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The Antiochian Orthodox Department of Christian Education (AODCE) supports church school directors, teachers, parents, and all who participate in the work of Christian education on the local level. Read more. 

NOTE: Dr. Maria C. Khoury, author of Christina Goes to the Holy Land, will be in Miami from March 19 to March 31 and in the Boston area from approximately April 23 to May 27, 2015. She will be available for book signings and/or discussions about the Christian community in the Holy Land. If your church or organization is interested in hosting a book signing or program, please contact Dr. Khoury directly at khourymaria@hotmail.com. For additional information, go to www.antiochian.org/category/article-topics/letters-holy-land.

 

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The Feast Day of Theophany

On the day of Theophany we learned that God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We also learned that when Jesus stepped into the Jordan River, the water was made clean. On the feast day, January 6, we remember that one day all of nature will be made clean and new again. Here is how we celebrate the feast....

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See also Why Do We Have Our Homes Blessed by Phyllis Onest

 

FEATURED ARTICLE FOR DIRECTORS

Setting up a Church School

If you find yourself new to the task of setting up a church school, read the first few pages from our Church School Director manual. Each diocese has a Christian Education Coordinator to assist you and your teachers. Their contact information is below. If you wish, you may also contact the Department at aodce@aol.com, or (717)747-5221.

Curriculum. Please consult the Curriculum page for information on the texts and resources we use. (If you are a mission parish, you might consider using the "Let Us Attend" Gospel program which has helped many new parishes. The Sunday Gospel is presented with discussion questions at five levels of comprehension. See the "button" on the right side of the Christian Education home page.)

FEATURED ARTICLE FOR TEACHERS 

Missing Out on God

by Kristina Wenger

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal (Mt. 6:19)

In this age in the United States of America (and, indeed, throughout the world), the acquisition of "stuff" is what many people embrace as their goal for life. With the forthcoming holiday season, the fight-to-convince-everyone-to-acquire-more-stuff will be intensifying all around us. But is more stuff really what we or the children in our care (such as our Church School students) need?

FEATURED ARTICLE FOR PARENTS 

What Our Children are Learning about the Divine Liturgy + Part 3

3 On Entering into the Divine Liturgy With Prayers and Song
By Kristina Wenger, Staff Assistant for Internet Ministry

Part 1: On the Divine Liturgy
Part 2: On Preparing for the Divine Liturgy

This is the third in a series of blogs on the Divine Liturgy from the Orthodox Christian Parenting Facebook page and blog. Consider following these to learn from the articles and the daily posts that feature related quotes, ideas and resources. The intent of the series is to remind us parents of what our children are learning about the service. That way we can all better understand what is happening around us during the service, and then together as a family we can more fully enter into "the offering of the people for the whole world!" (Photos courtesy of Teaching Pics.)

In a prior blog, we studied the first part of the Divine Liturgy: the Preparation. The second part of the Divine Liturgy is The Liturgy of the Word. It "is much like the Jewish synagogue service, which consists of prayers, psalms and hymns, scripture readings, and a sermon. Catechumens [those preparing to enter the Body of Christ, the Church] were allowed to attend the Liturgy of the Word." (OFL, 27)

 

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