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Love or Fear—Which Defines You?

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/11/29 - 8:11am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Go-To Verses from the Bible There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.  I John 4:18   Good morning Prayer Team! People of different personalities can successfully co-exist.  So can people with different interests, different […]

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Metropolitan JOSEPH and Bishop NICHOLAS Preside at St. John's 30th Anniversary Weekend

Antiochian Archdiocese - Tue, 2017/11/28 - 1:00pm

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On the weekend of November 17–19, 2017, His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH and His Grace Bishop NICHOLAS made their first visits to St. John Orthodox Church in Memphis, Tennessee. The occasion was the celebration of the parish's 30th anniversary as well as the blessing of the new St. Raphael Hall which was completed in November.

The joyous weekend included a visit to St. Jude Children's Hospital, a wonderful presentation explaining the vestments of the bishop to the children of the Church, and a banquet on Saturday evening in the brand new parish hall.

At the Hierarchical Liturgy on Sunday morning, His Eminence tonsured David Twombly of Memphis and Paul Sudduth from St. Paul Mission in Tupelo, MS as readers. He also elevated Fr. Don Berge to Archpriest. This was a complete surprise to Fr. Don; he has faithfully served as a priest for thirty years and now cares for the mission in Tupelo. Axios!

His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS stayed two extra days and celebrated the Feast of the Entrance of the Mother of God with the community. It was a great blessing to the community to have the first visit for both Metropolitan JOSEPH and Bishop NICHOLAS. May it be the first of many!

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The Rich Young Ruler and the Joy of Christmas

Ancient Faith Radio - Tue, 2017/11/28 - 10:31am
Fr. Philip LeMasters reminds us that approaching God's requirements as a simple checklist for eternal life will leave us, like the Rich Young Ruler, outside the great joy of Christmas.
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A “Trial” Can Be a Good Thing If We Keep a Few Things in Mind

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/11/28 - 9:07am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Go-To Verses from the Bible Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the test of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may […]

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Elder Iakovos Tsalikis Canonized

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/11/28 - 8:10am
It has been announced that today, 27 November 2017, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate has canonized the late Elder Iakovos Tsalikis. The petition for his canonization was submitted by the Holy Metropolis of Khalkida and 22 November has been appointed as his feast day. Father IakovosTsalikis was born on 5/11/1920 in […]

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: When Protectors Become Predators

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/11/27 - 11:11pm
“To give free rein to the senses is to shackle the soul, to shackle the senses is to liberate it. When the sun sets, night comes; when Christ leaves the soul, the darkness of the passions envelops it and incorporeal predators tear it asunder.” (Theoliptos, Metropolitan of Philadelphia) Powerful men of Hollywood, the entertainment industry, […]

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Save the Date! The Order of St. Ignatius Christmas Reception, December 21

Antiochian Archdiocese - Mon, 2017/11/27 - 1:55pm

Please save the date for The Order of St. Ignatius Christmas Reception!

WHEN:  Thursday, December 21, 2017: 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

WHERE:  St. Anthony Orthodox Church
385 Ivy Ln.
Bergenfield, NJ 07621

HOSTS:  Metropolitan JOSEPH, V. Rev. Fr. Joseph Allen and Kh. Valerie Allen, and Order Members of St. Anthony Church

RSVP:  By December 14, by phone (724) 238-3677 x410 or via email to theorder@antiochianvillage.org  (Official invitation to follow in the mail)

Zlata Ryan
Administrative Assistant for The Order

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Saint Paul on Raising Funds

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/11/27 - 9:30am
Archimandrite Varnavas Lambropoulos   Writing in his second epistle to the Corinthians, Saint Paul urges them- among other things- to contribute towards a fund-raising collection for the Christians of Jerusalem. This was the first time in the history of Christianity that this method of providing assistance to other Christians in need was used and established. […]

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When You Are Feeling Overwhelmed

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/11/27 - 9:24am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Go-To Verses from the Bible Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me; for I am gentle and lowly in […]

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The challenge of being rich (Luke18, 18-27)

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/11/27 - 8:12am
Archimandrite Nikanor Karayannis   Today’s Gospel reading of the young rich man presents us with a challenge. Christ’s words give us pause for thought: they seem so harsh because He asks him to overcome a powerful worldly addiction. ‘Sell everything you have and give to the poor…and come and follow me’. The quest for riches […]

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It’s Not about Checking Boxes, and the One Challenge We Can’t Seem to Meet

OCN Now - Sun, 2017/11/26 - 8:58am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team.  And a ruler asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: […]

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Saint Stylianos, The Protector of Children

OCN Now - Sun, 2017/11/26 - 8:20am
Archimandrite Charalambos Vassilopoulos (†)   Saint Stylianos was born in Paphlagonia, Asia Minor, between 400 and 500. He was blessed even from his mother’s womb. As he grew up, by the grace of God he increasingly became a dwelling-place of the Holy Spirit. From childhood he displayed the rare qualities of his blessed life. When […]

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Liturgical Chart for 2018

Antiochian Archdiocese - Sat, 2017/11/25 - 2:59pm

The Department of Liturgics and Translations has made available the Liturgical Chart for 2018 (PDF).

