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Orthodox Voices of America: “There Aren’t Many Priests in Heaven”

OCN Now - Fri, 2018/02/02 - 1:18pm

Watch Now.  Pan Orthodox United has shared this video from Orthodox Voices of America, There Aren’t Many Priests in Heaven.  Fr. Chad Hatfield of St. Vladimir’s Seminary and Michael Pacurar of Pan Orthodox United have a discussion.   ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3...

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Greek Orthodox Archdiocese to Participate in an Initiative to End Racism

OCN Now - Fri, 2018/02/02 - 9:46am

GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE TO PARTICIPATE IN AN INITIATIVE TO END RACISM NEW YORK – As our nation observes the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is proud to announce that it will participate in an ecumenical initiative to end racism. The process will begin in...

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I AM the Way, and the Truth and the Life

OCN Now - Fri, 2018/02/02 - 9:24am

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...

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Basil the Great Writes to Saint Gregory the Theologian – 2

OCN Now - Fri, 2018/02/02 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Symeon Krayiopoulos †   It should be noted here that the Niptic Fathers, among whom were Saint Gregory Palamas and Saint Nikodimos the Athonite, used this last passage in Saint Basil in order to establish and interpret the cyclical method of the prayer of the heart. 2) Saint Basil...

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February 2018 Edition of The Word Now Available

Antiochian Archdiocese - Thu, 2018/02/01 - 4:38pm
Click cover to download:  february_2018_word_for_archdiocese.pdf Magazine Date:  02/2018

The February 2018 issue of The Word is now available and contains the following articles:

I Got It All Wrong
by Bishop John

Reflections on Spiritual Formation in Youth Ministry
by Fr. Daniel Bethancourt

The Good News in Others' Words
by Fr. Joseph Huneycutt

St. John Chrysostom and Marriage
by Fr. Daniel Daly

Updates and Resources from Christian Education, Communities in Action reports, and much more!

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Over 200 People Join Orthodox Christianity through Holy Baptism in the Western Part of Uganda!

OCMC News - Thu, 2018/02/01 - 11:00am
May our Lord Jesus Christ be glorified! The people of Rwemiriro village, located in the western part of Uganda, were prayerfully guided to join Orthodoxy through engaging in the sacrament of Holy...

I AM the Resurrection and the Life

OCN Now - Thu, 2018/02/01 - 8:30am

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...

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The Three Hierarchs and Modern Atheism

OCN Now - Thu, 2018/02/01 - 8:13am

Bishop Efthymios of Aheloos   ‘The Impudence of the Heresies is Defeated’ The phenomenon of atheism arose in the West and became a world-wide movement for which Western civilization paid dearly in the 20th century. Atheism began within the Western Church as a reaction on the part of learned men...

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Orthodox Christian Churches in 21st Century America: A Parish Life Study

Antiochian Archdiocese - Wed, 2018/01/31 - 12:20pm

The report "Orthodox Christian Churches in 21st Century America: a Parish Life Study" has been released by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA.

The report provides a comprehensive picture of today's lives of American Orthodox parishes, including such aspects as membership, worship, programs, religious education, youth, usage of electronic technologies, and much more. Of particular interest are subjects that have never been examined previously, such as:

  • The Vision of Parish Clergy for Orthodox Church Unity in America
  • Similarities and differences between American Orthodox parishes and Protestant congregations
  • The Use of Electronic Technologies in U.S. Orthodox Parishes

580 Orthodox parishes (about 30% of all U.S. Orthodox parishes) participated in this unique study. Five Orthodox jurisdictions had a significant number of participating parishes: the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese, the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the Orthodox Church in America, and the Serbian Orthodox Church.

The study report discusses the similarities and differences among the parishes of these five jurisdictions.

The study "Orthodox Christian Churches in 21st Century America" was part of a much larger national study of American religious congregations titled "Faith Communities Today" (FACT). One chapter of the report provides a glimpse into what are the most remarkable differences between Orthodox Christian parishes and the Mainline and Evangelical Protestant congregations.

The report was prepared by Alexei Krindatch, the Assembly's Research Coordinator.

Read the announcement on the Assembly's website.
Download the reports:
Executive Summary (PDF)
Full Report (PDF)

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The Joy of the Lord

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/01/31 - 10:21am

Have you ever been so excited to get somewhere that you ran on your way? Imagine taking a walk to the playground and then taking off running when you saw the park. Sometimes it’s just too hard to wait! Today we hear the beautiful story of the Prodigal Son. We...

