Holy Trinity Orthodox Church

Events Around the Twin Cities

Lenten Retreat and Lecture Series at St George's

Fr Rick Andrews at St George Greek Orthodox Church in St Paul has sent us links for their three Lenten educational offerings (a retreat with an out-of-state speaker and two weekly lecture series on Wednesdays and Fridays), which are always interesting.  

March 18: Retreat for Kids, Youth, and Young Adults

St Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis has graciously extended an invitation to our youth and 18-35-somethings to attend a March 18 retreat; here is more information:

What is the Be the Bee retreat? The Be the Bee retreat is a pan-Orthodox retreat at St Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church on Saturday,  March 18 (9:30 am to 5 pm), led by representatives of the Greek Archdiocese youth office.There will be a day of engaging workshops for parents and youth workers to learn how to present our faith to our young people. There will also be a retreat for 6th- through 12th-graders led by representatives from the youth office of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. Fr Jason Hock and some volunteers also will lead a retreat and field trip to the Como Zoo for  Kindergarten through 5th-graders. Finally, on Saturday evening, there will be a YAL event (18-35-year-olds), “Orthodoxy on Tap,” led by representatives of the youth office from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. This event is open to all the Orthodox parishes in the area and is free.

Where did the phrase “be the bee” come from? St Basil the Great noted that Christians could read and use ancient Greek literature (which was written by pagans), but only what was good within it. This is similar to bees taking only the good nectar from flowers  while leaving bad stuff behind. St Paisios (late 20th century) recently said that when a bee is in a room full of filth with one sweet piece of food in it, it will go to what is sweet. A fly goes to the filth, while a bee goes to what is sweet. So, “being the bee” is discerning what is good around us to bolster our faith. View a host of “Be the Bee” videos here

For more information and to register, go here. Questions? Please contact Fr Jason Houck (612-825-9595).