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The Hymn of Kassiani – The Third Bridegroom Service

OCN Now - Fri, 2018/04/06 - 10:56am

Rev. George Dragas, professor at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary delivers a sermon on the women who anointed Christ, the Hymn of Kassiani and it’s meaning for us. 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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Food for the Soul – the Importance of Chanting and Praying

OCN Now - Fri, 2018/04/06 - 9:03am

Listen Now.  Join us on this Holy Friday as Fr. Chris talks with Dr. Konstantinos Gakis, an experienced educator and consultant who teaches at the University of the Florida.  Dr. Gakis is also the main chanter at St. Elizabeth Greek Orthodox Church in Gainesville, Florida, and he and Fr. Chris have...

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The Epitaphios (The tomb of Christ)

OCN Now - Fri, 2018/04/06 - 8:20am

Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou   The service of Great Saturday is effectively a funeral service for Christ, and yet it is the most colourful service of Holy Week, because we have already begun to celebrate the Resurrection. The Epitaphios which represents the tomb of Christ, is adorned with an array of...

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Come Weep at the Tomb

OCN Now - Fri, 2018/04/06 - 7:31am

Listen Now.  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...

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Remember to Connect with God First

OCN Now - Thu, 2018/04/05 - 1:22pm

Listen Now.  Join us as we discuss loneliness, relationships, and the importance of remembering to go to the Lord first – that we must first connect with God and see ourselves through him in order to connect with others and build loving relationships.   Paula and Eleni will be back...

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Christ’s Passion Overcomes Death

OCN Now - Thu, 2018/04/05 - 8:22am

Archimandrite Ephraim, Abbot of the Vatopaidi Monastery   When Christians talk about death, they don’t do so with pessimism, they aren’t resigned to it, they don’t think it natural. They see it principally as an enemy which must be defeated through Christ. ‘The last enemy to be destroyed is death,...

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The Story of Eva Cledaras, the woman who died at the same hour as the Lord

OCN Now - Thu, 2018/04/05 - 7:41am

An Extra Prayer Team Message on Holy Thursday about a Woman Who Died on Holy Thursday   Here is another inspiring story, about another inspiring woman, who also died at Holy Trinity in Asheville, also during Holy Week of 2004—her story was witnessed by the entire congregation. Please take a...

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Come Stand at the Cross

OCN Now - Thu, 2018/04/05 - 7:36am

Listen Now. 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 Thursday But standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. ...

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The Twelve Gospels of the Passion of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Daily Readings and Saints - Thu, 2018/04/05 - 12:00am
The Twelve Gospels of the Passion of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
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Holy Relics Miraculously Unscathed Following Fire at Australian Greek Orthodox Church

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/04/04 - 10:35pm

In what is being called an Easter miracle, a fire at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Panteleimon in Adelaide, Australia.  In the midst of Eastern Orthodox Holy Week holy relics have risen from the ashes of a Greek Orthodox Christian church fire. Watch the news video clip here.  ...

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Cherishing the Journey of Great Lent

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/04/04 - 9:32pm

I was so excited for Lent this year. During the 18 years we have been Orthodox, I have never been able to attend all the mid-week services because we have lived so far from the church. One pre-sanctified was usually all I could get to and not just because of...

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Great Wednesday (Matins for Great Thursday)

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/04/04 - 8:29am

‘Humbled by Your loving-kindness, You washed the feet of Your disciples, directing them to the path divine’. This sentence encapsulates one of the most prominent scenes of humility in the life of Christ, an extraordinarily strange image for a teacher, a leader, someone with authority over heaven and earth. Christ...

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Come Sit at the Table

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/04/04 - 7:33am

Listen Now. 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 Wednesday  Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to...

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All the nations

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/04/04 - 7:22am

Have you ever heard something in another language…and you didn’t know what it meant? Maybe you wondered what somebody was saying, but nobody even told you. Maybe it wasn’t so important after all. You know what today is! Today is Pascha (Easter). Today, at church, we hear the good news—the...

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John 12:17-50

Daily Readings and Saints - Wed, 2018/04/04 - 12:00am
Orthros Gospel Reading
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Matthew 26:6-16

Daily Readings and Saints - Wed, 2018/04/04 - 12:00am
Vespers Gospel Reading
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Remembering Missionary Charita "Mama" Stavrou

OCMC News - Tue, 2018/04/03 - 12:00pm
Charita Stavrou passed from this life early Saturday, March 24th, 2018, after battling cancer. Mrs. Stavrou dedicated her life to her faith, family, serving others, and Orthodox Missions....

Great Tuesday (Matins for Great Wednesday)

OCN Now - Tue, 2018/04/03 - 8:20am

‘Lord, the woman who had fallen into many sins…fulfilled the task of a myrrh-bearer and, lamenting, brought you sweet-smelling oil before your burial’. The Tropario (Hymn) of Kassiani dominates the service of matins for Great Wednesday. A sinful woman, a harlot in her body, realizes the state she’s in, undertakes...

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Come and Sit with the Disciples

OCN Now - Tue, 2018/04/03 - 7:31am

Listen Now We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Holy Tuesday When Jesus had finished all these sayings, He said to His disciples, “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of man will be delivered up to...

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Diary of a Missionary – Holy Week in Aguacate

OCN Now - Mon, 2018/04/02 - 6:12pm

Jennifer Rice chronicles her life as a missionary in Aguacate, Guatemala where a thriving Orthodox community partakes in the Holy Week services and Pascha. Her work is made possible through the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCM). Should you be interested in learning more about missionary life and work, Jenifer can...

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