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How You Live Is Reflected in How You Walk

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/08/04 - 9:00am
Listen Now. 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 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.  Galatians 5:25   Good morning […]

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Abbot Damascene: Social media and spiritual life

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/08/04 - 8:20am
Watch Now. Abbot Damascene, in this part of his interview to Pemptousia, talks about the worth of social media to the lives of modern Christian, highlighting at the same time their spiritual dangers. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of […]

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Metropolitan Joseph Appoints Bishop Nicholas to Lead the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast

Antiochian Archdiocese - Thu, 2017/08/03 - 6:37pm

August 3, 2017

The Reverend Clergy of the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast:                        

Blessings and greetings to you and your families in the name of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ, as we embark on the blessed Dormition Fast.

I would like to start this letter by thanking my dear brother His Grace Bishop Antoun for all the years of hard work in the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast. He touched all of our hearts with his dedication and support as he earned his gray hair: “Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.” (Proverbs 16:31)

As you all know, His Grace has decided to retire this year. I have spent months thinking about the right person to guide the clergy and laity of the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast. After much contemplation and prayer, I have decided that His Grace Bishop Nicholas will be your bishop.

You all know His Grace and his dedication to and focus on spreading the word of God. His Grace, as the Bishop of the Diocese of New York and Washington D.C. for the past six years, has proven to be an effective shepherd and father to all clergy and laity, especially to the teens and young adults. Furthermore, His Grace has been a successful and trustworthy administrator, especially in the past six years as the Assistant to Metropolitan Philip of thrice blessed memory and to me.  I am confident that he will do the same in the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast.

I see him on the one hand as a shepherd of souls, who will listen to people at a deep contemplative level and help them mature spiritually, and on the other hand an effective administrator to manage the Diocese of the Southeast.  I have known Bishop Nicholas for decades and have recognized the priority he places on serving the faithful of this Archdiocese, which makes him the right person for the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast. I pray that the Holy Spirit, through your prayers, will guide him all of the years to come.

As such, His Grace Bishop Nicholas has full authority over the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast. Therefore, during every service and every set of petitions that call for the commemoration of the Metropolitan, Bishop Nicholas is to be commemorated, whether he is present or not. These commemorations, which are as follows, are effective immediately:

For our Father and Metropolitan Joseph and our Bishop Nicholas, for the venerable Priesthood, the Diaconate in Christ, for all the clergy and the people, etc.

Among the first be mindful, O Lord, of our Father and Metropolitan Joseph and our Bishop Nicholas, whom do thou grant unto thy holy churches etc.

However, when the Metropolitan is present, as it is customary in all parishes, the commemorations are for the Metropolitan alone. In addition, I have included His Grace’s official picture for the use in your parishes.

Wishing you, your families, and your parishioners all of God’s blessings, I remain,

Your Father in Christ,

+JOSEPH

Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America

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Monk Nektarios Prodromitis (1808-1903)

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/08/03 - 8:30am
Elder Moses the Athonite   He was born in the town of Husi in Romania in 1808, of God-fearing parents. Even as a child he was a wonderful chanter, with his profound knowledge and really sweet voice. As a young man, influenced by his brother, Monk Alexander, he donned the monastic habit in the Monastery […]

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Do You Unite Yourself to Christ?

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/08/03 - 7:33am
Listen Now. 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  And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  Galatians 5:24 […]

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Transfigured in Prayer

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/08/02 - 11:18pm
The story of the transfiguration of Christ shows us Christ’s divinity, but it also demonstrates how transformative time in prayer can be. The story begins with Jesus going up to the mountain to pray with Peter and John, immediately linking prayer with transfiguration. It is in prayer that God reveals himself to us, and we […]

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On Christian Stewardship

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/08/02 - 4:18pm
Rev. Robert Archon is the Presiding Priest at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis Of Boston. Is there are correlation between our possessions and our relation to Jesus? His talk on stewardship opens up new perspectives on what it means to us today. Local, you can join along with Fr. Tandilyan […]

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Convention Audio Now Available at Ancient Faith Radio

Antiochian Archdiocese - Wed, 2017/08/02 - 3:34pm

Ancient Faith Radio has released several audio recordings from the recently concluded biennial Antiochian Archdiocese Convention in Miami, in their "Specials" podcast section. Hosted by St. George's Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Coral Gables, the 53rd Convention was held from July 23–30, 2017 and commemorated the ministry of His Grace Bishop Antoun, who was retiring after decades of service to the Archdiocese. The audio recordings include the spiritual talks of Fr. Andrew Damick, the Bible Bowl contest, and the Keynote Address by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph.

