Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Saint Marina As A Role Model For Young Women

Saint Marina the Great Martyr (Feast Day - July 17)

Marina was born in Southern Anatolia, specifically from Pisidia in Antioch, at the end of the third century during the reign of Claudius II (268-270). She was the only daughter of noble pagan parents.

When she was five years old her mother died (some sources say she died shortly after childbirth), and since her father, Aidesios, was too busy carrying out his duties as a pagan priest to care for her properly, he turned her care over to a woman who happened to be a Christian.

This nanny lived in a small town about fifteen miles from where Marina was born. Away from her father’s idols and blasphemous practices her nanny taught her about the Christian Faith. As Marina increased in age, more so did she advance in knowledge, understanding, and compassion. Her faith in the Living God was so great that she desired the difficult path of Martyrdom. She told her father that she wished to become a Christian and to never marry so as to live a life of virginity. Her father despised her for her faith and disowned her as his daughter.

Monday, July 8, 2019

The Youth and the Parish

By Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos

Within the Church and in the space of the Parish, the youth, even if they have been let down by society and their family, are able to find an authentic community in Christ, and the interest of a real father. Of course, in the Church there can also be errors and fall short of what should be expected, but ultimately that which has value is that the Church is not an organization, but a divine-human organism, since it is the Body of Christ. We know very well that the wounds of the Cross on the resurrected Body of Christ are signs of its glory. By these wounds the Apostle Thomas beheld the Divinity of Christ, according to Saint Gregory Palamas.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Counsels in the Spiritual Life for Orthodox Youth (Elder Daniel Katounakiotis)

The following letter of Elder Daniel Katounakiotis, who reposed on September 21st 1929, is a reply to a letter written by two young brothers who sought from this holy man of Mount Athos some guidance in the spiritual life. Elder Daniel's primary aim is to encourage the two brothers to stay away from vice and to love God-pleasing virtue. The letter was written in 1902.

To the beloved brothers Constantine and John, I pray from my soul.

With great joy, I recently received your two letters, which I read with great zeal and diligence. It is my duty that I answer and guide you accordingly. I will, however, address my response to both of you, since the two of you are God-loving brothers, and both of you have equal need of spiritual guidance and education. You are therefore obligated not only to ask, but to listen to what the Fathers have said.

Monday, June 10, 2019

A Prayer for Children (St. Nikolai Velimirovich)

A Prayer for Children

By St. Nikolai Velimirovich

O All-plenteous Lord Jesus Christ, who wast once even Thyself a child and who used to love and bless children, have mercy upon the children of our time and save them — so that unbaptized children may be baptized, and so that baptized children may be strengthened in their faith in Thee, who art Truth eternal, and in their love for Thee, who art Love ineffable.

Save, O Lord, those children whom unbelieving parents corrupt with atheism and turn away from Thee, their only Savior and salvation.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Welcome to Orthodox Youth Resources!

Dear Readers:

Do you work in some aspect of youth ministry and are looking for resources?

Have you ever searched online for such resources only to come away from such a search empty?

Do you want to expand the online presence of your youth ministry but don't know what to post or how to go about doing so?

If these and other such questions relate to your situation, then welcome to Orthodox Youth Resources, an online ministry dedicated to our Orthodox Christian youth that is part of the Mystagogy Resource Center, an international Orthodox Christian ministry.

I get asked about Orthodox resources aimed towards youth workers and the youth quite often. I've posted a few things here and there online that I am able to share, but knowing there is a desperate need for such resources, I decided to devote an entire webpage to providing them.

I am no stranger to youth ministry. I have some experience in pretty much every form of youth ministry. First of all, I was an Orthodox Christian youth. I have also taught Sunday School at all age levels, taught Greek to beginners, worked with different ages at an Orthodox Christian summer and winter camp, and for a short time was even a Youth Director at a large parish. I will speak of my own personal experiences in more detail on this website.

Don't think that this website is here to provide lesson plans. No. This website is meant to provide resources for your lesson plans. But this website isn't merely aimed towards providing information for lessons either. What will be posted here will inspire and inform, and many things you will want to share. Some things you will want to share with adults who have a passion in working with youth, while other things you will want to share with young people themselves.

It's difficult to describe what will be provided here. There will be a great variety of things. My only recommendation is that you follow this page and wait for its updates.

Keep in mind also that even though this site focuses on the youth, it is a supplement to the other resources of the Mystagogy Resource Center, which also contain many things of interest to youth and youth workers.


With love in Christ,

John Sanidopoulos