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The Cost of Discipleship—The Distorted Image and What It Means to Surrender—Part Seventeen

OCN Now - Tue, 2018/03/27 - 11:14am

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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First Discourse on the Annunciation (part 3)

OCN Now - Tue, 2018/03/27 - 8:20am

Saint Gregory the Wonder-Worker, Bishop of New Caesarea (ca. 213-270)   Just as the pearl comes from two natures, from lightning and water, from the unfathomable parts of the sea, so also our Lord Jesus Christ proceeds, without confusion and without change, from the pure, chaste, undefiled and holy Virgin...

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Making the Case with Lee Strobel

OCN Now - Mon, 2018/03/26 - 4:22pm

Listen Now to a conversation with Lee Strobel 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 THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3 and an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical...

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10 Things I Wish I had Learned in Seminary – Part 2

OCN Now - Mon, 2018/03/26 - 9:46am

ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3 and an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America . It is a recognized leader in the Orthodox Media field and has sustained consistent growth over twenty-two years. We have worked to create a community for both...

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The Cost of Discipleship—The Distorted Image and What It Means to Surrender—Part Sixteen

OCN Now - Mon, 2018/03/26 - 8:55am

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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First Discourse on the Annunciation (part 2)

OCN Now - Mon, 2018/03/26 - 8:30am

Saint Gregory the Wonder-Worker, Bishop of New Caesarea (ca. 213-270)   [The archangel continued]: ‘You alone, All-Holy Virgin, now receive the mysteries unknown to all of these and learn their origin. For where the Holy Spirit is, everything is already well-ordered. Where there is Divine Grace, everything is possible for...

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10 Things I wish I had Learned in Seminary Part -1

OCN Now - Mon, 2018/03/26 - 3:38am

ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3 and an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America . It is a recognized leader in the Orthodox Media field and has sustained consistent growth over twenty-two years. We have worked to create a community for both...

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First Discourse on the Annunciation (part 1)

OCN Now - Sun, 2018/03/25 - 2:35pm

Saint Gregory the Wonder-Worker, Bishop of New Caesarea (ca. 213-270)   Today, the ranks of the angels rejoice at the hymns being sung and the light of the presence of Christ shines brightly upon the faithful. Today, is glad spring-time for us, and Christ the Sun of Righteousness shines all...

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The Great Feast of the Annunciation

OCN Now - Sun, 2018/03/25 - 9:12am

The OCN is pleased to share with you a short videoscribe presentation by Dr. Eve Tibbs about the The Great Feast of the Annunciation in the Orthodox Church that was created as a discussion starter for a high school Sunday school class. About:  Dr. Eve (Paraskevè) Tibbs (PhD, Theology) is an Affiliate...

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Thankfully, She Said “Yes”—Will You?

OCN Now - Sun, 2018/03/25 - 8:36am

Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Feast of the Annunciation  After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she hid herself, saying, “Thus the Lord has done to me in the days when He looked on...

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The Annunciation to the Theotokos

OCN Now - Sat, 2018/03/24 - 1:23pm

Though we are in the midst of Lent, we celebrate a holiday on March 25 that is one of the great feast days of the Orthodox Church. The Annunciation to the Theotokos commemorates the announcement by the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary. The angel foretold that Jesus Christ, the...

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The ways of those that remember injuries [lead] to death (Proverbs 12, 28)

OCN Now - Sat, 2018/03/24 - 8:25am

Hierodeacon Filaretos, Monastery of the Holy Lavra, Kalavryta   According to Saint John of the Ladder, resentment is a poison in the soul, an estrangement from love and a continuous sin. This is why, of all the requests in the Lord’s Prayer, only one is accompanied by a caveat. In...

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The Feast of the Annunciation

OCN Now - Sat, 2018/03/24 - 8:12am

Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. For He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified have all one origin. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying, “I will proclaim Thy name to my brethren,...

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Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church in Baltimore Broadcasts Divine Liturgy

OCN Now - Fri, 2018/03/23 - 1:46pm

Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church in Baltimore, MD broadcasts their Divine Liturgy.  Holy Trinity is located in the renovated ‘Washington Hill’ neighborhood in ‘East Baltimore’.    The parish was founded in 1919, by immigrants from Ukraine and Byelorussia.  Fr. John Vass welcomes you to open the pages of the website...

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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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