EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCH
“Build Christian values in them, not Christian knowledge.
Work with their hearts, rather than their minds, because the theology of the heart cannot be erased”
(Fr. Seraphim, Orthodox Monastery of All Celtic Saints)
Teach your children love
Orthodox Monastery of All Celtic Saints
in Isle of Mull, Hebrides Islands, Scotland
What exactly is there to teach a child (or a teenager, for that matter)? In what ways is it beneficial for a child to sit down and learn about the Holy Trinity or Christ’s two natures? Is that where we should start? Are dogmas the central focus?
To me, church school is an interesting, but completely alien concept. The idea that I may go to church for anything else except worship feels strange. The notion that I can be taught about worship – by any other means except worship itself – is also strange. I instinctively dislike the thought that someone would try to ‘school’ me about God.
As a monastic, I haven’t had the experience of raising my own children. But I was a child once, and my memories of those years are all built around emotions, not knowledge: I remember playing, I remember my best friends, I remember some of the naughty jokes we played on the old people (that is, Continue reading “Teach your children love – By Orthodox Monastery of All Celtic Saints in Isle of Mull, Hebrides Islands, Scotland”
HAVE FAITH – ORTHODOXY
Priestmonk Seraphim speaks on Monastics, Monasticism & the Orthodox Monastery of All Celtic Saints in Isle of Mull, Hebrides Islands, Scotland.
Saint Adamnan of Iona
Saint Bride Hermitage, ROCOR Scotland
GREAT BRITAIN OF MY HEART
Ruins of the Monastery of Saint Andrian on Isle of May, Scotland
Saint Priest-Martyr Monan of Isle of May
& 6.600 Martyrs in Fife, Scotland (+874)
Saint Monan lived in the 9th century. He was a companion of Martyr Saint Adrian/Ethernan who was Abbot in the Monastery of Isle of May in Scotland.
After the Martyrdom of Saint Andrian of the Monastery of Isle of May by Vikings, Saint Monan went on to Inverey in Fife and set up a chapel.
He martyred with 6.600 Christians by Viginks in Fife, Scotland, on 874.
Saint Monan’s feast day is March 1.
HEAVEN ON EARTH – ORTHODOXY
Εκπομπή 24: Συνάντηση με Ορθόδοξους Αγίους της Ιρλανδίας & της Μ Βρεταννίας
GREAT BRITAIN OF MY HEART
The ancient Cowie Church of St Nathalan in Scotland
Saint Nathalan / Nachlan
Bishop of Tullich, Scotland (+678)
Saint Nathalan or Nachlan (+678) is a saint who was active in the district now known as Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He is also known by the names Saint Nachlan and Saint Nauchlan.
Saint Nathalan was born in the village of Tullich, for which he was eventually appointed as bishop. The earliest church in Tullich was founded by Saint Nathalan in the 7th century. He also built churches at Bothelim and Colle. He was a nobleman who cultivated. He possessed a large estate, which he cultivated and distributed his harvest generously to the poor. He was one of the Apostles of that country.
Saint Nathalan is reputed to have built the first small chapel on the windswept clifftop at Cowie sometime during the 7th century.
One very rainy summer the great saint, in a moment’s weakness, cursed the rain which was hindering the harvest. In penitence for his great sin in cursing God’s creation, Saint Nathalan padlocked his right arm to his right leg, tossed the key into the River Dee and set off to walk to Rome to seek forgiveness. Upon reaching Rome he sat down to supper. However, when he cut open the fish laid before him he found the very key that he had thrown into the Dee many months previously. A pool in the river nearby is still known as “the key pool” for this reason.
Saint Nathalan died on 678.