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Saint Justin Popović, a great monastic figure

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/06/16 - 8:40am
Atanasije (Jevtić), former Bishop of Zahumlje and Hercegovina Saint Justin Popović, (14 June) The holy and God-bearing Father Justin the New, from the Monastery of Ćelije (the Holy Archangels), was born on 25 March 1894, on the morning of the Annunciation, in the town of Vranje in Southern Serbia. His father was a priest called […]

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Joy and Grace

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/06/16 - 8:08am
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 And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be […]

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Atlas of American Orthodox Monasteries (Second Edition) is Now Available for Download

Antiochian Archdiocese - Thu, 2017/06/15 - 2:07pm

The electronic version (PDF) of the Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Monasteries is now available free of charge from the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA, and can be downloaded here. The hard copy of the Atlas can be purchased directly from the publisher, Holy Cross Orthodox Press. 

The Atlas includes:

  • A scholarly introduction into traditions of Eastern Christian and American monasticism
  • A comprehensive directory of 80 American monasteries
  • A travel guide for those seeking to visit monasteries as pilgrims or potential monastics.

In addition, twenty-two featured monasteries share their personal stories and offer a glimpse into the surprising spiritual appeal of monastic life in 21st century America. The text is accompanied by four sets of color maps and more than one hundred photographs depicting everyday monastic life.

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HCHC Celebrates Its 75th Commencement

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/06/15 - 2:02pm
Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology conducted its 75th Commencement exercises on its campus on Saturday, May 20, in the Pappas Gymnasium. “Surely this is a proud day not only for our school, but most importantly, for the Orthodox Church in America and our society,” said Rev. Fr. Christopher Metropulos, HCHC President. […]

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The Home of St. George the Great Martyr

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/06/15 - 1:05pm
The OCN is pleased to share with you written excerpts and photos from the 2017 St. Helen’s Pilgrimage of the Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.  The students started their pilgrimage on May 21st and will return to Boston on June 26th. This is a wonderful opportunity for the students and we look […]

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By THIS All Men Shall Know You are My Disciples

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/06/15 - 9:22am
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 Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have […]

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The Theology of Gender – 17. Canons and freedom

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/06/15 - 8:50am
Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara Anything that takes place in the Church aims at the salvation of the people and thus, involves a pastoral element. In the same way, the canons of the Church are primarily pastoral texts and have as their objective the guidance of Christians in the spiritual life and the instruction of the community of […]

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The Importance of Fatherhood in the Orthodox Church – Family Insights Podcast Series

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/06/15 - 7:33am
Join us today as we discuss the role of fathers in the faith life and spiritual development of children. Overwhelming evidence shows that when a Christian father attends worship service on a regular basis, the rest of the family follows, thus confirming the essential role of the father as spiritual leader. The challenge is for […]

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Traditionalism, Conservatism and Change in the Orthodox Church

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/06/15 - 7:00am
We begin with a conversation between Fr. Chris and Fr. Oliver Herbel about change within the Orthodox Christian church. Fr.Oliver observes that the core truth of the Orthodox Church will never change, so how does the Orthodox Church continue to stay relevant in times while staying true to the core? Fr. Oliver gets to the […]

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Reflections for Father's Day

Antiochian Archdiocese - Wed, 2017/06/14 - 6:19pm

These two thoughtful reflections from a new father and a seasoned father and grandfather, offer insights into the importance of Orthodox Christian fathers, as we celebrate Father's Day on Sunday, June 18, 2017.

Who Else Will Raise the Second Generation of Orthodox Christians?

By Fr. George Shalhoub

On June 18th, we will celebrate and honor every father again on Father's Day.

In the Holy Orthodox Church, no man is defined without a woman, no woman is defined without a man, and no man or woman is defined without God. A mother is not more important than the father and neither is the father more important than the mother. The two cannot be separated. They are like railroad tracks; one cannot exist without the other. They become one flesh in marriage (Ephesians 5:31) and share the responsibility for their future.

I recall that even when my mother took me to church, my father was no less important. On many occasions, I tagged along with my father as he was one of the builders of St. George Cathedral in my hometown of Hama, Syria. It took ten years to build this church which was next to our old church, the Dormition of the Virgin Mary.

Read the whole reflection.

Fatherhood, A Kind of Asceticism

By Deacon Thom Crowe

At three in the morning, our house is quiet and dark. The distractions of the day all fade into silence, no to-do lists, no errands, no calls, nothing. I learned this the night we brought Elise home from the hospital and was reminded the countless nights over the next coming months. We learned quickly that I could wake up and fall back to sleep much easier than my wife, so I took night duty. After changing Ellie’s diaper, we would sit in the living room with all of the hustle and bustles of life far away. I watched that precious little girl for hours as she ate and slept in my arms. I didn’t know nursery rhymes so I would chant the hymns of the Church to her. Granted, at three in the morning my mind reached for what it could, and I remember one night chanting the Troparion of the Cross, followed by a Nativity hymn, then “Open to Me” and the Troparion of Epiphany. The next morning I laughed at the odd prayer service I had put together mashing up hymns that spanned the entire liturgical year. But I figured I couldn’t introduce her to the Faith too early.

