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Daily Readings and Saints - Mon, 2017/11/20 - 11:00pm
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Luke 1:39-49, 56

Daily Readings and Saints - Mon, 2017/11/20 - 11:00pm
Matins Gospel Reading
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St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 9:1-7

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Epistle Reading
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Luke 10:38-42, 11:27-28

Daily Readings and Saints - Mon, 2017/11/20 - 11:00pm
Gospel Reading
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The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

Daily Readings and Saints - Mon, 2017/11/20 - 11:00pm
Saints Feasts and Readings for 11/21/2017
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“Is Saint Nicholas Real?”

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/11/20 - 4:12pm
Listen to an entertaining radio drama about what to tell your kids if they ask you whether Santa Claus ~ St. Nick is for real. Here is a gift from OCN to you, a Printable Icon of St. Nicholas Here.     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3 and an […]

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Memory Eternal! + Olivia A. Waishek

Antiochian Archdiocese - Mon, 2017/11/20 - 12:45pm

Olivia A. Waishek, 72, of West Roxbury, formerly of Hudson St. in Boston's South Cove, passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2017. Her commitment to her community was second only to her love of family and friends.

A devoted, life-long parishioner of the Church of St. John of Damascus as a member and past President of the Church Committee, Olivia played a significant role in working to provide the nine beautiful crystal chandeliers that hang in the church today. Olivia was also a member of the Order of St. Ignatius.

Olivia was an incredible asset to the City of Boston and her neighborhood of West Roxbury. She spent many years serving the community as part of various organizations. Extremely proud of her Syrian roots, Olivia worked tirelessly for AABA and was instrumental in the construction and development of Cherition Heights in West Roxbury.

She was a member and past president of the West Roxbury Civic and Improvement Association, and a devoted member of the Syrian Lebanese Women's Club of Greater Boston. She was involved with neighborhood politics, and as Zoning Commissioner aided in the restoration of Chinatown and the Hudson Street area. She also served as a member of the Planning Board of the City of Boston with the late Mayor Thomas Menino. She once held the distinguished position of Honorary Mayor of West Roxbury. She was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Nicholas G. Beram Veterans Association.

Olivia was the dear and devoted daughter of the late Ameen and Mary (Nashawaty); loving sister of Haney Waishek and Corrine Solomon both of West Roxbury, and the late Freddie Waishek; sister in-law of the late Marie Waishek and Jimmy Solomon; loving Aunt of Doreen Waishek and Freddie Waishek, both of West Roxbury; Mary DeSimone and her husband Charles of Dennis; Michael Waishek and his wife Mary of Dedham; Mary Topjian and her husband Chip of Westwood; and Jimmy Solomon and his wife Margaret of Dedham. She was also the beloved great-aunt of Kristina, Marie, Corinne, Charles, James, Olivia and Paul and great-great aunt of Brooke. She is also survived by 10 godchildren and many loving cousins and a plethora of friends.

Olivia's Funeral Service will be held Monday, November 27, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the Church of St. John of Damascus, 300 West St. in Dedham. Visiting hours will be held in the church on Sunday 3-8 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Contributions in Olivia's memory may be made to AABA, 18 Cheriton Rd. West Roxbury, MA 02132 or to the church. She will be laid to rest with her parents at Fairview Cemetery in Hyde Park.

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Nativity Fast, 2017: Pastoral Letter of His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH

Antiochian Archdiocese - Mon, 2017/11/20 - 12:07pm

I behold a strange and wonderful mystery: the cave a heaven, the Virgin a cherubic throne, and the manger a noble place in which hath laid Christ the uncontained God. Let us, therefore, praise and magnify Him. †Hiermos of the 9th Ode of the First Canon of Christ's Nativity

Beloved Brother Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, and Christ-loving Faithful of our God-protected Archdiocese,

I greet you with love and joy as we begin this season of preparation for the Nativity in the Flesh of Our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Today, the Holy Church calls us to prepare for the feast by fasting, prayer, and repentance. The surrounding culture calls us to prepare as well – but by decorating, shopping, and hosting parties. One of the most common questions our clergy receive during this time of year is: Why are we in a period of repentance when the rest of the world is celebrating?

For a response to that often asked question, let us look to our divine services. During the Nativity Fast, the Church gives us the triumphant First Canon of Christ's Nativity to strengthen us and urge us on in our journey. In the hiermos of the ninth ode, we are struck by the contrasting images of the cave as a heaven, the Virgin as a cherubic throne, and the manger as a noble place. In the Incarnation of Our Lord, we see all of the normal categories of our fallen world turned upside down. His birth reveals power in humility, wealth in poverty, kingship in servitude, and divinity in lowliness.