Listen to all five presentations on Ancient Faith Radio.

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The Spirit of Lust

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/08/02 - 9:40am
Saint Cassian the Roman   The second struggle we have to engage in is against the spirit of lust and bodily desire, which begins to bother people at an early age. This is a great and difficult struggle, that’s fought on two fronts. Because, whereas the other failings battle away within the soul, the war […]

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In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder [7]

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/08/02 - 8:20am
Moving on now to more theological issues, one day I asked the Elder whether God Himself really had to be crucified in order for us to be saved. Wasn’t there another way? ‘Of course’, he said, ‘only the Lord knows these things. However it seems as if there was no other way’. So not only […]

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When In Doubt, Do One of These

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/08/02 - 7:33am
Listen Now. 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 Against such there is no law.  Galatians 5: 23   Good morning Prayer Team! Have you […]

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Hank Unplugged: The Reluctant Revolutionary

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/08/02 - 7:00am
Listen Now to a conversation with Michael J. Behe author of Darwin’s Black Box in this podcast series of Hank Unplugged. The Bible Answer Man’s podcast brought to your 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 […]

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Worcester Diocesan Family Camp is October 13-15 in Contoocook, NH

Antiochian Archdiocese - Tue, 2017/08/01 - 7:50pm

The Diocese of Worcester and New England Family Camp is an opportunity for your family to get away from everyday life and take a weekend as a family to grow closer to Christ, in the beautiful setting of the St. Methodios Faith & Heritage Center in Contoocook, NH on the shore of Clement Pond. At Family Camp, eating a meal together as a family is the norm, not the exception.

Not your typical vacation, Family Camp offers a mini-vacation without maps, lines for popcorn, or decisions over where to eat. Our flexible schedule gives you the choice of "doing it all" from canoeing to volleyball, or just taking it easy and savoring a good view from the waterfront.

Because you're at camp, the day is measured not so much by hours, but by prayer—the day is bookmarked with Matins and Vespers in the camp chapel dedicated to St. George, with services sung by everyone present. Family Builder sessions offer practical, down-to-earth resources for keeping our families strong.

Some of our families come to meet up with families of far-away friends; others have come and made friends and come back to reunite. Either way, in addition to family time, our moms, dads and kids also enjoy meeting and spending time together.

Families with children of all ages are welcome at Family Camp. Please see the links below for more details, registration information and tentative schedule. We hope to see you in New Hampshire!

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Memory Eternal! + Georgia Marx

Antiochian Archdiocese - Tue, 2017/08/01 - 7:20pm

Memory Eternal! + Georgia Marx, mother of Fr. Meletios Marx of St. Joseph Orthodox Church in Houston, TX, reposed on Monday, July 24, 2017, and will be buried from St. Joseph on Thursday, August 3.

Born in Galveston, Texas on March 27, 1941, Georgia received a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology from North Texas State University in 1962. She dedicated a large part of her life to working with children who had speech impediments. She had a strong love of God and was very active in church. She had ten green thumbs and was a member of a neighborhood garden club where she won numerous blue ribbons for floral design. Needlepoint was another passion of Georgia’s, and her stich mastery was often displayed at local shops. She loved good food, socializing with friends and family, and old movies, particularly, John Wayne’s The Quiet Man. Equal to her love of family was her love of cats and the fighting Irish of Notre Dame.