Read the whole reflection.

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Unfading Rose Byzantine Youth Choir

Ancient Faith Radio - Wed, 2017/06/14 - 2:01pm
Bobby Maddex interviews Kyranna Mamalakis, Alexandra Mamalakis, and Regina Vasilopoulos of the Unfading Rose Byzantine Youth Choir. He also speaks with Sotiris and Georgia Vasilopoulos, who are the directors of the choir. The six discuss the new Unfading Rose CD Hymns to the Mother of God.
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An Opportunity to Reflect at a Church Dedicated to the Apostles Near the Sea of Galilee

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/06/14 - 12:58pm
The OCN is pleased to share with you written excerpts and photos from the 2017 St. Helen’s Pilgrimage of the Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.  The students started their pilgrimage on May 21st and will return to Boston on June 26th. This is a wonderful opportunity for the students and we look […]

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Memory Eternal! + Metropolitan Antonio of Mexico, Central America and Venezuela

Antiochian Archdiocese - Wed, 2017/06/14 - 12:03pm

Update: Metropolitan Joseph's Letter of Condolences to the Archdiocese of Mexico, Central America, Venzuela, and the Carribean Islands.

"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live." John 11:25

His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch, the Holy Synod of Antioch, and the Archdiocese of North America announce with great regret the departure to the house of the Lord of Metropolitan Antonio Chedraoui on the morning of June 14, 2017.

His Eminence was born in the City of Tripoli, Lebanon, on January 17, 1932. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Lebanon and the Bachelor of Theology at the University of Athens, Greece. On July 20, 1952, he was ordained as a deacon, and on August 29, 1958, he was ordained a priest and elevated to be an archimandrite.

On June 5, 1966, he was consecrated as a bishop, receiving the appointment of Patriarchal Vicar for Mexico, Venezuela, Central America and the Caribbean.

 

Photos of the funeral of Metropolitan Antonio Chedraoui are now available by clicking on this link.

On June 12, 1996, the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Antioch elevated the Diocese of Mexico, Venezuela, Central America and the Caribbean to the category of Archdiocese, and appointed him as Metropolitan Archbishop of the said Archdiocese, a position he currently occupied.

His Eminence was active in his ministry. He took the role of Private Secretary of the Archbishop of Tripoli and President of the Spiritual Court from 1957 to 1959. He became the Private Secretary of the Patriarch from 1959 to 1962. He also was Vicar General of the Archbishopric of Mount Lebanon and President of the Spiritual Court from 1962 to 1966. His Eminence had the respect, appreciation and friendship of several presidents of the Mexican Republic such as Mr. Gustavo Diaz Ordaz and Mr. Vicente Fox Quesada, as well as various secretaries of state and religious leaders from various churches.

His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph has asked the clergy and laity of this Archdiocese to pray the Trisagion Prayers for Metropolitan Antonio for the next forty days and to keep him in their personal prayers for the departed. On behalf of the bishops, clergy, Board of Trustees, the organizations and all of the faithful of this Archdiocese, Sayidna Joseph offers to His Beatitude, the Holy Synod of Antioch, and the Archdiocese of Mexico our love, prayers and condolences.

May his memory be eternal!

RELATED LINKS

Metropolitan Joseph Attends 50th Anniversary of the Episcopacy of Metropolitan Antonio
Archdiocese of Mexico website

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Our Relationship with God: 7. The mind of Christ

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/06/14 - 10:00am
Very Rev. Archimandrite Zacharias (Zacharou) The regenerated man has another mind, ‘the mind of Christ’[1], another understanding, ‘that which is in Christ Jesus’[2], another heart, in which ‘dwells Christ by faith’.[3] He becomes like unto Christ and fulfills his purpose. Man acquires the ‘mind of Christ’, which means that he knows the plan of God […]

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Being obedient

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/06/14 - 9:23am
Do you know what it means to be obedient? You might think of a dog being obedient to its master. But have your parents ever asked you to be obedient to them? When you obey somebody (when you’re obedient), you do what somebody says to do. Sometimes, that might be something you want to do…but […]

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God is Love

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/06/14 - 8:45am
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 Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and He who loves is born of […]

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China’s New Martyrs

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/06/14 - 8:40am
11 June 1900: a day of Diocletian-like persecution against the numerous Christians of the vast land of China. A day of anger and fire and upheaval. The Boxer rebels vented their fury in particular against the Orthodox, who all together numbered no more than seven hundred, and struck at Christ’s “little flock” in a mad […]

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Agiasmos – Blessing of the Waters

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/06/13 - 12:40pm
The OCN is pleased to share with you written excerpts and photos from the 2017 St. Helen’s Pilgrimage of the Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.  The students started their pilgrimage on May 21st and will return to Boston on June 26th. This is a wonderful opportunity for the students and we look […]

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Raising Children Alone – Family Insights Podcast Series

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/06/13 - 12:27pm
Join us today as we discuss the role of motherhood and what constitutes being a single mother, or single parent, as well as the importance of seeing the opportunities and resources that God gives us, such as our priest, the Church, and our extended family, as we raise our children and care for ourselves, and […]

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Let’s Read This Again

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/06/13 - 10:10am
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 In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these […]

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