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Form and Substance (Luke 13, 10-17)

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/12/11 - 8:10am
Archimandrite Nikanor Karayannis   Today’s Gospel reading is a clear and stark indictment of formalism in religion. Saint Luke tells us that Christ cured someone on the Sabbath and this was cause enough for Him to come into conflict with the Judaism of His time, which had transformed the commandments of the Decalogue and the […]

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10 Books That Screwed Up the World with Benjamin Wiker

OCN Now - Sun, 2017/12/10 - 5:10pm
Listen Now to a conversation with Benjamin Wiker in this podcast series of Hank Unplugged. The Bible Answer Man’s podcast brought to you through Christian Research Institute and now showcased on Orthodox Christian Network. ABOUT HANK HANEGRAAFF Hank is the author of more than twenty books, with more than a million copies in print. He is a regular […]

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It has to find its way

OCN Now - Sun, 2017/12/10 - 8:20am
Saint Basil the Great   From our first steps in life, the soul must be brought to the performance of every kind of good work, when it’s still pliable, smooth and soft as wax. It responds easily, depending on the forms and shapes presented to it, by those who are its spiritual guides. Then, when […]

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

OCN Now - Sun, 2017/12/10 - 7:38am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. 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 bent over and could not fully straighten herself. […]

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Between the First and Second Comings

OCN Now - Sat, 2017/12/09 - 5:51pm
In the early Church, when Christian believers gathered or parted, when they first saw each other or were separating, they didn’t say the equivalent of our “hello” or “goodbye.” They said “Maran-atha!”—an Aramaic expression that means “Come, Lord Jesus.” (Revelations 22:20) The Church Father, St. Hippolytus of Rome, in 204 AD, recorded that a certain […]

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New Western Rite Christmas CD

Ancient Faith Radio - Sat, 2017/12/09 - 5:35pm
Fr. Patrick Cardine joins us to talk about the beautiful new CD produced by his parish choir. St. Patrick Antiochian Orthodox Church is a parish in the Western Rite tradition and the recording is available as a CD or as downloads. Go the the parish website to learn more.
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‘Every act of violence, religious intolerance or injustice is not merely an insult to humanity, but a sin against our Creator’

OCN Now - Sat, 2017/12/09 - 8:20am
Address at the start of proceedings at the 10th Dialogue, organized jointly in Jerusalem by the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations, on the occasion of the 40 years of dialogue between Orthodoxy and Judaism. Tuesday 5 December 2017 Today, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew opened the proceedings of the 10th Meeting of […]

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Soldiers Wear Armor to Fight

OCN Now - Sat, 2017/12/09 - 7:59am
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 devil. For we are not […]

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Message From the Department of Sacred Music for Choir and Chanter Appreciation Sunday

Antiochian Archdiocese - Fri, 2017/12/08 - 12:01pm

On this second Sunday in December, the Antiochian Archdiocese recognizes the contributions of all of our church singers and their vital role in communicating the teachings of the Church through melody and maintaining the beauty and dignity of our divine services.

It is through the work of hundreds of musicians across the Archdiocese that our experience in holy worship finds its voice.

Today the Department of Sacred Music joins with His Eminence and the clergy and faithful of the Archdiocese to say "thank you" for all the time and love that so many are giving.


The Department of Sacred Music is on a mission to guide chanters, choirs, and congregations to musical excellence in worship for the glory of God. With His help, we:

  • Preserve the historical diversity of musical traditions in our churches
  • Train young musicians and provide resources to new and mission parishes
  • Build strong ties of communication throughout the Archdiocese
  • Organize workshops and seminars that improve the quality of musicianship
  • Publish and distribute new and edited compositions in accordance with professional and liturgical standards

If you are interested in learning more about the specific program that the Department of Sacred Music offers to the Archdiocese, please contact sacredmusic@antiochian.org to be added to our mailing list. And consider making a personal donation to the programs that continue the broad range of musical tradition of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.

May God continue to bless you all and your ministry!

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The Conception of the Theotokos + December 9

Antiochian Archdiocese - Fri, 2017/12/08 - 9:51am

Anna besought the Lord in fervent prayer for a child. The voice of the angel proclaimed to her: God has granted you the desire of your prayer. Do not weep, for you shall be a fruitful vine, bearing the wondrous branch of the Virgin who will bring forth in the flesh the blossom Christ, Who grants great mercy to the world.

Today the great mystery of all eternity, whose depths angels and men cannot perceive, appears in the barren womb of Anna. Mary, the Maiden of God, is prepared to be the dwelling place of the eternal King Who will renew human nature. Let us entreat her with a pure heart and say: Intercede for us with your Son and God that our souls may be saved.

