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Hank Unplugged: Clay Jones – Why God Permits Evil

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/10/04 - 7:38pm
Listen Now to a conversation with Clay Jones 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 HANK HANEGRAAFF Hank is the author of more than twenty books, with more than a million copies in print. He is a regular […]

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Our Relationship with God: 10. Holiness

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/10/04 - 9:30am
God cannot be forced by anyone; neither does He impose His will on His creatures endowed with reasoning. Likewise the man with the gift of God does not want to impose power over any mortal, neither that his spirit be under the power of another. He imitates Christ Who overcame the world through His humble […]

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A cheerful giver

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/10/04 - 9:11am
Have you ever given something to somebody… but you didn’t really want to? Maybe your parents made you share something that you wanted to keep to yourself, or you gave away something that you would have rather had instead. It doesn’t feel like giving when we don’t want to give, does it? In today’s epistle […]

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Metropolitan Joseph Requests Prayers for Las Vegas Victims and Families

Antiochian Archdiocese - Wed, 2017/10/04 - 9:10am

Englewood, NJ — His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH sends heartfelt condolences and prayers to the families and loved ones of the victims of the horrific violence that took place in Las Vegas. His Eminence, while overseas for a meeting of the Holy Synod of Antioch, reached out to Fr. John Nicholas Ozone, pastor of Saint Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church in Las Vegas, to offer love and support. Thanks to God, Fr. John was able to report to His Eminence that none of the flock were victims of the atrocity, and that he and his parish were in constant communication with local authorities to offer their assistance if need be.

His Eminence notes: “On behalf of my brother hierarchs, our reverend clergy, and Christ-loving faithful, I ask our Lord to grant rest to the souls of those who lost their lives, healing to those who were wounded, and comfort to those who are grieving. Our hearts break at seeing such acts of evil, and we can never allow ourselves to grow accustomed to their images. We must work more and more fervently in our own lives to model Christ’s love, forgiveness, and compassion and, as St. Seraphim of Sarov taught, acquire the Holy Spirit that thousands around us will be saved – thus to do our own small part to heal the wounds of the society in which we live.”

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Metropolitan Tikhon Issues Statement on the Tragedy in Las Vegas

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/10/04 - 8:28am
October 2, 2017 SYOSSET, NY [OCA] His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, issued the following statement in response to the tragic events in Las Vegas last night. The statement reads: “On behalf of the hierarchs, clergy and faithful of the Orthodox Church in America, we offer sincere condolences to the […]

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How to deal with the crisis in a spiritual manner-1

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/10/04 - 8:10am
Metropolitan Athanasios of Lemessos   Indeed we are presently facing some tough times which affect everyone. It seems that we are all aboard a ship- the ship is our small country- sailing in rough seas without knowing where we are or where we are heading to. Whenever certain hardships afflict a country, a family, a […]

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Psalm 23—A Psalm of Comfort and Reassurance

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/10/04 - 7:33am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Go-To Verses of the Bible Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.  Psalm 23:4   […]

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Chicagoland Orthodox Christians Celebrate 125 Years

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/10/03 - 11:55am
CHICAGOLAND ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS CELEBRATE 125 YEARS CHICAGO’S GREEK, RUSSIAN, SERBIAN, UKRAINIAN, ROMANIAN, ALBANIAN, ARABIC AND AMERICAN ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS GATHER FOR PANORTHODOX SERVICE CHICAGO, IL: Chicago’s Greek, Russian, Serbian, Ukrainian, Romanian, Albanian, Arabic and American Orthodox Christians gathered at Lane Tech Auditorium on Saturday, September 30, 2017, for a Pan Orthodox liturgical worship service commemorating 125 years […]

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SOYO Special Olympics Awareness Day is Sunday, October 15

Antiochian Archdiocese - Tue, 2017/10/03 - 11:39am

On October 15, 2017, the North American Council of Teen SOYO sponsors the 37th Annual Special Olympics Awareness Day. Every August, Teen SOYO hosts and funds an annual week‐long camp for Special Olympics Athletes at the Antiochian Village. Over the past 36 years, Teen SOYO has fostered a camping experience like no other. Our camp demonstrates a unified environment where teen SOYO members from across the Archdiocese come together with coaches from Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) and enthusiastic athletes for an intense week of sports training and witness to Christ. All resources may be downloaded on SOYO's Special Olympics web page.

