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The fear of God

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/11/14 - 8:30am

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   In the petition which we address to God, “For this Holy House” (which we heard about in the previous Homily), the following words are also said: “and for those who enter it with faith, reverence, and fear of God, let us pray to the Lord.”...

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Salvation Requires God’s Grace and Our Cooperation

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/11/13 - 11:55pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were...

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Is it backward to believe that sicknesses aren’t transmitted by Holy Communion?

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/11/13 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Iakovos Kanakis   We’ve reached the point, and it really is dumbfounding, where, in our country [Greece], voices which openly cast doubt on the sanctity of the sacraments, particularly Holy Communion, have found a platform. We now all understand that everything has to pass the test of ‘reason’ and...

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Jesus, the Good Shepherd

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/11/12 - 11:55pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. Jesus said, “I am the door; if any one enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in and...

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Let’s Talk Live: When Enough People Care to Make a Difference

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/11/12 - 9:48am

Let’s Talk Live with Argyris (RJ) Vassiliou, Paulette Poulos, & Fr. Christopher Metropulos We are pleased to announce our myOCN Community Online Gathering this coming Thursday, November 12th, at 7:00 pm EST with special guests Argyris (RJ) Vassiliou, Chairman of Leadership 100, and Paulette Poulos, Executive Director Leadership 100. Fr. Christopher Metropulos,...

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The life of Saint Arsenios the Cappadocian – 3

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/11/12 - 8:30am

Saint Paisios the Athonite   All the Pharasiotes began their preparations at once, just as Father Arsenios did. First he baptised all the unbaptised children, including the village president’s child, at which time the following event occurred: The child’s parents wanted to give him the grandfather’s name, Christos. Father Arsenios,...

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Start the Day with Five Thankful Thoughts

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/11/11 - 11:55pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. I thank Thee that Thou hast answered me and hast become my salvation. The stone which the builders rejected has become...

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The life of Saint Arsenios the Cappadocian – 2

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/11/11 - 8:25am

Saint Paisios the Athonite   While he was always charitable towards others, Father Arsenios was very hard on himself, and, out of his great love, made prostrations and fasted for others, who were unable to do so themselves. As a spiritual Father, he did not usually impose a canon on...

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God Gives Us a Place in Heaven

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/11/11 - 7:39am

Have you ever wondered what you’d do if you won a million dollars…or more? Would you keep most of it for yourself? Would you buy yourself lots of things you’ve always wanted? Or maybe, would you share some of it with others? In today’s epistle reading, Saint Paul tells us...

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A Thankful Heart Helps Us to See and Know God

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/11/10 - 11:50pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him, if you search after Him with...

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The life of Saint Arsenios the Cappadocian – 1

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/11/10 - 8:31am

Saint Paisios the Athonite   The most Blessed Father Arsenios was born around 1840 in Pharasa or Varasio, the most important of the six Christian villages in the Pharasa region of Cappadocia. His parents were rich in virtues, and rather mod­est in material possessions. His father was a teacher whose...

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There is a Difference Between Gratitude and Thanksgiving

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/11/09 - 11:50pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify Him with thanksgiving. Psalm 86:12 Have you ever...

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Saint Nektarios, unappreciated by people, blessed by God

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/11/09 - 8:30am

Alexandros Christodoulou, Theologian   Saint Nektarios (9 November) Saint Nektarios was born on 1 October 1846, in Silyvria, Thrace, to poor and devout parents. At his baptism he was given the name Anastasios. He learned his first letters, as well as the Christian teachings, from his mother. In Silyvria he...

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A Modern Day Saint

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/11/08 - 11:55pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light (for the fruit...

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The Synaxis of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/11/08 - 8:30am

Metropolitan Panteleimon of Antinoes   The Synaxis of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel and all the Heavenly Powers The love of Almighty God is a quality which is externalized through the creation, from non-being, of both the invisible world, or that of the angels, and the creation of the material...

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Don’t Give Up, Even If Life is Tough

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/11/07 - 11:45pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. And there came a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue; and falling at Jesus’ feet he besought...

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The Most Important Visitor has Come to See Us

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/11/07 - 9:33am

Don’t you love it when friends and relatives come over for a visit? Maybe you will have some relatives over for Thanksgiving or Christmas, or maybe a birthday! When somebody comes to our house, we might get excited as we get everything ready! Do you know that the most important...

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The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (4)

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/11/07 - 8:30am

Metropolitan Ierotheos of Nafpaktos and Ayios Vlasios   Eighth. In the parable, it says that between the place where Abraham was and hades, where the rich man found himself, there was a ‘great chasm’. And that it wasn’t possible to cross from one side to the other. Naturally, this is...

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Who Are the Angels?

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/11/06 - 11:50pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. For if the message declared by angels was valid and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we...

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The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (3)

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/11/06 - 8:30am

Metropolitan Ierotheos of Nafpaktos and Ayios Vlasios   Sixth. While Lazarus was in the bosom of Abraham, the rich man was burning in hades. Indeed, he would beg Abraham to send Lazarus to cool his tongue, because ‘I am in agony in this flame’. The place the rich man is...

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