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Paraklesis and Finding Refuge in the Theotokos

OCN Now - Sun, 2017/08/13 - 11:41pm
In preparation for the Dormition, a supplication to the Theotokos called the Paraklesis is often chanted. (A longer title is “The Paraklesis Service with the Little Supplicatory Canon to the Theotokos.”) Father Thomas Hopko tells us paraklesis means comfort and encouragement. This beautiful service implores the Mother of God to intercede with her Son to […]

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Faith Can Move a Mountain

OCN Now - Sun, 2017/08/13 - 9:51pm
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Tenth Sunday of Matthew And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to Jesus and kneeling before Him said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; for often he falls […]

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Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos + August 15

Antiochian Archdiocese - Sun, 2017/08/13 - 2:00pm

Shudder, O ye heavens! and, O earth, give ear unto these words: God descended once before for our sake; He descends again today for His Mother.
--from The Lamentations at the Bier of the Mother of God, Tone 5

O thou most Holy Virgin, who knew not wedlock, the heavens rejoice in thy glorious falling asleep, the hosts of angels are glad, and the whole earth crieth out in joy, singing to thee the funeral song, O Mother of the Lord of all, thou who hast delivered human kind from its ancestral condemnation.
--Orthros of the Feast, Tone 4

The Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos: an introduction by Archpriest Ayman Kfouf
Worshipping the Virgin Mary? An Orthodox Understanding, by Christopher Holwey
Teachings and traditions for the Feast of the Dormition
St. John of Damascus on the Dormition
A Description of the Theotokos by St. Maximus the Confessor
Tender Love and the Dormition: Frederica Mathewes-Green on Ancient Faith Radio
Mary, Our Cause of Rejoicing, by His Grace Bishop Basil

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Millennialism (Chiliasm) in the early Church and today

OCN Now - Sun, 2017/08/13 - 8:15am
Georgia Moulopoulou, M. Th.   Religious convictions concerning the end of the world, the final judgment, the justification of the righteous, the punishment of sinners by the Messiah, and His kingdom, have, for a thousand years, been at the centre of the heresy of millennialism (Chiliasm). This heresy is based on the book of the […]

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The Life of the Apostle Is Hard

OCN Now - Sat, 2017/08/12 - 9:26pm
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but […]

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First Discourse on the Beatitudes [2]

OCN Now - Sat, 2017/08/12 - 8:15am
Blessed poverty ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’ But what benefit will we derive from this great gift of God [the promise of the kingdom of heaven] unless we discover the deeper meaning hidden in the depths of these words? In medical science, for example, there are many […]

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The Dormition of the Theotokos: Our Promise and Hope

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/08/11 - 11:02pm
The Dormition of the Theotokos was not celebrated for the first five centuries of Christianity. There was silence regarding the holy mystery of the Mother of God’s “falling asleep”. In the beginning, God willed that the details of His mother’s death and glorified, or resurrected, state remain veiled from the world. In the centuries to […]

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Faithtree Resources Releases "13 Reasons: Why We Must Engage with Our Teens"

Antiochian Archdiocese - Fri, 2017/08/11 - 4:22pm

Van Nuys, California. (August 4, 2017)  Faithtree Resources, a teaching ministry of St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church in Van Nuys, CA, has released their latest resource for clergy and families, a free eBook entitled: 13 Reasons: Why We Must Engage with Our Teens. (Download a free copy) 

The 20+ page resource is Faithtree’s response to the popular Netflix series "13 Reasons Why," a teen-oriented drama about a high school student who takes her own life. The series aired this year and has not only caused a national stir, but as new research indicates, may have significantly increased the number of teens now researching and contemplating their own suicides. In an article in The Atlantic, Google reported queries about suicide rose by almost 20 percent in the 19 days following the wake of the show’s release. This represents between 900,000-1.5 million more searches than usual regarding the subject.

“Our goal in creating this resource was to respond to the overwhelming demand we’ve received to help our clergy and families as they have the really hard conversations with the teens in their lives, especially in regards to this series.” said Faithtree Executive Director, Michelle Moujaes. She went on to say, “The realities our teens are facing are changing so rapidly. We as adults can really struggle to offer solid guidance and wisdom. Our team also understands that articulating our rich theology on issues like suicide, rape, bullying, loneliness and identity isn’t always easy for a lot of us. It only made sense to collaborate with a seasoned Orthodox counselor and theologian like Dr. Mamalakis to help give us the words.  This eBook lays a framework and provides strategies to help prepare our adult leaders to have those hard conversations in a way that is effective, and God willing, truly transformative.” 

Faithtree worked with Dr. Philip Mamalakis, Ph.D., LMFT, M.Div. and Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology who wrote the eBook. Hundreds of clergy, parents, church school administrators, doctors, and teachers have downloaded the resource already.

To learn more about other offerings from Faithtree Resources, log on to Faithtree's website or email info@faithtree.org.

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Martha Condra is Back!

