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Loving Others: Be Ye Doers of the Word

OCN Now - Mon, 2018/02/12 - 10:31pm

In his poem “The Second Coming,” the Irish poet William Butler Yeats describes the post-World War I atmosphere in 1919. His first stanza is not only gripping, it speaks of so much of what we have seen during the past year. “Turning and turning in the widening gyre, the falcon...

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Christianity in China with Victor Hou

OCN Now - Mon, 2018/02/12 - 3:25pm

  Listen Now to Victor Hou, in this podcast series of Hank Unplugged.  The Bible Answer Man’s podcast brought to you through Christian Research Institute and now showcased on Orthodox Christian Network. ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3 and an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the...

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Western Rite Vicariate Launches Website

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

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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Marching for the Sanctity of Life

OCN Now - Mon, 2018/02/12 - 10:15am

Gathered together Orthodox Christians marched for the Sanctity of life.  OnSunday, January 21, 2018 was observed as “Sanctity of Life Sunday” in parishes across the United States.  The commemoration marks the 45th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the US. Metropolitan Tikhon led the Orthodox...

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God’s Mercy (Matth. 25, 31-46)

OCN Now - Mon, 2018/02/12 - 8:10am

Metropolitan Ioïl (Frangkakos) of Edessa, Pella, and Almopia   Since you did it to one of the least of my brethren, you did it to me’ In the parables which the Lord used, He said the phrase ‘the kingdom of heaven is like this’, that is, He compared the kingdom...

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Jesus as TEACHER

OCN Now - Mon, 2018/02/12 - 7:39am

Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. ENGAGED: The Call to Be Disciples Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching...

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“The First Time He Came to Save the World; the Second He will Come to Judge it.” (Meat-Fare Sunday) – 2

OCN Now - Sun, 2018/02/11 - 8:20am

† Dionysios, Metropolitan of Servia and Kozani   He Himself said: “The Father gave all judgement to the Son”. The same Son Who came to save the world will judge it. And He’ll judge it lightly, so that most will be saved, because God wishes the world to be saved....

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Actions and Habits

OCN Now - Sun, 2018/02/11 - 1:02am

Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Sunday of the Last Judgment “When the Son of man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on his glorious throne. Before Him will be...

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“The First Time He Came to Save the World; the Second He will Come to Judge it.” (Meat-Fare Sunday) – 1

OCN Now - Sat, 2018/02/10 - 8:20am

† Dionysios, Metropolitan of Servia and Kozani   Nothing else in life is so certain as that we shall die. The fact that we were born and are in this world leads to the certainty that one day we will be leaving it. Every day we see and understand that...

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It’s Not What Goes into Your Mouth, but What Comes out That Matters

OCN Now - Sat, 2018/02/10 - 12:48am

Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. Only take care lest this liberty of yours...

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Super Bowl Ads—Can I Change the Music?

OCN Now - Fri, 2018/02/09 - 11:18pm

I hope you shouted out loud, “really!?” and covered your children’s eyes and ears in the Super Bowl Commercials this year. Well, I guess that is true every year, but wow, this year was insidious and persistent! I confess that I only watched the last quarter of the game—great game!—so...

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Metropolitan JOSEPH Presides Over St. George's 90th Anniversary Celebration

Antiochian Archdiocese - Fri, 2018/02/09 - 12:51pm

Metropolitan Joseph with St. George ordinands and their familiesView the photo album

The faithful of Houston, Texas were blessed to receive His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH during the week of January 24–31, 2018, to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of St. George Orthodox Christian Church.

Deanery clergy welcomed Sayyidna JOSEPH and Deacon John El Massih at the airport. Then on Thursday evening, His Eminence had dinner and spent the evening with the St. George parish council. At the dinner, attendees were blessed to hear Sayyidna's visions and inspired by his words of wisdom. The community was delighted that Archdiocese Vice-Chairman Fawaz El Khoury and CFO Salim Abboud accompanied Sayyidna as well.

