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The Recently-Revealed New Martyr, Saint Efraim

OCN Now - Fri, 2018/06/01 - 8:15am

Hieromonk Makarios Simonopetrites   We knew nothing about this New Martyr Saint until January 3 1950, when he revealed the location of his burial, at the ancient Monastery of the Annunciation, in Pendelis, in Nea Makri, Attica. Since 1965, the Saint has appeared often to nuns in the monastery or...

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“Showing Up” to Pray

OCN Now - Thu, 2018/05/31 - 10:50am

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 them...

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St. John Chrysostom – Homily on Pentecost (1)

OCN Now - Thu, 2018/05/31 - 8:20am

Saint John Chrysostom   Let us extol the grace of the Holy Spirit in spiritual hymns, since grace has, on this day, manifested itself to us from heaven. Even though our words are inadequate to express the magnitude of this grace, we shall praise its power and activity insofar as...

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On Forgiveness and School Shooters

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/05/30 - 10:51pm

“A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they were no more.” (Matthew 2:18 quoting the Prophet Jeremiah) The anger and tears are real. The one word on the lips of so many is “Why?” Greek Orthodox...

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Do you need help?

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/05/30 - 12:49pm

How would you feel if a friend of yours said he didn’t know you? You could play or talk with this person all the time, but then what would you think if he ignored you or pretended that he didn’t even know you? That would be a sad thing, wouldn’t...

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Will You Marry Me? For Forty-Five Minutes a Week?

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/05/30 - 12:12pm

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 them...

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The New Martyr Nannos (Ioannis) the Thessalonian (+1802)

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/05/30 - 8:20am

Thanasis Hatzimitakos   The new martyr Nannos/Ioannis belongs to the Macedonian new martyrs. He was martyred in Smyrna in 1802 when he was only 17 years old. He was born in Thessaloniki of Macedonian parents. His father came from the village of Avret-Issar, nowadays old Yinaikokastro in the prefecture of...

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On Motherhood, the Church, and Orthodox Theology

OCN Now - Tue, 2018/05/29 - 3:46pm

  Listen Now.  Join us as Fr. Chris speaks with Carrie Frederick Frost, Professor, Saint Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Seminary and  a Board Member, Saint Phoebe Center for the History of the Deaconess about the importance of mothers in the church today contributing their thoughts and experiences on motherhood to the Church.  Her book, Maternal Body: A...

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An Ottoman Volunteer Defends Besieged Constantinople (1453)

OCN Now - Tue, 2018/05/29 - 8:15am

Nikos Nikoloudis   At the fall of Constantinople, in 1453, it was not only Greeks pitched against Turks, as is, perhaps, widely believed, but there was also a good number of foreigners involved. Some of these were forced to fight on the side of the Ottomans, such as an attachment...

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“Pros-Efhi”—Towards a Blessing

OCN Now - Tue, 2018/05/29 - 7:34am

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 them...

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Memorial Day

OCN Now - Mon, 2018/05/28 - 2:01pm

Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as an ordinance forever.   Exodus 12:14   Good...

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Reflections on Pentecost and the Gift of the Holy Spirit

OCN Now - Mon, 2018/05/28 - 10:22am

Yesterday marked the radiant earthly birthday of the Church, the Great Feast of Holy Pentecost, when we commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus’s Apostles, 10 days following His Ascension to His Father in Heaven. It marks the fulfillment of Jesus’s promise to His disciples just before He...

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“Let us celebrate the feast of Pentecost” – Elder Stefanos of the Daniïleï Brotherhood

OCN Now - Mon, 2018/05/28 - 8:20am

Listen now  The late Elder Stefanos of the Daniïleï Brotherhood (Katounakia, the Holy Mountain) sings the wonderful hymn from Vespers on the Eve of Pentecost. This hymn encapsulates the ‘majestic and great mystery’, the advent of the Holy Spirit into the world. Tone 1 “Let us celebrate the feast of...

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Rivers of Living Water and the Light of Life

OCN Now - Sun, 2018/05/27 - 2:09pm

Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Pentecost On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and proclaimed, “If any one thirst, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as...

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Sunday of Pentecost

OCN Now - Sun, 2018/05/27 - 8:20am

Metropolitan Panteleimon of Antinoes   After fifty days from our Lord’s glorious Resurrection our Holy Orthodox Church celebrates Pentecost. This feast day is very important for all mankind and Christians, because it is the birthday of our Church. It is the day on which the Church, the Body of Christ,...

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Prioritizing the Joy of the Resurrection: An Antidote to the World’s Misery

OCN Now - Sat, 2018/05/26 - 11:06pm

Natural catastrophes and personal tragedies, not uncommon in our complex and fallen world, are simultaneously indicative and derivative of our fallen existence. Orthodox soteriology, always cognizant of the imperfect world in which we live, makes insightful references to salvation as man’s restoration to perfect communion with God and nature’s “re-creation”...

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The Holy Spirit and Many Languages

OCN Now - Sat, 2018/05/26 - 2:22pm

Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Saturday of the Souls When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and...

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Saturday of the Souls

OCN Now - Sat, 2018/05/26 - 11:19am

Archbishop Timotheos (Papoutsakis) of Crete (†)   We’ll say a few words here about the profound meaning of the Saturdays of the Souls. Obviously, these days are dedicated to the dead, to the souls, to the world of the spirits. People aren’t just the body we see living, moving, working,...

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A Note on Praying with Others

OCN Now - Fri, 2018/05/25 - 2:33pm

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 them...

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Non-Gender and One-Gender in the Gnostic Gospels (3)

OCN Now - Fri, 2018/05/25 - 8:21am

Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   Whereas gender theories claim that the problem lies in the human body and its sex, which may need to be corrected, Patristic theology insists that God did not make any mistake and that evil lies in our own actions. What is bad is not...

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