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The meeting point

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/09/27 - 9:30am
Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   Observation of the commandments and patience in trials are typical of the meaning of the Cross and blessed are they who willingly agree to shoulder it. Those who accept this meaning of the Cross as faithful Christians are patient in a different way. They accept it as a call from […]

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The easy way

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/09/27 - 9:27am
Have you ever taken a test? Sometimes you might have some hard questions to answer. Some of them might be kind of easy. And on a test, sometimes the hard ones and the easy ones might be all mixed up together. The gospel reading today tells us about the hard things and the easy thing […]

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Saint Silouan and the Quest for God

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/09/27 - 8:25am
Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis   a) The boundless love of the Triune Trinity for the whole of humankind is always revealed, even if it’s doubted and not easy to see. The Fathers teach that God’s creative, providential and cohesive energy radiates throughout the whole world and all creation. And His sanctifying and deifying energy is poured […]

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Be Blessed and Rejoice When It’s Hard

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/09/27 - 7:33am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. The Beatitudes Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.  Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.  Matthew 5:11-12 […]

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Christian Education Department Kicks off Sunday School Year with New Resources

Antiochian Archdiocese - Tue, 2017/09/26 - 5:18pm

The Christian Education team of the Antiochian Archdiocese, headed by Director Carole Buleza, is passionate about transmitting the faith to the next generation, and the resource-rich Christian Education section on antiochian.org reflects this. An extensive upgrade to the Christian Education pages launched to coincide with the start of the Sunday School year includes an entirely new Creative Festivals 2018 section for 2017-2018.

Highlights of the new material available are:

In the main Christian Education section, the latest teacher training events are featured. 

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Midwest Clergy and Laity Fall Gathering + October 12-15, 2017

Antiochian Archdiocese - Tue, 2017/09/26 - 3:59pm

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Bishop Anthony proudly announces the Diocese of Toledo's upcoming Clergy Retreat and Fall Gathering, hosted by Fr. John Winfrey and the faithful of St. George Church in Grand Rapids, MI.

This event is for all of our clergy, and members of our Antiochian Women, Teen SOYO, and Young Adult ministries.

Please see the flyer for details.

 

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Our Relationship with God: 9. Spiritual progress

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/09/26 - 8:30am
Very Rev. Archimandrite Zacharias (Zacharou)   As Christ descended first to the nethermost parts of the earth and then ascended above the heavens, so humble love raises up a ladder in the heart of man. The same ladder which Christ used to descend to man, man uses to ascend to God, for ‘in his heart […]

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Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/09/26 - 8:00am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. The Beatitudes Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10   Good morning Prayer Team! Those who stand up for righteousness are often persecuted in the world.  It […]

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Blessed are the Peacemakers

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/09/25 - 1:23pm
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. The Beatitudes Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.  Matthew 5:9   Good morning Prayer Team! There is a difference between a peacemaker and a peace-taker.  A peace maker is someone who […]

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Holy Apostle and Evangelist St. John the Theologian + September 26

Antiochian Archdiocese - Mon, 2017/09/25 - 9:37am

Troparion to St. John the Evangelist, Tone 2

O Apostle John, speaker of divinity, the beloved of Christ God, hasten and deliver thy people powerless in argument; for He on Whose bosom thou didst lean accepteth thee as an intercessor. Beseech Him, therefore, to disperse the cloud of the stubborn nations, asking for us safety and the Great Mercy.

Kontakion to St. John the Evangelist, Tone 2

Who can tell of thy mighty works, O virgin Saint John? For thou pourest forth miracles, and art a source of healings, and thou dost intercede for our souls, as the Theologian and the friend of Christ.

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Our Relationship with God: 8. Pride and despair

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/09/25 - 9:30am
Very Rev. Archimandrite Zacharias (Zacharou)   We also said that those who are born of the spirit have a heart in which dwells Christ ‘through faith’. According to biblical anthropology and orthodox tradition, the heart of man is the centre of his personhood. It is there that choices occur and decisions are made. There, God […]

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Many Years to His Grace Bishop John!

Antiochian Archdiocese - Mon, 2017/09/25 - 9:29am

September 26th is the celebration of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist St. John the Theologian and the namesday of His Grace Bishop John. May God grant him many years!

Apolytikion of St. John, Tone 2

O Apostle John, speaker of divinity, the beloved of Christ God, hasten and deliver thy people powerless in argument; for He on Whose bosom thou didst lean accepteth thee as an intercessor. Beseech Him, therefore, to disperse the cloud of the stubborn nations, asking for us safety and the Great Mercy.

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Close to Christ and Far from Him

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/09/25 - 8:10am
Archimandrite Ioïl Yiannakopoulos   A. Far from Christ. From today’s Gospel reading [Luke 5, 1-11]: ‘We’ve worked all night long and haven’t caught anything’, says Peter to Christ when the latter tells him to let the nets out again*. So, away from Christ, it was ‘night’ for them. They worked the whole night long and […]

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Being Who We Were Created to Be

OCN Now - Sun, 2017/09/24 - 10:26pm
“I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of; for to have been thought about, born in God’s thought, and then made by God, is the dearest, grandest and most precious thing in all thinking.”—George MacDonald How much avocado toast did you eat this […]

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Project Opens Doors to Jobs and Hope in Gaza

IOCC News - Fri, 2016/03/18 - 3:00pm
Growing up in the Gaza Strip, Sami, 24, was driven by a dream to ease the suffering of others. He pursued that dream by attending nursing school, from which he graduated with honors. Harsh reality quickly followed as he was unable to find a nursing job or a way to support his wife and two young daughters. Sami even volunteered long hours at public hospitals in the hope that doing so would lead to work, but the hospitals weren't hiring ...

Orthodox Christian Volunteers Serve Their Neighbors In St. Louis

IOCC News - Thu, 2016/03/17 - 5:00pm
With support from International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), Orthodox Christian parishes from suburban St. Louis, Missouri, responded to the needs of their neighbors by helping to clean out homes that were damaged following record-setting flooding this winter. During January and February, members of the young adult group of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Town and Country, Missouri, as well as parishioners of Ss. Constantine and Helen in Swansea, Illinois, and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in St. Louis, Missouri, helped clean out some of the more than 4,000 homes affected by the Christmastime flooding ...

IOCC Responds To Families Devastated By Cyclone In Fiji

IOCC News - Thu, 2016/03/10 - 5:00pm
International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is responding to the devastation caused in the South Pacific island nation of Fiji by Tropical Cyclone Winston on February 20, 2016 with reconstruction assistance to families who have lost their homes. Houses, especially along the coast, were battered by both Category 5 cyclonic wind and tsunami-like storm surge. An estimated 40 percent of the population was affected by the cyclone and are now in need of assistance ...
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