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The Paralytic: Hope, Healing, and Heralding

OCN Now - Sun, 2019/05/19 - 2:52am

On the third Sunday after Holy Pascha we hear the story of Jesus healing the Paralytic at Bethsaida (John 5:1-15). This passage is taken from what Biblical scholars have designated as “The Book of Signs,” i.e. John 1:19 through John 12. It precedes “The Book of Glory,” which deals with Christ’s Paschal Mystery...

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Elder Aimilianos Simonopetritis Has Departed This Life (part 3)

OCN Now - Sat, 2019/05/18 - 8:31am

Hieromonk Serapion of Simonopetra Monastery †   On the morning of 9 May 2019, Archimandrite Elder Aimilianos, former Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras on the Holy Mountain fell asleep in the Lord at the Holy Convent of the Annunciation of the Mother of God, Ormylia, Halkidiki. Biographical...

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Our intellect united with our heart

OCN Now - Fri, 2019/05/17 - 8:29am

Very Rev. Archimandrite Zacharias (Zacharou)   The purpose of the Christian life is for our intellect to be united with our heart, because then we’re cured. We’re made whole and we can turn to God with our whole being, fulfilling His commandments in a manner well-pleasing to Him. Source: pemptousia.com...

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The Virtues of Humility and Patience in Elder Ieronymos Simonopetritis

OCN Now - Thu, 2019/05/16 - 8:40am

Alexandros Christodoulou, Theologian   In 1902, he wrote and set to music a service for Saint Efraim the Syrian and supplied other missing material, such as services for Saints Neofytos and Ioannikos, after whom his own elders were named, Saint Sofronios, the 99 saints in Crete, Saint Ieronymos, and Saint...

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Who healed you?

OCN Now - Wed, 2019/05/15 - 10:44am

Do you ever make lists so you can remember to do something? Maybe you see your parents write lists—for groceries, for appointments, for bills, and so on. They do that so they will remember to do something important, right? Well, today when we hear the Gospel, we can really try...

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New Martyr Vukasin of Klepci

OCN Now - Wed, 2019/05/15 - 8:43am

Our father among the saints, Vukašin Mandrapa of Klepci, was a Serbian Orthodox Christian from Herzegovina who was martyred by fascists during World War II for refusing to acknowledge the local nazi leader Ante Pavelic. Little is known about the life of Saint Vukasin. What is known about him is...

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Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearers (Acts 6: 1-7)

OCN Now - Tue, 2019/05/14 - 8:46am

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   Today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles describes the philanthropy of the first Church of Jerusalem. With the election of the seven Deacons, the Holy Apostles demonstrated their care for the poor and the sick. Despite the daily persecution, they never lost sight of...

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From the Mouths of the Holy Women

OCN Now - Mon, 2019/05/13 - 11:39pm

Since the New Testament and throughout subsequent generations of believers, “Christ is Risen!” has been at the heart of the Christian proclamation (κ?ρυγμα). It is how Orthodox Christians greet one another during Paschal season. Of all the written testimony about Jesus’ life, in the four Holy Gospels, His death and...

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Elder Ieronymos Simonopetritis, the Tireless Spiritual Guide

OCN Now - Mon, 2019/05/13 - 8:33am

Alexandros Christodoulou, Theologian   His courtesy, perfect obedience and respect for the monastery and its overseers continued throughout his long life. His great progress in the monastery, the felicitous conclusion of all the tasks assigned to him and, particularly, his modesty, gentleness and virtue in general made him, on the...

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Why were the Myrrh-Bearers the first to hear that Christ had risen?

OCN Now - Sun, 2019/05/12 - 8:45am

Metropolitan Avgoustinos (Kantiotis) of Florina († 2010)   And he said to them: ‘Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here…’ (Mark 16,6). When Christ was born, the first to hear of it weren’t the great, the powerful and...

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The Courage of Joseph and the Myrrh-Bearing Women

OCN Now - Sun, 2019/05/12 - 6:45am

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. Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went...

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The Basic Work of the Church

OCN Now - Sat, 2019/05/11 - 7:45pm

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. Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in...

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Elder Aimilianos Simonopetritis Has Departed This Life (part 2)

OCN Now - Sat, 2019/05/11 - 8:30am

On the morning of 9 May 2019, Archimandrite Elder Aimilianos, former Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras on the Holy Mountain fell asleep in the Lord at the Holy Convent of the Annunciation of the Mother of God, Ormylia, Halkidiki. Biographical details by Hieromonk Serapion Simonopetritis (†2019). You...

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Elder Ieronymos Simonopetritis: The First Years of his Service

OCN Now - Fri, 2019/05/10 - 8:33am

Alexandros Christodoulou, Theologian   Elder Ieronymos as a monk on the Holy Mountain (1888-1920) Young Ioannis arrived on the Holy Mountain, made the sign of the cross and thanked Our Lady. Here his love for the Mother of God grew, to such an extent that, to his dying day, he...

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The Divine Liturgy Isn’t Our Only Service

OCN Now - Fri, 2019/05/10 - 7:25am

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. Therefore, let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with...

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Elder Aimilianos Simonopetritis Has Departed This Life

OCN Now - Thu, 2019/05/09 - 8:30am

This morning, 9 May 2019, Archimandrite Elder Aimilianos, former Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras on the Holy Mountain fell asleep in the Lord at the Holy Convent of the Annunciation of the Mother of God, Ormylia, Halkidiki. Biographical details by Hieromonk Serapion Simonopetritis (†2019). You have made...

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The Importance of Reading Scripture

OCN Now - Thu, 2019/05/09 - 5:59am

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. Apply your mind to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge. Proverbs 23:12 Over my years of ministry, I have asked many groups...

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Very important jobs

OCN Now - Wed, 2019/05/08 - 12:35pm

Do you have a special job you do around the house? Maybe cleaning up the table after dinner, or picking up toys, or vacuuming the carpet? Maybe you do a job that is just for you, and other family members have other jobs just for them. In today’s epistle reading,...

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Saint John The Theologian, Apostle and Evangelist

OCN Now - Wed, 2019/05/08 - 8:40am

Saint Nicholas Velimirovich   John was a son of Zebedee, a fisherman, and Salome, the daughter of Joseph, the Betrothed of Our Most Holy Lady, the Mother of God. When the Lord Jesus called him, John immediately left his father and their nets and, together with his brother, James, followed...

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The Theologian

OCN Now - Tue, 2019/05/07 - 10:05pm

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. That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and...

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