There are several versions of this activity online, and this is what we did:
- We went out into our yard, which was very wet from all the rain, and gathered some dirt (mud) and a few rocks and plants.
- We used some decorative rocks and dried flowers to decorate as well
- I put a small glass jar and covered it in the mud. Then I put wheatberries (seeds) on top of the “tomb.” These do not take long to grow and will cover the “tomb” in grass by Pascha.
- We found a large rock to put in front of the “tomb”.
- Later in the week, we will use an icon of Christ to hang on the cross and then transfer to the tomb.
- On Pascha, the tomb will be empty!
ColorStCuthbertsCrossSt Cuthbert’s Day is February 28th. He is called the wonderworker of Britain and was born in Northumbria around 634. While we do not know much about his life, we do know a remarkable story from his childhood:
As a child, Cuthbert enjoyed games and playing with other children. He could beat anyone his own age, and even some who were older, at running, jumping, wrestling, and other exercises. One day he and some other boys were amusing themselves by standing on their heads with their feet up in the air. A little boy who was about three years old chided Cuthbert for his inappropriate behavior. “Be sensible,” he said, “and give up these foolish pranks.”
Cuthbert and the others ignored him, but the boy began to weep so piteously that it was impossible to quiet him. When they asked him what the matter was, he shouted, “O holy bishop and priest Cuthbert, these unseemly stunts in order to show off your athletic ability do not become you or the dignity of your office.” Cuthbert immediately stopped what he was doing and attempted to comfort the boy.
On the way home, he pondered the meaning of those strange words. From that time forward, Cuthbert became more thoughtful and serious.This incident reveals St Cuthbert as God’s chosen vessel (2 Tim. 2:20-21), just like Samuel, David, Jeremiah, John the Baptist, and others who, from an early age, were destined to serve the Lord. (read more here)
I made a printable that you can use in your home this Lent:
I’ve put together a list of activities that you can use in your home during Lent.
Just click on the photo for the link to the activity.
First, some Lenten Crafts from Be As A Light:
Laura of Many Mercies has so many wonderful *free* printables on her blog!
Lenten Calendar Printable:
This year we are using this Memory Verse Garden:
We use this one in our homeschool:
Learning about “Lord Have Mercy”:
Printable Pascha Cards and Basket Cover:
We made this little Resurrection Garden last year:
Matushka Emily made this lovely calendar, which we used last year:
Bingo from Orthodox Education Blog
Here is my Orthodox Children’s Prayer Book:
You can use my Weekly Planner to help organize your activities:
Have fun teaching your children during Lent this year!
I’ve created a Weekly Planner for myself,
and I thought I would share it with you, too!
It is very simple and contains an inspirational quote:
“With us everything should be secondary compared to our concern with children, and their upbringing in the instruction and teaching of the Lord.”
~ St. John Chrysostom
You can download it here: Weekly Planner.
I put together a little booklet for my older children to complete
for the feast of Theophany.
I will have them cut out the pages
and glue them into homemade booklets.
This is a very simple project. Please feel free to download a copy for yourself!
As Advent approaches, I made a list of all the books I plan to read with the children during the Nativity Fast, which begins on November 15th in the Orthodox Church. Our Advent occurs during the 40 days before Christmas. We will read one book or story per day.
Our list of books (these are all books that we own):
- The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski
- Peace at Last (St Volodymyr) by Savedchuk
- Book of Bible Stories by Tomie dePaola
- The Feast of Pentecost (12 Great Feasts Series) by Mother Melania
- The Miracle of St Nicholas by Whelan
- The Story of Mary the Mother of God by Dorrie Papademetriou
- Zeek the Christmas Mouse by Scherde
- One Baby Jesus (boardbook) by Pingry
- Uncle Vova’s Tree by Polacco
- A Children’s Paradise of Saints by Nun Nectaria Mclees
- The Monk Who Grew in Prayer by Claire Brandenburg
- The Miracles of Jesus by Tomie dePaola
- Sweet Song by Jane G Meyer
- Christmas is Coming (boardbook) by Ailie Busby
- How the Monastery Came to Be On Top of the Mountain by Currier
- St Nicholas and the Three Poor Girls by Potamitis
- The Legend of St Nicholas by Demi
- Room for a Little One by Waddell
- The Trisagion Hymn by Potamitis
- St Spyridon and the Horses by Potamitis
- North Star by Dorrie Papademetriou
- The Story of the Nativity by Winthrop
- Away in a Manger by Thomas Kinkade
- The Friendly Beasts by Tomie dePaola
- The Annunciation (12 Great Feasts Series) by Mother Melania
- Christmas in the Manger (boardbook) by Nola Buck
- The Nativity of Our Lord (12 Great Feasts Series) by Mother Melania
- The Nativity by Potimitis
- What Do You See at Liturgy? Orthodox Board Book
Please share your favorite children’s book in the comments!
A Dormition means the “falling asleep” (death) of a person.
Today we remember the Dormition of the Theotokos.
The literal English translations of this name include “God-bearer” or”Birth-Giver of God.”
But she is commonly called the “Mother of God”
for Mary is the one who bore Jesus Christ, the Savior.
Having been a Protestant, I understand how strange it might seem
to commemorate the death of the Virgin Mary.
But, there is a very simple reason:
God chose one person throughout all of history
to carry, deliver and raise His only begotten son, Jesus.
And this one person was Mary.
She was set apart for this momentous task,
and because of that fact, she deserves our respect and reverence.
When we love and respect someone, we remember them.
Many people visit the gravestone of a loved one
on the anniversary of his or her passing.
This is a very basic was to understand this Great Feast of the Orthodox Church.
Don’t forget that you can download my
Orthodox Prayer Book for Kids!
You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God,
revealing Your glory to Your disciples as far as they could bear it.
Let Your everlasting Light also shine upon us sinners,
through the prayers of the Theotokos.
O Giver of Light, glory to You!
Matushka Emily has some wonderful resources on her blog that we used for our lesson today.
We also read from The Children’s Bible Reader about the Transfiguration of Christ.
We used our book about the Transfiguration of our Lord from this set.