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Against the Odds

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/12/07 - 4:58pm
Watch Now.  Join us as Fr. Marcantoni discusses the concept of apistia, or disbelief, and reminds us that we are all called upon to be disciples of Christ. ABOUT FATHER MICHAEL MARCANTONI Fr. Michael Marcantoni is the priest at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit in Rochester, NY. Originally from Puerto Rico, he is a Veteran of […]

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Metropolitan JOSEPH'S Letter for Choir and Chanter Appreciation Sunday

Antiochian Archdiocese - Thu, 2017/12/07 - 3:50pm

(To be read from the pulpit and printed in the bulletin)

Beloved Brother Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, and Christ-loving Faithful of Our God-protected Archdiocese:

Blessings and greetings to all of you in the Name of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ!

One of the hallmarks of our Orthodox Christian faith is the beauty of our worship. Our ecclesiastical music, when done with prayer and skill, can elucidate the rich theology of our hymnography in such a way that worshippers can exclaim – as did the emissaries sent by Saint Vladimir – "we know not whether we are in heaven or on earth!"

Because we owe such a tremendous amount of gratitude to our choirs and our chanters, we set aside the second Sunday of December to honor them for the key role they play in our liturgical life.

I offer thanks especially for the work of the Department of Sacred Music in working so diligently to expand the repertoire of music and to make it accessible to all. In addition, the department offers the Sacred Music Institute to help our choir members and chanters learn more about this sacred art and fine tune their God-given talents.

To support this work, which is so vital our Orthodox Christian liturgical lives, I ask each parish of this Archdiocese to offer a second collection on December 10, 2017 and to offer special recognition to those who are fulfilling this sacred ministry.

Wishing you all a holy and grace-filled continuation of the fast and joyous feast of the Nativity, I remain,

Your Father in Christ,
+JOSEPH
Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America
December 10, 2017

(Photo: St. John Orthodox Church, Memphis, TN)

 

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It Is Better to Walk by Faith than by Sight

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/12/07 - 12:43pm
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Go-To Verses from the Bible For we walk by faith, not by sight.  II Corinthians 5:7   Good morning Prayer Team! We know that faith is believing without seeing.  By its very definition, faith means putting trust in something […]

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Session Three: Freedoms of Religion and the Press

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/12/07 - 11:56am
Session Three: Freedoms of Religion and the Press Photos: ©GOA/Dimitrios Panagos Live from Washington DC at the 3rd Annual Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom. Opening Remarks: Panel Chair/Archon National Secretary The Hon. B. Theodore Bozonelis Moderator: Fox News Chief Religion Correspondent, Lauren Green Panelists: US Commission on International Religious Freedom Vice Chair Kristina Arriaga […]

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Day Three of 3rd Annual Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/12/07 - 11:48am
Morning Remarks of Day 3 of International Conference on Religious Freedom. Photos: ©GOA/Dimitrios Panagos Video from Washington, DC at the 3rd Annual Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom Morning Remarks.  #EndPersecutionOfChristians. Program: Welcoming Remarks: Archon National Commander Dr. Anthony Limberakis Invocation: Rabbi Arthur Schneier, President and Founder, Appeal of Conscience Foundation Remarks: Former White House […]

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Conference Banquet of the International Conference on Religious Freedom

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/12/07 - 11:36am
Photos: ©GOA/Dimitrios Panagos Video Presentation of the Conference Banquet during the 3rd Annual Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom. The Conference Banquet was hosted by The Nicholas J. and Anna K. Bouras Foundation on December 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. Program: Welcoming Remarks: Archon National Secretary, The Hon. B. Theodore Bozonelis Invocation: Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, […]

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Sacred Sites and Property Rights of Persecuted Christians

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/12/07 - 11:14am
Interview with Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou discussing Sacred Sites & Property Rights, from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Photos: ©GOA/Dimitrios Panagos Live from Washington DC at the 3rd Annual Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom. Managing Director Elenie Alexiou sits down with Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou to discuss Sacred Sites and Property Rights of persecuted Christians […]

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A Church Service, a Hymn to Human Need

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/12/07 - 8:12am
Dr. Nikolaos Koios, Content Coach of Pemptousia   Hymnography is the jewel in the crown of Church Literature in Orthodoxy. A variety of metres, a combination of poetry and prose, all invested with the musical riches of the eight tones, narrate the drama of the human person in our effort to trace the invisible and […]

