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How are we to be understood and recognized as the ‘Image of God’?

OCN Now - Fri, 2019/06/28 - 8:40am

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   Any donation of body tissue or an organ is a kind of self-sacrifice. Despite this, it would be untheological to consider such an action to be in imitation of the sacrifice of Christ. Christ offers...

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Join the conversation with Bible Answer Man

OCN Now - Fri, 2019/06/28 - 7:00am

Hank Unplugged: A podcast from the Christian Research Institute. For decades, millions have enjoyed answers and insights from Hank Hanegraaff on the Bible Answer Man broadcast. Now, Hank invites some of his closest friends and brightest minds onto the Hank Unplugged podcast for free-flowing, truly engaging discussions. Listen, as you...

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Saint Paul

OCN Now - Thu, 2019/06/27 - 10:21am

Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. To my shame, I must say, we were too weak for that! But whatever any one dares to boast of—I am speaking as a fool—I also dare to boast of that. Are they...

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Blessed Sampson the Hospitaller (+ 27 June)

OCN Now - Thu, 2019/06/27 - 8:48am

Our blessed father Sampson came from a family from the high society of Roman aristocracy, apparently linked to the kin of Constantine the Great. He studied all the important subjects of the time, particularly medicine, to which he felt drawn by his compassionate nature. He was unable to remain indifferent...

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Freely give!

OCN Now - Wed, 2019/06/26 - 12:04pm

Have you ever gotten a gift from somebody, but you never gave anything back? Maybe for Christmas, somebody gave you a present that you didn’t expect…and you didn’t have anything to give back! After our Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead and went to stay in heaven, He needed...

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“EUPHORIA” Just in time for Summer (warning)

OCN Now - Wed, 2019/06/26 - 9:13am

As we enter the summer months we are reminded once again of the demise of our society through the deception of Hollywood through a new HBO series called “Euphoria.” This show goes way beyond all boundaries and is marketed heavily to pre-teens and teens (I hope and pray it gets...

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Blessed David of Thessaloniki (+ 26 June)

OCN Now - Wed, 2019/06/26 - 8:35am

Bishop Agathangelos of Fanari   Blessed David was from Northern Mesopotamia, which was a large monastic centre, being born in about 450 A. D. For reasons we don’t know, he came to Thessaloniki together with a monk called Adola. According to their biography, he initially entered the monastery of the...

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The Concept of Death for the Church and for Science

OCN Now - Tue, 2019/06/25 - 8:45am

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   The definition of death in the Church and in science The definition of death is at its most crucial in heart transplants. The Church sees our death as a mystery of separation, or of the...

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The Birth of the Honourable Forerunner – 24th of June

OCN Now - Mon, 2019/06/24 - 8:56am

Bishop Agathangelos of Fanari   The events surrounding the birth of the Honourable Forerunner are mentioned by Saint Luke the Evangelist in the first chapter of his Gospel. He writes that in the days of Herod the king, there lived in Judea a certain priest called Zechariah. His wife was...

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The Funeral of His Grace Bishop Athanasius Akunda of Kisumu and Western Kenya

OCMC News - Fri, 2019/02/08 - 12:00pm
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OCMC Announces New Teams to Spread the Good News!

OCMC News - Wed, 2019/02/06 - 12:00pm
Colombia, Ghana, and Alaska have been added to the list of OCMC Mission Teams in 2019. These new openings offer you an opportunity to follow in the apostolic footsteps of Orthodox missionaries...

Thomas and Elizabeth Manuel Set Out for the Mission Field

OCMC News - Tue, 2019/01/22 - 12:00pm
Last week we were glad to receive Thomas and Elizabeth Manuel at the OCMC, as they went through their final pre-field training before starting their missionary service in Guatemala.The past...

Second Sunday in Lent: St. Gregory Palamas

Antiochian Archdiocese - Thu, 2018/03/01 - 3:45pm

Planting the doctrines of Orthodoxy, uprooting the thistles of wicked opinion, O blessed one, and growing well the plant of faith with the rain of thy sayings, thou didst offer to God, like a good farmer, ears a hundred fold.

+ Orthros of the Feast, Tone 1

On the second Sunday of Lent, we celebrate the teachings of St. Gregory Palamas, who upheld the Orthodox doctrine that humans can know God not only through the intellect but through experience of His uncreated energies. 

