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Psalm 90—The Span of Life is Like a Paper Clip on a Rope 

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/08/26 - 5:07am

Satisfy us in the morning with Thy steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. . .Let Thy work be manifest to Thy servants, and Thy glorious power to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, yea, the work of...

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In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder [5]

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/08/25 - 8:30am

For those whose parents are seriously ill, the Elder advised that they should do whatever good and kind deed they can for their parents, to care for them lovingly, to give them affectionate attention and treat them with the tenderness they would a baby, to look after them in every...

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Psalm 88—God Hears Our Cry for Help

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/08/25 - 5:03am

O Lord, my God, I call for help by day; I cry out in the night before Thee.  Let my prayer come before Thee, incline Thy ear to my cry! Psalm 88:1-2 Psalm 88 is one of the “Six Psalms” that are read at the Orthros services in the Orthodox Church. ...

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The Church and Churches

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/08/24 - 8:30am

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   In his second discourse ‘On the Procession of the Holy Sprit’, Saint Gregory Palamas writes: ‘It was the common fate of all the Churches to fall away from the correct way of thinking, since over...

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Psalm 84—The Joy of Worship, My Place of Refuge

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/08/24 - 5:00am

How lovely is Thy dwelling place, O Lord of Hosts!  My soul longs, yea, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God. Psalm 84:1-2 Begin this morning’s reflection by reading Psalm 84:1-2, out loud slowly three times.  How does that make...

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Sealed by the Lord

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/08/23 - 9:11am

Have you ever seen a fancy seal on a letter or on a certificate? A seal makes things official. A seal shows something really comes from who it says it comes from. Long ago, a king might write a letter, close it with wax, and then make a mark in...

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In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder [4]

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/08/23 - 8:30am

Among other things, I asked the Elder what I could do to love Christ? I thought that he’d tell me all sorts of things involving unceasing prayer, many prostrations, fasting and so on, but he simply said: ‘Love Christ’s Cross’. Indeed, looking upon the Saviour’s Cross you learn to gratefully...

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We Must be Merciful if We Expect God to be Merciful

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/08/23 - 5:45am

At that time, Jesus said this parable, “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents; and as he could not pay, his lord...

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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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Antiochian.org Launches New Design, Mobile-Friendly Resources

Antiochian Archdiocese - Mon, 2018/02/26 - 12:07pm

Beloved clergy and faithful of the Antiochian Archdiocese:

Greetings in the Name of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ. We pray this letter finds you well at the start of our Lenten journey. Wednesday, February 28, 2018 will mark a new beginning, a relaunch, for the Archdiocesan website: www.antiochian.org. It will have a much cleaner look and feel, and it is now friendlier for mobile devices for faster access to its wealth of materials, news and resources.

Without doubt, the most-accessed resource on the website is the Online Liturgical Guide, which provides weekly – and sometimes daily – word-for-word texts for the divine services, along with imbedded hyperlinks to corresponding sheet music. The OLG is now part of something bigger and better: a liturgical calendar that also features daily readings and listings of saints, as well as fasting guidelines and the popular spiritual “Thought for the Day” from the Church Fathers and our own Metropolitan JOSEPH. The Daily Liturgical Texts of the OLG now appear, as available, on the liturgical calendar. Accessing all of these resources takes just a few simple steps.

Start with scrolling down on the homepage to “Liturgics,” and click that link.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This takes you to all of the liturgical resources available for that day. Click on what you need.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scroll down a bit, and you will see “Additional Liturgical Resources” like the yearly Sunday Readings Calendar, and full texts of the Presanctified Divine Liturgy and Great Compline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
If you want to find future resources, especially the Daily Liturgical Texts, click on “select date” at the top of the screen. Then, click on the calendar date (e.g., Sunday, February 25, 2018). Those texts will stay posted on their calendar dates for reference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s that simple! All of these liturgical resources will remain constantly updated, so check back frequently. Be sure that the clergy and laity (especially choirs and chanters) see this letter to ensure a seamless transition with the new website.

If you have questions about the new www.antiochian.org, write to Dn. Christian Manasseh. For questions about the Department of Liturgics, write to Fr. Thomas Zain. And for questions about the Online Liturgical Guide and the Daily Liturgical Texts, write to Subdn. Peter Samore. We wish you a blessed journey to Great and All-holy Pascha and our Lord’s empty tomb.

Yours in Christ,

Dn. Christian Manasseh Fr. Thomas Zain Subdn. Peter Samore Dept. of Internet Ministry Dept. of Liturgics Online Liturgical Guide dnchristian@antiochian.org frthomasz@antiochian.org OLG@antiochian.org

 

 

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Invitation From The Very Rev. Paul D. O’Callaghan, St. George Cathedral Dean

Antiochian Archdiocese - Fri, 2018/02/23 - 5:37pm

The St. George Cathedral parish community is celebrating its Centennial in 2018. Although the community had its beginning with the arrival of Orthodox Lebanese to Wichita in 1895, it was 1918 before the community would have a church home. On April 5 of that year, several trustees of the newly forming parish concluded the purchase of a small clapboard church at 218 Handley St. from the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas. St. George Church was born!

