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The Theotokos in Scripture and Hymnography (HTML)

Author(s): DCE

A look at Orthodox Hymnography that describes the Theotokos using Old Testament references. For use in the FOCUS units.

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The Tree of Life "Caring Tree" (PDF)

Author(s): DCE

Referenced in My Orthodox Family, this activity is for all ages.

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The Trial of Jesus (PDF)

Author(s): Fr. Steven Voytovich

Referenced in Journey to Pascha, this activity, developed by St. Alexis of Wilkes-Barre Mission, Clinton, CT, complete with two scenes and narration.

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The Wedding at Cana (Image)

This icon depicts the marriage feast where Christ performed His first miracle, that of turning water into fine wine. The bridal couple are shown wearing crowns, a tradition repeated in today's Orthodox wedding service.

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Tree of Jesse Symbols (HTML)

Author(s): Department of Christian Education


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Wonderworker (Suggested Book)

Author(s): Vincent A. Yzermans

ISBN: 0879462787, 9780879462789

The true story behind the evolution of St. Nicholas to Santa Claus is perhaps at least as exciting as any fanciful tale. In Wonder Worker: The True Story of How St. Nicholas Became Santa Claus, Vincent Yzermans writes a book for his grand-nephew that explains how an orphan by the name of Nicholas who lived in a small city on the Mediterranean Sea became a revered and celebrated saint, a cultural icon, and a commercial success. Nicholas quickly made a name for himself with his eloquence, intelligence and generosity.

Recognized as a miracle worker during his lifetime, he became known for helping children in need, mothers in labor, and sailors as they traversed the Mediterranean. The modern incarnation of Santa Claus, however, became popularized in the mid-19th century. Wonder Worker presents the factual history of St. Nicholas, a.k.a. Santa Claus, in easy-to-read text with beautiful 4-colorful illustrations throughout.


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