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1st Discourse on Fasting [1]

OCN Now - 4 hours 37 min ago

Saint Basil the Great   Fasting is a prophetic command ‘Sound the trumpet on the day of the new moon, in the glorious day of your feast’. (Ps. 80, 3). This is a prophetic ordinance. For us, the readings (Is. 58, 4-6) resound louder than the trumpet and any other...

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All of Creation Rejoiced

OCN Now - 4 hours 41 min ago

  Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Figures of the Nativity “For we have seen His star in the East, and have come to worship Him.”  Matthew 2:2 Good morning Prayer Team! We began this short series on figures of...

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St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 7:18-25

Daily Readings and Saints - Thu, 2018/12/13 - 11:00pm
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Mark 9:33-41

Daily Readings and Saints - Thu, 2018/12/13 - 11:00pm
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The Magi

OCN Now - Thu, 2018/12/13 - 12:17pm

  Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Figures of the Nativity When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.  Matthew 2:10 Good morning Prayer Team! Today we continue on our study of the “Figures of the Nativity”...

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The Custom of the Christmas Tree

OCN Now - Thu, 2018/12/13 - 8:30am

Protopresbyter Panteleïmon Krouskos   For many people with a secular outlook, decorating the Christmas tree is the essence of Christmas. In Greece, this custom was imported from abroad and was introduced by the Bavarians*. The first time a Christmas tree was decorated was in Otto’s palace and thereafter it spread...

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Saint Spyridon the Wonder-Working Bishop of Trimythous

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/12/12 - 8:32am

Saint Nikolaï Velimirović, ‘The Ochrid Prologue’, December   The island of Cyprus was where this outstanding saint was born and also where he served the Church. He was born into a family of ordinary country folk and remained a simple and humble man throughout his life, until his demise. He...

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A makeover

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/12/12 - 8:06am

Do you know what a “makeover” is? You might have seen one in a magazine or even on TV. You see pictures of one person, and then you see pictures of that same person with new clothes, a new hairstyle, everything different. That person was made over. You see from...

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I AM the Door

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/12/12 - 7:47am

  Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. St. Spyridon “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber;...

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John 10:1-9

Daily Readings and Saints - Tue, 2018/12/11 - 11:00pm
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On Self-Restraint

OCN Now - Tue, 2018/12/11 - 8:30am

Book of the Elders   Some monks from the skete set out to visit Abba Anthony. So they got on a boat and there found another Elder who also wanted to go the same place. The brothers didn’t know him, though. Sitting amidships, they talked about the sayings of the...

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OCN Now - Tue, 2018/12/11 - 7:59am

  Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Figures of the Nativity Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star appeared; and he sent them to Bethlehem saying “Go and search diligently for...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: What Do You Mean Santa Isn’t Real?

OCN Now - Mon, 2018/12/10 - 2:38pm

Do you remember your childhood when you believed in Santa Claus? Do you remember that excitement you felt Christmas Eve in anticipation of what was to come the next day? I remember one Christmas Eve, when I was about 6 or 7, sitting in my bedroom with my brother and...

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The Virgin Mary

OCN Now - Mon, 2018/12/10 - 8:35am

  Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Figures of the Nativity Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.  Luke 2:19 Good morning Prayer Team! Obviously, the central figure in the Nativity story is Christ Himself, the Logos...

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Human Tape-recorders

OCN Now - Mon, 2018/12/10 - 8:30am

Saint Paisios the Athonite   Because of so much reading, people today have ended up as tape-recorders and their cassettes are full of superfluous things. But according to Abba Isaac, teaching without action is a ‘repository of shame’. You see, lots of people who are interested in sports read sports...

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Saint Anthimos, the Fool for Christ (+1867)

OCN Now - Sun, 2018/12/09 - 8:30am

Saint Anthimos was from Sofia, Bulgaria, where he was a married, parish-priest. In 1841, after his wife reposed, he went to Mount Athos and was tonsured as a monk at Simonopetra Monastery. He began to act like a fool for Christ in order to hide his spirituality and closeness to...

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

OCN Now - Sun, 2018/12/09 - 8:27am

  Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. 10th Sunday of Luke 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...

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Let’s not be overwhelmed

OCN Now - Sat, 2018/12/08 - 8:30am

Saint Ambrose of Milan   ‘Don’t let us fall into temptation that we can’t withstand’. As if we were athletes wishing to compete and asking for the strength to resist our opponent, which in this case is sin. The Lord, Who took our sins upon His shoulders and forgave our...

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