Ancient Faith Radio - Fri, 2017/08/11 - 10:20am
Martha Condra is back with her podcast "Wheat, Wine, and Oil"! Here she reminds us that the reason we cook is for love.
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Jonathan Jackson: Experiences from Greece

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/08/11 - 8:20am
Watch Now For Jonathan Jackson Greece is a place of ancient and modern Saints. In that way he describes his and his family experience by visiting Greece and Mount Athos in this part of his exclusive interview to Pemptousia. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency […]

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Something We All Need to Work On

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/08/11 - 7:33am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Fruits of the Spirit The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.  Galatians 5: 22-23 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.  Galatians 6:2   Good morning Prayer […]

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Hank Unplugged: Tear Down This Wall – The Fall of Darwinism

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/08/11 - 4:28am
Listen Now to a conversation with Dr. Paul Nelson, in this podcast series of Hank Unplugged. The Bible Answer Man’s podcast brought to your through Christian Research Institute and now showcased on Orthodox Christian Network. ABOUT HANK HANEGRAAFF Hank is the author of more than twenty books, with more than a million copies in print. He is a […]

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Orthodox Christian Translation Society Accepting Proposals for Translation Projects

Antiochian Archdiocese - Thu, 2017/08/10 - 8:48pm

The Orthodox Christian Translation Society (OCTS), a non-profit organization committed to facilitating the entire process of creating high-quality Orthodox translations from project conception to publication and distribution, is accepting proposals for future translation projects.

OCTS accepts proposals from skilled translators and then selects projects to support. Once a project is chosen, OCTS commits to support that project financially from beginning to end. This includes translation, editing, publication, and distribution. Each translator is supported financially according to a method which best suits his or her needs; this may include hourly compensation, compensation based on length of the text, or royalty payments made at the time of sales. In this way, OCTS provides opportunities for skilled translators to commit their time to Orthodox translation work while also supporting themselves and their families or monastic communities.

OCTS is a pan-Orthodox organization. Bishop Basil (Essey) of the Antiochian Orthodox Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America and Mother Gabriella of Dormition of the Mother of God Orthodox Monastery in South-Central Michigan are on the OCTS Advisory Board.

Recent OCTS publications include the following:

  • Place Your Hope in the Lord: The Poetic Spiritual Life of Father Lazar (translated from Serbian to English by Milena Taylor)
  • The Singing Heart: A Book of Quiet Reflections, by Ivan Ilyin (translated from Russian to English by Alexandra Weber)
  • Holy Week to Pentecost: A Bilingual Coloring Book for All Ages (bilingual English/Spanish coloring book)

In addition, a translation into Icelandic of Metropolitan Kallistos' Ware’s book The Orthodox Way is currently underway.

The deadline for proposal submissions is October 1, 2017. For more information about submitting a proposal, visit OCTS at their website.

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Generous Response to Seminary Kitchen Plea

OCMC News - Thu, 2017/08/10 - 12:00pm
In my last prayer letter I mentioned the disaster that had befallen the seminary kitchen, and I asked for help to come up with the $30,000 it would take to reconstruct a proper...

Our “Trees” Need Regular Pruning

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/08/10 - 9:47am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Fruits of the Spirit The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.  Galatians 5: 22-23 Look to yourself, lest you too be tempted.  Galatians 6:1   Good morning Prayer Team! I remember […]

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A sailor distinguished for his purity: The Holy New Martyr Triandafyllos

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/08/10 - 8:20am
Martyred in Constantinople on 8 August, 1680. The saint came from Zagora in Magnisia. He worked as a sailor on ships and was distinguished for the purity of his life and the modesty of his morals. He also kept the flame of his love for Christ burning in his heart. Seeing this, the evil enemy […]

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Family Time Isn’t Screen Time – Family Insights Podcast Series

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/08/10 - 8:07am
Listen Now.  It’s a common scenario, we’ve all seen it and many of us are trying to manage it – a whole family at dinner, and everyone is on a device.  Join us today as we discuss how to balance the risks and benefits of screen time, while fostering a close, Christ-centered family environment at […]

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SAVE THE DATE! St. Emmelia Orthodox Homeschool Conference in Three Locations

Antiochian Archdiocese - Wed, 2017/08/09 - 2:30pm
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December 1–3, 2017 WEST
Location: St. Nicholas Ranch, Dunlap, CA
Keynote: Fr. Josiah Trenham
Theme: The Courage to Homeschool

January 19–21, 2018 SOUTH
Location: St. Constantine, Houston, TX
Keynote: Dr. Philip Mamalakis
Theme: Parenting Toward the Kingdom

April 19–22, 2018 EAST
Location: Antiochian Village, Bolivar, PA
Keynote: Fr. Josiah Trenham
Theme: Be Not Afraid

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Renewing the Male and Female Diaconate in the Orthodox Church 2017 Conference

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/08/09 - 1:50pm
Renewing the Male and Female Diaconate in the Orthodox Church 2017 Conference On October 6-7, 2017, the St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess will hold its 2017 conference: Renewing the Males and Female Diaconate in the Orthodox Church.  This Pan-Orthodox conference will examine the theology, history, and purpose of the diaconate; both male and female. […]

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National Philoptochos Donates to Greece and Cyprus

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/08/09 - 11:00am
NATIONAL PHILOPTOCHOS ANNOUNCES $115,000 IN DISBURSEMENTS FOR GREECE AND CYPRUS BRINGING TOTAL SUPPORT TO $789,120 New York, NY:  As we celebrate Independence Day and the ideals and principles of our homeland, a country of immigrants, we remain committed to and supportive of our ancestral homes. Accordingly, the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc. is pleased […]

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