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Agape Vespers at the Russian Monastery on the Holy Mountain

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/06/13 - 8:40am
K. Leontiev It’s always pleasant to follow a thought in another language that you know because it’ll be expressed differently from the way your native language puts it. Hearing it an a language you don’t know at all is surprising in a different way- something that’s partially secret and unfamiliar. [At the Agape Vespers] the […]

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We are Supposed to Love Better as We Age

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/06/12 - 1:02pm
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 St. Paul’s Treatise on Love—Part Three Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for […]

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Apostles' Fast Begins

Antiochian Archdiocese - Mon, 2017/06/12 - 12:41pm

From the second Monday after Pentecost until the feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul on June 29th, Orthodox Christians celebrate the Apostles' Fast. This year, the fast commences on Monday, June 12, 2017.

To learn more about the Orthodox approach to fasting, visit the Feasts and Fasts page of Our Discover Orthodox Christianity section.

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·"The Fast and the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul" by Bishop Thomas and Peter Schweitzer
·"Fast of the Holy Apostles" by Archpriest Ayman Kfouf
·Akathist to Ss. Peter and Paul
·A reflection about the two saints from The Word

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The Theology of Gender – 16. The Applicability of Canonical Principles Related to Women

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/06/12 - 10:00am
Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara The first commandment which was given to Adam and Eve is the original indication of the role of divine law in human life. “God gave them the commandment in order for them to be perfected gradually and, with time, to attain to immortality and theosis.” Theosis is the condition in which man is […]

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Saint Luke the Surgeon, Archbishop of the Crimea (1877-1961) – Part II

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/06/12 - 8:45am
Metropolitan Nectarios of Argolis It was also in the ’20s that the “correction” facilities were set up, the forced labour camps known as gulags. Within a few years they had spread throughout the vast country. It all began with a monastery, the Solovetstky, which was built in the 14th century on the Solovetsky Islands in […]

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Priorities

OCN Now - Sun, 2017/06/11 - 12:27pm
We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. So everyone who acknowledges Me before men, I also will acknowledge before My Father who is in heaven; but whoever denies Me before men, I also will deny before My Father who is in heaven. He who loves father or […]

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Saint Luke the Surgeon, Archbishop of Crimea (1877-1961) – Part I

OCN Now - Sun, 2017/06/11 - 8:40am
Metropolitan Nectarios of Argolis If you ever find yourself on the Holy Mountain or in other old churches, you will notice that many of them are painted red. If you ask the monks, they will tell you that the colour symbolizes the blood of Christ and His saints. It wants to remind us that, whereas […]

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Axios! Holy Synod of Antioch Elects New Metropolitan of Archdiocese of Hama, Syria

Antiochian Archdiocese - Sat, 2017/06/10 - 2:19pm
By the grace of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Synod of Antioch, under the presidency of His Beatitude Patriarch John X, elected His Grace Bishop Nicholas Baalbaki as the new metropolitan archbishop of the Archdiocese of Hama and Dependencies in Syria. Sayidna Nicholas succeeds His Eminence Metropolitan Elia Saliba of thrice-blessed memory who reposed in the Lord on April 1, 2017.   His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph took part in the election at the Patriarchal Monastery and Seminary in Balamand, Lebanon earlier this week, following the great feast of Pentecost. Sayidna Joseph congratulated his new brother Metropolitan Nicholas on behalf of the hierarchs, clergy, board of trustees and laity of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America.   Metropolitan Nicholas was born to a pious Orthodox Christian family in 1957. His brother is V. Rev. George Baalbaki, the pastor of St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church in San Francisco, California. In addition to serving as clergyman since 1985, His Eminence was a surgeon and director of the Patriarchal Hospital of St. George in Hosn, Syria.

June 2017: Patriarch John at the Holy Synod meetingSayidna Joseph led a delegation from the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West to the Middle East in the autumn of 2010, which included a visit then-Archimandrite Nicholas at the hospital. The delegation marveled at his holiness and devotion to healing souls and bodies.

