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The Foolish Rich Man

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/11/23 - 8:30am

Metropolitan of Gortyn and Megalopolis, Ieremias   1. I mentioned to you on another occasion, my Christian friends, that our Church, like the caring mother it is, uses this period of winter- when living conditions have always been difficult- to present us with Sunday Gospel readings that sharpen our awareness...

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Let YOUR Light Shine Through YOUR Unique Gifts

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/11/22 - 11:55pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be...

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Address on the Feast of Our Most Holy Lady – 2

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/11/22 - 8:30am

Archbishop Theofylaktos of Ochrid   This is today’s feast, the event we’re celebrating today, the escorting of the maiden to the Temple and her introduction into the Holy of Holies. What a strange event! What an astonishing thing it is that we hear! A little girl living in the fathomless...

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Are You Rich Towards God?

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/11/21 - 11:55pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. The Lord said this parable: “The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he...

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Address on the Feast of Our Most Holy Lady – 1

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/11/21 - 8:30am

Archbishop Theofylaktos of Ochrid   Address on the Feast of Our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God, when she was taken by her Parents to the Temple All too often the “remembrance of the righteous which is accompanied by encomia” is an opportunity to censure the person praising if...

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Christ Invites Us to Be Fellow Citizens with the Saints

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/11/20 - 11:55pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. For He is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the...

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The Fear of God is Reverence for and Love of Him

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/11/20 - 8:30am

Metropolitan Athanasios of Lemessos   The Church is not opposed to the human body. This is why the Fathers were so careful not to damage their body with their ascetic efforts. They tried to submit it to the Holy Spirit and to God’s commandments, so as not to seek the...

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What Do You Do with Your Free Time?

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/11/20 - 7:28am

What would you do if you had years of free time? Yes, years. Not just a few hours a day, but years! Nothing to do. No need to work. Would you relax, have parties with your friends, or goof off? Or would you spend your time in a different way?...

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Thankful for What I Have

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/11/19 - 11:55pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. “And the multitudes asked Jesus, “What then shall we do?” And He answered them, “He who...

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The Sanctification of the Human Body

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/11/19 - 8:30am

Metropolitan Athanasios of Lemessos   The human person is the temple of the living God. This is an Apostolic teaching of our Church, which means that, just as the grace of God, the grace of the Holy Spirit, resides in a church, the same is true of the human body...

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Thankful for Friends

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/11/18 - 11:45pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17 A friend loves at all times,...

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Why we should not judge our neighbour

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/11/18 - 8:30am

Abba Dorotheos   Sunday’s Gospel of the Good Samaritan has as its core message ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself’. But the story is a reply to a specific question and obviously doesn’t exhaust all facets of the issue. For example, in this particular case, the ‘neighbourly’ thing to...

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Thankful for My Family

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/11/17 - 11:55pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing...

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The Good Samaritan: Love above Divisions

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/11/17 - 8:30am

Varnavas, Metropolitan of Neapolis and Stavroupolis   In the text of the Old Testament, we read that, when Cain killed Abel, God asked him where his brother was. Still angry, he retorted: “I don’t know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”. This question, so full of hate and indifference, is answered...

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Thankful for My Very Life

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/11/16 - 11:55pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation. Our God is...

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The Road to the Interior

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/11/16 - 8:30am

Vasileios Tatakis   Gregory of Nyssa has this to say about human nature: ‘But because we are poor in the good, our nature always impels us towards the deficiency, and the appetitive disposition of our nature [i. e. ‘what we desire’] is to seek what is lacking’ (PG, On the...

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Another Sinner Turned Saint

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/11/15 - 11:55pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax...

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The Prayer of the Holy Mountain Yesterday and Today

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/11/15 - 8:30am

Elder Aimilianos Simonopetritis †   None of us would doubt that prayer is, indeed, a fundamental necessity for any soul. It is the tree of life which nourishes people and renders them incorruptible, because it allows them to enter into communion with the eternal and incorruptible God. Just as there...

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The Good Samaritan: Who is My Neighbor and How Shall I Care For Him?

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/11/14 - 11:55pm

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. And behold, a lawyer stood up to put Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal...

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