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Parish Schools: Our ‘Christian Duty’

In his candid blog post, an Orthodox priest-monk (or Hieromonk) of the Russian Orthodox Church named Gabriel encourages Orthodox Christians in America to build Orthodox parish schools, so that our children are not abandoned “at the one moment of history in which they unquestionably need such [spiritual] help the most.” He calls this our “Christian Duty,” so that our children (and future generations) have access to a spiritually-edifying education that allows them to grow into Christ-loving, moral, and virtuous adults who, above all, "seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness." (Matthew 6:33). Why is a proper, Christ-centered education important in the lives of our children? Because, we are wisely advised to, “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

At our Academy we recognize this important obligation to support our students to grow strong in the Christian faith, and we pray that our Orthodox Christian classical academy is the first of many across our State. We pray that God continues to guide and enlighten us in our efforts to provide our students a proper education that brings them closer to Christ, taking heed of our Lord's words: "'Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.'" (Matthew 19:14)

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