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Send Us Your Photos From This Holy Season!

Antiochian Archdiocese - Sun, 2017/04/16 - 12:09pm

V. Rev. Fr. Gregory Lazarus Murphy, St. Michael Church, Geneva, NY (photo: Matthew Owen)Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death,
And upon those in the tombs bestowing life!

Christ is risen! The team at Antiochian.org is issuing a call for photos from your parish's Holy Week and Pascha celebrations. Send all photos to editor@antiochian.org as JPEG attachments. Please send a maximum of three photos, include a caption for each photo you send, and tell us the name of the parish and priest represented by the photo. Read our submission checklist here.

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The Hope of “the Servants of the Lord” While Crossing the “Desert”

OCN Now - Sun, 2017/04/16 - 10:00am
“Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not strive, nor cry aloud; neither shall any one hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed shall he not break, […]

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The Resurrection in the Orthodox Church

OCN Now - Sun, 2017/04/16 - 8:40am
Saint Justin Popovich In the Orthodox Church, the Resurrection is not merely the ‘feast of feasts’, but the all-embracing feast, which is the soul of all the others and is always present in them. In it we find all the divine and theanthropic powers of the Saviour, which crush every sin, every death, every devil. […]

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The Pascha Homily of St. John Chrysostom

Antiochian Archdiocese - Sun, 2017/04/16 - 8:32am

If any man be devout and love God, let him enjoy this fair and radiant triumphal feast.
If any man be a wise servant, let him rejoicing enter into the joy of his Lord.
If any have labored long in fasting, let him now receive his recompense.

If any have wrought from the first hour, let him today receive his just reward.
If any have come at the third hour, let him with thankfulness keep the feast.
If any have arrived at the sixth hour, let him have no misgivings; because he shall in no wise be deprived therefore.
If any have delayed until the ninth hour, let him draw near, fearing nothing.
If any have tarried even until the eleventh hour, let him, also, be not alarmed at his tardiness; for the Lord, who is jealous of his honor, will accept the last even as the first; he gives rest unto him who comes at the eleventh hour, even as unto him who has wrought from the first hour.

And he shows mercy upon the last, and cares for the first; and to the one he gives, and upon the other he bestows gifts.
And he both accepts the deeds, and welcomes the intention, and honors the acts and praises the offering.
Wherefore, enter you all into the joy of your Lord; and receive your reward, both the first, and likewise the second. 

You rich and poor together, hold high festival.
You sober and you heedless, honor the day.
Rejoice today, both you who have fasted and you who have disregarded the fast.
The table is full-laden; feast ye all sumptuously.
The calf is fatted; let no one go hungry away.
Enjoy ye all the feast of faith: Receive ye all the riches of loving-kindness.

Let no one bewail his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed.
Let no one weep for his iniquities, for pardon has shown forth from the grave.
Let no one fear death, for the Savior's death has set us free.
He that was held prisoner of it has annihilated it. By descending into Hell, He made Hell captive.

He embittered it when it tasted of His flesh. And Isaiah, foretelling this, did cry:
Hell, said he, was embittered, when it encountered Thee in the lower regions.
It was embittered, for it was abolished.
It was embittered, for it was mocked.
It was embittered, for it was slain.
It was embittered, for it was overthrown.
It was embittered, for it was fettered in chains.
It took a body, and met God face to face.
It took earth, and encountered Heaven.
It took that which was seen, and fell upon the unseen.

O Death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory?
Christ is risen, and you are overthrown!
Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen!
Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is risen, and life reigns!
Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave!
For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages. Amen.

About St. John Chrysostom

St. John Chrysostom ("The Golden Tongue") was born at Antioch in about the year 347 into the family of a military-commander, spent his early years studying under the finest philosophers and rhetoricians and was ordained a deacon in the year 381 by the bishop of Antioch Saint Meletios. In 386 St. John was ordained a priest by the bishop of Antioch, Flavian.

Over time, his fame as a holy preacher grew, and in the year 397 with the demise of Archbishop Nektarios of Constantinople - successor to Sainted Gregory the Theologian - Saint John Chrysostom was summoned from Antioch for to be the new Archbishop of Constantinople.

Exiled in 404 and after a long illness because of the exile, he was transferred to Pitius in Abkhazia where he received the Holy Eucharist, and said, "Glory to God for everything!", falling asleep in the Lord on 14 September 407.

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PASCHA

OCN Now - Sun, 2017/04/16 - 6:04am
We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. The Journey to the Cross and Resurrection of Christ PASCHA He has risen.  Mark 16:6   Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered, and let those who hate Him flee from before His face. Today a sacred Pascha […]

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Paschal Encyclical by Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago

OCN Now - Sun, 2017/04/16 - 4:02am
Holy Pascha, 2017 Dearly Beloved, “Shine, shine, O New Jerusalem…” “Come receive the Light…” So we begin our proclamation and praise of the Resurrection of Christ our God at the glorious “feast of feasts, and festival of festivals,” the Lord’s Pascha.  Our Lenten journey has prepared us for this moment, when we sing out for […]

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2017 Paschal Message of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America

OCN Now - Sat, 2017/04/15 - 11:01pm
The Orthodox Christian Network is pleased to share the 2017 Paschal Message of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America.  The message is here for you in both a video and audio format. The OCN family wishes you and your family a Blessed Pascha. Video – 2017 Paschal Message of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America  […]

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Memory Eternal! + Chafica Chamoun-Cohlmia

Antiochian Archdiocese - Sat, 2017/04/15 - 7:28pm

Mrs. Cohlmia with her sons Dr. Samir and George.Memory Eternal! + Chafica Chamoun-Cohlmia, 82, mother of Dr. Samir Nouhad Cohlmia, Diocesan Protopsaltis for the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America, reposed on the evening of Great and Holy Friday, April 14, 2017. She was preparing to attend the divine service. The Paschal Funeral will be served at St. George Cathedral in Wichita, KS on Bright Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., with interment followed by a meal of mercy on Bright Wednesday beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Condolences may be sent to Dr. Samir and his brother George at SamCohlmia@yahoo.com.

