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Saint Paul

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/06/29 - 5:21am

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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Saint Peter the Apostle: A Great Personality – I

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/06/28 - 8:30am

Apostolos Glavinas, Professor   Peter was born in Bethsaida, close to Lake Gennesaret, where, along with his brother Andrew, who also became an Apostle, they plied the trade of fisherman, together with two other Apostles, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. In all the Gospel records he is first...

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Three Valuable Lessons

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/06/28 - 5:25am

Jesus said, “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is not sound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is...

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Interview with Archimandrite Zacharias (part 2) – Prayer and the Divine Liturgy

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/06/27 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   Question: Saint Sophrony says that the Christian should have unceasing inspiration in his life. What does this inspiration consist of? Answer: ‘Those who are led by the Holy Spirit never cease going downwards, condemning themselves as unworthy of God,’ says Father Sophrony (cf. ‘On Prayer’, p....

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Spiritual Paternity

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/06/26 - 8:30am

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis, Professor of the Theological School, A.U.Th.   1. Introduction These days, when we talk about a spiritual father, we usually mean a priest who’s a confessor. But in Church tradition, the sense of spiritual paternity is much broader. Only God is the Father [1]. Christ, Who is...

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Keep Showing Up

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/06/26 - 5:33am

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.  And when they saw Him, they worshipped Him but some doubted.  And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.  Go therefore and make...

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Some Questions to Consider

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/06/25 - 10:56am

And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it may go well with you. Deuteronomy 6:18 We are going to interrupt our study of the Psalms for a few days, in order to address two subjects that are very timely today and tomorrow.  Monday and Tuesday we will reflect...

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Be Close to God First

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/06/25 - 9:27am

Seek First God’s Kingdom Have you ever done something in the wrong order? Maybe you tried to put your shoes on first, and then your socks. Or maybe you ate lunch before you washed your hands. Or cooked something in a mixed up way. Sometimes, when we do things out...

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Interview with Archimandrite Zacharias (part 1) – The Experience of the Holy Spirit

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/06/25 - 8:32am

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   Question: Saint Silouan and Saint Sophrony speak repeatedly about the Holy Spirit. How do we experience the Holy Spirit according to their teaching? Answer: Everything begins from our faith in Christ and accepting His word. When we make His commandments the unique law of our life,...

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Let’s Talk Live: How Philoptochos Makes A Difference

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/06/25 - 6:35am

We are pleased to announce myOCN Community Online Gathering this coming Thursday, June 25th, at 7:00 pm EST with special guests Maria Logus & Paulette Geanacopoulos. We will discuss how National Philoptochos is responding with a multi-pronged approach to provide financial, emotional, spiritual and loving support to individuals and families...

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Trusting Parents, a Miraculous Birth

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/06/24 - 8:42pm

Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things which have been accomplished among us, just as they were delivered to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for...

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It rages inside us

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/06/24 - 8:30am

Saint John of Kronstadt   All the passions are fire in the soul, a huge fire that rages within us. We have to extinguish them with the water of love, which is so powerful it can put out any internal fire of wickedness and the passions. But woe to us,...

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Welcoming the Witness to the Light: The Nativity of John the Forerunner

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/06/24 - 7:00am

Roughly six months before we celebrate the nativity of Christ, our Church honors the coming of one of his most precious companions, the Glorious Prophet and Forerunner John the Baptist. John’s conception in itself was miraculous, an event that could have never occurred in the absence of divine intervention. Born...

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Sunday of All Saints (part 2)

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/06/23 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   Read the first part here Today, one week after Pentecost, again we celebrate a feast, commemorating all the Saints that were well pleasing to the Lord in this life and partook of His imperishable life. Last Sunday we celebrated the coming of the Comforter and the...

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Psalm 50/51—The Psalm of Repentance: The Sacrifice of a Humble Heart

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/06/23 - 5:30am

The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, Thou will not despise. Psalm 50:17  Today we are nearly half-way in between the last celebration of the Nativity and the next one.  Who would have thought six months ago that in this first...

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Hieromartyr Methodios Bishop of Patara (June 20)

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/06/22 - 8:30am

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   On June 20th, the Church honors the memory of St. Methodios, Bishop of Patara in Lycia, also known as the birthplace of St. Nicholas of Myra. St. Methodios rose to prominence before St. Nicholas, during the last great persecution of Christians by the Roman emperors....

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Psalm 50/51—The Psalm of Repentance: Imagine What Would Happen If You Prayed This Verse Often

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/06/22 - 5:30am

O Lord, open Thou my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Thy praise. Psalm 50:15 What is the part of our body that gets us in the most trouble?  That would be the mouth.  We commit the most sins using our mouths, because the sins we commit most often...

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Variations in the Spiritual Life (Teachings from Athos)

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/06/21 - 8:30am

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   Even though we’re in the season of winter, we had a fine day yesterday, with lots of sunshine. We felt the weather had taken a turn for the better, and then today it changed again and we’ve got turbulence. We can’t get out to do...

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2nd Sunday of Matthew: Called to Be Disciples

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/06/21 - 5:30am

As Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their...

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We Put Fantasies in the Place of God

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/06/20 - 8:30am

Protopresbyter Nikolaos Loudovikos   Fr. Nikolaos is the Chair of the Department of Theology and Pastoral Studies and a Professor of Dogmatics and Philosophy at the University Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki, a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the...

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