holy Days

In this text for high school students, the liturgical year is presented with description and background for the feasts. The teacher manual offers cooperative learning options. Pupil text, $8.75, teacher, $10. The text is black and white, so it is recommended that the Come Bless the Lord Icon Packet (see above) supplement the presentation. Available from the Antiochian Bookstore (201) 871-1355. 

Written for parents who want to teach their preschoolers about the faith during the course of the year, this hefty book includes a section on the feastdays, with coloring pages. Available for $18. from the Orthodox Christian Education Commission,