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March For Life 2018–One Good Thought: Two Sparrows

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/01/17 - 11:31pm
*This article was originally published by Family Life Ministry on January 31, 2017.  “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.”—Matthew 10:29 Yesterday I had a few tears to find my “Mama Bird” passed away in the bottom of her cage. […]

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I must stay at your house today!

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/01/17 - 10:23am
Have you ever had an unexpected visitor at your house? Maybe somebody called your parents and said, “I’m coming over!” All of a sudden, everybody is running around. We have to clean the house! We have to find something to serve for dinner! We have to change out of our sloppy clothes and into something […]

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Engaged: Involved

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/01/17 - 9:52am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. ENGAGED: The Call to Be Disciples Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that […]

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New Martyr George of Ioannina (+1838)

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/01/17 - 8:15am
George was born in 1808 in the village Tsourchli in what is now Grevena Prefecture, Greece, the son of a poor farmer Constantine and his wife Vasilo. Orphaned at a young age and without any formal education, George moved to Ioannina and became a servant of the Turks, employed in the Turkish army as a […]

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Engaged: Committed

OCN Now - Tue, 2018/01/16 - 4:33pm
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. ENGAGED: The Call to Be Disciples Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that […]

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2018 SOYO Metropolitan Philip Youth Worker Scholarship is Available

Antiochian Archdiocese - Tue, 2018/01/16 - 1:54pm

With the blessing of Metropolitan Joseph, NAC SOYO announces that the application for the 2018 SOYO Metropolitan Philip Youth Worker Scholarship is now available.

Download 2018 Application Form (PDF)
Due Date: October 31, 2018

Requirements for Eligibility

The following are the requirements that must be met in order to be eligible for the Youth Worker Scholarship.

  • The applicant must have been an active member of an Antiochian parish for at least the last five years.
  • The applicant must be active in youth work.
  • The applicant agrees to enroll in a recognized Orthodox Christian program with a youth ministry focus or component. The recipient will seek direction from the Chairman of the Archdiocese Department of Youth as to which institution is available for training.
  • The applicant is willing to make a minimum three year commitment to parish youth work in the Antiochian Archdiocese either as a volunteer or on a paid basis, but only following completion of the program [EC1] .

Application Checklist

A complete application must include the following:

  • A completed and signed Application Form.
  • A short essay on youth ministry (described in the application form).
  • Reference from your spiritual father and/or parish priest.

Send all information to:

Youth Worker Scholarship
PO Box 389
Westwood, MA 02090-0389
Phone: 781-255-1757
Fax: 781-634-0213
V. Rev. Dr. Joseph F. Purpura, Chairman
Email: FrJoseph@orthodoxyouth.com
Twitter: @FrPurpura

Deadline: October 31, 2018

Questions regarding the application process can be directed to the Chairman of the Department of Youth and Parish Ministry, Fr. Joseph F. Purpura, at FrJoseph@OrthodoxYouth.com.

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Start the Conversation: Creating a Safe Place and Engaging in Play

OCN Now - Tue, 2018/01/16 - 10:50am
Watch Now.  Start the Conversation: Creating a Safe Place and Engaging Play is the third in a series of six videos created by the Family Life Ministry of Atlanta with a generous grant from Leadership 100.  These parenting videos brought a diverse group of parents together to discuss raising children in an Orthodox environment. In this third video […]

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The Mystery of the Church and the Phenomenon of Heresies

OCN Now - Tue, 2018/01/16 - 9:20am
Protopresbyter Vasileios Georgopoulos   The phenomenon of heresies has been present from the first steps of the Church towards preaching the Gospel to the world. It’s a phenomenon which, from as early as the Apostolic Age, has been considered an expression of the mystery of lawlessness (II Thess. 2, 7). In the New Testament and […]

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The Spiritual Father

OCN Now - Tue, 2018/01/16 - 8:10am
Saint Anthimos of Chios   1 January 1946 “Behold, I and the children God has given me”. I didn’t want to have children in the world by the flesh and God gave me you to have as my spiritual children. That saying comforts me and I imagine it brings you joy, too. I’ve got you […]

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Will You Join Me on a Journey?