To fully enter into the mystery of this great act of God, we also must put aside the normal of this world. Our society now offers us the fleeting worldly happiness that comes from overindulging at holiday parties and overspending on consumer goods. The Church now offers us the eternal heavenly joy that comes from freeing ourselves from our passions and turning our focus to the love of God and neighbor. In other words, the normal way of celebrating according to the world is through satiety, but the true way of celebrating according to the new creation ushered in by Christ's incarnation is through sobriety.

Beloved in Christ, let us strive during this sacred season to truly experience the new normal where there is actually no contrast at all in a cave truly becoming heaven, a Virgin truly becoming a cherubic throne, and a manger truly becoming noble. This paradoxical experience only comes through our finding joy in repenting, fulfillment in abstaining, and love for God and neighbor through self-emptying.

Praying for all of you to be granted a holy, pure, and grace-filled fast, I remain,

Your Father in Christ,

+JOSEPH
Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America

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Who is free?

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/11/20 - 9:30am
Saint Nicholas Velimirovich   The great news which Christianity tells the world every day is that things are judged, as regards their true worth, not by evaluating their external features, but by what they are in essence. We have to judge things not by their colour or shape but by what they mean. And people […]

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The 3rd Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/11/20 - 8:26am
The Persecution of Christians in the Holy Lands & Middle East – Consequences & Solutions The Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate are hosting The 3rd Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. on December 4-6, 2017.   The Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate will engage scholars, human rights advocates, top government officials, and religious […]

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The Fear of God is Reverence for and Love of Him

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/11/20 - 8:15am
Metropolitan Athanasios of Lemessos   The Church is not opposed to the human body. This is why the Fathers were so careful not to damage their body with their ascetic efforts. They tried to submit it to the Holy Spirit and to God’s commandments, so as not to seek the pleasures and lapses of the […]

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Lord, Use Me

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/11/20 - 8:05am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Go-To Verses From the Bible Teach me the way I should go, for to Thee I lift up my soul.  Psalm 143: 8   Good morning Prayer Team! Here is a sobering question:  Does your prayer to God […]

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Finding Prayer Past the Smoke

OCN Now - Sun, 2017/11/19 - 9:39pm
The struggle to pray is real. And it is as real for us as it was for all the Desert Fathers and Saints who came before us. Amma Syncletica, one of the Desert Mothers describes our struggle to pray in this way. “In the beginning there are a great many battles and a good deal […]

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9th Sunday of Luke: ‘A Fierce Condemnation of Greed’

OCN Now - Sun, 2017/11/19 - 8:20am
Protopresbyter Nikolaos Patsalos   The ninth Sunday of Saint Luke and the Gospel reading again revolves around the great temptation of the misuse of wealth. The parable of the foolish rich man is well-known and, at the same time, of enduring interest to everyone, not only to those who have a lot of money. The […]

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Are You Rich Towards God?

OCN Now - Sun, 2017/11/19 - 7:53am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. The Lord said this parable: “The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: […]

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Christ Invites Us to Be Fellow Citizens with the Saints

OCN Now - Sat, 2017/11/18 - 8:43am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. For He is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in His flesh the law of commandments and ordinances, that He might create in Himself […]

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The Sanctification of the Human Body

OCN Now - Sat, 2017/11/18 - 8:15am
Metropolitan Athanasios of Lemessos   The human person is the temple of the living God. This is an Apostolic teaching of our Church, which means that, just as the grace of God, the grace of the Holy Spirit, resides in a church, the same is true of the human body and we are temples of […]

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Orthodoxy on Tap – Mental and Spiritual Health

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/11/17 - 1:54pm
Watch Andrea O’Donnell’s talk on Mental and Spiritual Health on Orthodoxy on Tap. The series brings professionals from diverse fields to discuss and raise questions on the way in which theology underlines our reality. Local, you can join along with Fr. Tandilyan on Peabody Public Access Cable TV on Channel 99; Tuesdays at 8:00 pm, […]

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Do It As If You Were Doing It for God

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/11/17 - 9:42am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Go-To Verses from the Bible Whatever your task, work heartily, as serving the Lord and not men.  Colossians 3:23   Good morning Prayer Team! One of the things that continuously frustrates me is the lack of any sense of […]

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Why we should not judge our neighbour

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/11/17 - 8:15am
Sunday’s Gospel of the Good Samaritan has as its core message ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself’. But the story is a reply to a specific question and obviously doesn’t exhaust all facets of the issue. For example, in this particular case, the ‘neighbourly’ thing to do next would be to guarantee the safety […]

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