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The Good of Our Soul

OCN Now - Sat, 2017/11/25 - 8:24am
Saint Isaac the Syrian   It takes a great struggle, because the passions are very powerful. But by God’s grace those who are courageous and fight with all their strength will be victorious. Bodily effort and study of the holy Scriptures preserve the purity of the mind. And then it needs a lot of prayer, […]

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What Will the Angels and Saints Shout for You?

OCN Now - Sat, 2017/11/25 - 8:17am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the […]

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Nativity Fast, 2017: Pastoral Letter of His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH

Antiochian Archdiocese - Fri, 2017/11/24 - 12:07pm

I behold a strange and wonderful mystery: the cave a heaven, the Virgin a cherubic throne, and the manger a noble place in which hath laid Christ the uncontained God. Let us, therefore, praise and magnify Him. †Hiermos of the 9th Ode of the First Canon of Christ's Nativity

Beloved Brother Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, and Christ-loving Faithful of our God-protected Archdiocese,

I greet you with love and joy as we begin this season of preparation for the Nativity in the Flesh of Our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Today, the Holy Church calls us to prepare for the feast by fasting, prayer, and repentance. The surrounding culture calls us to prepare as well – but by decorating, shopping, and hosting parties. One of the most common questions our clergy receive during this time of year is: Why are we in a period of repentance when the rest of the world is celebrating?

For a response to that often asked question, let us look to our divine services. During the Nativity Fast, the Church gives us the triumphant First Canon of Christ's Nativity to strengthen us and urge us on in our journey. In the hiermos of the ninth ode, we are struck by the contrasting images of the cave as a heaven, the Virgin as a cherubic throne, and the manger as a noble place. In the Incarnation of Our Lord, we see all of the normal categories of our fallen world turned upside down. His birth reveals power in humility, wealth in poverty, kingship in servitude, and divinity in lowliness.

To fully enter into the mystery of this great act of God, we also must put aside the normal of this world. Our society now offers us the fleeting worldly happiness that comes from overindulging at holiday parties and overspending on consumer goods. The Church now offers us the eternal heavenly joy that comes from freeing ourselves from our passions and turning our focus to the love of God and neighbor. In other words, the normal way of celebrating according to the world is through satiety, but the true way of celebrating according to the new creation ushered in by Christ's incarnation is through sobriety.

Beloved in Christ, let us strive during this sacred season to truly experience the new normal where there is actually no contrast at all in a cave truly becoming heaven, a Virgin truly becoming a cherubic throne, and a manger truly becoming noble. This paradoxical experience only comes through our finding joy in repenting, fulfillment in abstaining, and love for God and neighbor through self-emptying.

Praying for all of you to be granted a holy, pure, and grace-filled fast, I remain,

Your Father in Christ,

+JOSEPH
Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America

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What is LOVE in an Orthodox Christian Marriage?

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/11/24 - 9:27am
Listen Now.  Join us as Fr. Chris speaks with Nicholas Mamey, who co-authored the book Building an Orthodox Marriage: A Practical Commentary on the Eastern Orthodox Marriage Rite, with Bishop John Abdalah.  He speaks on the importance of preparing for marriage because it is a mystical reality and the mystery behind marriage is the fact […]

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Celibacy and Monasticism

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/11/24 - 8:20am
George Mantzaridis, Professor Emeritus, Theological School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   Apart from marriage, which is the natural way of life for us humans, there’s also celibacy as a way of life beyond what’s natural. In the New Testament and the Patristic tradition, celibacy is declared to be superior to marriage. This observation doesn’t refer […]

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A Summary of Scripture

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/11/24 - 7:29am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Go-To Verses from the Bible Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.  I Corinthians 16:13-14   Good morning Prayer Team! I’m amazed how much “oomph” […]

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Life in the Trinity with Dr. Donald Fairbairn

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/11/23 - 3:03pm
Listen Now to a conversation with Dr. Donald Fairbairn 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 […]

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