Georgia is preceded in death by her father, George Caros, her mother, Ellen Caros Mestikas, and her stepfather, Christos Mestikas. She is survived by her beloved husband of 54 years, Melvin Marx III; her daughter Diane Marx, of High Point, N.C.; her son Fr. Meletios (Melvin) Marx IV, his wife Kristi, and grandson Noah of Cypress, Texas; her brother Christopher Caros, and his wife Brenda of Sugar Land, Texas; and her Goddaughter Eleana Vavasour of Houston, Texas. She also leaves behind nieces, a nephew, and many cousins whom she dearly loved.

Condolences may be sent to Fr. Meletios, Kh. Kristi, and their son Noah, at rev.fr.meletios@gmail.com.

The schedule of services on Thursday, August 3, is as follows: Visitation at 10:00 AM, Funeral Service at 11:00 AM, Meal of Mercy at 12:00 Noon (all at St Joseph Church), followed by Interment at 2:00 PM in the Orthodox Section at Forest Park Cemetery Westheimer in Houston. May she be granted Paradise, and may you be granted long life.

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The Real Deal with Father Marcantoni – Topics for the Millennial Orthodox

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/08/01 - 4:04pm
Listen into The Real Deal with Father Marcantoni as he addresses topics affecting Millennials in the Orthodox Faith. In this week’s live session Father Marcantoni focuses on the topic of authenticity, a desire of both Orthodox and non-Orthodox Millennials.  If you have any comments or questions please send them to info@myocn.net . Look for more […]

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Aspiration Studios Announces 2017 Premiere Date for Documentary BECOMING TRULY HUMAN

Antiochian Archdiocese - Tue, 2017/08/01 - 1:44pm


Nashville, Tenn. (July 18, 2017) – Aspiration Studios has announced the newest title they will bring exclusively to churches and various non-theatrical venues late this summer. BECOMING TRULY HUMAN, the first feature film about America's religiously unaffiliated, will be programmed in venues beginning August 22, 2017. The video will be an important feature of the Archdiocese's Becoming Truly Human program that is being implemented throughout parishes in North America.

BECOMING TRULY HUMAN is a documentary that looks at the rise of the "Nones" (those who check "none of the above" on religion surveys). Multiple research groups report that this group has risen from roughly 6% of the U.S. population in the 1990s to 25% as of 2015. To date, little research exists on this growing demographic.

The film offers a cinematic portrait of eight "Nones," each of whom shares his or her journey from religious affiliation to religious non-affiliation. The film hears from each individually and as a group, as they share their respective views about religion, the world, God, the afterlife, and much more. Woven throughout, one None, Basil, shares how his quest for spiritual wholeness ultimately led him from religious non-affiliation to something else entirely.

"Our research has found that because 'Nones' are outside of religious circles, they rarely voice their thoughts on religion or even have the opportunity to do so," said Nathan Jacobs, writer and director of BECOMING TRULY HUMAN. "It's a powerful experience for these 'Nones' to hear what others are thinking and know they are not alone."

The film will be released in churches and alternative venues through TheatriCast, the demand-driven distribution initiative from Aspiration Studios. Freestyle Digital Media will handle the digital release of the film, which is timed to later in 2017.

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Time To Register For St. Stephen’s Course!

Ancient Faith Radio - Tue, 2017/08/01 - 8:59am
Archdeacon Peter Boulukos is the Registrar for the St. Stephen's Course of Studies. Learn how you can get your degree in Orthodox studies by working at home. Registration closes on September 30. Call 201-569-0095 for more information.
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For a piece of bread (8th Sunday of Matthew)

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/08/01 - 8:10am
Metropolitan Meletios of Nikopolis   We hear in today’s Gospel narrative that Christ was in an out-of-the-way place where thousands of people had been listening to His words all day, ignoring their needs and the work in their homes. In the end the holy apostles intervened and told Him: ‘Let them go. They can go […]

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Ultimately, God Is In Control

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/08/01 - 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 Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize?  […]

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On the Orthodox Understanding of Church Architecture: An Icon of the Kingdom of Heaven

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/08/01 - 6:25am
Listen Now as Fr. Gregory Joyce speaks with Andrew Gould of the design firm New World Byzantine.   Today we revisit the subject of Orthodox church architecture and Andrew Gould shares his unique and interesting perspectives on the subject. Photo Credit: New World Byzantine ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3 and an official […]

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