Living an Orthodox Life: The Church in the Home
The Church in the Home, by Dr. Constantine Cavarnos. This 20-page monograph is
essential reading for all Orthodox Christians. From the Introduction: "There are families who have built
chapels inside their homes, meaning a type of small christian church with an iconostasis, a Holy Table,
and all that is required to conduct the Divine Liturgy. In general, these are families of great piety who
are well-off and have large homes. This is not the situation I have in mind when I use the phrase "church
in the home." I am simply referring to certain things we should have in our homes which are found and
used in an Orthodox church that aid in our coming to greater knowledge of our Orthodox faith and in our
efforts to progress in the life in Christ. I will explain each of these to you one by one."
The Christian Home: Ch. VI from the book Marriage and
the Christian Home, by the Rev. Michael B. Henning (St. Nectarios
Press, 1987). Look up information on the following topics:
Why Do We Have Our Homes
Blessed? by Phyllis Meshel Onest. Orthodox Family Life, Vol. 4, No. 2.
Getting Ready for Home
Blessing, Orthodox Family Life, Vol. 4, No. 2.
Why Are Vigil Lamps Lit Before Icons?, by St. Nikolai Velimirovich.
The Ikon in the Home, an excerpt from Stephen Graham's book
Undiscovered Russia. From Road to Emmaus No. 13 (Spring, 2000).
Prayer Life in an Orthodox Home, by Archpriest Roman Lukianov.
A Sermon on Reading Spiritual Works, by Archbishop Platon of Kostroma.
When No Priest is Available:
Reading the Service Books While Traveling or at Home, by Archpriest
On the Problem of Television
On Television: Comments by Various Saints and Holy Elders.
Television, by Archbishop Vitaly. A very insightful critique.
The Cyclops That Eats Books. On Television.
Children and Television: by Novice Joseph. From the first
few issues of Orthodox Tradition.
If you want to watch less TV and read more great books, one idea is to read to your children a good Charles
Dickens novel, such as Pickwick Papers. To that end, I highly recommend
another Road to Emmaus article entitled "Russian
Pickwickians: Dickens from an Orthodox Vantage".