OCN Now - Mon, 2018/01/15 - 5:12pm
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team.\ ENGAGED: The Call to Be Disciples Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that […]

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Metropolitan JOSEPH Leads Theophany and Anniversary Celebrations for St. John Chrysostom Church

Antiochian Archdiocese - Mon, 2018/01/15 - 4:52pm

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In a spirit of joy and commemoration, His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH celebrated the Feast of Theophany and the 25th Anniversary of St. John Chrysostom Antiochian Orthodox Church in York, PA on the weekend of January 5–7, 2018. His Eminence worshipped with the faithful of St. John on Friday evening, and presided over Hierarchical Divine Liturgies on Saturday for the Great Blessing of Water and on Sunday morning. His Eminence was joined by His Grace Bishop THOMAS, Diocese of Oakland, Charleston, and the Mid-Atlantic, who celebrated with the community as well.

Father Peter Pier is the founding pastor of the congregation. In April of 1995, 13.8 acres of land was purchased for St. John's future home, and in the spring of 1997, His Grace Bishop ANTOUN of Blessed Memory broke ground for construction.

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Blessed Namesday to Bishop Anthony!

Antiochian Archdiocese - Mon, 2018/01/15 - 9:03am

January 17th is the celebration of St. Anthony the Great and the namesday of His Grace Bishop Anthony of the Diocese of Toledo. May God grant him many years!

Apolytikion of St. Anthony the Great, Tone 4 

Thou didst become like the zealous Elijah in his condition, and followed John the Baptist in his upright ways, becoming a dweller in the wilderness and an establisher of the universe by thy prayer, O Father Anthony. Wherefore, intercede thou with Christ God to save our souls.

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He doesn’t have the right

OCN Now - Mon, 2018/01/15 - 8:10am
Elder Cleopa Ilie   Satan has neither the power nor permission to lord it over us, to deceive us and bend our will towards sin. He simply brings us into temptation through a variety of ploys, fantasies and recollections, with our feelings, the weaknesses of our nature, with pleasures and thoughts. Source: pemptousia.com     […]

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: Fountain of Youth

OCN Now - Sun, 2018/01/14 - 9:51pm
I have always said, “If you want to stay young, hang with young people.” This is no more true than what I have experienced being with the brilliant and holy young folks in the Orthodox Christian Fellowship where I live. The poem below is my tribute to OCF members everywhere.   For all the elixirs […]

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Repent, For the Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand

OCN Now - Sun, 2018/01/14 - 10:02am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Sunday after Theophany Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth he went and dwelt in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what was […]

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Divine and Human Love in the Song of Songs

OCN Now - Sun, 2018/01/14 - 8:15am
† Elder Placide Deseille, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Saint Anthony the Great in France   Reading the Song in the light of Church tradition and the experience of the holy Fathers we can tell ourselves: ‘It’s absolutely clear that our Lord Jesus loves us who are members of His body, the members of […]

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We All Have a Gift, For Building Up the Body of Christ

OCN Now - Sat, 2018/01/13 - 11:42am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it is said, “When He ascended on high He led a host of captives, and He gave gifts to men.” (In saying, […]

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Start the Conversation: Stress, Awareness and the Jesus Prayer

OCN Now - Sat, 2018/01/13 - 9:39am
Watch Now.   Start the Conversation: Stress, Awareness and the Jesus Prayer is the second in a series of six videos created by the Family Life Ministry of Atlanta with a generous grant from Leadership 100.  These parenting videos brought a diverse group of parents together to discuss raising children in an Orthodox environment. In this second video, the parents […]

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The Song of Songs as Divine Revelation (2)

OCN Now - Sat, 2018/01/13 - 8:15am
† Elder Placide Deseille, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Saint Anthony the Great in France   Christ’s love for each of us is absolutely unshakeable and unblemished. Our familiarity with Him can’t be lost unless we knowingly cease to take account of His will and no longer communicate with His Spirit. Only our own […]

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On the Impact of Christian Camping

OCN Now - Fri, 2018/01/12 - 9:20am
Listen Now.  Join us as Father Chris speaks with Deacon Marek Simon, Assistant Camp Director, about Antiochian Village Camp, the communal aspect of our faith, and the importance of Christian camping ministry on people of all ages. January 21, 2018 is Share the Light Sunday – Join us in bringing faith to the fingertips of all […]

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