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Outnumbered

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/12/06 - 1:27pm
Watch Now.  Join us as Fr. Marcantoni teaches that the integrity of the Christian life is defined by the ability to stand where others dare not.   ABOUT FATHER MICHAEL MARCANTONI Fr. Michael Marcantoni is the priest at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit in Rochester, NY. Originally from Puerto Rico, he is a Veteran of […]

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Playing dress-up

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/12/06 - 1:08pm
Have you ever played dress-up? Did you dress up as a princess? A firefighter? A train conductor? Sometimes it’s fun to pretend you are something you aren’t, isn’t it? In today’s Gospel reading we hear about a different kind of dress-up—and not the good kind! Today, we hear the story of a woman who was […]

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Do You Want To Be Transformed?

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/12/06 - 12:34pm
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Go-To Verses of the Bible May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.  Romans 15:13   Good morning Prayer […]

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Seventeenth Annual Orthodox Youth Worker and Camping Conference

Ancient Faith Radio - Wed, 2017/12/06 - 11:54am
On today's "Ancient Faith Presents," Bobby Maddex interviews Fr. Stephen Loposky about the 17th Annual Youth Worker and Camping Conference.
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The Mote and the Beam – 2

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/12/06 - 8:10am
James W. Lillie   This is why I’m telling you, don’t be quick to condemn, and to examine the actions of others. We’ve all seen people who’ve fallen into fornication, but we haven’t seen their repentance. Or we’ve seen someone who’s stolen something, but we don’t know what sighs and tears they’ve offered to the […]

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: A Priest’s Impression of Prison

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/12/05 - 11:05pm
Recently, I had the privilege to interview Father Nikitas Theodosion, a Priest who visited a prison inmate in August of 2017.  The following is the transcript of an excerpt from that interview. Grateful Convert: Today we welcome Father Nikitas Theodosion, who has served for eight years as parish Priest at St. Elizabeth the Wonderworker Greek […]

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Session Two: Persecution of Christians and Possible Solutions

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/12/05 - 10:07pm
Session Two: “Persecution of Christians and Possible Solutions” Live from Washington DC at the 3rd Annual Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom#EndPersecutionOfChristians The Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate are hosting The 3rd Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. this week, December 4-6, 2017.   The Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate will engage scholars, […]

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Jonathan Jackson reflects on Christian Persecution

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/12/05 - 9:59pm
Interview with Jonathan Jackson, Actor, recipient of 5 Emmy Awards and an Orthodox Christian Live from Washington DC at the 3rd Annual Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom #EndPersecutionOfChristians.  Jonathan Jackson talks with Nicholas Savas and reflects on the first day of the Annual International Conference on Religious Freedom. The Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate […]

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OCN Interviews His Grace Bishop Angaelos- 3rd Annual Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/12/05 - 9:27pm
Interview with His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom Live from Washington DC at the 3rd Annual Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom #EndPersecutionOfChristians.  His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom sits down with Nicholas Savas and speaks about […]

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On Orthodox Mission Trips

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/12/05 - 1:42pm
Listen Now.  Join us as Fr. Chris speaks with Deacon Christopher Moore, the leader of an Orthodox Christian Mission Center mission to Guatamala last may.  Deacon Moore shares his views of the experience and how it enhanced his own faith.  Fr. Chris then speaks with Fr.  Anastasios Kousoulas, of St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church in Flemington, NJ, […]

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Hank Hanegraaff – The Truth About Christian Persecution

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/12/05 - 12:21pm
The Truth about Christian Persecution interview with “The Bible Answer Man” Hank Hanegraaff Live from Washington DC at the 3rd Annual Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom. Interview with Hank Hanegraaff, The Bible Answer. He speaks about the Truth about Christian Persecution. #EndPersecutionOfChristians The Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate are hosting The 3rd Archon International […]

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Crisis in the Middle East: Interview with Samuel Tadros

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/12/05 - 11:07am
Interview with Samuel Tadros, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute Live from Washington DC at the 3rd Annual Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom #EndPersecutionOfChristians. Samuel Tadros sits down with Elenie Alexiou and speaks about the Christian Persecution crisis in the Middle East. The Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate are hosting The 3rd Archon International […]

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