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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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The Shepherds

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/12/05 - 7:24am

  Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. The Shepherds And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  Luke 2:8 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they...

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Syrian Saints: Barbara of Heliopolis & John of Damascus

OCN Now - Tue, 2018/12/04 - 8:30am

James W. Lillie   The Holy Great Martyr Barbara lived and suffered during the reign of the emperor Maximian (305-311). Her father, Dioskoros, was a rich pagan, a prominent citizen in Ilioupolis in Syria. After the death of his wife, he devoted himself to the upbringing of his only daughter....

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We Have to Be Prepared at All Times

OCN Now - Tue, 2018/12/04 - 7:51am

  Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. St. Barbara/St. John of Damascus “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were...

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The Innkeeper

OCN Now - Mon, 2018/12/03 - 2:01pm

  Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Figures of the Nativity And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered.  And she gave birth to her first born Son and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths,...

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Sermon on the Apostolic Reading – 14th Sunday of Luke (Ephesians 6:10-17)

OCN Now - Mon, 2018/12/03 - 8:30am

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   In this Apostolic reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, we see an inspiring description of the suit of armor a Christian needs for warfare. Of course, the kind of example that St. Paul is presenting is a spiritual one, aimed at effectiveness in...

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Do You Want to Be Healed?

OCN Now - Sun, 2018/12/02 - 1:54pm

  Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. 14th Sunday of Luke As Jesus drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him,...

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Great faith

OCN Now - Sun, 2018/12/02 - 8:30am

Rafael Ch. Misiaoulis, Theologian   The Lord visited every city and region of Judea, where He cured all manner of diseases and bodily ailments. He preached repentance, bringing back those in error to the knowledge of the truth and confirming His teachings with strange miracles. He did so because people...

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Soldiers Wear Armor to Fight

OCN Now - Sat, 2018/12/01 - 1:41pm

  Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the...

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It seems hard

OCN Now - Sat, 2018/12/01 - 8:30am

Saint Theophan the Recluse   If you pray in the morning as you should, your whole day will be blessed. Don’t be downcast over efforts that seem fruitless. Remember how you learned to knit, or read and write. What efforts you made then… Now you can do all of these...

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St. Andrew—The First Called of the Apostles

OCN Now - Fri, 2018/11/30 - 9:04am

  Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. St. Andrew—The First Called of the Apostles He Was the First to Be Called—We are Called as Well The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples; and he...

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Saint Andrew, Christ’s First-Called Disciple

OCN Now - Fri, 2018/11/30 - 8:30am

Alexandros Christodoulou   Andrew the Apostle was one of Christ’s twelve disciples. He came from Bethsaida, a town located on the western bank of Lake Tiberias. He worked in the family business run by his father, Jonah, which was based on the rich fishing to be had in the lake....

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The Crowd

OCN Now - Thu, 2018/11/29 - 8:54am

  Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Figures of the Nativity The Crowd In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled.  This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor...

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Do we have to get along with everyone?

OCN Now - Thu, 2018/11/29 - 8:30am

Fr. Andreas Agathokleous   Some people say, and believe they’re right in doing so, that we should ‘get along well with everybody’, meaning our behaviour shouldn’t cause people not to like us and that we should be friends with everybody. But do Christians who wish to have Christ in their...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith:What is Prayer and Why Do We Pray

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/11/28 - 11:17am

“Prayer is the test of everything; prayer is also the source of everything; prayer is the driving force of everything; prayer is also the director of everything. If prayer is right, everything is right.” (St. Theophan the Recluse) Ask yourself what is prayer and why do we pray? The answer...

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Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the 10th Sunday of Luke (Galatians 3:23-29; 4:1-5)

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/11/28 - 8:30am

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   In this selection from the Apostle Paul’s Letter to the Galatians, he compares the spiritual state of a person who follows the Mosaic Law with the higher spiritual state a person rises to when they believe in Christ. Because from a spiritual point of view,...

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