Through your generous donations, SOYO Special Olympics Sports Camp has grown immensely through the years. This year, we experienced a record number of athletes in attendance, and have accomplished an astounding 36 years of SOYO Special Olympics Camp. Over these 36 years, we have hosted more than 8,000 athletes and coaches, and over 1,150 of our teens have been blessed by working as SOYO Coaches or Volunteers. It is our pleasure to have the opportunity to serve, pray, and play with these Special Olympics Athletes, and we look forward, with your help, to continuing this important ministry.

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In Times of Sorrow

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/10/03 - 11:24am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Go-To Verses of the Bible God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Psalm 46:1   Good morning Prayer Team! Yesterday most of us woke up to the unspeakable tragedy that happened in […]

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Αn Unknown Modern Hero – 2

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/10/03 - 8:20am
Petros Panayiotopoulos   Four years ago, I had the pleasure to meet him and directly delight in his innocent kindness and simplicity. People from Sofia know him as Elder Dobri Dobrev from the village Baylovo. He is a 96 year old elder who could often be seen standing in front of the church St. Alexander […]

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An Interview with Monsignor McPartlan

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/10/02 - 10:28pm
Blogger Ryan Hunter sits down with Monsignor Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, The Catholic University of America. Photo courtesy of The Catholic University of America.  Ryan Hunter (RH): This is Ryan Hunter reporting with the Orthodox Christian Network. My guest is Monsignor Paul McPartlan, the Carl J. Peter Professor of […]

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When You Need a New Start

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/10/02 - 9:41am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Go-To Verses of the Bible Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.  Psalm 51(50):10   Good morning Prayer Team! How many times in your life have you […]

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Second Sunday of Luke

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/10/02 - 9:30am
† Dionysios, Metropolitan of Servia and Kozani   It’s a great thing for there to be concord and love in life. Then again, it’s a bad thing to have discord and enmity. Through harmony and love we build our life; with discord and hatred we ruin it. Because our life’s like a structure and we’re […]

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Mystagogical Catechesis

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/10/02 - 8:10am
Saint Cyril of Jerusalem   1 COR. xi. 23. I received from the Lord that which also I handed on to you, how that the Lord Jesus, on the night in which He was betrayed, took bread, etc. 1. The teaching of the Blessed Paul is in itself sufficient to give you full assurance concerning […]

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Liturgical Texts Posted for Canadian Thanksgiving, October 9

Antiochian Archdiocese - Mon, 2017/10/02 - 8:01am

His Grace Bishop Alexander serves Holy Communion during the Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Church in Montreal, Quebec.Each year, on the second Monday of October, Canada celebrates its Thanksgiving holiday as "a day of general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed." Its origin dates to 1578.

The Antiochian Archdiocese has 18 Canadian parishes. For the holiday, they are encouraged to open and offer worship and thanksgiving to God for all of His gifts. To that end, the Online Liturgical Guide has provided Liturgical Texts of Great Vespers with special hymnography for the holiday, as well as "Glory to God for All Things: An Akathist of Thanksgiving," composed in Russia under Communistic oppression as a reminder to the suffering clergy and faithful of God's blessings in this life and the life to come. Parishes can offer one or the other service on Sunday night, October 8.

On Monday morning, October 9, parishes can celebrate the Eucharist, which literally means "to give thanks," in the Divine Liturgy. The Variables contain Epistle and Gospel readings that are a call to thanksgiving, as well as the famous Thanksgiving Day sermon "Thank You, O Lord!" delivered by Fr. Alexander Schemann just weeks before his repose in 1983.

In the coming weeks, the Online Liturgical Guide will also post Liturgical Texts for American Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 23.

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Put them behind you

OCN Now - Sun, 2017/10/01 - 8:20am
Elder Iakovos Tsalikis   If anything’s troubling you psychologically, put it behind you. Our days should pass in peace and meekness. Don’t worry, don’t let it get to you and upset you. Worries eat away at people. Worries ate away at me and I fell ill with my heart and other things. Source: pemptousia.com   […]

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Stop Obsessing about Credit

OCN Now - Sun, 2017/10/01 - 8:03am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Second Sunday of Luke And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. […]

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A Talk with Rev. Fr. Alex Karloutsos

OCN Now - Sat, 2017/09/30 - 1:47pm
Listen Now.  Join us as Fr. Chris speaks with Fr. Alex Karloutsos about the latest news on the St. Nicholas National Shrine at Ground Zero, the upcoming Religious Freedom Conference in Washington DC in December, and the Athenagoras Human Rights Award in New York on Saturday, October 21st.   Photo Credit: PBS.org ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN […]

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Our Bodies are Temples

OCN Now - Sat, 2017/09/30 - 1:07pm
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and […]

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