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In the End Love is All That Matters

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/06/08 - 7:35am
We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Fruits of the Spirit The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.  Galatians 5: 22-23 I Corinthians 13—St. Paul’s Treatise on Love—Part One If I speak in the tongues of men and of […]

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Hank Hanegraaff’s Journey to Orthodox Christianity and On Knowing the Scriptures

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/06/08 - 7:00am
Tune in for two great conversations with Fr. John Peck and Hank Hanegraaff together with our host, Fr. Chris. Listen Now.  We begin with Fr. John Peck who offers valuable insights about teaching the Bible to children and then we learn about the personal spiritual journey of Hank Hanegraaff, the “Bible Answer Man”. One can only […]

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What do people call you?

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/06/07 - 4:42pm
What do people call you? Do you have a nickname or a name people know you by? Our names are important—even the silly ones! In today’s epistle reading, we hear about how the good news of Jesus Christ kept spreading all over. Remember, before He left, Jesus told His disciples to preach to the whole […]

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The Theology of Gender – 15. The social dimension of matrimony in Byzantium

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/06/07 - 10:00am
Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara Although Christian marriage places spirituality at its center, the social dimension of matrimony was kept in the Byzantine era and Christians were under the civil law in all aspects of family life. Issues of betrothal were regulated by the civil courts as were issues of adultery. For a better understanding of the canons […]

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God’s Saving Mercy

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/06/07 - 8:45am
Abbot Tryphon We are not compelled to love God, having been created with free will. God does not, nor can He, compel His creatures to love Him. Mutual love requires, by it’s very nature, freedom to either respond in love, or not. Yet when we respond to God’s love with love His mercy leads us […]

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Love Doesn’t Just Happen

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/06/07 - 7:28am
We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Fruits of the Spirit The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.  Galatians 5: 22-23   All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep His covenant […]

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June 2017 Issue of The Word Magazine Now Available Online

Antiochian Archdiocese - Tue, 2017/06/06 - 4:59pm
Click cover to download:  june_2017_word_for_archdiocese.pdf Magazine Date:  06/2017

The Hieromartyr Metrophanes and the Chinese New Martyrs of the Boxer Rebellion, p. 5
Fr. Symeon Kees

Fatherhood, A Kind of Asceticism, p. 7
Deacon Thom Crowe

Hospitality, Gratitude, and Stewardship in the Parish, p. 9
Father Joshua Makoul

An Orthodox Spiritual Response to Clergy Burnout, p. 13
Bishop Thomas and Peter Schweitzer

What I Wish I Had Known 39 Years Ago, p. 17
Bishop John

Christian Education news, Communities in Action reports...and more!

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An Open Letter from the Heritage Foundation Chairman, Economos Antony Gabriel

Antiochian Archdiocese - Tue, 2017/06/06 - 3:38pm

Dear fellow Antiochian,

Saint John Chrysostom once exclaimed: Glory to Thee, O God, For all things!

"Lest, we forget."

Yes, we give thanks to Almighty God for all of our beloved pioneers who knitted the fabric of our God Protected Archdiocese.

Throughout the years we have witnessed greatness in some of the most simple moments as well as clergy. It is almost unimaginable today how the early clergymen carved out their lives with some of the most difficult of circumstances, both financially as well as spiritually. From the earliest days in North America, our clergy, their wives and families played a pivotal role in the development and maturation of the Antiochian Church on New Shores. They have inspired us by their strenuous sacrifices and their sweet liturgical services which formed us and to this day, and their wisdom enlightened our paths towards the priesthood.

The Antiochian Archdiocese is built on the labors of our forefathers in the priesthood. Antioch produced a "Cloud of Witnesses to the Gospel of Christ," many of whom came to North America and the following generations followed in their footsteps building churches, parish halls establishing a mosaic of organizations to meet the spiritual needs of the emerging generation of Antiochian Orthodox Christians. It is axiomatic that there were few rewards for their labors.

Therefore the time has arrived that we must honor their memories. Working with a small committee as noted in the open letter as published in The Word, an Honor Wall is being designed to be built in the Antiochian Village Heritage Center that will include the name of your beloved.

It is with humility that we have undertaken this project and we turn to each family and each parish to financially support this most worthy endeavor, "Lest We Forget."