On Friday morning, Sayyidna made his first visit to the St. Constantine School, an Orthodox classical school which opened its doors to students in August 2016. The School offers pre-K through 12th grade classes and has college courses as well. The St. Constantine School currently has over 130 students and continues to grow. His Eminence was greeted by the whole school with the singing of the Troparion of St. Constantine. Sayyidna addressed all the students, toured the facilities and had a lunch meeting with the school board. Later in the day, His Eminence prayed Great Vespers at St. Joseph Church. Following vespers and dinner, he met in the sanctuary with area teens.

On Saturday, Sayyidna met with the St. George's church school students and their families. He allowed to children to ask questions and offer their thoughts. After being served a delicious brunch by the St. George Ladies Altar Society, His Eminence addressed the ladies, the men's philanthropic group, and the church school. Saturday evening, Great Vespers was prayed at St. George. After prayers, over 450 attendees came together for the joyful St. George 90th Anniversary Gala. In a highlights of the evening, $25,000 was presented to the St. Constantine School by St. George. His Eminence also presented the St. George Ladies Altar Society with the Silver Order of St. Raphael for their continuous labor and efforts for the Church.

At the Gala His Eminence addressed the attendees with inspiring and heartfelt words. The St. George Dabke Troupe performed, and the night continued with live entertainment.

On Sunday morning the faithful poured into St. George to pray Orthros and the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. His Eminence ordained Parish Council President Dr. James Anton as a subdeacon, and St. George son and Youth Director George Katrib to the Holy Diaconate.

On Monday, His Eminence prayed the Paraklesis to the Theotokos in the chapel at St. George with the Deanery clergy. After addressing the clergy, the group were treated to lunch at the Cleburne Cafeteria. Sayyidna continued his visit to St. George by visiting parishioners in their homes. He also visited St. Paul Church in Katy,TX and celebrated the Feast of the Three Hierarchs at St. Anthony in Spring, TX.

The faithful of Houston were truly blessed to receive this week-long visit from His Eminence and look forward to welcoming him back soon. Many years, Master!

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On Raising Emotionally Healthy Children

OCN Now - Fri, 2018/02/09 - 9:32am

Listen Now.  Join us as Fr. Chris speaks with Dr. Gary Chapman about the importance of raising emotionally healthy children and teenagers.  Dr. Chapman is the author of The 5 Love Languages and Senior Associate Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  He speaks with Fr. Chris about...

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What is eternal life and the kingdom of heaven?

OCN Now - Fri, 2018/02/09 - 8:10am

Alexandros Christodoulou   Meatfare Sunday Today’s Gospel gives an anthropomorphic description of the fundamental dogma of our faith regarding Christ’s Second Coming on earth and the Judgement. The throne on which Christ will sit depicts the majesty of the judgement, its impartiality, and the separation of people. In fact, everything...

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Jesus as LORD

OCN Now - Fri, 2018/02/09 - 7:39am

Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. ENGAGED: The Call to Be Disciples Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching...

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Saint Photius: The Miracle and the Primacy of Truth

OCN Now - Thu, 2018/02/08 - 2:50pm

Stylianos G. Papadopoulos   The Miracle of Truth Saint Photius was the chosen vessel of God in his times. He was, in other words, the outstanding, genuine bearer of Tradition and for that reason was the most famous and therefore the most significant theologian of the period. His outlook and...

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Mission Sunday Lesson Plans and Annual OCMC Coin Box Initiative

OCMC News - Thu, 2018/02/08 - 11:00am
Mission Sunday falls on February 18th this year, a wonderful way to start the season of Great Lent. And that means the OCMC annual Coin Box program is starting up, which includes Christ-themed...

Jesus as MASTER

OCN Now - Thu, 2018/02/08 - 9:29am

Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. ENGAGED: The Call to Be Disciples Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching...

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Staying on track

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/02/07 - 5:20pm

Have you ever taken a train, or have you watched a train chugging down the tracks? A train has to stay on the tracks to get to where the people want to go. Next week, we will start a journey too. Where do we want to go? We want to...

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Jesus as KING

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/02/07 - 4:57pm

Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. ENGAGED: The Call to Be Disciples Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching...

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