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Infant Baptism: Orthodox Answers to Protestant Claims

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/02/13 - 8:30am

Protopresbyter Vasileios Georgopoulos, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   Although Professor Georgopoulos refers specifically to Greek Protestants, the latter belong to world-wide Protestant denominations and so the article is of general interest. On what grounds do the [Greek] Protestants reject infant baptism? They themselves claim that...

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God Gives Us Freedom

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/02/12 - 4:20pm

Can you think of a time your parents gave you a choice to do something? Maybe they let you decide whether to go somewhere, or what to eat, or what color to paint the walls. They probably knew the best way, but they still let you decide. Today, we hear...

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We’re Supposed to be Satisfied with How Much?

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/02/12 - 10:07am

Jesus said “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing....

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The times are thirsting…

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/02/12 - 8:30am

Elder Gavriil Tsafos †   Our times, our world need monasteries. We need saintly and dedicated monks and nuns. Our times are thirsting for beauty. Thirsting for Christ. 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...

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Learn the Skills of Byzantine Chant, Iconography and Liturgical Textile Arts in South Carolina

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/02/11 - 11:52am

The Liturgical Arts Academy is a one-week intensive program to teach the skills of Byzantine Chant, Iconography and Liturgical Textile Arts in an atmosphere of prayer, study, discussion and communion. Held at the beautiful Diakonia Retreat Center in upstate South Carolina, the Academy hosts adult students of all ages and...

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Would Anyone Describe You with This Word?

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/02/11 - 10:04am

It is well with the man who deals generously and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice. Psalm 112:5 On Christmas Eve, as part of my sermon, I read the children a Christian Christmas book. After reading the story, I asked them to describe Santa Claus. One of them said...

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Complacency and Humility

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/02/11 - 8:30am

Ioannis Karavidopoulos, Professor Emeritus of New Testament Hermeneutics, A. U. Th.   [In today’s well-known parable of the Pharisee and the Publican] two characteristic types of people are presented in the Gospel reading, both of them praying in the temple. They were at opposite poles of society as it was...

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LIVE Adult Education: Shared Experience of the Orthodox Christian Faith

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/02/11 - 8:05am

LIVE Adult Education: Forming Christian Culture Sponsored by St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Bethesda, MD.  These are not classes on high theology that are intimidating or difficult to understand. We focus on the “down to earth” and practical ways we should understand and live our faith. In His parables to...

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St. Valentine: The Most Famous Saint You Never Knew

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/02/10 - 12:58pm

No one is likely to forget: St. Valentine’s Day Even in our very secularized culture, there’s one saint’s day no one is likely to forget: St. Valentine’s Day. But how much do you really know about the saint behind the day? If you’re like most of us, the answer is...

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Saint Haralambos, a Model of Humility

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/02/10 - 8:34am

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   As of today, we enter the period of the Triodio, a time of more intense prayer, during which the Church, through its Scriptural readings and devout hymns strengthens us for our spiritual struggles and for the acquisition of the virtues of humility, obedience, love and...

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St. Haralambos: Endurance is Important

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/02/10 - 7:39am

You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier on service...

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The Tax-collector and the Pharisee and the Lenten Triodion

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/02/09 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou   There is more to Lent than fasting, and there is more to fasting than food. This principle lies at the heart of the Lenten Triodion, the main hymnbook of Lent. Lent is without doubt the richest and most distinctive season of the ecclesiastical year. The Lenten...

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First Sunday of Triodion—The Publican and the Pharisee

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/02/09 - 7:37am

“Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank Thee that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a...

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The Greatest Failure of Modernism

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/02/08 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   George Orwell’s dictum, expressed in his novel Animal Farm, that ‘All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others’ is both proverbial and perennially true. In this allegorical and political novella, the animals on a farm decide to revolt against their boss, a...

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The Road to the Cross and Resurrection Starts This Sunday

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/02/08 - 7:35am

Now you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed all who desire...

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Thrash the enemy

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/02/07 - 8:30am

Saint Theophan the Recluse   When you turn to the Lord, don’t look at what’s happening within you. Keep your attention fixed on Him and beg for help. If a mind is paying full attention to the Lord, there’s no room for nasty thoughts. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE...

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Generosity with Money

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/02/07 - 7:32am

And He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the multitude putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came, and put in two copper coins, which make a penny. And He called His disciples to Him, and said to them, “Truly,...

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Change is Not Coming. It Has Already Arrived.

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/02/06 - 9:39am

It was the end of a particularly balmy summer’s day, yet the 250 or so delegates of the Melbourne Conference showed no signs of tiredness or boredom. Throughout the day’s proceedings, and particularly during Archbishop Makarios’ addresses, they remained with their gaze transfixed upon the Archbishop’s countenance as he emphasized...

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The Feast of Christ’s Reception as Fulfillment of the Ritual of Mosaic Law

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/02/06 - 8:30am

Theodore Rokas   The recent feast, the Reception of the Lord, is the feast which is celebrated exactly forty days after that of His Nativity. The name of the feast in Greek comes from a verb meaning ‘to go out and meet or welcome someone’ [Hence the depiction of Symeon...

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Generosity of Time

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/02/06 - 7:19am

Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. II Corinthians 9:7 The whole concept of generosity is based on two things—the joy of giving and the understanding that everything good that we have is from God,...

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