... every day we should stand in awe of Him, as He is with us, and do what is pleasing before Him. If we are unable now to perceive Him with our physical eyes, we can, if we are watchful, see Him continuously with the eyes of our understanding, and not just see Him, but reap great benefits from Him. This vision destroys all sin, demolishes all evil, and drives away everything bad. It gives birth to purity and dispassion, and bestows eternal life.   + St. Gregory Palamas


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Antiochian.org Launches New Design, Mobile-Friendly Resources

Antiochian Archdiocese - Mon, 2018/02/26 - 12:07pm

Beloved clergy and faithful of the Antiochian Archdiocese:

Greetings in the Name of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ. We pray this letter finds you well at the start of our Lenten journey. Wednesday, February 28, 2018 will mark a new beginning, a relaunch, for the Archdiocesan website: www.antiochian.org. It will have a much cleaner look and feel, and it is now friendlier for mobile devices for faster access to its wealth of materials, news and resources.

Without doubt, the most-accessed resource on the website is the Online Liturgical Guide, which provides weekly – and sometimes daily – word-for-word texts for the divine services, along with imbedded hyperlinks to corresponding sheet music. The OLG is now part of something bigger and better: a liturgical calendar that also features daily readings and listings of saints, as well as fasting guidelines and the popular spiritual “Thought for the Day” from the Church Fathers and our own Metropolitan JOSEPH. The Daily Liturgical Texts of the OLG now appear, as available, on the liturgical calendar. Accessing all of these resources takes just a few simple steps.

Start with scrolling down on the homepage to “Liturgics,” and click that link.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This takes you to all of the liturgical resources available for that day. Click on what you need.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scroll down a bit, and you will see “Additional Liturgical Resources” like the yearly Sunday Readings Calendar, and full texts of the Presanctified Divine Liturgy and Great Compline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
If you want to find future resources, especially the Daily Liturgical Texts, click on “select date” at the top of the screen. Then, click on the calendar date (e.g., Sunday, February 25, 2018). Those texts will stay posted on their calendar dates for reference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s that simple! All of these liturgical resources will remain constantly updated, so check back frequently. Be sure that the clergy and laity (especially choirs and chanters) see this letter to ensure a seamless transition with the new website.

If you have questions about the new www.antiochian.org, write to Dn. Christian Manasseh. For questions about the Department of Liturgics, write to Fr. Thomas Zain. And for questions about the Online Liturgical Guide and the Daily Liturgical Texts, write to Subdn. Peter Samore. We wish you a blessed journey to Great and All-holy Pascha and our Lord’s empty tomb.

Yours in Christ,

Dn. Christian Manasseh Fr. Thomas Zain Subdn. Peter Samore Dept. of Internet Ministry Dept. of Liturgics Online Liturgical Guide dnchristian@antiochian.org frthomasz@antiochian.org OLG@antiochian.org

 

 

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Invitation From The Very Rev. Paul D. O’Callaghan, St. George Cathedral Dean

Antiochian Archdiocese - Fri, 2018/02/23 - 5:37pm

The St. George Cathedral parish community is celebrating its Centennial in 2018. Although the community had its beginning with the arrival of Orthodox Lebanese to Wichita in 1895, it was 1918 before the community would have a church home. On April 5 of that year, several trustees of the newly forming parish concluded the purchase of a small clapboard church at 218 Handley St. from the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas. St. George Church was born!

Throughout this Centennial Year, our community is commemorating the history of our parish and the people who have been a part of it. As we do so, we are not only looking to the past, but to our future – the next 100 years!

The highlight of this auspicious year will be our Centennial Celebration on the weekend of May 5-6. Metropolitan JOSEPH plans to join us, and he and Bishop BASIL will serve the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Sunday, May 6. The Celebration will conclude with a festal banquet that evening. Please see the enclosed flyer.

St. George Cathedral belongs not only to its congregation, but to all of us in the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America. Thus it is our pleasure to invite you to join us for this joyous occasion. Please publicize the event to your congregation; reservation information will be forthcoming. Plan now to celebrate with us!