You may make your check to the Antiochian Heritage Foundation earmarked "Honor Wall." Underline in this matter the commitment of giving thanks to Almighty God, for our loved ones who have transmitted "The Faith of our Fathers" to us and the rich heritage that has been gifted to us.

In Christ,

Economos Antony Gabriel, Chairman
Antiochian Heritage Foundation

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OCMC Missionary Fr. Paul Patitsas Visits the Mission Center to Share a Call for Help

OCMC News - Tue, 2017/06/06 - 12:00pm
Imagine living far away from everything that you had come to know as "home". What would compel you to make such a sacrifice? For Orthodox Christian missionaries, it is the call to...

Excerpt from Homily 41, On Pentecost

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/06/06 - 8:45am
Saint Gregory the Theologian And He [the Holy Spirit] was promised [by God] by the mouth of Joel first, who said, ‘And it shall be in the last days that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh (that is, upon all that believe), and upon your sons and upon your daughters, [Joel, 2, […]

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Love is Sacrifice, but with Joy

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/06/06 - 7:33am
We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Fruits of the Spirit The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.  Galatians 5: 22-23 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.  And walk in love, as Christ loves us and gave […]

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FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR METROPOLITAN IAKOVOS OF CHICAGO

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/06/05 - 9:58am
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR METROPOLITAN IAKOVOS OF CHICAGO   ARCHDIOCESE MOURNS THE FALLING ASLEEP IN THE LORD OF METROPOLITAN IAKOVOS OF CHICAGO   CHICAGO, IL: The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is mourning the passing of Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago, 89, who fell asleep in the Lord last night, June 2, 2017, at Chicago’s Weiss Memorial […]

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LEADER OF GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH IN CHICAGO DIES

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/06/05 - 9:44am
LEADER OF GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH IN CHICAGO DIES   METROPOLITAN IAKOVOS OF CHICAGO SERVED FOR 38 YEARS CHICAGO, IL: On Friday evening, June 2, 2017, Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago, leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in 6 mid-western States, died following an unexpected illness and surgery at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He was 89 and […]

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Discourse on the Holy Spirit, that is, on Pentecost

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/06/05 - 9:30am
Saint Gregory of Nyssa David always gives the most joyful meaning to feasts, tuning his dulcet harp to the requirements of the festival. So let this same prophet delight us on the great feast of Pentecost, too, picking out the melody of wisdom on the strings, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Let him […]

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Different Kinds of Love

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/06/05 - 9:23am
We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Fruits of the Spirit The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.  Galatians 5: 22-23   When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love […]

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The Best Music at Your Finger Tips: Hymns of the Holy Spirit

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/06/05 - 9:12am
Watch and Listen to Orthodox hymns of the Holy Spirit, the Doxastikon of Pentecost,  “Heavenly King” by Presvytera Katerina Sitaras Makiej About Presvytera Katerina Sitaras Makiej Presvytera Katerina received her Bachelor’s Degree in Voice and Music Education from The Boston Conservatory and her Master’s in Theological Studies from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.     She performs, composes, […]

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‘Your good Spirit’, tone 1

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/06/05 - 8:10am
A choir of chanters under the direction of the Archon Protopsaltis of the Great Church of Christ, Panayiotis Neohoritis, interprets the Communion Hymn for Pentecost ‘Your good Spirit’ in tone 1. The concert took place within the context of an event entitled ‘Petros the Byzantine, Protopsaltis of the Great Church of Christ (†1808)’, on Friday, […]

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Sunday of Pentecost

OCN Now - Sun, 2017/06/04 - 8:30am
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, begins to function as the living […]

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Rivers of Living Water and the Light of Life

OCN Now - Sun, 2017/06/04 - 8:01am
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 the scripture has said, ‘Out of his […]

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Our Very Own Feast of Pentecost

OCN Now - Sat, 2017/06/03 - 10:33pm
We begin with a conversation about Pentecost between Fr. Chris and Fr. Barnabas Powell. What does Pentecost mean to you and me personally? Fr. Barnabas reveals how we can be empowered by the Holy Spirit. Our feature conversation is with Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos concerning the persecution of Christian around the world, but particularly in Syria. Why […]

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