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Why was the stone rolled away from the entry to the tomb?

OCN Now - Sat, 2017/04/15 - 8:15am
Elder Epifanios Theodoropoulos   There can hardly be any Christian believer who doesn’t know that an angel descended from heaven and rolled away the stone from the entry to the tomb where the Creator of life lay dead, without breath. Very few, however really know why the stone was rolled away. Most people confuse two […]

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Come Receive the Light

OCN Now - Sat, 2017/04/15 - 7:12am
We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. The Journey to the Cross and Resurrection of Christ Holy Saturday In the beginning was the Word.  And the Word was with God.  And the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through […]

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Will I See My Relatives in Heaven: A Paschal Contemplation

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/04/14 - 11:47pm
The joy of Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, is a marvelous wonder. Because it is a Spring Feast (dated with the Spring equinox, as light overtakes darkness on the Earth, Easter is associated with new life, green grass, fresh flowers, warm days—the end, the death one could say, of winter. In […]

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Great and Holy Saturday

Antiochian Archdiocese - Fri, 2017/04/14 - 5:04pm

Today hell groans and cries aloud: "My power has been destroyed. I accepted a mortal man as one of the dead; yet I cannot keep Him prisoner, and with Him I shall lose all those over whom I ruled. I held in my power the dead from all the ages; but see, He is raising them all." Glory to Thy Cross, O Lord, and to Thy Resurrection.

Read about Great and Holy Saturday, "The Forgotten Feast", and visit our Pascha pages.

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‘You Who clothed Yourself with light as a garment’ – Great Friday Vespers

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/04/14 - 10:00am
‘You Who clothed Yourself with light as a garment’. Hymn at the taking down from the Cross, Great Friday Vespers. Sung in plagial tone 1 by Elder Iakovos, the Protopsaltis of the Protato, the main church in Karyes, the capital of the Holy Mountain. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK  The Orthodox […]

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A brief journey through the events of Christ’s Crucifixion and Resurrection

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/04/14 - 8:40am
Fr. Michael Kardamakis   All of the events of Holy Week represent an attempt by man, in his freedom to love, to share in the sacrificial love of God, that is to say, the mystery of salvation, by following the rigorous spiritual discipline of the Church. This discipline does not consist in the Pharisaic observance […]

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Come Weep at the Tomb

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/04/14 - 7:05am
We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. The Journey to the Cross and Resurrection of Christ Good Friday When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus.  He went to Pilate and asked for the body […]

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Great and Holy Friday

Antiochian Archdiocese - Thu, 2017/04/13 - 9:52pm

On Great and Holy Friday, the Orthodox Church commemorates the sufferings of Christ: the mockery, the crown of thorns, the scourging, the nails, the thirst, the vinegar and gall, the cry of desolation, and all the Savior endured on the Cross. "Today He Who hung the earth on the waters is hung on the tree," sing the solemn worshippers. Beginning with the Orthros of Holy Friday on Thursday evening, and ending with Vespers on Friday afternoon, the day is one of solemn observation and strict fasting. The richness of the liturgical actions and hymnography on this day, are unsurpassed.

We worship Your passion and Your burial,
for by them, You have saved us from death!

For more reflections and resources, please visit our Holy Week section. And for more material dedicated to the pinnacle of the liturgical year, visit Antiochian.org/Pascha.

Read more about Great and Holy Friday
St. Theodore the Studite on Holy Friday
Fr. John Finley shares portions of St. Nicholai Velemirovic's homily on Great Friday

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Spring 2017 Issue of DIAKONIA Available Online

Antiochian Archdiocese - Thu, 2017/04/13 - 2:35pm

The Spring 2017 issue of DIAKONIA is now available online. This issue highlights the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America. The issue contains:

  • A greeting from His Grace Bishop Basil
  • A message from Spiritual Advisor Fr. Christopher Morris
  • A message from the Diocesan President Deana Bottei
  • Profiles of diocesan officers
  • Chapter reports, photos and happenings

...and more! Download (PDF) here.

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In the Middle East, death is defeated on the Cross

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/04/13 - 11:00am
Dimitrios Athanasiou   In recent years, particularly after the uprising among the Arab peoples, with the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ after 2011, Christians in the Middle East have been subjected to continuous persecution from Islamist organizations in countries in the region.About three years ago, on 29 June 2014, the Islamist organization ‘Islamic State’ proclaimed the foundation […]

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The Twelve Gospels

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/04/13 - 8:50am
Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou   I am probably in serious trouble for saying that, so allow me to quickly move on before I really put my foot in it. Let us now turn our attention to the service of Great Friday that takes place on Thursday evening. At this service, we have the reading of the […]

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Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Modesto, CA Offers Live Stream Services

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/04/13 - 8:34am
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Modesto, California, is now offering live stream services.   As an extension of our “Outreach Ministry”, we’re pleased to announce that the divine services in our Annunciation Church will be broadcast live on the Internet! The purpose of this ministry is to provide shut-ins that have Internet access, college students […]

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