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Psalm 50—Change Your Latitude with an Attitude of Gratitude

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/07/07 - 5:38am

He who brings thanksgiving as his sacrifice honors Me; to him who order his way aright I will show the salvation of God! Psalm 50:23 What am I going to do today?  There are lots of us who are asking this question, and for a number of reasons. Some of us...

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Saint John the Baptist

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/07/06 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   We shall make a few comments on a passage that Saint Sophrony wrote about Saint John the Baptist. The Lord exalted Saint John the Baptist and bore testimony that he is the greatest among them that are born of women, because he made himself the least...

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Psalm 38—A Plea for Help

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/07/06 - 5:30am

Do not forsake me, O Lord!  O my God do not be far from me!  Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation! Psalm 38:21-22 There are a group of six Psalms that are read at every Orthros (Matins) service in the Orthodox Church.  The second of the six...

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Can God Forgive the Same Sin Over and Over?

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/07/05 - 5:00pm

Answers to questions surrounding the Christian faith. Email us yours at: info@myocn.net Question: Can God Forgive the Same Sin Over and Over?   Answer:   As a parish priest, I can say that yes, God forgives the same sin over and over as many times as we confess the same sin...

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How does the Holy Trinity create a person?

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/07/05 - 8:31am

Dr. Nikolaos Koios, Content Coach of Pemptousia   It’s been noted by theological scholarship on more than one occasion that, in Orthodoxy, dogma and ethos, theory and practice, faith and life are indissolubly bound together. Every invitation to spiritual struggle has a powerful dogmatic foundation and vice versa: the spiritual...

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Over or Under?

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/07/05 - 5:30am

As He entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to Him, beseeching Him and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, in terrible distress.” And He said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion answered Him, “Lord, I am not worthy to have You come...

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‘We boast in hope, we boast in sorrows’

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/07/04 - 8:30am

Protopresbyter Themistoklis Mourtzanos   ‘We boast in the hope of the glory of God, though not only, but we also boast in our sorrows’ (Rom. 5, 2-3) People enjoy reward* and praise in their life. They feel that their efforts, their successes and their patience have been justified. They feel...

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The Set Up of Our Altar Comes from the Old Testament

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/07/04 - 5:38am

Now even the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly sanctuary. For a tent was prepared, the outer one, in which were the lampstand and the table and the bread of the Presence; it is called the Holy Place. Behind the second curtain stood a tent called the...

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On the Occasion of Independence Day

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/07/03 - 12:39pm

For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away.  When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways. ...

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Online discussion with Elder Ephraim Vatopaidinos and Fr. John Parker, Dean of St Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/07/03 - 8:33am

Watch the online discussion with Elder Ephraim, Abbot of the Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopaidi and Fr. John Parker, Dean of St Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Pennsylvania. The discussion took place during the online seminary ‘Living Waters-Transmitting the Apostolic Faith to America Today-The Feast of the Holy Apostles’. Source:...

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Our God Works Wonders

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/07/03 - 7:00am

God Works Wonders If you ever go to Europe, you will probably visit dozens of churches. The most beautiful buildings—in Greece, Germany, France, and other places—are churches! The first one you visit, you say, “Wow! Amazing!” The second one, you say, “Pretty cool!” But the tenth one, you might just...

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Ordinary Became Extraordinary, Sinners Became Saints

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/07/02 - 12:42pm

When He saw the crowds, He had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. And He called to Him His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity. The names...

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God’s Saving Mercy

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

Abbot Tryphon We are not compelled to love God, having been created with free will. God does not, nor can He, compel His creatures to love Him. Mutual love requires, by it’s very nature, freedom to either respond in love, or not. Yet when we respond to God’s love with...

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“Our Father”, the Perfect Prayer

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/07/01 - 8:30am

George Babiniotis, Professor   When the bell rings and everybody tries to avoid saying their prayers (a parody of a prayer, but one which just may be, for some, the last thread connecting their lives with God and therefore the only little window through which they can get into Paradise),...

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The Attributes of an Apostle

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/07/01 - 5:30am

For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are...

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The Twelve Apostles: Timid Men who Won the World

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/06/30 - 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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Saint Peter

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/06/30 - 5:39am

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 say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do...

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Is Racism a Spiritual Problem?

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/06/29 - 2:26pm

Let’s Talk Live with Fr. Moses Berry and Fr. Christopher Metropulos  We are pleased to announce our myOCN Community Online Gathering this coming Thursday, July 2nd, at 7:00 pm EST with special guest Fr. Moses Berry. Fr. Christopher Metropulos, our Executive Director, will be offering a “Let’s Talk” 1 hour...

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How Do You Listen to God in Prayer?

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/06/29 - 12:02pm

Answers to questions surrounding the Christian faith. Email us yours at: info@myocn.net Question: How Do You Listen to God in Prayer? Answer: I have not yet been able to speak to God as Moses was, face to face, like a man speaks to his friend, so I have resorted to...

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Saint Peter the Apostle: A Great Personality – IΙ

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/06/29 - 8:30am

Apostolos Glavinas, Professor   Information about the story of Peter after the Resurrection is scant and we have no real sketch of the course of his life and no fixed point to use for satisfactory dates. In the history of the Early Church, Peter again played a leading role in...

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