Monday, July 08, 2013

Don't Let the Celebration of the Saints Get Lost in Lazy Summer Days

It's summer!  Can you feel it?  Are you on vacation? Are you on a schedule?  Do you even know what day it is?  It's easy to get off schedule and let the ease (chaos) of summer take over, especially if you have kids.  Finding a balance to get work done and kids entertained is a juggle.  Just knowing the day of the week is an accomplishment.

Well, get it together because summer is a great time to teach our kids about the church calendar.  During the month of July we celebrate some awesome saints and in the month of August we participate in a fourteen day fast and two of the twelve great feasts: Transfiguration and Assumption of the Virgin Mary. 

Here are a few links to find the daily celebrations and learn more about the lives of the saints. 

The Prologue from Ochrid

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America CALENDAR

MYSTAGOGY The Weblog of John Sanidopoulos 

I encourage you to keep up with the celebrations.  Teach your kids the saint of the day over breakfast.  Ask for the intercessions of the daily saint during evening prayers.  Attend weekday liturgies or treat your church staff to homemade treats like muffins or cookies in honor of the saints.  Don't let the celebration of the saints get lost in lazy summer days. 

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