Thank you for the venerating icon video and for the work you do making God's love visible. I have found the Be the Bee videos to be a great resource for my journey to become an Orthodox christian and reconnecting with God.
ST. GEORGE - FRESNO, CA LOVES STEVE
God bless you all!
I’m attempting to convert to Orthodoxy and was wondering if Y2AM was looking at doing some videos on that process. Questions I have is why we kiss the priest hand, how does one venerate an Icon, and understanding the liturgy. I would ask father but I’m still timid to ask such basic questions
Any links to websites where I can listen to homilies ? Thank you!!!
Hello! I was wondering , why aren't the saints smiling in icons? Wouldn't they be smiling because they are with Christ in His kingdom? Thank you! -Evangelia
On the other hand, icons also try to show the peace the saints experience in Christ. A smile might give the wrong impression in that sense. The saints live something much deeper and longer lasting than a smile can show.
What's your opinion on all the Goya pages?
Question continued----- can you please make a video on why orthodoxy is awesome and so rich! Thank you so much
Hello Y2AM! I was wondering if you could recommend any good books for young adults (16+) for teens who are orthodox and want to learn more about its traditions, where it originated or even about the founder of the church, Jesus, himself. If you have any valuable advice that would be great. Thanks!
It's also important to learn about the beliefs of the Church. There are a lot of wonderful books by Fr. Alexander Schmemann, like "For the Life of the World," though his books can be a little challenging.
Of course, don't forget the books of the Bible. We can learn a lot about the Church by reading the Gospels and Epistles.
And don't forget that there are wonderful podcasts that can teach you a lot about our Faith and history. Fr. Thomas Hopko has several wonderful podcasts on Ancient Faith Radio.
Happy reading (and listening)!
I've been spending a LOT of time on social media, and I find it hard to drop it and read the Bible. When i try to read The Bible, i skim really quick and go back on my phone. Please help me to find a way to focous if you can , thank you!
And have you downloaded the excellent Daily Reading app? It allows you to look at the saint and readings of the day right on your phone, and also lets you look at a lot of different services and prayers. If you're going to be on your phone, why not use it to learn more about the Faith?
This also brings discipline to mind. Maybe you need to "fast" from your phone. You can set a rule for yourself, so that every night after a certain time you put your phone away and won't look at it until the following morning. That can be great time for prayer, reading the Bible, and silence.
Speaking of discipline, here's an episode of Be the Bee that talks about how our little choices (like fasting) build the discipline and strength we need to make more important (and more difficult) choices in our lives. God bless!
Are there any people on ask that are 11 years old or under
I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for all you do. I love OL with FJ and Be the bee!!!!! I'm always excited for the next episode and podcast to come!!!!
I just want to say that your be the bee episode on, What is Sin?, was one of the best you guys have done! AMAZING! Keep them coming++
Can you make a be the bee on confession? Thanks!
Xristos Anesti! Thank you do much for this program! It truly helps us bring Christianity to our youth- And there is a need for that in today's society.
Thanks for these kind words! Please let us know where we can do better, and what new things we can do for you all.
Hello be the bee! I recently had 2 deaths in my family and they were very close. They were my grandmothers sons and they passed two weeks apart. My grandma is very strong but so depressed and upset. How can I comfort her. I'm not sure how to. Thank you
At times like this, it may not be possible for us to offer comfort. Death is a very difficult thing, and we all deal with it as best we can. Don't worry about having the right words to say. Honestly, what words are "right" in the face of such pain?
The best we can do at times like these is just be there for people. Even if it's something as simple as sitting in silence with your grandmother, with no distractions like cell phones: our honest presence can be much more powerful (and communicate love more effectively) than words. Be there for her, as best you can.
Also, be sure to offer prayers for those who have fallen asleep, and for your grandmother. Ask others to pray for them as well. And ask a priest to commemorate them during the Liturgy, and by offering prayers for the departed. When we offer ourselves and each other to God, we can find comfort in unexpected ways.
May God remember us all in His Kingdom!
Hello, I've always wondered how does a priest become a confessor? Thank you Y2am!!! -Lia
Similarly, a presbyter needs the blessing of the Bishop to hear confessions.
Because a presbyter needs a certain degree of preparation and maturity to hear confessions and be a spiritual father, they usually serve for at least a few years before receiving the full blessing. And sometimes, bishops grant this blessing in stages (so a presbyter can hear confessions from kids at summer camp first, then eventually from anyone).
Sometimes, if a presbyter is mature enough, he may receive the blessing very soon after being ordained.
Hi Y2AM, I have a question- are ordiniations the only time someone can assume a new name, or can they change they name anytime they want with the approval of the church? Thanks!
What stance does the church take with confession and communion to teenagers. Is it required that I take confession before communion or am I (16 years old) allowed to have communion without weekly confession? Please help and Xristos Anesti +++++++++!!!!+++++
This is a great question! There's no one-size-fits-all answer. The best way to approach Holy Communion is with a spiritual father. You can work out with him how often you should confess. Some people go to confession every week, some people go every month, some go every month.
Doctors give different people different prescriptions, depending on what they need to be physically healthy. In the same way, spiritual fathers give different people different prescriptions, depending on what they need to be spiritually healthy.
You're on the right track, though, because we should all do our best to prepare to receive Holy Communion. The details (how much we fast, how often we confess, etc.) will differ from person to person, and also differ at different points in our lives. Remember you're not alone, and God has given us wonderful priests to help!
God bless you!
I'm 15 and I really want to pray, can you please help me I'm not sure if I need to pray a lot or a little
We actually made some Be the Bee episode on prayer. We hope they help! Also, do you have a spiritual father? Someone who knows you and what you're going through can give you the best possible advice.
God bless you!
I am 16 and fast every wed and friday throughout the year. I was wondering if i am now old enough to do the full 40(50) days for lent? With school and sports and upcoming exams it is very hard to do but i want to do it? Do you have any input?
It's wonderful that you recognize fasting as important, because it is!
This is a difficult question to answer in the abstract. Many young people fast, and many older people do not. Fasting is a discipline, and we need to properly develop it in our lives. Some people make the mistake of pushing themselves to fast too much too soon, and give up entirely. Others don't push themselves enough, and miss out on the benefits they could receive with more work and preparation.
Plus, fasting is about much more than just food!
Having a trusted Spiritual Father who knows you (and your strengths and weaknesses) will help you find the right path and fast in the way that will be best for you.
We've done a few episodes of Be the Bee on fasting. Have you seen this one?
Hey y2am! I love be the bee ❤️
And we love making Be the Bee!
Our Faith is so rich, and we have had so many amazing teachers over the years. God, through the Saints and Church Fathers, has given us more treasures than we can count!
One treasure is this image of the bee. It's an idea that's centuries old, and goes back at least to St. Basil the Great. St. John Chrysostom and Elder Paisios also used it through the years. Fr. Jason inherited the idea from them, and we've been running with it ever since!
How can we resist the devils temptations and block bad thought from our minds?
St. Porphyrios suggests that we not waste our energy on trying to stop the thoughts, but rather:
"Let all your strength be turned into love for God, worship of God and adhesion to God. In this way your release from evil and from your weaknesses will happen in a mystical manner without your being aware of it and without exertion...It is better, that is, to devote ourselves to love through the study of hymns and psalms. This study and preoccupation directs my mind to Christ and refreshes my heart without my realizing it. At the same time I pray, opening my arms in longing, love and joy and the Lord takes me up into His love.”
We talked about this "easy way" in an episode of Be the Bee. Check it out: