June 11, 2014 + On the Importance of Bringing Your Children to Church and Teaching Them the Gospel


by St. John Chrysostom

"For let no one tell me that our children ought not to be occupied with these things; they ought not only to be occupied with them, but to be zealous about them only. And although on account of your infirmity I do not assert this, nor take them away from their worldly learning, just as I do not draw you either from your civil business; yet of these seven days I claim that you dedicate one to the common Lord of us all... And yet when you take your children into the theaters, you allege neither their mathematical lessons, nor anything of the kind; but if it be required to gain or collect anything spiritual, you call the matter a waste of time. And how shall you not anger God, if you find leisure and assign a season for everything else, and yet think it a troublesome and unseasonable thing for your children to take in hand what relates to Him?

Do not so, brethren, do not so. It is this very age that most of all needs the hearing these things; for from its tenderness it readily stores up what is said; and what children hear is impressed as a seal on the wax of their minds. Besides, it is then that their life begins to incline to vice or virtue; and if from the very gates and portals one lead them away from iniquity, and guide them by the hand to the best road, he will fix them for the time to come in a sort of habit and nature, and they will not, even if they be willing, easily change for the worse, since this force of custom draws them to the performance of good actions. So that we shall see them become more worthy of respect than those who have grown old, and they will be more useful in civil matters, displaying in youth the qualities of the aged."

Homily 3, On the Gospel of John, NPNF Vol. 14, p. 10

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Apostle Bartholomew of the Twelve

Troparion, Tone 3

Holy Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas, entreat the merciful God to grant our souls forgiveness of transgressions.

Kontakion, Tone 4

You have appeared to the universe as a great sun, shining with the radiance of your teachings and awesome miracles. You enlighten those who honor you, apostle of the Lord, Bartholomew.