Articles Written by Phyllis Meshel Onest, M.Div.


Phyllis Meshel Onest, M.Div., is the Director of Religious Education for the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Pittsburgh. She is a graduate of Holy Cross School of Theology, a former public school teacher, wife, mother of two girls, and former Church School Director and teacher. She served as theological and content Editor for Orthodox Family Life from Fall 1995 to Summer 1999.

The following articles originally published in Orthodox Family Life are exclusively copyright © Phyllis Meshel Onest, M.Div., and may not be reproduced without her permission. You may contact her at: Phyllis Onest, Director of Religious Education, 2507 Nedra Ave., Akron, OH 44305, or by e-mail at: or visit her website at

  1. Coming to Holy Confession (vol 3 iss 3)
  2. Celebrating Your Patron Saint's Day (vol 3 iss 3)
  3. Sources for Lives of the Saints compiled by Phyllis Meshel Onest, M.Div. (Internet exclusive, vol 3 iss 3)
  4. Helping Our Children Grow in Faith (vol 3 iss 1)
  5. What It Means To Be Godparents (vol 1 iss 4)
  6. The Care and Feeding of Your Child's Future Spouse introduction by Phyllis M. Onest, M.Div. (vol 2 iss 2)
  7. Raising No-Compromise Kids adapted by Phyllis Meshel Onset, M.Div. (vol 4 iss 2)
  8. Creating Family Archives (vol 2 iss 3)
  9. Prosphora: An Offering to God (vol 4 iss 4)
  10. A New Year's Evaluation What does your calendar say about your spiritual life? adapted by Phyllis M. Onest (vol 2 iss 2)
  11. Why Do We Have Our Homes Blessed? (vol 4 iss 2)
  12. The Story of St. Valentine (vol 3 iss 2, including an Internet exclusive Bible-study activity!)
  13. Getting the Most Out of Lent (vol 1 iss 3)
  14. A Family Lesson: How Will We Prepare for Pascha? (vol 3 iss 3)
  15. Praying for the Dead (vol 4 iss 3)
  16. Holy Unction
  17. Pascha vs. Easter, Eggs, Bunnies & Baskets (vol 3 iss 3)
  18. Summer Liturgies (vol 2 iss 4)
  19. Should I Send My Child to Summer Church Camp? (vol 4 iss 4)
  20. What about Halloween? (vol 2 iss 1)
  21. Get Started Now! Make a Family Orthodox Advent Calendar (vol 4 iss 1)
  22. Advent, The Coming of the Lord (vol 2 iss 1)
  23. Families Can Enjoy an Advent Alphabet! adapted by Phyllis Meshel Onest, M.Div. (vol 2 iss 2)
  24. An Advent Activity: Decorating the Tree with a Christian Message (vol 3 iss 1)
  25. Christ is for Everyone adapted by Phyllis Meshel Onest, M.Div. (vol 4 iss 2)


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