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Labor Day

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/09/07 - 5:09am

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. You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be happy and it shall be well with you.  Psalm 128:2...

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The good and bad tenant farmers (13th Sunday of Matthew)

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/09/06 - 8:30am

Metropolitan of Gortyn and Megalopolis, Ieremias   Today’s Gospel reading tells us, in parable form, about a vineyard planted by a householder, which he entrusted to tenants who were supposed to give him the fruits from it. When harvest time came, the owner sent servants to the tenants in order...

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Elder Averkios. A Young Boy Solved his Problem and Vanished Immediately

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/09/05 - 8:30am

For a short time the Holy Mountain was calm [after the Balkan Wars and the liberation from the Turks]. Then World War I began. The Central Powers had blockaded Greece and hunger was making itself felt on the Holy Mountain, particularly among those living in kellia and sketes. The monasteries...

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Friends Lift You Up When Things Are Hard

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/09/04 - 9:31am

How did you meet your friends? Do you have friends from school and sports and from camp? Do you have friends from church and from your neighborhood? Our friends are special to us because we have something in common with them. We take care of each other. In today’s epistle...

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In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder [7]

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/09/04 - 8:30am

Moving on now to more theological issues, one day I asked the Elder whether God Himself really had to be crucified in order for us to be saved. Wasn’t there another way? ‘Of course’, he said, ‘only the Lord knows these things. However it seems as if there was no...

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Psalm 93—The Majesty of God

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/09/04 - 5:24am

The Lord reigns; He is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed, He is girded with strength.  Yea, the world is established; it shall never be moved; Thy throne is established from old; Thou art from everlasting. Psalm 93:1-2 For those who have ever attended a vespers service on a Saturday...

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Abbot Damascene: Holy Mountain

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/09/03 - 8:30am

Watch Now “Athos is the motherland of orthodox monasticism in the world!”: In this part of his interview to Pemptousia, Archimandrite Damascene talks about his experience of his visits to Athos, the Holy Mountain. Source: pemptousia.com  

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Let’s Talk Live: Our Orthodox Moment

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/09/03 - 6:55am

Let’s Talk Live with Athanasius Yohan I (born K.P. Yohannan) & Fr. Christopher Metropulos We are pleased to announce our myOCN Community Online Gathering this coming Thursday, September 3rd, at 7:00 pm EST with special guest Athanasius Yohan I (born K.P. Yohannan). Fr. Christopher Metropulos, our Executive Director, will be offering...

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Psalm 92 – Faith Should Be More Like Spaghetti than Waffles

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/09/03 - 5:18am

It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to Thy Name, O Most High; to declare Thy steadfast love in the morning, and Thy faithfulness by night. Psalm 92:1-2 I once read a book entitled “Men Are Like Waffles, Women are Like Spaghetti” by Bill...

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‘Good Teacher what Good should I do to have Eternal Life?’

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

Hierodeacon Rafael Misiaoulis, Theologian   The rich young man in today’s Gospel reading (Matthew 9, 16-26) begins with an important motive: he seeks an answer about eternal life from Him Who is Eternal, real Life. He seeks an answer to salvation from the Savior. ‘Good teacher, what should I do...

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Remember Those Who Have Helped You

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/09/02 - 5:12am

Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you; your elders and they will tell you. Deuteronomy 32:7 As I reflect on my life, I can recall people and conversations that changed the course of my life or were instrumental in...

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International Photo competition “Colours of Orthodoxy. Finland”

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/09/01 - 9:30am

The contest is organized to present the diversity and beauty of Orthodoxy in Finland. Through this contest, which will culminate with an album and an exhibition, we would like to present for wider audience Christian life in Finland. We are looking for images in these categories: Churches (architecture, frescos, crosses, tombs,...

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Discourse on the Deposition & Veneration of the Holy Belt of Ever-Virgin Mary – 2

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/09/01 - 8:30am

Saint German, Patriarch of Constantinople   And you, All-Pure and All-Good and Most-Merciful Lady, the consolation of Christians, the fervent comfort of those in distress, the immediate refuge of sinners, do not abandon us as orphans, without your divine assistance. For if you do abandon us, where shall we turn?...

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Let’s Go to Work!

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/09/01 - 5:37am

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. The Beginning of the Ecclesiastical (Church) Year And Jesus came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and He went to the...

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Discourse on the Deposition & Veneration of the Holy Belt of Ever-Virgin Mary-1

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/08/31 - 8:30am

Saint German, Patriarch of Constantinople   Discourse on the Deposition and Veneration of the Holy and Honourable Belt of Our Most Pure Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary Through the Holy Spirit, David, the Prophet and King, sang, “Glorious things are spoken of you, the City of God”....

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Starting the New Year on the Right Foot

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/08/31 - 5:27am

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. First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men, for kings and all who are...

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Encomium on the Beheading of the Great Forerunner – 3

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/08/30 - 8:30am

Saint Theodore the Studite   According to the Gospel, his disciples then came, took away his body and buried it (Matth. 14, 13). Those of you who love history, look at how the burial of this righteous man is depicted and gives the lie to those enemies of the holy...

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What Is the One Thing You Still Lack?

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/08/30 - 4:55am

And behold, one came up to Him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?” And He said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? One there is who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” He said to...

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Encomium on the Beheading of the Great Forerunner – 2

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/08/29 - 8:30am

Saint Theodore the Studite   So what did he say to Herod? “You’re not allowed to live with her”. He reminded him of the divine law, as if saying to him: “Look and see what the Law orders you to do. If there are two brothers and one of them...

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God Works THROUGH Us

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/08/29 - 5:43am

Now I would remind you, brethren, in what terms I preached to you the gospel, which you received, in which you stand, by which you are saved, if you hold it fast—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that...

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