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Archdiocese Policy on Receiving People into the Church

Antiochian Archdiocese - Thu, 2018/02/22 - 4:29pm

Englewood, NJ • His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH • February 22, 2018

In response to questions that have been raised recently, His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH reaffirms the long-standing policy of the Antiochian Archdiocese, which is in accordance with the practice of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East, regarding the reception of converts to the Faith. To be clear, Holy Baptism in the Name of the Holy Trinity, followed by Holy Chrismation, is the normative means by which one is initiated into the Holy Church. When receiving those coming into Holy Orthodoxy from religious confessions who profess a belief in the Holy Trinity and baptize with water in the Name of Father, and of Son, and of the Holy Spirit, the Church from ancient times has done so through means of Holy Chrismation or a profession of the Faith – depending on the circumstances.

In other words, when baptism is necessary, there is a baptism. When Chrismation is necessary there is a Chrismation. When a profession of the Faith is necessary, there is a profession of the Faith. When questions arise requiring discernment as to how a person is to be received into the Church, a priest must consult with the local bishop.

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Metropolitan JOSEPH to Lead Young Adult Pilgrimage

Antiochian Archdiocese - Tue, 2018/02/20 - 5:04pm

In the summer of 2018, His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH will be leading a pilgrimage to Orthodox Thessaloniki, Kosovo, and Serbia. Titled "Spiritual Awakening," the trip is slated for June 14–26, 2018, with a registration deadline of March 15. Traveling through holy lands with a hierarch at the head of the trip often opens "the pearly gates" through unplanned and grace-filled opportunities unique to this type of adventure.

The pilgrimage has been especially created for young adults and professionals aged 21–35. The trip will be limited to 30 people and will include a few clergy. Baptized Orthodox Christians of any jurisdiction may participate, especially those who are interested in exploring Orthodox history, art, architecture, and music, all within the fellowship of the Church. Young adults who enjoy networking with peers abroad and have an interest in humanitarian opportunities will enjoy this life-changing opportunity. Pilgrims will enjoy all that these holy lands have to offer in an intense schedule of touring that will also still leave time for fun. The itinerary includes time for services, prayer, exploration, relaxation, and building bonds with other Orthodox professionals. Register today to receive a detailed itinerary!

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Statement Regarding Reception of Converts to the Orthodox Christian Faith

Antiochian Archdiocese - Tue, 2018/02/20 - 1:03pm

Englewood, NJ • February 20, 2018

In response to numerous unnamed sources spreading confusion over the internet, His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH reaffirms the long-standing policy of the Antiochian Archdiocese, which is in accordance with the practice of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East, regarding the reception of converts to the Faith. To be clear, Holy Baptism in the Name of the Holy Trinity, followed by Holy Chrismation, is the normative means by which one is initiated into the Holy Church. When receiving those coming into Holy Orthodoxy from religious confessions who profess a belief in the Holy Trinity and baptize with water in the Name of Father, and of Son, and of the Holy Spirit, the Church from ancient times has done so through means of Holy Chrismation or a profession of the Faith – depending on the circumstances. When questions arise requiring discernment as to how a person is to be received into the Church, a priest must consult with his local bishop.

His Eminence reaffirmed this practice recently during a clergy seminar for the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West, where he has continued to be the local bishop since his election as Metropolitan. In this capacity, His Eminence made clear that he is the point of reference for such questions for the clergy in attendance.

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Great Lent

Antiochian Archdiocese - Thu, 2018/02/15 - 2:00pm

 

 

 

Great Lent: The Journey to the Empty Tomb

As the sharp edge of winter cuts across February with its long shadows and long cold nights, Orthodox Christians know that this time of year is the herald of Great Lent, that solemn but beautiful 40-day journey to the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. With anticipation we look forward to that Lenten journey and what awaits us at the end of our spiritual travels: the Feast of Feasts, that great day of Pascha in which we proclaim, "Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death."

-Archpriest Stephen Rogers

     

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Western Rite Vicariate Launches Website

Antiochian Archdiocese - Mon, 2018/02/12 - 1:38pm

The Western Rite Vicariate has gathered many materials to help Orthodox and non-Orthodox alike learn more about the Western Rite in the Orthodox Church. Our Archdiocese has a rich heritage of reaching out to people of all backgrounds and in various ways responding to Christ's command to bring the Gospel to all nations. These materials, which include a documentary film about the Western Rite, blogs, and other resources, are available at The Orthodox West.

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