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What does God want from YOU?

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/02/05 - 1:57pm

Do you ever think about what you want from God? It’s good to pray to God and ask Him for health, for strength, to help you be better at things. But did you ever wonder what God wants from YOU? Today is the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee—You...

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The Importance of the Sacred Canons of Ecclesiastical and Canon Law in the Life of the Church

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/02/05 - 8:30am

Vasilios Grillas, Theologian   In Christian terminology, the word ‘canon’ is technical and has three meanings: a) it decides the authentic and genuine books of Holy Scripture (The Canon of Scripture); b) it determines the order in which Church hymns are sung (The Resurrection Canon, for example); and c) it...

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Generosity Spawns Generosity

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/02/05 - 7:19am

We want you to know, brethren, about the grace of God which has been shown in the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of liberality on their part.  For they gave according to...

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The Power of a “Thank You”

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/02/04 - 9:54am

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15 The words “Thank you” are words we don’t hear enough. I think in many instances it is easier to get the words “I love you”...

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The Old Testament, Ancient Greek Culture and Christianity

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/02/04 - 8:30am

Ippokratis Tavlarios, Theologian   In recent years we’ve seen a resurgence of neo-pagan propaganda against Christianity. This polemic derides the historical progress of the Church and presents it as an organ of barbarity. Christianity is accused of having violently extinguished ancient Greek culture. Another charge levelled against it is that...

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Your First Words Should Be Words of Thanks

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/02/03 - 8:42am

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together! Psalm 34:1-3 One morning a group...

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The Reception of the Lord: the feast of freedom

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/02/03 - 8:30am

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   In one of the hymns at the Vespers of the Reception of the Lord, the words ‘Now, Lord, you let your servant depart in peace’ which were addressed to God by the righteous Symeon when...

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The Foundation of a Beautiful Tradition

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/02/02 - 8:40am

And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) and...

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A Change in the Law

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/02/01 - 8:38am

It is beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the superior. Here tithes are received by mortal men; there, by one of whom it is testified that he lives. One might even say that Levi himself, who received tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, for he was still in the...

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Saint Porfyrios Revealed the Rescue of Greek Sailors in Mexico!

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/02/01 - 8:30am

Abbess Styliani Holy Monastery of the Pantokrator-Tao †   One morning, a woman dressed in black and weeping bitterly came to our monastery [The Holy Monastery of the Pantokrator-Tao, in Pendeli, Athens] ‘Why did my parish priest send you here? What can you do for me?’ She was crying the...

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Give Thanks IN All Circumstances, Not FOR All Circumstances

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/01/31 - 8:36am

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of Christ Jesus for you. I Thessalonians 5:18 Often we see the power of one word to change the meaning of something. In the instance we observe here, we see the difference between the use of the word “in” versus...

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Jonathan Jackson: The new album ‘Ultraviolet Empire’ and all professional plans for 2020

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/01/31 - 8:30am

Watch now  Jonathan Jackson, at the second part of his recent interview to Pemptousia talks about his new music album ‘Ultraviolet Empire’ and his professional plans for 2020. Watch the first part of the interview here Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is...

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National Missions & Evangelism Conference in Columbus, Ohio

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/01/30 - 8:56am

A National Conference on Missions & Evangelism is being held February 3rd to 5th, 2020 in Columbus, OH at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral – an event made possible by a grant from Leadership 100. The conference theme is: “Leading Change Toward a Healthier Parish” and features presentations by Fr....

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Feast of the Three Hierarchs: the obligations of parents and educators

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/01/30 - 8:30am

Sophia Kafkopoulou   Today, 30 January, we celebrate the three hierarchs. There are lots of hierarch saints whom we honour throughout the year in the Church, but this is a feast of three together, although they also each have their own day on which we commemorate them. They’re Basil the...

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The Three Hierarchs

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/01/30 - 6:33am

You Need Some Knowledge in Order for Your Light to Shine Brightly “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all...

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Who Takes You to Church?

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/01/29 - 3:24pm

Do you go with your parents or your grandparents? Do you sometimes go with a friend or with your Godmother or Godfather? Today is one of the 12 great feasts of our Church. We celebrate the day that Mary and Joseph brought the 40-day-old baby Jesus into the holy Temple....

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How to Pray: 5-5-5-1

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/01/29 - 9:01am

As a hart longs for flowing streams, so longs my soul for Thee, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Psalm 42:1-2 Many Christians do not know how to pray. Most know the Lord’s Prayer and for many, their knowledge of prayer ends with the Lord’s...

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Jonathan Jackson: ‘Discovering the Orthodox Faith changed the way I see the world..’

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/01/29 - 8:30am

Watch now  Jonathan Jackson, at his recent interview to Pemptousia speaks on how converting to Orthodoxy changed his life. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3 and an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America . It is...

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Alone with God

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/01/28 - 11:38am

And after Jesus had dismissed the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone. Matthew 14:23 A quick update on Alena, the young girl everyone was praying for a few weeks ago. By God’s Providence and your prayers, Alena is...

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Fear not

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/01/28 - 8:30am

Saint Saint Seraphim of Sarov   We shouldn’t not be put off in the spiritual life by any power of the enemy. On the contrary, we should depend on the words of God: ‘Do not fear with their fear and do not be troubled, for God is with us. Sanctify...

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