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Hagia Sophia: What Just Happened?

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/07/14 - 1:17pm

Let’s Talk Live with Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou, Dr. Alexandros K. Kyrou, and Fr. Christopher Metropulos We are pleased to announce our myOCN Community Online Gathering follow up discussion this coming Thursday, July 16th, at 7:00 pm EST with special guests Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou and Dr. Alexandros K. Kyrou....

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Saint Vlasios from Sklavaina Appears to Saint Païsios

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/07/14 - 8:30am

(edited by Stelios Koukos) Archimandrite Avgoustinos Katsambiris had repeatedly asked the Elder (Saint Païsios the Athonite) to pray that the newly-revealed Saint Vlasios, from Sklavaina, would appear to him. The archimandrite wanted to know what Saint Vlasios looked like, so that he could paint an icon of him. It was...

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Summer Reset 2020 Part II—Things We Still Have and Are Grateful For

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/07/14 - 5:35am

On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus was passing along between Samaria and Galilee.  And as He entered a village, He was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”  When He saw them He said to...

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Liberation from the Power of Evil

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/07/13 - 8:30am

Ioannis Karavidopoulos, Professor Emeritus of New Testament Hermeneutics, A. U. Th.   The central aim of the Gospel reading for the fifth Sunday of Matthew is to demonstrate Christ’s Messianic power. Through Jesus’ activity in the world, His crucifixion, resurrection then the foundation of the Church, the destructive work of...

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Summer Reset 2020: Part I—Things We’ve Lost

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/07/13 - 5:30am

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear Him.  And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”  So He told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them,...

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Luke 24:13-35

Daily Readings and Saints - Sun, 2020/07/12 - 12:00pm
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James W. Lillie: My Personal Recollections of Saint Paisios

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/07/12 - 8:30am

James W. Lillie   As I mentioned in the recent article about the Elder, I was fortunate enough to translate his biography of Saint Arsenios. As a result of this, I met him on a number of occasions. Were I a more saintly person, I would no doubt have recognized...

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Would You Invite Him to Stay, or Ask Him to Leave?

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/07/12 - 5:20am

And when Jesus came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs met Him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you...

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The Son and Word of God, the Saviour of the Human Race

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/07/11 - 8:30am

Rafael Ch. Misiaoulis, Theologian   Most of the miracles performed by Jesus were the result of a request by people who needed the miracle, and only occurred after He had previously examined their faith. There were, however, miracles which he Himself wished to perform. We heard of one such today....

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Proper Zeal

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/07/11 - 5:30am

Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but it is not enlightened. For, being ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking to establish their own, they did...

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The Conversion of the First Christians in Thessaloniki

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/07/10 - 8:30am

Christos Economou   ‘Some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women’. (Acts 17, 4). When Paul preached in the synagogue in Thessaloniki, he was addressing the Jewish inhabitants of the city,...

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Psalm 53—Only a Fool Says There is No God

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/07/10 - 5:23am

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” Psalm 53:1 Every human being at some point in life confronts the question “Is God real?”  That moment might come on a person’s death bed, when they wonder, very late in the game, “what happens next?”  There are plenty of...

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Learning More About God

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/07/09 - 4:41pm

Are you still growing? Sometimes, we might think we are pretty much all grown up. But then, when we look back on it, we know we weren’t! We grow in how tall we are, and how much we weigh, and how much we know, and how much we can do....

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Will Hagia Sophia Survive? Get the behind the headlines.

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/07/09 - 11:04am

Let’s Talk Live with Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou, Mustafa Akyol, and Fr. Christopher Metropulos   We are pleased to announce our myOCN Community Online Gathering this coming Thursday, July 9th, at 7:00 pm EST with special guests Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou and Mustafa Akyol. Fr. Christopher Metropulos, our Executive Director, will...

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LIVE Adult Education: Shared Experience of the Orthodox Christian Faith

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/07/09 - 10:00am

Join Adult Education Facebook LIVE Discussion on Sun at 11:30am. We will be returning to #myOCN’s Facebook for a brief reflection based on how understanding. Invite someone #tagsomeone and join us. Join here LIVE on OCN FACEBOOK Sunday at 11:30 am EST.    These are not classes on high theology that...

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Abba Dorotheos – Instruction 2 On Humility

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/07/09 - 8:30am

Abba Dorotheos   One of the Elders said: ‘Above all, we need humility, to be ready to say “Forgive me” whatever is said to us. Because through humility, everything from the enemy and hinderer is destroyed’ [1]. Let us see power of the elder’s words. Why does he say that...

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