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The Holy New Martyr Christodoulos from Kassandra – 27 July

OCN Now - Fri, 2018/07/27 - 8:15am

Saint Nicodemus the Hagiorite   The new martyr and servant of Christ Christodoulos was from Kassandra, the first leg of Halkidiki, from a village called Valta. When he was still young, he left his home and went to Thessaloniki and, when he’d learned how to make thick woollen cloth and...

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A Few Important Things for Us to Remember

OCN Now - Thu, 2018/07/26 - 9:14am

  Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able...

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The Holy and Blessed Martyr Paraskevi (26 July)

OCN Now - Thu, 2018/07/26 - 8:00am

Saint Nicodemus the Hagiorite   A Saint who passed through fire and iron* This saint lived at the time of Emperor Antoninus, about the year 140. She came from a village near Old Rome [as opposed to New Rome, i.e. Constantinople] and was the daughter of Christian parents, called Agathon...

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On Our Relationship with God

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/07/25 - 1:16pm

Listen Now.  Join us as Fr. Chris speaks with Lauren Green about her book, Lighthouse Faith.  Lauren is the Chief Religion Correspondent for Fox Television News.  She shares her personal testimony of her faith journey while in the media spotlight. Photo credit: Fox News ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network...

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Do not be afraid!

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/07/25 - 10:29am

Have you ever been scared about something? A strange noise at night? Somebody being sick? Going down into the basement by yourself? Everybody has been scared of something, even your parents, even your teachers, even Jesus’s disciples. In today’s Gospel reading, we hear about a time when one of Jesus’s...

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Saint Paraskevi—We are Healed When We Reach Out to Christ  

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/07/25 - 9:59am

  Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. A great crowd followed Him and thronged about Him. And there was a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians,...

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Wanted: Elijah

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/07/25 - 8:20am

Georgios Ant. Galitis, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School, University of Athens   Elijah the Zealot. ‘The angel incarnate and rampart of the prophets’. There’s not a location in Greece that doesn’t have a church, or at least a chapel, a shrine, in his honour. He’s also similarly honoured in...

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OCMC Executive Director Fr. Martin Ritsi and Missionary Director Dn. James Nicholas Visit Guatemala

OCMC News - Fri, 2018/04/27 - 12:00pm
OCMC Executive Director Fr. Martin Ritsi, and OCMC Missionary Director Dn. James Nicholas, recently returned from a trip to Aguacate, Guatemala. While there, they witnessed the work being done by...

Thank You to All Who Participated in This Year's Coin Box Collection!

OCMC News - Wed, 2018/04/25 - 12:00pm
Christ is Risen!Thank you to all of the Sunday Schools that filled OCMC Coin Boxes for Missions this year!Please share with your students and teachers that the funds collected by...

Long-Term OCMC Missionary Jennifer Rice Celebrates One Year in Guatemala

OCMC News - Mon, 2018/04/23 - 12:00pm
On April 6th, Jennifer Rice celebrated her first year in the mission field of Aguacate, Guatemala. What made it even more special for her? The fact that the date was Holy Friday, which, she says,...

The Whole World Cries Out: Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!

OCMC News - Thu, 2018/04/12 - 12:00pm
The Church of Guatemala participated in Holy Week with reverence and faith. Many people came to receive Holy Unction at the Cathedral of the Annunciation in Aguacate. Long-term Missionary Jesse...

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

Antiochian Archdiocese - Fri, 2018/02/09 - 1:51pm

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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