The Morning Offering
By: Abbot Tryphon • March 21, 2021
Every Orthodox parent wants their children to grow up attending Sunday Liturgies and staying active in the life of the Church throughout their lives. Yet many parents don’t demonstrate the importance of having a relationship with God in front of their children. If we do not make God important, neither will our children. Children observe their parents, and other adults. They see hypocrisy and know when we are not following through with the teachings of the Church during the week. They hear when we take the Lord’s name in vain. They observe when we don’t make prayer central to our day. They notice when we only speak of God on a Sunday morning.
Making the sign of the cross, lighting candles and burning incense only on Sundays teaches our children to compartmentalize their own faith, thus leaving them defenseless in a world filled with temptations and distractions from things that are of a spiritual nature. If we do not demonstrate the importance of prayer before our children, we will leave them defenseless in a world that hates Christ. Our children need to pray with us, read the scriptures with us, and be taught the faith by us. If we do not make our homes a domestic church, our children will be lost to Christ, and Orthodoxy will not be lived out beyond our own grave.
Love in Christ,