Why Do Babies Sometimes Smile During Divine Liturgy?

by Elder Paisios Q.: I’ve noticed, Elder, that sometimes babies smile at the time of Divine Liturgy. A.: They don’t do that only at the Divine Liturgy. Babies are in constant contact with God, because they’ve got nothing to worry about. What did Christ say about little children? ‘Their angels in heaven continually gaze upon […]

The Place of Children

by St. John Chrysostom Let everything take second place to our care of our children, our bringing them up to the discipline and instruction of the Lord. If from the beginning we teach them to love true wisdom, they will have more wealth and glory than riches can provide.     Share the post “The Place […]

Will Unbaptized Children Go To Hell if they Die?

by Fr. John Hainsworth Often on the heart and mind – will unbaptized children go to hell? No. The Orthodox Church does not believe that children are born guilty of Adam’s sin and that unless freed of that guilt through baptism and communion they will die without God’s mercy. Such a notion is pernicious both […]

Baptism: But Children Don’t Understand the Faith!

by Fr. John Hainsworth Children don’t understand the faith – does that make them ‘second class citizens’ of the Body of Christ – is that a reason not to baptism them into the Church? The assumption behind this objection to infant baptism, one which did not exist in the early Church or in the centuries […]

On The Naming Of Children

by St. John Chrysostom “So let the name of the saints enter our homes through the naming of our children, to train not only the child but the father, when he reflects that he is the father of John or Elijah or James; for, if the name be given with forethought to pay honor to […]