Weekly Meditations for Families

The official Tending the Garden of our Hearts podcast series premieres on Ancient Faith Radio this Sunday, May 20!

Every week, we’ll release a new episode designed to help the entire family learn together and to inspire conversation on Orthodox topics! Once the first episode is released, you’ll be able to go to the Ancient Faith Radio podcast page and Subscribe, so that every week a link to the new episode is in your email inbox!

We’re looking forward to making these family meditations a regular part of our lives, through all the seasons of the church year!

Christ is risen! New podcast coming soon.

Christ is risen!

Thank you so much for joining us through Great Lent and Holy Week!  We hope that you and your families have enjoyed a beautiful feast, and that it lasts for forty wonderful days!

To keep Pascha alive in your home, be sure to chant ‘Christ is risen’ whenever you are praying together — in the morning, at meals, and in the evening!  Greet your children joyfully with ‘Christ is risen’ in the mornings, so that they are reminded to carry the joy of Pascha in their hearts!

We have enjoyed taking this journey with you, and Kristina and I are happy to announce that we’ve been invited to produce a weekly Family Meditation podcast on Ancient Faith Radio!  Every week, we’ll have a new episode, inviting you to listen with your children and to engage in conversation that develops the family’s faith.

We’ll make more announcements soon!

Christ is risen!


If you’re as fascinated as we are by the idea of stylites (see our meditation for the last Wednesday of Great Lent) you’ll want to go online to see images of a modern stylite and his pillar and to preview a documentary about him!

There are images online of the kinds of pillars the ancient stylites lived on — most of them were much narrower, with tiny spaces for their cells. They usually had short walls or little fences at the top to keep the stylite from falling down.


Week Four includes a Special Bonus!

Week Four is online!  We’ve posted information about the week’s theme, The Holy Cross and Humility, and ideas to enrich your family’s experience of Great Lent. All of the week’s daily readings are ready to download and print — and they’ll be released daily on our Ancient Faith Radio podcast.

This week, we have a special surprise for you! Natalie and Despina over at (if you don’t know them, you’re going to want to get to know them!) have put together some beautiful printables to coordinate with this week’s games and activities — and they are GORGEOUS!


We pray that these beautiful printables will bring new energy to your Lenten efforts, and that they’ll serve as a great introduction to a wonderful Orthodox parenting resource!

Find their amazing work here: