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On Self-Restraint

OCN Now - 12 hours 13 min ago

Book of the Elders   Some monks from the skete set out to visit Abba Anthony. So they got on a boat and there found another Elder who also wanted to go the same place. The brothers didn’t know him, though. Sitting amidships, they talked about the sayings of the...

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OCN Now - 12 hours 44 min ago

  Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Figures of the Nativity Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star appeared; and he sent them to Bethlehem saying “Go and search diligently for...

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St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 4:1-13

Daily Readings and Saints - Mon, 2018/12/10 - 11:00pm
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Mark 8:22-26

Daily Readings and Saints - Mon, 2018/12/10 - 11:00pm
Gospel Reading
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Understanding and Living Our Faith: What Do You Mean Santa Isn’t Real?

OCN Now - Mon, 2018/12/10 - 2:38pm

Do you remember your childhood when you believed in Santa Claus? Do you remember that excitement you felt Christmas Eve in anticipation of what was to come the next day? I remember one Christmas Eve, when I was about 6 or 7, sitting in my bedroom with my brother and...

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The Virgin Mary

OCN Now - Mon, 2018/12/10 - 8:35am

  Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Figures of the Nativity Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.  Luke 2:19 Good morning Prayer Team! Obviously, the central figure in the Nativity story is Christ Himself, the Logos...

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Human Tape-recorders

OCN Now - Mon, 2018/12/10 - 8:30am

Saint Paisios the Athonite   Because of so much reading, people today have ended up as tape-recorders and their cassettes are full of superfluous things. But according to Abba Isaac, teaching without action is a ‘repository of shame’. You see, lots of people who are interested in sports read sports...

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Saint Anthimos, the Fool for Christ (+1867)

OCN Now - Sun, 2018/12/09 - 8:30am

Saint Anthimos was from Sofia, Bulgaria, where he was a married, parish-priest. In 1841, after his wife reposed, he went to Mount Athos and was tonsured as a monk at Simonopetra Monastery. He began to act like a fool for Christ in order to hide his spirituality and closeness to...

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We Are Not Saved (or Condemned) by the Rules, but by Our Faith and Conduct

OCN Now - Sun, 2018/12/09 - 8:27am

  Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. 10th Sunday of Luke Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And there was a woman who had had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was...

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Luke 24:36-53

Daily Readings and Saints - Sat, 2018/12/08 - 11:00pm
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Let’s not be overwhelmed

OCN Now - Sat, 2018/12/08 - 8:30am

Saint Ambrose of Milan   ‘Don’t let us fall into temptation that we can’t withstand’. As if we were athletes wishing to compete and asking for the strength to resist our opponent, which in this case is sin. The Lord, Who took our sins upon His shoulders and forgave our...

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An Important Turning Point

OCN Now - Sat, 2018/12/08 - 8:18am

  Listen Now We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave and one by a free woman.  But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, the...

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The Angels

OCN Now - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 8:37am

  Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Figures of the Nativity And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among...

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True Knowledge of God and of the Self

OCN Now - Fri, 2018/12/07 - 8:30am

Saint Justin Popovich   An excerpt from Put Bogopoznanja (The Path to Knowledge of God) Only the nous that has been cleansed of the passions and the darkness of sin and has been sanctified by the Grace of the Holy Spirit is in a position to sense and conceive of...

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Saint Nicholas, the Saint of the Seas

OCN Now - Thu, 2018/12/06 - 8:30am

Alexandros Christodoulou   Saint Nicholas was born at the south-east corner of Asia Minor, in the town of Patara, in the 3rd century (at the time of the persecutions of Diocletian and Maximian) of devout and rich parents, who had been childless for many years. From an early age it...

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St. Nicholas

OCN Now - Thu, 2018/12/06 - 8:29am

  Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. The Real Santa Claus And Jesus came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea...

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Breaking out of jail

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/12/05 - 10:18am

Have you ever played police, or capture the flag, or freeze tag? Do you remember the feeling when you get out of jail, or when you get unfrozen? You’re free! In today’s epistle reading, Saint Paul reminds us that we are free now too. We know that our Lord, Jesus...

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Faith as a Prerequisite for Salvation, in the Prophet Habakkuk and the Apostle Paul

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/12/05 - 8:30am

Protopresbyter Spyridon Lontos   The prophet Habakkuk [1], one of the twelve minor prophets of the Old Testament, lived in Palestine in the 7th century B.C., at a time before the southern kingdom was conquered by the Babylonians (587) and lost its religious centre, the Temple of Solomon. In his...

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