+Vespers of the Feast

Fr. Thomas Hopko on the Conception of Mary

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Farewell Dinner & Closing Remarks of 3rd Annual Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/12/08 - 9:26am
Farewell Dinner & Closing Remarks of the 3rd Annual Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom Photos: ©GOA/Dimitrios Panagos Video coverage of the Farewell Dinner & Closing Remarks at the 3rd Annual Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom in Washington, DC. The dinner took place on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the US Institute of Peace, 2301 […]

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Session Four: Sacred Sites and Property Rights

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/12/08 - 9:14am
Session Four: Sacred Sites and Property Rights Photos: ©GOA/Dimitrios Panagos Video coverage of the Session Four: Sacred Sites and Property Rights at the 3rd Annual Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom in Washington, DC. Opening Remarks: Panel Chair/Archon National Commander Dr. Anthony Limberakis Moderator: Tufts University Fletcher School for Law & Diplomacy Visiting Associate Professor […]

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SERIES “AN UNTOLD TALE: THE HOLOCAUST IN GREECE” TO BE HELD IN MILWAUKEE JANUARY – MARCH

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/12/08 - 9:05am
SERIES “AN UNTOLD TALE: THE HOLOCAUST IN GREECE” TO BE HELD IN MILWAUKEE JANUARY – MARCH THE GREEK ORTHODOX METROPOLIS OF CHICAGO, STS CONSTANTINE & HELEN GREEK ORTHODOX PARISH OF WAUWATOSA, AND ANNUCIATION GREEK ORTHODOX PARISH OF MILWAUKEE PARTNER WITH JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF MILWAUKEE AND NATHAN & ESTHER PELZ HOLOCAUST EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER FOR […]

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International Conference on Religious Freedom: Conference Lunch

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/12/08 - 9:00am
International Conference on Religious Freedom: Conference Lunch Photos: ©GOA/Dimitrios Panagos Video coverage of the Conference Lunch at the 3rd Annual Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom in Washington, DC. The event took place on Wednesday December 6, 2017 at Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. The luncheon was hosted by the American Hellenic Educational and Progressive Association (AHEPA). Program: […]

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Six Congressional Members Urge Stronger Action to Protect Religious Liberty

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/12/08 - 8:56am
Six Congressional members urge stronger action to protect religious liberty WASHINGTON, D.C. – Six members of Congress stressed the need for the U.S. government to take a more vigorously active role in protecting endangered Christians in the Holy Lands and the Middle East. Four representatives and two senators spoke Tuesday at the Third International Conference on Religious […]

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On the Lineage of Christ

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/12/08 - 8:44am
Listen Now.  Join us for another conversation in our special Christmas series as Fr. Chris speaks with Eastern Orthodox author and speaker Frederica Mathewes-Green about the lineage of Christ and those verses from the Old Testament which foretell his coming. Photo credit: PBS.org ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3 […]

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Saint Patapios of Thebes, the Wonderworker

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/12/08 - 8:15am
† Dionysios, Metropolitan of Servia and Kozani   Today the Church celebrates and honours the memory of the blessed Patapios the Desert-Dweller. This is the title accorded to the saint who lived in isolation in the desert, leaving behind the turmoil and joys of the secular life. He was born in Thebes, in Egypt, of […]

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He’s Got the Power

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/12/08 - 7:34am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Go-To Verses from the Bible “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  2 Corinthians 12:8-10   Good morning Prayer Team! We’ve discussed many times how love and fear cannot co-exist.  Where […]

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Metropolis of Chicago Observes Six Month Remembrance of Metropolitan Iakovos of Blessed Memory

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/12/07 - 6:05pm
METROPOLIS OF CHICAGO OBSERVES SIX MONTH REMEMBRANCE OF METROPOLITAN IAKOVOS OF BLESSED MEMORY BISHOP DEMETRIOS OF MOKISSOS OFFICIATES SERVICE AT ANNUNCIATION GREEK ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL IN CHICAGO CHICAGO, IL: His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos today officiated Divine Liturgy at Annuciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago followed by an memorial service for the 6 month anniversary of […]

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Three Fires Threaten Counties in Northern Los Angeles and Surrounding Parishes

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/12/07 - 5:54pm
AUTHOR:  Kristen Bruskas The strong Santa Ana winds are the source of the most recent and devastating fires to affect California. The Thomas Fire has consumed over 55,000 acres in Ventura County and the surrounding areas, leading to the evacuation of over 27,000 people, and already destroying over 150 structures, including an apartment building and a […]

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