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God Wants Us to Help the Hungry

OCN Now - 1 hour 21 min ago

Have you ever had a chance to help the hungry? Not just making a snack for yourself, but really helping some people who don’t have much to eat or money to buy food. Have you packed meals, or have you given money to IOCC or a local food shelf? Have...

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Dimitirios Magouris: ‘Open to me the gates of repentance’

OCN Now - 2 hours 31 min ago

Listen now      The pre-cleansing period of the Triodio will bring us to the gates of Great Lent. It’s a period of intense liturgical activity and spiritual watchfulness, as demonstrated by the poetic discourse of these days. The hymns which follow the reading of Psalm 50 have a special...

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Be a Follower, Not a Fan

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/02/19 - 9:41am

Now when Jesus saw great crowds around Him, He gave orders to go over to the other side. And a scribe came up and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests;...

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St. Philothei of Athens 1522-1589

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/02/19 - 8:30am

St. Philothei lived in the Turkish-occupied, sixteenth-century Athens. Her spiritual and social work was groundbreaking, especially for a woman of that era. It was accomplished within the Church and dedicated to the service of the Greek people as a continuation and consequence of Orthodoxy and Romanity. On 19 February 1589,...

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Let the Spirit Lead

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/02/18 - 9:38am

Teach me the way I should go, for to Thee I lift up my soul. Deliver me, O Lord from my enemies! I have fled to Thee for refuge! Teach me to do Thy will, for Thou art my God! Let Thy good Spirit lead me on a level path!...

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Open Call for Posters – 3rd International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care DMOPC20

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/02/18 - 8:30am

OPEN CALL FOR POSTERS 3RD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DIGITAL MEDIA AND ORTHODOX PASTORAL CARE ‘DMOPC20’ 7-9 MAY 2020, ORTHODOX ACADEMY OF CRETE, KOLYMBARI The third international ‘Living Water’ conference on Orthodox Pastoral Care and the Digital Media which will take place in May 2020 at Kolymbari, Crete, will focus on...

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Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/02/17 - 9:36am

For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life (soul)? For what can a man give in return for his life (soul)? Mark 8:36-37 One of the most egregious (in my opinion) mistranslations in the Bible is in Mark 8:36-37. The word which...

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God’s Great Love for Us

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/02/17 - 8:30am

Metropolitan Ioïl (Frangkakos) of Edessa, Pella, and Almopia   ‘But he became angry and did not wish to enter’. The parable of the Prodigal Son, which is read today in church, has been called a pearl among the parables, and the Gospel within the Gospel. Some commentators have called it...

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Mark 16:1-8

Daily Readings and Saints - Sun, 2020/02/16 - 12:00pm
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The Story of a Father and His Two Sons

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/02/16 - 9:33am

The Lord said this parable: “There was a man who had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that falls to me.’ And he divided his living between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he...

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Sunday of the Prodigal Son

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/02/16 - 8:30am

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom †   19 February 1984 In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Time and again I have occasion to preach on the Parable of the Prodigal Son, on the story of the Publican and the Pharisee, and every time I notice how...

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Your Body is a Temple

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/02/15 - 9:31am

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything. “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant...

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The Unique Value of Every Life

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/02/15 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Iakovos Kanakis   There are some things that require no explanations, no analyses and no arguments; the truth is so blindingly obvious that only expediency and guilty feelings would be reasons for seeing them otherwise. What is under discussion here is the deliberate termination of pregnancy, and it really...

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The Highest Goal is Holiness

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/02/14 - 8:58am

But as He Who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” I Peter 1:15-16 If you ask the majority of people what their number one goal in life is, the answer is “to be...

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Sacredness and Political Correctness

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/02/14 - 8:30am

Protopresbyter Themistoklis Mourtzanos   ‘… and how from infancy you have known the sacred letters, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus’. One of the most beautiful phrases used by Saint Paul for the word of God is the ‘sacred letters’. The notion...

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God Wants Us to Succeed

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/02/13 - 8:54am

Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glorification. None...

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