Conciliar Press Offers Timely Resources for the Lenten Season


As the first week of Great Lent draws near, Conciliar Press—the publishing arm of Conciliar Media Ministries—has released several new resources for Lenten reading.

The Hidden Garden: a story of the heart, by Antiochian children’s book author and editor Jane Meyer, is a parable that employs the imagery of the garden to teach children about the inner heart and the need to cultivate peace and beauty there. "I have long wanted to write a book for children that touches on the idea of the nous—that place within us that searches and longs for and knows God—where the heart and the mind are integrated and work as one with holy intentions and for holy purposes," explains Mrs. Meyer. "Children have an incredible capacity for touching and knowing God....But do they know that they can nurture and protect and tend that place within them where God resides?

Meditations for Great Lent is written by notable author Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou. Father Vassilios is a priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in Great Britain who holds degrees in pastoral and social theology, classics, and Byzantine music. The author of Journey to the Kingdom: An Insider’s Look at the Liturgy and Beliefs of the Eastern Orthodox Church (Paraclete Press), as well as numerous articles on Christian Orthodox faith and theology, Fr. Vassilios uses appointed hymns and Scripture readings in his book of meditations to explore the meaning of "an acceptable fast." The book is also available in a Kindle version, and an interview with Fr. Vassilios can be heard on Ancient Faith Radio.

Encountering Christ in His Church is a brochure addressing the unchurched as well as Christians of other traditions by presenting a thumbnail sketch of the Church's fundamental doctrines of the Trinity, sin, and salvation. Written by Antiochian priest Fr. Michael Shanbour, rector of Three Holy Hierarchs Mission in Wenatchee, WA, the 8½" x 11" tri-fold brochure is designed to be displayed in Conciliar Press literature racks in parishes.