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Sunday of All Saints

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/06/14 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   ‘We went through the fire and water; but Thou broughtest us out into a place of refreshment.’[1] Pentecost completes the cycle of the great feasts of the Dispensation of the Lord. The Holy Spirit came to seal the salvation of mankind wrought by the Lord Jesus....

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Holiness Means “Set Apart”

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/06/13 - 10:34am

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. Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing...

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A Story about Judging Others

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/06/13 - 8:30am

Elder Panaretos Filotheitis   The late Papa-Nikodimos, a spiritual father from the Skete of Kavsokalyvia told me the following story, which is recorded in Athonite Patristic manuscripts. There was a devout Christian who went to his confessor for fifteen years and told him his human weaknesses. One day he went...

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Psalm 49—Don’t Trust in Riches

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/06/12 - 10:32am

My mouth shall speak wisdom; the meditation of my heart shall be understanding. . . Yea, he shall see that even the wise die, the fool and the stupid alike must perish and leave their wealth to others. Psalm 49:1, 10 We all spend a lot of time thinking about...

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

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/06/12 - 8:30am

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...

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For the Life of the World: Toward a Social Ethos of the Orthodox Church

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/06/11 - 11:00am

His Eminence Metropolitan Savas Discusses a statement on the social doctrine of the Orthodox Christian Church We are pleased to announce myOCN Community Online Gathering this coming Thursday, June 11th, at 7:00 pm EST with special guest His Eminence Metropolitan Savas. We will discuss a social doctrine of the Orthodox...

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Psalm 46—Be Still and Know that I Am God

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/06/11 - 10:28am

Be still and know that I Am God. Psalm 46:10 “The nations rage, the kingdoms totter.” (Psalm 46:6) One could read this verse and think of the current situations in this country of pandemic and civil unrest. One could also read this verse and think of the state of our...

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Can Kids Be Saints?

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/06/11 - 9:56am

Kids Can Be Saints The Bravest Kids are Kids who are Saints. Our Orthodox Church remembers lots of children who became saints. And why are they saints? Well, because they loved (and still love) God very much! Even though they were kids, they knew that loving our Lord, Jesus Christ...

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

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

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...

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OCN Now - Wed, 2020/06/10 - 2:16pm

Answers to questions surrounding the Christian faith. Email us yours at: info@myocn.net Question: How Does Forgiveness Bring Freedom? This is one of the more brilliant questions I have been asked in over three decades of hosting the nationally syndicated Bible Answer Man broadcast. Why? Because it correctly postulates that forgiveness...

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Pentecost

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/06/10 - 8:30am

Ioannis Foundoulis †   ‘We celebrate Pentecost and the visitation of the Spirit, the time appointed for the promise and the fulfillment of hope. How great is this mystery? It is both vast and most venerable. Therefore, we cry to you, Creator of all, Lord, glory to you’. The Church...

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Exhortation to Patience and Trust

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/06/10 - 6:38am

Fret not yourself because of the wicked, be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass, and wither like the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will dwell in the land, and enjoy security. Take delight in the Lord, and He...

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What is Prayer of the Intellect and of the Heart?

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/06/09 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Georgios Kapsanis, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Gregoriou †   Remembrance of God demonstrates communion with Him and is therefore like prayer. Striving to invoke the holy Name of Christ continuously, through the prayer ‘Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy upon me’, is a constant renewal within us of...

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Psalm 32—Blessed is He Whose Transgression is Forgiven

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/06/09 - 6:34am

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. When I declared not my sin, my body wasted away though my groaning all day long. For day and night...

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LIVE Adult Education: Shared Experience of the Orthodox Christian Faith

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/06/09 - 5:00am

Join Adult Education Facebook LIVE Discussion on Sun at 11:30am. We will be returning to #myOCN’s Facebook for a brief reflection based on how understanding. Invite someone #tagsomeone and join us. Join here LIVE on OCN FACEBOOK Sunday at 11:30 am EST.    These are not classes on high theology that...

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You Did So Much for Missions in 2018! There are Ways to Do Even More in 2019!

OCMC News - Sat, 2019/12/21 - 12:00pm
We pray that you and your family had a blessed Nativity! As 2018 draws to a close, we invite you to reflect on the amazing witness to the Orthodox Faith that you made possible! You...

The Funeral of His Grace Bishop Athanasius Akunda of Kisumu and Western Kenya

OCMC News - Fri, 2019/02/08 - 12:00pm
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OCMC Announces New Teams to Spread the Good News!

OCMC News - Wed, 2019/02/06 - 12:00pm
Colombia, Ghana, and Alaska have been added to the list of OCMC Mission Teams in 2019. These new openings offer you an opportunity to follow in the apostolic footsteps of Orthodox missionaries...

Thomas and Elizabeth Manuel Set Out for the Mission Field

OCMC News - Tue, 2019/01/22 - 12:00pm
Last week we were glad to receive Thomas and Elizabeth Manuel at the OCMC, as they went through their final pre-field training before starting their missionary service in Guatemala.The past...

Second Sunday in Lent: St. Gregory Palamas

Antiochian Archdiocese - Thu, 2018/03/01 - 3:45pm

Planting the doctrines of Orthodoxy, uprooting the thistles of wicked opinion, O blessed one, and growing well the plant of faith with the rain of thy sayings, thou didst offer to God, like a good farmer, ears a hundred fold.

+ Orthros of the Feast, Tone 1

On the second Sunday of Lent, we celebrate the teachings of St. Gregory Palamas, who upheld the Orthodox doctrine that humans can know God not only through the intellect but through experience of His uncreated energies. 

... every day we should stand in awe of Him, as He is with us, and do what is pleasing before Him. If we are unable now to perceive Him with our physical eyes, we can, if we are watchful, see Him continuously with the eyes of our understanding, and not just see Him, but reap great benefits from Him. This vision destroys all sin, demolishes all evil, and drives away everything bad. It gives birth to purity and dispassion, and bestows eternal life.   + St. Gregory Palamas


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