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Focus on Christ!

OCN Now - Wed, 2019/07/10 - 8:21am

Have you ever argued about something? Sometimes we argue about things that don’t even matter. Sometimes we might argue just to make ourselves look smart! Today, in our Orthodox Church, we remember the Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council. The council was a huge meeting of church leaders more than...

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Root out

OCN Now - Tue, 2019/07/09 - 8:30am

Saint John Chrysostom   When people want to root out some passion which has wormed its way into their hearts and become established there over time, it isn’t enough to give advice for one or two days in order to correct this passion. We have to talk lots of times...

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Sermon on the Apostolic Reading (Tit. 3: 8-15) of the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Fourth Ecumenical Council

OCN Now - Mon, 2019/07/08 - 8:35am

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   Today we celebrate the “Synaxis of All the Saints of Pisidia, Side and Antalya, along with the “Holy Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council of Chalkidon. This common celebration was approved by the Holy Synod of our Ecumenical Patriarchate for two reasons: Firstly, because among...

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Byzantine Iconography οn Mt Athos

OCN Now - Sun, 2019/07/07 - 8:30am

Dr. Constantine Cavarnos   The Protaton, the Monastery of Vatopedi and the Cretan School The Holy Mountain has been the great centre of Orthodox art since the fall of Constantinople. But art flourished on Mount Athos much earlier than that, as is shown by some icons and miniatures that have...

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Metropolitan Nikolaos of Mesogaia: “Material Desires”

OCN Now - Sat, 2019/07/06 - 8:30am

Watch now  Metropolitan Nikolaos of Mesogaia and Lavreotiki speaks about Material Desires and the Hidden Need of Contemporary People. 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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Nothing so powerful as charity

OCN Now - Fri, 2019/07/05 - 8:30am

Saint John Chrysostom   Despite the fact that virginity, fasting and sleeping on the ground demand greater efforts, there’s nothing so powerful and so capable of extinguishing the fire of our sins as charity. It’s superior to all else and places those who live it close to the King of...

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Let Freedom Ring

OCN Now - Thu, 2019/07/04 - 11:18am

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  II Corinthians 3:17 Today’s reflection will be about “freedom” in honor of Independence Day. There is a saying that states “freedom isn’t free.”  As we celebrate Independence Day today, I think back to the Founding...

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The practical expression of Love towards the Lord

OCN Now - Thu, 2019/07/04 - 8:35am

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   (On the feast day of Saint Paul of Thebes and John Kalyvitis) Our Church honours the two great saints, Paul of Thebes and John Kalyvitis. Their life stories are a little strange but quite fitting for us, monks. The former was among the first people...

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Servant or son?

OCN Now - Wed, 2019/07/03 - 8:30am

Saint Abba Dorotheos   If we do good because we fear hell, we’re in the position of a servant; if we do it to get a reward, we’re like an employee; if we do it for its own sake then we’re in the position of a son. Because a son...

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Build a Community, Not Just a Church

OCN Now - Tue, 2019/07/02 - 11:58pm

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 a whole year they met with the church, and taught a large company of people; and in Antioch the disciples were for...

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How the Orthodox Church Approaches Transplants

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

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   The Orthodox Approach It is natural that the theological approach to contemporary problems should be measured against perfection, which is the measure of Christ. But this measure, which Christians should always have before them, should...

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It’s About Sowing Seeds

OCN Now - Mon, 2019/07/01 - 11:35pm

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 a great crowd came together and people from town after town came to Him, He said in a parable: “A sower...

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The saints of the poor: Saints Anargyroi – 1st of July

OCN Now - Mon, 2019/07/01 - 8:40am

In our church we have many cases of saints who put into practice the Lord’s words, “heal the ill… as you freely have received, so you freely have to give” (Matt. 10.8). The most typical examples of this attitude of life are undoubtedly The Saints Anargyri, named so because they...

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Creating an Environment Where It’s Safe to Be Vulnerable

OCN Now - Mon, 2019/07/01 - 5:45am

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. Behold, I will gather them from all the countries to which I drove them in my anger and my wrath and in great...

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Ordinary Became Extraordinary, Sinners Became Saints

OCN Now - Sun, 2019/06/30 - 10:55pm

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. When He saw the crowds, He had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. And He...

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The Twelve Apostles: Timid Men who Won the World

OCN Now - Sun, 2019/06/30 - 8:30am

An excerpt from a homily by St. John Chrysostom (Hom. 4, 3.4: PG 61, 34-36)   It became clear through unlearned men that the cross was persuasive; in fact, it persuaded the whole world. Their discourse was not of unimportant matters but of God and true religion, of the Gospel...

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The Real Endgame

OCN Now - Sun, 2019/06/30 - 3:09am

Avengers: Endgame was released in theaters two weeks ago and is the culmination of 11 years and 22 superhero films. At the time of this writing, the movie is currently sitting at the second highest-grossing movie of all time, the most tweeted about movie of all time, the #1 pre-release...

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The Attributes of an Apostle

OCN Now - Sat, 2019/06/29 - 10:55pm

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 I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death; because we have become a...

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The scene of the Apostles Peter and Paul embracing

OCN Now - Sat, 2019/06/29 - 8:30am

Efthymios N. Tsigaridas   There are in the Monastery three fragments of wall-paintings, whose origin is unknown. Two of these are from decoration of the Late Comnenan period, while the third belongs to decoration of the Early Palaeologan period. On the two earlier fragments, measuring 50 x 65 and 65...

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Saint Peter

OCN Now - Fri, 2019/06/28 - 10:39am

Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others...

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