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St. Peter's First Universal Letter 5:6-14

Daily Readings and Saints - Tue, 2017/04/25 - 12:00am
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Luke 10:16-21

Daily Readings and Saints - Tue, 2017/04/25 - 12:00am
Gospel Reading
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Mark the Apostle and Evangelist

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Saints Feasts and Readings for 4/25/2017
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Remembering the Armenian Genocide, April 24, 1915

OCN Now - 5 hours 4 min ago
Remembering the Armenian Genocide, April 24, 1915 On this day, April 24, in 1915, the Armenian Genocide transpired. This was the Ottoman government’s systematic extermination of 1.5 million Armenians, mostly Ottoman citizens within the Ottoman Empire and its successor state, the Republic of Turkey. Hundreds of thousands of people were forcibly converted to Islam to […]

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Modern Trials to Our Ancient Faith: The Challenges to Living Orthodoxy in America

OCN Now - 10 hours 7 min ago
“Rules, Rituals and Story – How We Experience and Share our Faith” If you had a choice between memorizing and learning a bunch of rules to follow, or reading or watching an exciting story, which activity would you pick? Most would choose the latter. Despite our universal love of story, we do not often share […]

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It was Heaven on Earth

OCN Now - 11 hours 14 min ago
Professors of the Moscow Theological Academy Archpriest Maxim Kozlov and Alexei Nikolaevich Svetozarsky shared their stories, remembrances and understandings of Paschal nights and services 35 years ago in the Soviet Union, with Tatiana’s Day.  The OCN is pleased to share these moving remembrances and understandings of what it means to be a Christian from Pravoslavie.ru.  […]

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Metropolis of Chicago Archons Hold 2nd Annual Business Retreat

OCN Now - 12 hours 14 min ago
METROPOLIS OF CHICAGO ARCHONS HOLD 2ND ANNUAL BUSINESS RETREAT GUEST SPEAKER PROFESSOR JAMES SKEDROS DISCUSSED HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF AND FUTURE OF THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE OF CONSTANTINOPLE KANSASVILLE, WI: The Metropolis of Chicago’s Archons held their 2nd Annual Archon Business Retreat on Saturday, April 22, at the at St. Iakovos Retreat Center in Kansasville, Wisconsin. During the retreat, Metropolis […]

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Georgetown University’s Orthodox Christian Fellowship Chapter Hosts an Interfaith Ministry for Refugees

OCN Now - 12 hours 49 min ago
On Wednesday, April 19th, Georgetown University’s Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) chapter hosted an Interfaith Ministry for Refugees, where students learned more about the humanitarian relief work of International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) and other charities in Greece.  The event provided students with a chance to get involved and support the work of IOCC as they […]

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Made Known in the Breaking of the Bread

OCN Now - 14 hours 8 min ago
We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. The Resurrection of Christ When Jesus was at table with them, He took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished out of their […]

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‘Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing’ (Luke 23, 24)

OCN Now - 14 hours 14 min ago
Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   Jesus again sets the Law of the Old Testament in its true interpretational framework and at the same time urges us to emerge from the shadow of the Law into the Light of the Grace of God, which is love. By transcending the law of retaliation, Christianity promotes the […]

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Memory Eternal! + Nabiha (Iqal) Rayan

Antiochian Archdiocese - Sun, 2017/04/23 - 10:21pm

Father Nicholas Dahdal writes:

Memory Eternal! Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Church of Cicero, IL, offers her sincerest condolences to the Rayan Family on the loss of the handmaid of God Nabiha (Iqal) Rayan, who passed into eternal life on Bright Monday April 17, 2017. Condolences are extended to her children Yacoub (Baha), Rayan (Fayrouz), Saliba (Janan), Archdiocese Board Member Mansour (Wafa), Jad (Pam), Ida (†Jiries) Mufarreh, Ghada Rayan, and their families.

Likewise, we extend condolences to her siblings Issa, Boutros, Nasr, Kamel, Widad, Huda, Julia, Offa, and Suad.

