The Passion Begins

    04.16.20 | News & Articles by Fr. Steven Klund

     

    TODAY, He who suspended the earth in the waters is suspended on a Cross! On Thursday evening, April 16, the Lord will be painfully and reverently processed around the Church on His Holy Cross. We thank all of our faithful for worshipping with us from home using our enhanced online livestreaming services. We understand that our families may have some questions regarding the gravity of this occasion, and we hope to provide as best we can for you here on our website. Scroll down to read and watch news and resources for your family in this back half of Holy Week...

    Peter's Denial - Animated Episode For Kids & Teens

    The Archdiocese has made a plethora of resources available to its parishes. Below is a link to an online copy of the animated Christian show "Superbook." In this particular episode, the kids learn about Christ's betrayal and passion through the eyes of a remorseful Simon Peter. Click the link below and enter in "Holy Trinity 337" as the Login, and "Cathedral337" as the Password to watch the episode for free online. PARENTS: Make sure to Click Here to download the family discussion guide.

    Click Here to Watch "Superbook: Peter's Denial"

    Holy Week Storytime Videos for Kids

    In hopes of offering some spiritual assistance to our young families, Saint Nicholas will be offering a new online video series "Saint Nicholas Storytime." These short videos will feature spiritual picture books read by faithful stewards of Saint Nicholas. Today Fr. Steven reads to our children about all that took place between the Last Supper and our Lord's Crucifixion and Burial. Enjoy the video included below to help your family understand the great sacrifice made by our Lord to save our souls. You can also see the first two entries in the series (Saint Lazarus and Palm Sunday) that started this series. Also, in case you missed it, click here to watch the recap of the first half of Holy Week.

    Dye Red Pascha Eggs as a Family

    Today, for many Orthodox is the day that we usually begin dying the Traditional red eggs for Pascha. The red eggs are attributed to Saint Mary Magdalene and her visit to the Emperor of Rome following the Resurrection. To announce her visit, Mary greeted the Emperor with “Christ has risen,” whereupon he pointed to an egg on his table and stated, “Christ has no more risen than that egg is red.” After making this statement it is said the egg immediately turned blood red, symbolizing the blood of our Lord.

    Ingredients

    • 12 hard-boiled eggs
    • 1 tsp vinegar
    • 1⁄2 cup boiling water
    • 25 drops red food coloring • Cooling rack

    Directions
    Hard boil the eggs and allow them to cool completely. In a glass bowl mix hot water, vinegar, and food coloring. Place 2-3 eggs in the glass bowl and use a metal spoon to scoop the red liquid onto the eggs, turning to make sure color evenly coats the eggs. This may take 2-5 minutes to fully dye the eggs. Place the dyed eggs on a cooling rack to drain. Repeat with the remaining hard-boiled eggs. Place in the refrigerator and save for Sunday! 

    Young Family "Holy Week from Home" Kits

    Recently posted on the Metropolis of Atlanta website is an extremely useful "Holy Week At Home" family kit. This kit was created by Fr. Sampson Kasapakis in Pensacola, FL as a way of keeping young families spiritually engaged during Holy Week. In it you will find a Holy Week Workbook with a summary of each day, notes about the various icons of the week, activities and even coloring sheets for the youngest believers. 

    Click Here to Download the "Holy Week at Home" Kit