  The next year, Archimandrite Nicholas was elected and consecrated as a bishop to assist His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius IV of thrice-blessed memory and eternal repose. He continued in this capacity in Damascus with Patriarch John X until his election during this week of Pentecost.   Metropolitan Joseph prays, and asks the Archdiocesan clergy and faithful to do the same, to Almighty God that He will bless the new ministry of Metropolitan Nicholas and all of the clergy and faithful of the Archdiocese of Hama.   (Photos: antiochpatriarchate.org) June 2017: The Holy Synod, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East
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Holiness Means “Set Apart”

OCN Now - Sat, 2017/06/10 - 12:11pm
We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. All the saints who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. […]

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A Letter to Dad, Memory Eternal

OCN Now - Sat, 2017/06/10 - 10:33am
Dear Dad, It has been 20 years since the day you passed. I don’t remember the date, but it was Father’s Day and Pentecost that year. I marveled then and now at how you went out with such fanfare. Choosing both of those holidays in one day was so noteworthy. As I grow older, I […]

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The Creation of the World: The Crossroads between Theology and Science [2]

OCN Now - Sat, 2017/06/10 - 8:45am
Dr Petros Panayiotopoulos As regards the origins of the universe, the scientific community traditionally believed in its eternal existence. Going as far back as Ancient Greek thought, the prevailing scientific concept was that the universe always existed and would continue to do so. Everything changed when Albert Einstein introduced his General Theory of Relativity (1915, […]

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How Orthodoxy Saved Me. Bible Answer Man Podcast Series

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/06/09 - 3:26pm
Listen to Bible Answer Man, New podcast brought to your through Christian Research Institute and now showcased on Orthodox Christian Network.  More than 50 years Hank Hanegraaff, A Man of God has shared the answers and insight of the Bible Answer Man Broadcast.  Listen to Best-Selling Author’s Conversation on his experience about the Ancient Church to […]

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St Maximus the Confessor, the new Volume of Analogia, The Pemptousia Journal for Theological Studies

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/06/09 - 8:40am
Protopresbyter Nikolaos Loudovikos The second volume of Analogia, The Pemptousia Journal for Theological Studies, has been published recently and is dedicated to St Maximus the Confessor. It is best, perhaps, to introduce St Maximus the Confessor with an excerpt that I wrote some years ago: The most important thing to emphasize insofar as St Maximus […]

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What Love IS, and What It Isn’t

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/06/09 - 7:26am
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 I Corinthians 13—St. Paul’s Treatise on Love—Part Two Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or […]

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St. Helen’s Greek Orthodox Pilgrimage LIVE

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/06/08 - 4:16pm
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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Register Now for October Iconology and Iconography Workshop at Antiochian Village

Antiochian Archdiocese - Thu, 2017/06/08 - 2:06pm

Vladislav Andrejev, IconographerThe Antiochian Village Conference and Retreat Center will be hosting an intensive 6-day icon workshop on October 1–7, 2017. Students will learn both the theory and practice of icon writing in the Prosopon School, using methods dating to 16th century Russia. The materials used in the workshop will all be natural and will include: egg tempera, pure gold leaf, earth and mineral pigments, and carved wooden boards prepared with gesso.

This workshop will be conducted by master iconographer and founder of the Prosopon School, Vladislav Andrejev and/or his son Nikita. Beginners will be given step-by-step instructions to complete their own icon of Archangel Michael. Students who have attended previous Prosopon workshops will be assigned an icon appropriate to their experience and skill level. All materials are included in the registration fee for beginners. Previous artistic experience is not necessary, as icon writing is as much a spiritual discipline as it is an artistic expression.

For further information, contact workshop coordinator Donna Smith: presbyteradonna@stsophias.org (preferred contact method) or (315) 723-5128.

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The New York Times reports on ‘Did the Turkish President’s Security Detail Attack Protesters in Washington? What the Video Shows’

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/06/08 - 1:04pm
The New York Times reviewed videos and photos to track the actions of 24 men, including armed members of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail, who attacked protesters in Washington last week. Many of the protesters were American citizens. The men kicked people lying on the ground and put a woman in a chokehold just […]

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The Moves to Transcend Idolatry in Ancient Philosophy and Modern Idolatries

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/06/08 - 8:42am
Protopresbyter Nikolaos Loudovikos The ancient Greeks came down into what became their territory at the beginning of the 2nd millennium B.C. They were an Indo-European tribe with a particular historical dynamism which would be strengthened by their encounter with indigenous, pre-Greek tribes, such as the Pelasgians and with those from Asia Minor, such as the […]

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Rita Madden Nutrition Workshops

Ancient Faith Radio - Thu, 2017/06/08 - 7:51am
We interview Rita Madden, the author of Food, Faith, and Fasting: A Sacred Journey to Better Health, and the host of the AFR podcast of the same name. The two of them talk about a series of workshops that Rita has been hosting all over the country on Orthodoxy and nutrition.
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The Human Icon

Ancient Faith Radio - Thu, 2017/06/08 - 7:51am
AFR talks with Christine Mangala Frost, a guest lecturer and research associate at the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge, about her new book The Human Icon: A Comparative Study of Hindu and Orthodox Christian Beliefs.
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