Nabiha now joins in eternal life her beloved husband †Oudeh Rayan, and her siblings †Daoud and †Saeed. The Paschal Funeral Service and Burial was held on Bright Thursday, April 20.

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The Dept. of Homeschooling Announces 2017 St. Emmelia Orthodox Homeschooling Conference

Antiochian Archdiocese - Sun, 2017/04/23 - 4:22pm

With us everything should be secondary compared to our concern with children, 
and their upbringing in the instruction and teaching of the Lord.  
- St. John Chrysostom

Did you know that homeschooling is becoming more and more popular? It might be the best educational option for your family, or a family you know.

If so, we encourage you to look into the annual St. Emmelia Orthodox Homeschooling Conference, scheduled for April 27-30, 2017 at the Antiochian Village Conference and Retreat Center outside Ligonier, PA. The conference offers workshops for both experienced and beginning homeschoolers alike, with simultaneous activity sessions for children ages three and up.

Our weekend is both educational and retreat-like, with many opportunities for worship and fellowship with other Orthodox homeschooling families. Workshops cover topics of interest to inquiring, beginning, and veteran homeschoolers, as well as to supporting spouses. If your entire family cannot attend, we welcome solo attendees as well!  It will be a blessing and we hope that you will join us.

In our most humble and loving Lord, the Trampler of death, Jesus Christ,

Archpriest Noah Bushelli, Director
Department of Homeschooling

About the Department: Created in 2015, our department is staffed by volunteers who are grateful for the Metropolitan's support for this growing educational option. The primary goal of the Department of Homeschooling is to promote and support and unite homeschooling throughout the Archdiocese. Secondarily, we seek to remind all parents that their children's education is their responsibility, whether or not they outsource this task.

For more information see: http://www.antiochian.org/department-homeschooling

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An Emmaus Experience

OCN Now - Sun, 2017/04/23 - 8:48am
We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. The Resurrection of Christ Thomas Sunday That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking […]

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The Doubt of St. Thomas

OCN Now - Sun, 2017/04/23 - 8:30am
Saint John Chrysostom   John 20:24-25 But Thomas, (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the […]

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Pascha and Doubt

OCN Now - Sun, 2017/04/23 - 12:45am
Holy Week and Pascha present a real temptation to live one’s faith in a way that seeks to be externally perfect rather than beautiful for Christ. Orthodox Christians see this when we boast about the length of our services and the strictness of our fasting. How much pressure do we feel to have the perfect […]

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Matthew 28:16-20

Daily Readings and Saints - Sun, 2017/04/23 - 12:00am
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Feast of the Holy Great-Martyr George

Antiochian Archdiocese - Sat, 2017/04/22 - 9:32am

Blessed Feast Day to our many St. George parishes!

As the deliverer of captives and the protector of the poor, as the physician of the feeble and combatant of kings, holy champion and great martyr George, intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.
+ Troparion of St. George, Tone 4

Thou wast cultivated by God and didst become a most wonderful cultivator of piety, and didst harvest for thyself the sheaves of virtue, for having sown in tears thou didst reap in joy and having withstood to death thou art garnered for Christ. By thy intercessions, O Saint, thou dost obtain for us all remission of our sins.
+ Kontakion of St. George, Tone 4

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(If April 23 falls on or before Great and Holy Pascha, the Feast of St. George is translated to Bright Monday.)

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The Resurrection: an affront to reason

OCN Now - Sat, 2017/04/22 - 9:00am
Archimandrite Epiphanios Ekonomou   It’s hardly surprising that the message of the Resurrection of Christ has raised a whole host of doubts and questions. Objections were registered immediately after the occurrence of the supernatural event on which the whole structure of the Christian Church is founded. For the Jews of Biblical Jerusalem, it was a […]

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The Resurrection in the Gospel of Luke

OCN Now - Sat, 2017/04/22 - 8:28am
We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. The Resurrection of Christ But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they […]

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