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Holy Communion

OCN Now - Sat, 2019/02/09 - 8:30am

At this point, the curtain of the Royal Doors is usually closed, and preparations are made for the Holy Communion of the priests and the faithful. While this is happening, the Communion Hymn is sung, which is often verses from certain psalms, but may also be other hymns or extracts...

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Baptism: We Become Disciples and Apostles at the Same Time

OCN Now - Fri, 2019/02/08 - 8:43pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. In the early church, one was baptized as an adult, after having been a “catechumen” for two years.  During the time when one...

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A scandal, many sins and a saint!

OCN Now - Fri, 2019/02/08 - 8:30am

Ioannis Panayiotopoulos, Lecturer at the Theological School, Athens University   One of the most wonderful stories in the Lavsaïko [Lives of the Ascetics, by Bishop Palladius of Helenopolis, written for a chamberlain at the court of Emperor Theodosios II, a certain Lavsos, from whom the book takes its name] describes...

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The Human Condition

OCN Now - Thu, 2019/02/07 - 8:30am

Saint Justin Popovich   We humans find ourselves on the road between paradise and hell, between God and the devil. All our thoughts and reflections, and every one of our feelings, bring the soul a little closer to paradise or hell. If a thought or reflection is rational (that is...

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Playing by the rules

OCN Now - Thu, 2019/02/07 - 8:07am

Have you ever tried to score, but you broke a rule, so your goal didn’t count? In basketball, maybe you made the basket…but you went out of bounds or pushed another player. In soccer, maybe you made the goal…but you were standing where you shouldn’t have been standing. As Christians,...

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Baptism: We All Have a Commission in God’s Army

OCN Now - Thu, 2019/02/07 - 8:00am

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.  Go therefore and make...

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Baptism: The Most Important Thing We Can Do as a Christian is Show Up

OCN Now - Wed, 2019/02/06 - 5:40pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.  And when they saw Him they worshipped...

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What Have You Done With The Talents?

OCN Now - Wed, 2019/02/06 - 8:30am

Metropolitan Georgios (Pavlidis) of Nikaia, Athens († 1990)   1. What are the talents? [1] ‘Talents’ are the various qualities, gifts and endowments which we have received from God. All kinds of things. Different in quality and in quantity. One person receives a lot, another receives less. One spiritually and intellectually,...

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Baptism: It’s Okay That We Knew Nothing, but We Need to Learn

OCN Now - Tue, 2019/02/05 - 9:00am

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To Him be the glory both now and...

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For Atheists

OCN Now - Tue, 2019/02/05 - 8:30am

Fr. Dimitri Dudko † (1922-2004)   Atheists Today I’m addressing you. Don’t your realize that you’re being fed garbage? Have you ever looked to see what atheist literature consists of? *** It’s not the last word in science. It’s a distortion of the facts. An aberration of thought. A perversion...

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Baptism – My Personal Foundation – Part Ten: Holy Communion

OCN Now - Mon, 2019/02/04 - 9:24pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. For as often as you eat this Bread and drink the Cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. I Corinthians 11:26...

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Archimandrite Zacharias: “My Acquintance with Elder Sophrony”

OCN Now - Mon, 2019/02/04 - 8:30am

Watch now  Archimandrite Zacharias, from Holy Monastery of Honourable Forerunner, Essex, England, speaks about his spiritual father Elder Sophrony. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3 and an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America . It is...

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The Parable that Will Shape Your Day and Your Entire Life

OCN Now - Sun, 2019/02/03 - 5:30pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. “For it will be as when a man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to them his property; to...

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Lost in New Year’s Resolutions

OCN Now - Sun, 2019/02/03 - 3:00pm

Every New Year countless resolutions are sworn into completion: I want to be more fit, I want to lose weight, I want to quit smoking, I want to speak Spanish, and so on. Most of these ambitious dreams, however, remain just that, dreams left behind together with the prepaid fee...

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The Presentation and the Crucifixion

OCN Now - Sun, 2019/02/03 - 8:30am

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom of Sourozh   (Extract from a sermon preached at the University Church of Great St Mary’s, Cambridge, on 19 May 1985) And then, lastly, two events which I would like to bring together. The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple and the Crucifixion. Every male child first-born...

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The Foundation of a Beautiful Tradition – The Presentation of Christ

OCN Now - Sat, 2019/02/02 - 11:18am

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present...

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The Feast of Candlemas. The Reception of the Lord

OCN Now - Sat, 2019/02/02 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Theodosios Martzoukhos   Already we’re in the second month of the New Year. And we begin with the feast of the Reception of Christ, on February 2. It’s a very great feast. Christ is received by a man for whom the expectation of this moment governed his life. He...

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The Holy Martyr Tryphon of Apamea

OCN Now - Fri, 2019/02/01 - 8:30am

Saint Tryphon was born in Lampsakos, in Phrygia during the reign of the Emperor Gordian. From a young age, his task was to be a goose-herd. The ignominy of his work, however, did not deprive him of, but actually increased his spiritual knowledge through his exalting humility and his overwhelming...

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What will you bring back?

OCN Now - Fri, 2019/02/01 - 7:42am

Let’s say your parents have a little treat for you and a sibling—candy, or cookies, or a surprise. Usually they divide them up evenly, don’t they? Three for you, and three for your brother or sister. Ten for you, and ten for another. That seems fair, doesn’t it? In today’s...

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Like the starving

OCN Now - Thu, 2019/01/31 - 8:30am

Saint Justin Popovich   In the first place, church attendance is a need of the soul. Just as the hungry have need of food and the thirsty require water, so, too, do Christians have need of their ‘daily bread, which is the word of God and the spotless sacraments, the...

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