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Christ the Saviour Orthodox Cathedral in Johnstown, PA Offers Livestream Services

OCN Now - Thu, 2018/02/22 - 9:38am

Welcome to Christ the Saviour Cathedral,  the Cathedral Parish of  The American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA (Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople) which is shepherded by His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa.  Located in the Connemaugh Valley of Western Pennsylvania within the City of Johnstown, we are a vibrant community of...

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Called to Be Disciples and the Awe of the Lord—Part Three

OCN Now - Thu, 2018/02/22 - 9:23am

Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. ENGAGED: The Call to Be Disciples Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching...

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The Search

OCN Now - Thu, 2018/02/22 - 8:20am

Mina Boulekou, Author-Poetress- Columnist Whether You go,  I will follow You with all my heart,  with all my consciousness. from East to West  like a fiery arrow in the ethereal sky veils. And yet I will stand in the earth spheres like a feather  in the blowing wind opening the...

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Respecting the Divine: Why Australia and All Democracies Should Care About Blasphemy Laws

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/02/21 - 10:59pm

In the past several months, there has been a significant increase in the number of vicious and insensitive anti-Christian public ‘artworks’ and vandalism of churches across Australia. It would be naïve to think Christianity is not frequently insulted or targeted by artists and the media, however, this spike occurred during...

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Remembering Fr. Andres Giron

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/02/21 - 4:19pm

 Fr. Andres Giron is remembered today not only for the land reform movement he pioneered that provided marginalized Mayans in Guatemala with a livelihood, but for his own conversion to the Orthodox Christian faith that brought almost 200,000 Mayans to the faith in largest mass conversions of our times....

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Evangelist Billy Graham has Passed Away

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/02/21 - 2:27pm

Famed, longtime Evangelical Pastor Billy Graham has passed away.  The 99 year old was surrounded by his family when he died in Montreat, NC.  News of his passing has sparked much coverage, and as author Terry Mattingly writes, “diplomats, scholars and journalists will struggle to describe Graham’s impact via preaching,...

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A Reflection on Why We Fast

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/02/21 - 10:12am

Sermon published with permission of student author.  This past Saturday, our class had a night out for pizza.  For those who were able to make it, we enjoyed a variety of pizzas.  We ordered a sausage pizza, a buffalo chicken pizza, and there was one we ordered custom… with just...

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Return of the Icons

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/02/21 - 9:42am

What would you do if somebody came into your house and destroyed all your pictures? What if somebody poked holes in the photos of your family? Or cut through some of the pictures of your friends? Or burned the precious pictures of your grandparents or great-grandparents? That’s exactly what iconoclasts...

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Called to Be Disciples and the Awe of the Lord—Part Two

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/02/21 - 9:13am

Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. ENGAGED: The Call to Be Disciples Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching...

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Depending on the zeal

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/02/21 - 8:13am

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   Those who follow the path of Christ’s commandments are reborn spiritually and are transfigured. It’s not the same for everyone to the same extent, but depends on their zeal. They’re crucified with Jesus Christ and divine Grace makes them resemble Him Whom they love. Herein...

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Metropolitan JOSEPH to Lead Young Adult Pilgrimage

Antiochian Archdiocese - Tue, 2018/02/20 - 4:04pm

In the summer of 2018, His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH will be leading a pilgrimage to Orthodox Thessaloniki, Kosovo, and Serbia. Titled "Spiritual Awakening," the trip is slated for June 14–26, 2018, with a registration deadline of March 15. Traveling through holy lands with a hierarch at the head of the trip often opens "the pearly gates" through unplanned and grace-filled opportunities unique to this type of adventure.

The pilgrimage has been especially created for young adults and professionals aged 21–35. The trip will be limited to 30 people and will include a few clergy. Baptized Orthodox Christians of any jurisdiction may participate, especially those who are interested in exploring Orthodox history, art, architecture, and music, all within the fellowship of the Church. Young adults who enjoy networking with peers abroad and have an interest in humanitarian opportunities will enjoy this life-changing opportunity. Pilgrims will enjoy all that these holy lands have to offer in an intense schedule of touring that will also still leave time for fun. The itinerary includes time for services, prayer, exploration, relaxation, and building bonds with other Orthodox professionals. Register today to receive a detailed itinerary!

