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March 2013 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

At St. Athanasius Academy, we have been serving the spiritual needs of prisoner-students since 1994. We offer 16 study courses from our expanding correspondence division – The Apostles Peter and Paul Prisoner Education / Scholarship Program. We offer Certificates of Completion and a Diploma. Of our many hundreds of students, only one to our knowledge, has returned to prison. Most prisoners complete our core courses before being paroled. Our work is changing hearts and transforming lives. Thank you for your help!

Our Correspondence Program continues to be strong, as we put particular emphasis on the laity of His Church, both in the United States and Canada. Our study program begins in helping prepare the hearts and minds of our students, as they draw nearer the Word of God, and become ever more in union with Jesus, He Who is our Christ. We then move to our core studies, which focus on the Apostolic Fathers, History of the Church, and the Incarnation. Throughout we come to discover our dignity is being in His image and of His likeness and what it means to live in the realities of His promises and the hope of faith. Our studies have expanded to include both e-mail and Web-cam studies. Email us for a catalog.

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February 2013 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

FR. POLYCARP
A LIVING OFFERING UNTO THE LORD OF ALL MAY HIS MEMORY BE ETERNAL IN THE BOOK OF LIFE

...that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Jn. 3:16

Let us be patient in the midst of sorrow, while yet seeking the Lord’s Peace, reminding ourselves of; His Baptism in the River Jordan by John, the promise of His Father, and the comforting presence of the Holy Spirit. For in this is our invitation to live our lives – this day – in the words of hope given the Repentant thief. This on the very day our Lord and Savior, laid aside His human flesh on His Cross.

In this mystery, let us find the joy able to overcome grief, transform hearts, and bring a spirit of thankfulness, giving all glory to Him. For in this, is the gift of participating in the intimacy of His love; a love evermore intricately interwoven as one harmonic expression of our being clothed in His Grace.

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January 2013 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

This Season of our Lord – His Birth and Baptism – is a season of fond memories for those who came together to form the Academy. They came seeking the gift of great hope and renewed promise of His Incarnation. And this, not for themselves, but for anyone seeking the gold placed within by the Lord.

I am thankful for the opportunity to have known, met, and worked with them. Few have shown such dedication in seeking this great faith; of diligently contemplating, confirming, and keeping the Word of the Lord – His Holy Scriptures, oral traditions, and Seven Ecumenical Councils. Such great grace and compassion, with a willingness to struggle for the sake of the Lord's own, are virtues we can strive to imitate.

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December 2012 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

The birth of Jesus, He being our true Christ, begins the fulfillment of Isaiah (OSB-Is. 9:5). His nativity opens the door to us; to the restoration of our fallen relationships with our Lord, between men and women, and with all of His creation.

Let us marvel in a virgin giving birth to a son. Let us be amazed – this Child, the Word of God Incarnate. Let us be filled with awe, knowing that what Jesus assumed to Himself, is being healed, as we are being reconciled to Him. Let us rejoice in the significance of women being restored and healed, through this young virgin called Mary – the second Eve - who gave birth to God the Word in the flesh.

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November 2012 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

A Protestant friend steps into an Orthodox Church and carefully comments: “Quite beautiful, he said, but doesn't the Bible warn against graven images?"

His concern was sincere as his Old Testament law warns, "You shall have no graven images" (Ex. 20:4). So, do the icons portraying Jesus the Christ, His Mother, the saints, and biblical events, represent graven images? First, icons were not inventions of the apostate medieval Church. Instead, from the earliest, they proved a good tool for piety and instruction, with images of the cherubim being integral to the Jewish Temple.

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