Preparing to Return to Church

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Family/Adult – 

Unsure about when ‘social distancing’ will finally end and when we will be able to worship as a community again, we are spending our days at home. What should we be doing during our time at home now in the context of preparing to return to church for when that day comes?

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Children need routine. Since our prayer life in church has ceased for the moment, we need to renew and strengthen our prayer life at home, something we should be doing anyway. Here is a great article to help you encourage your small children to pray at home, using the successful method we utilize in the Children’s Room.


Middle School

What good spiritual practices have we been doing at home since we are unable to worship in church? Are some of these things habits that we were not doing before? Should we abandon these when we are able to go back to church? Perhaps we might consider the virtue of diligence in keeping these good spiritual habits up, even after we can attend church again.


High School –

  • “What I do affects who I am and what I believe, especially when it is something I do over and over. It is my habits, my repeated actions, that influence how I see the world and who I am.
    Fr. Andrew Damick
Fr. Andrew in the blog above (click on the link in the Family/Adult section to read it) talks about connecting with ‘good materials’ at home. What spiritual reading do you do on a regular basis? You might want to consider starting to read the Prologue as a daily habit. Written by Saint Nikolai Velimirovic, each day’s reading has the lives of a few saints to learn about as an example for us, and a short reflection, contemplation and homily.
Try reading today’s entry, and then keeping up with it every day! “…What you do every day trains you to be who you are….” Fr. Andrew Damick

A Message from Maria Spanos

I am passionate about our Orthodox Christian faith and seek to help others learn as much as they can about it. My purpose here is to share online resources that help strengthen our relationship with Christ and bind us closer to His Church. I believe they are invaluable in learning about our precious Orthodox Tradition, and are a great aid for teaching family members, friends and others about Orthodoxy. ~Maria

Two of my favorite quotes:

“A true Christian behaves in this life so that it may be a preparation for the future one and not only a life here below. In his actions, he does not think what will be said of him here but of what will be said there in heaven; he represents to himself that he is always in the presence of God, of the angels and all the saints, and remembers that someday they will bear witness of his thoughts, words, and deeds.”  — Saint John of Kronstadt


Of all the holy works, the education of children is the most holy.”
— St. Theophan the Recluse