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In a strange manner

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/09/16 - 8:30am

Elder Efraim Vatopaidinos   Abbas Pimen had a wonderful saying: ‘Bind yourself to a man who fears God and you will have fear of God’. Who is it who really fears God? People who are without passions, are virtuous, sanctified, and constantly repenting. And how beneficial it is for us...

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Psalm 100—We are the Sheep of His Pasture

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/09/15 - 1:23pm

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. Know that the Lord is God! It is He that made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep...

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The Exaltation of the Son of Man

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/09/15 - 8:30am

Hierodeacon Rafael Misiaoulis, Theologian   ‘And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up’. On the Sunday before the Exaltation of the Precious Cross, the Gospel reading is concerned, in the most realistic way, with eternal life. It contains a...

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Sermon on the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy and Life-giving Cross

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/09/14 - 8:30am

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   On September 14, the whole of the Orthodox world rejoices as we celebrate the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: “Behold, through the cross joy has come to the world!” (Paschal prayer) Three historical events contributed to the establishment of this holiday: 1st.  The discovery of the wood...

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Feast of the Exaltation of the Venerable and Life-Giving Cross

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/09/14 - 4:52am

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 the chief priests and the officers saw Him, they cried out, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Take Him yourselves...

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Christ’s Discussion with Nicodemus – Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/09/13 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Ioïl Yiannakopoulos   The Work of Redemption As were the Jews when they gazed upon the bronze serpent, so we, too, are cured when we see Christ crucified. Let’s investigate what this cross of Christ’s is, what its benefits are and what it teaches us. A) The cross. In...

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A Short Reading, a Succinct Summary

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/09/13 - 8:00am

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. Jesus said, “No one has ascended into heaven but He who descended from heaven, the Son of man. And as Moses lifted up...

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…so must the Son of Man be lifted up (John, 3, 14-16)

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/09/12 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Ioïl Yiannakopoulos   After His dialogue with Nicodemus, Christ embarks on a monologue on His own work of redemption, under three headings: revelation, redemption and judgement. In the Gospel of Saint John (3, 11), the Lord says: ‘In all truth, I say to you, we speak of what we...

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This is What Really Counts

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/09/12 - 8:00am

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. Saturday Before the Holy Cross See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who...

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The Grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ Be With Your Spirit

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/09/11 - 3:11pm

Have you ever heard somebody say, “I wish you well” or “Take care”? Or maybe you have heard “Be well” or even “Have a nice day!” Sometimes we might give somebody a greeting when we say goodbye. In today’s epistle reading, we read a greeting that Saint Paul writes to...

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The Cook in Paradise

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/09/11 - 8:30am

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis   The lack of simplicity, sincerity and authenticity in relations between people leads to social hypocrisy, meretricious morality and formality and, at the same time, provokes adverse reactions among younger people. The problem is worse when there’s no simplicity even among so-called spiritual people. “When spiritual people...

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GOD BLESS AMERICA!

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/09/11 - 7:04am

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. GOD BLESS AMERICA!  And cause Thy whole nation and every tribe to know and understand that Thou art God, the God of all...

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It provoked a schism

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/09/10 - 8:30am

Elder Tadej Vitovničk   Humanity was united, but sin caused a breach among us and we no longer have this unity. This is why the Lord became human: in order to reconnect what had been broken asunder by sin. The angels in the Kingdom of God think alike and agree...

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Psalm 99—Praise to God

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/09/10 - 5:19am

Extol the Lord our God; worship at His footstool! Holy is He! Psalm 99:5 Today’s Scripture verse is chanted every Sunday morning during Orthros, another example of how we quote the Scriptures frequently in our services, particularly the Old Testament. Even though praise of God seems like a pretty basic part...

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How to pray

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/09/09 - 8:30am

Saint Cassian the Roman   If we were to ask some prominent citizen, not to save our life but simply to do us some small favor, would we not fix our gaze and our heart on him? Would we not literally ‘hang upon’ the expression of his face, with great...

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Christians and Conspiracy Theories

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/09/09 - 7:15am

Let’s Talk Live: Christians and Conspiracy Theories with Julian Chryssavgis, Hank Hanegraaff, & Fr. Christopher Metropulos We are pleased to announce our myOCN Community Online Gathering this coming Thursday, September 10th, at 7:00 pm EST with special guests Julian Chryssavgis and Hank Hanegraaff. Fr. Christopher Metropulos, OCN Executive Director, will be...

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Psalm 97—God’s Glory Changes You

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/09/09 - 5:35am

The Lord reigns; let the earth rejoice! Psalm 97:1 If you are looking for a movie to watch on one of these nights or weekends when you can’t go out because of the covid restrictions or fears, I highly recommend the movie “I Can Only Imagine.”  It is the story of...

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Homily on the Birth of the Theotokos

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/09/08 - 8:30am

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   “Your birth, Oh Theotokos, brought joy to the whole world, for from you dawned the sun of righteousness, Christ our God.  Freeing us from the curse, He gave us His blessings.  Abolishing death, He granted us eternal life.” Apolytikion (the Dismissal hymn) of the Nativity of the...

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Psalm 95—A Call to Worship

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/09/08 - 5:34am

O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!  Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise. . .O come, let us worship and bow down, let...

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‘For when the Lord of the Vineyard Comes, what will he do to those Laborers?

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/09/07 - 8:35am

Hierodeacon Rafael Misiaoulis, Theologian   Christ used the image of the vineyard rather than that of any other tree or plant, because he was preparing the faithful to understand that wine, the fruit of the vine, would be given at the Last Supper, so that it would be exactly the...

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