Throughout this Centennial Year, our community is commemorating the history of our parish and the people who have been a part of it. As we do so, we are not only looking to the past, but to our future – the next 100 years!

The highlight of this auspicious year will be our Centennial Celebration on the weekend of May 5-6. Metropolitan JOSEPH plans to join us, and he and Bishop BASIL will serve the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Sunday, May 6. The Celebration will conclude with a festal banquet that evening. Please see the enclosed flyer.

St. George Cathedral belongs not only to its congregation, but to all of us in the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America. Thus it is our pleasure to invite you to join us for this joyous occasion. Please publicize the event to your congregation; reservation information will be forthcoming. Plan now to celebrate with us!

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Archdiocese Policy on Receiving People into the Church

Antiochian Archdiocese - Thu, 2018/02/22 - 4:29pm

Englewood, NJ • His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH • February 22, 2018

In response to questions that have been raised recently, His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH reaffirms the long-standing policy of the Antiochian Archdiocese, which is in accordance with the practice of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East, regarding the reception of converts to the Faith. To be clear, Holy Baptism in the Name of the Holy Trinity, followed by Holy Chrismation, is the normative means by which one is initiated into the Holy Church. When receiving those coming into Holy Orthodoxy from religious confessions who profess a belief in the Holy Trinity and baptize with water in the Name of Father, and of Son, and of the Holy Spirit, the Church from ancient times has done so through means of Holy Chrismation or a profession of the Faith – depending on the circumstances.

In other words, when baptism is necessary, there is a baptism. When Chrismation is necessary there is a Chrismation. When a profession of the Faith is necessary, there is a profession of the Faith. When questions arise requiring discernment as to how a person is to be received into the Church, a priest must consult with the local bishop.

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Metropolitan JOSEPH to Lead Young Adult Pilgrimage

Antiochian Archdiocese - Tue, 2018/02/20 - 5:04pm

In the summer of 2018, His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH will be leading a pilgrimage to Orthodox Thessaloniki, Kosovo, and Serbia. Titled "Spiritual Awakening," the trip is slated for June 14–26, 2018, with a registration deadline of March 15. Traveling through holy lands with a hierarch at the head of the trip often opens "the pearly gates" through unplanned and grace-filled opportunities unique to this type of adventure.

The pilgrimage has been especially created for young adults and professionals aged 21–35. The trip will be limited to 30 people and will include a few clergy. Baptized Orthodox Christians of any jurisdiction may participate, especially those who are interested in exploring Orthodox history, art, architecture, and music, all within the fellowship of the Church. Young adults who enjoy networking with peers abroad and have an interest in humanitarian opportunities will enjoy this life-changing opportunity. Pilgrims will enjoy all that these holy lands have to offer in an intense schedule of touring that will also still leave time for fun. The itinerary includes time for services, prayer, exploration, relaxation, and building bonds with other Orthodox professionals. Register today to receive a detailed itinerary!

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Statement Regarding Reception of Converts to the Orthodox Christian Faith

Antiochian Archdiocese - Tue, 2018/02/20 - 1:03pm

Englewood, NJ • February 20, 2018

In response to numerous unnamed sources spreading confusion over the internet, His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH reaffirms the long-standing policy of the Antiochian Archdiocese, which is in accordance with the practice of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East, regarding the reception of converts to the Faith. To be clear, Holy Baptism in the Name of the Holy Trinity, followed by Holy Chrismation, is the normative means by which one is initiated into the Holy Church. When receiving those coming into Holy Orthodoxy from religious confessions who profess a belief in the Holy Trinity and baptize with water in the Name of Father, and of Son, and of the Holy Spirit, the Church from ancient times has done so through means of Holy Chrismation or a profession of the Faith – depending on the circumstances. When questions arise requiring discernment as to how a person is to be received into the Church, a priest must consult with his local bishop.

His Eminence reaffirmed this practice recently during a clergy seminar for the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West, where he has continued to be the local bishop since his election as Metropolitan. In this capacity, His Eminence made clear that he is the point of reference for such questions for the clergy in attendance.

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Great Lent

Antiochian Archdiocese - Thu, 2018/02/15 - 2:00pm

 

 

 

Great Lent: The Journey to the Empty Tomb

As the sharp edge of winter cuts across February with its long shadows and long cold nights, Orthodox Christians know that this time of year is the herald of Great Lent, that solemn but beautiful 40-day journey to the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. With anticipation we look forward to that Lenten journey and what awaits us at the end of our spiritual travels: the Feast of Feasts, that great day of Pascha in which we proclaim, "Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death."

-Archpriest Stephen Rogers

     

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Western Rite Vicariate Launches Website

Antiochian Archdiocese - Mon, 2018/02/12 - 1:38pm

The Western Rite Vicariate has gathered many materials to help Orthodox and non-Orthodox alike learn more about the Western Rite in the Orthodox Church. Our Archdiocese has a rich heritage of reaching out to people of all backgrounds and in various ways responding to Christ's command to bring the Gospel to all nations. These materials, which include a documentary film about the Western Rite, blogs, and other resources, are available at The Orthodox West.

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