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Luke 24:36-53

Daily Readings and Saints - Sat, 2017/12/16 - 11:00pm
Matins Gospel Reading
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St. Paul's Letter to the Colossians 3:4-11

Daily Readings and Saints - Sat, 2017/12/16 - 11:00pm
Epistle Reading
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Luke 14:16-24

Daily Readings and Saints - Sat, 2017/12/16 - 11:00pm
Gospel Reading
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An Address on Pietism

OCN Now - Sat, 2017/12/16 - 8:20am
Grigoris Tzivelekis   We conceal a serpent in our hearts, a great heresy, the other side of the coin called Ecumenism, and it’s known as pietism. Its parents are fear and wickedness. Its beloved is faithlessness and its offspring hardness of heart. You see lots of Christians who really believe and go to church, people […]

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Die to the Earthly, Live to the Heavenly

OCN Now - Sat, 2017/12/16 - 7:35am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account […]

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On the Christmas Season

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/12/15 - 9:32am
Listen Now.  Join us as Fr. Chris speaks with Fr. John Anthony McGuckin about the holiday season and reconnecting with the early church in a new and interesting way, and remembering that the season revolves around Christ.  Christ is Born, Glorify Him! Photo credit: Event Brite ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) […]

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The Innkeeper

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/12/15 - 9:27am
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, and laid Him in a […]

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It doesn’t go away

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/12/15 - 8:20am
Saint Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia   Some Christians, either through their own fault or that of others, become trapped in the sickness of guilt. Secular people become trapped in a worse sickness: that of pride. If you’re close to Christ, religious guilt disappears with repentance and confession. But the pride of secular people who are estranged […]

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December 15 + St. Eleftherios, Patron Saint of Diocese of Wichita

Antiochian Archdiocese - Thu, 2017/12/14 - 11:00am

The Holy Hieromartyr Eleftherios

December 15th is also the anniversary of the formal establishment of the Diocese of Wichita in 2004. Read His Grace Bishop Basil's address on the occasion (PDF).

The Passion of the Hieromartyr Eleftherios of Illyria

From a good tree comes good fruit.  This wonderful saint had noble and greatly eminent parents.  Eleutherius was born in Rome, where his father was an imperial proconsul.  His mother Anthia heard the Gospel from the great Apostle Paul and was baptized by him.  Having been left a widow early, she entrusted her only son for study and service to Anicetus the Bishop of Rome. 

Seeing how Eleutherius was gifted by God and illumined by the grace of God, the bishop ordained him a deacon at the age of fifteen, a priest at the age of eighteen, and a bishop at the age of twenty.  Eleutherius's God-given wisdom made up for what he lacked in years, and this chosen one of God was appointed Bishop of Illyria with his seat in Valona (Avlona), Albania.

The good shepherd guarded his flock well and increased their number day by day.  Emperor Hadrian, a persecutor of Christians, sent the commander Felix with soldiers to seize Eleutherius and bring him to Rome.  When the raging Felix arrived in Valona and entered the church, he saw and heard the holy hierarch of God; suddenly his heart changed, and he became a Christian.  Eleutherius baptized Felix and departed for Rome with him, returning joyfully as if he were going to a feast and not to trial and torture: flogging, raosting on an iron bed, boiling in pitch, and burning in a fiery furnace.  But Eleutherius was delivered from all these deadly tortures by God's power.  Seeing all this, Caribus the Roman eparch declared that he also was a Christian.  Caribus was tortured and then beheaded, and so was Blessed Felix.  Finally, the imperial executioners cut off the honorable head of St. Eleutherius. 

When his mother, the holy Anthia, came and stood over the dead body of her son, she was also beheaded.  Their bodies were translated to Valona, where even today today St. Eleutherius glorifies the name of Christ by his many miracles.  He suffered during the reign of Hadrian in the year 120.    

--From The Prologue of Ochrid by St. Nikolai Velimirovich

Troparion, Tone 5

Being comely adorned in thy sacred priestly robes
And newly drenched with streams of thy pure and sanctified blood,
Thou didst soar aloft to stand before thy Master, Christ;
Hence never cease to intercede
For those honoring thy faith with mighty and blessed contest,
O thou overthrower of Satan,
O wise and blessed Eleftherios.

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The Perfect Gift for Orthodox Christian Families

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/12/14 - 10:02am
Listen Now.   As we head into the Christmas season, join us as we discuss the importance of simplifying and slowing down to create traditions and memories, and help others, truly the perfect gift.   Photo credit: Listen Now.  About Our Podcasters Paula Marchman, MA, LPC, is the Managing Director of Family Life Ministry of the Metropolis […]

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The Crowd

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/12/14 - 9:43am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Figures of the Nativity 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 of Syria.  And all went to be […]

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The Saints Stand By Us

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/12/14 - 8:20am
Dr. Petros Panayiotopoulos   When we refer to the life of a saint, we tend to extol their actions and promote them mostly on the basis of the wonderful things they performed. From very ancient times, it was thought that this elevation and emphasis, sometimes even exaggeration, in the narrative of the life of a […]

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Queen, Saint, and Stateswoman: Commemorating the ‘Lion of Georgia’

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/12/13 - 10:33pm
If anyone insists to you that Christianity represses women or that Christian women are always under the control of oppressive male patriarchs, St. Queen Tamar of Georgia’s life and reign (1160-1213, r. 1178-84 with her father, and as sole monarch from 1184-1213) is one of the most profound historical examples you can bring up to […]

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A full house

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/12/13 - 12:34pm
Do you have any friends or relatives who live far away from you? Do you visit sometimes or talk on the phone? Maybe you wish they lived closer to you so you could be together more! In the Gospel reading today, we hear how our Lord also wants His friends to be with Him! We […]

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Joseph

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/12/13 - 11:39am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Figures of the Nativity Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way.  When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found to be with child of the […]

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Young Adults in US Orthodox Parishes

Ancient Faith Radio - Wed, 2017/12/13 - 11:15am
Bobby Maddex interviews Alexei Krindatch, the Research Coordinator for the Assembly of Bishops of the USA, and he is here to talk about a brand new study by the Assembly on “Young Adults in US Orthodox Parishes.”
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Answer and solution

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/12/13 - 9:30am
Elder Efraim Vatopaidinos   People today should avail themselves of the intercession of the Mother of God, which saves us. In every sadness and problem, we shouldn’t forget that there is the ‘help of the sorrowing, the protector, the defender, the consolation of the fearful’, to whom we can turn and find comfort, an immediate […]

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Christ and the Social Problem

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/12/13 - 8:10am
† Archimandrite Georgios Kapsanis, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Gregoriou   The more that people are cleansed of the passions, the greater their capacity for real communion with God and other people. Those who take a romantic and external view of the human person transfer wickedness from the person onto society, which is why […]

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