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Statement Regarding Reception of Converts to the Orthodox Christian Faith

Antiochian Archdiocese - Tue, 2018/02/20 - 12:03pm

Englewood, NJ • February 20, 2018

In response to numerous unnamed sources spreading confusion over the internet, His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH reaffirms the long-standing policy of the Antiochian Archdiocese, which is in accordance with the practice of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East, regarding the reception of converts to the Faith. To be clear, Holy Baptism in the Name of the Holy Trinity, followed by Holy Chrismation, is the normative means by which one is initiated into the Holy Church. When receiving those coming into Holy Orthodoxy from religious confessions who profess a belief in the Holy Trinity and baptize with water in the Name of Father, and of Son, and of the Holy Spirit, the Church from ancient times has done so through means of Holy Chrismation or a profession of the Faith – depending on the circumstances. When questions arise requiring discernment as to how a person is to be received into the Church, a priest must consult with his local bishop.

His Eminence reaffirmed this practice recently during a clergy seminar for the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West, where he has continued to be the local bishop since his election as Metropolitan. In this capacity, His Eminence made clear that he is the point of reference for such questions for the clergy in attendance.

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Orthodox Summer Camp

OCN Now - Tue, 2018/02/20 - 12:00pm

Summer may seem far away but as many parents know it comes faster than we think! A great number of you will be sending your kids to Orthodox Camp and they can fill up fast. We have put together a list of Orthodox Camps in the US by region. If...

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World Famous Cantor Alberto Mizrahi Preformed Free Concert and Remarks on his Holocaust Survivor Parents

OCN Now - Tue, 2018/02/20 - 8:59am

WORLD FAMOUS JEWISH CANTOR ALBERTO MIZRAHI PREFORMS FREE CONCERT AND REMARKS ON HIS HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR PARENTS SERIES “AN UNTOLD TALE: THE HOLOCAUST IN GREECE” BEING HELD IN MILWAUKEE JANUARY – MARCH MILWAUKEE, WI: This past Sunday, February 18, at the Jewish Community Center in Whitefish Bay, world famous Cantor Alberto Mizrahi preformed...

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Thoughts on Great Lent

OCN Now - Tue, 2018/02/20 - 8:17am

Metropolitan Ioïl (Frangkakos) of Edessa, Pella, and Almopia   In this period, we have two fasts, as we all know. There are about seven weeks of strict fasting, eight if you include the Cheese-fare weekwhich precedes. For a lot of people this is an enjoyable and desirable time, for others...

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Called to Be Disciples and the Awe of the Lord—Part One

OCN Now - Tue, 2018/02/20 - 8:04am

Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. ENGAGED: The Call to Be Disciples Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching...

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Finding Value Again

OCN Now - Mon, 2018/02/19 - 11:13am

Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. ENGAGED: The Call to Be Disciples Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching...

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Sunday of Cheese-fare: Forgiving and Fasting’

OCN Now - Mon, 2018/02/19 - 8:21am

Protopresbyter Nikolaos Patsalos   The time of preparation for the Fast ends with the Sunday of Cheese-fare and so we pass into great and blessed Lent, which is full of mixed experiences and feelings transmitted to us in a mystical way by its penitential services. Today’s Gospel reading brings us...

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Forgiveness, Fasting and Fortunes

OCN Now - Sun, 2018/02/18 - 11:04am

Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Forgiveness Sunday Jesus said “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive...

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I Condemn Hypocrisy

OCN Now - Sun, 2018/02/18 - 8:10am

Sermon preached by Elder Meliton (Hatzi), Metropolitan of Chalcedon (1913-1989) in the Cathedral Church of Athens Cheese-fare Sunday, 8 March, 1970   My friends, There was nothing the Lord castigated so much as hypocrisy. And rightly so, since He saw in it the greatest deceptive danger, which is the satanic...

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