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The Idolization of the Self

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/01/31 - 9:30am

Archimandrite Ieronymos Nikolopoulos   It’s an oft-repeated refrain that, over the last centuries, people have been seduced by philosophical theories, economic projects and social systems, have forgotten God and have claimed independence from Him. Beguiled by promises of earthly happiness and devoted to the pursuit of material goods, we have...

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I AM the Good Shepherd

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/01/31 - 8:22am

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...

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Basil the Great Writes to Saint Gregory the Theologian – 1

OCN Now - Wed, 2018/01/31 - 8:10am

Archimandrite Symeon Krayiopoulos †   Saint Basil the Great was the founder and organizer of coenobitic monasticism. His rules, and the reforms introduced by Saint Theodore the Studite, are still in place to this day. Of course, Saint Basil was not involved with monasticism in an amateur fashion. He was...

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Orthodox Christian Churches in 21st Century America: A Parish Life Study

OCN Now - Tue, 2018/01/30 - 3:13pm

The report “Orthodox Christian Churches in 21st Century America: a Parish Life Study” has been released by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA. Download the study report here: Executive Summary (PDF) Full Report (PDF) The report provides a comprehensive picture of today’s lives of American Orthodox parishes, including...

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Syrian Relief Dinner and Prayer Service to be Held on March 4

Antiochian Archdiocese - Tue, 2018/01/30 - 2:04pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, March 4, 2018, a prayer service and dinner for Syria will be held in Pittsburgh, PA, with proceeds benefitting the IOCC's Syrian Crisis Response Fund. His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH, as well as His Grace Bishop THOMAS, will join other hierarchs and clergy for the event.

The prayer service will be at 4:00 p.m., followed by the dinner at 5:00, at Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral on 419 South Dithridge Street (Oakland), Pittsburgh, PA, 15213. For reservations contact Zelfa Khalil: 412-417-4706 or zkhalil1@live.com.

Visit the event page for reservations and sponsorship information.


Note: donations may be also mailed to

IOCC c/o Nick Terezis
306 Marberry Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
(write Syrian Relief Fund in the memo line)

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I AM the Door

OCN Now - Tue, 2018/01/30 - 10:28am

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...

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Feast of the Three Holy Hierarchs + January 30

Antiochian Archdiocese - Tue, 2018/01/30 - 9:31am

Let all who love their words come together and honor with hymns the three luminaries of the light-creating Trinity: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and renowned John of golden speech, who have enlightened the world with the rays of their divine doctrines, and are mellifluous rivers of wisdom who have watered all creation with streams of divine knowledge; they ever intercede with the Trinity for us.

+Troparion, Tone 1

Thou hast taken the sacred and divinely inspired heralds, the crown of Thy teachers, O Lord, for the enjoyment of Thy blessings and for repose. For Thou hast accepted their sufferings and labors above every burnt offering, O Thou Who alone dost glorify Thy Saints.

+Kontakion, Tone 2

Read "Three Guiding Lights of True Faith" by Fr. Stephen Rogers

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Greek Orthodox Education: The Need for an Earnest Introspection

OCN Now - Tue, 2018/01/30 - 8:16am

Metropolitan of  Toronto Sotirios   Our history here in Canada spans over a century. We left our homeland, carrying with us the eternal values and ideals of Hellas. We promised to preserve our Hellenic heritage, along with our Orthodox faith. It is useful to pause for a moment and honestly...

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Reviewing Woven, An Interactive Book for Teenage Girls

OCN Now - Mon, 2018/01/29 - 11:02pm

Woven, written by by Edna King and Zoe Pappas, is an interactive book for the modern teenage girl interested in learning more about Orthodox Christianity. Being 22 and a senior in college, I am a few years older than the target audience for this book. However, I still related to the...

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Start the Conversation: There is Grace…The Holy Spirit in our Families

OCN Now - Mon, 2018/01/29 - 2:29pm

Watch Now.  Start the Conversation: There is Grace…The Holy Spirit in our Families is the sixth in a series of six videos created by the Family Life Ministry of Atlanta with a generous grant from Leadership 100.  These parenting videos brought a diverse group of parents together to discuss raising children in an Orthodox environment....

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