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The Holy Week Plan

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/04/03 - 9:15am
We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. The Journey to the Cross and Resurrection of Christ Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.  Proverbs 16:3   Good morning Prayer Team! One week of Lent to go.  How are you doing?  How has […]

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‘My soul, my soul’, Kontakion in the Great Canon (Gr. Daravanoglou)

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/04/03 - 8:23am
With the vocal resonance which is his hallmark, Archon Maestro of the Great Church of Christ, Grigorios Daravanoglou sings ‘My soul, my soul’ the famous kontakion of Great Lent and the Great Canon. It is one of the most moving troparia of the time of Great Lent, a period of purification and exaltation for all […]

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The Crucified Jesus: A Book Review

OCN Now - Sun, 2017/04/02 - 10:04pm
Holy Week is the prime time for our spiritual life. It is when we spend more time at Church, increase our privet prayers and, for many people–especially those who do not often read–we usually pick up a spiritual book to peruse. The following is a quick review of a book that is dear to my […]

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A Quiet Church is a Dead Church

Ancient Faith Radio - Sun, 2017/04/02 - 10:19am
Adam Lowell Roberts and Fr. Wilbur Ellsworth discuss a common quote: "A quiet church is a dead church." What does this mean? Is there a danger in this quote? These questions and more are discussed in depth as Fr. Wilbur examines this quote from an uncommon angle.
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Servant Leadership—What it Means to Truly Serve

OCN Now - Sun, 2017/04/02 - 9:12am
We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Scriptures of the Triodion Fifth Sunday of Great Lent–St. Mary of Egypt And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to Him, and said to Him, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask of […]

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The Memory of the Blessed Mary the Egyptian

OCN Now - Sun, 2017/04/02 - 9:00am
Nektarios Thanos   “… her many sins have been remitted, because she loved greatly” Luke 7, 47. On the Fifth Sunday of Lent, the Church honours the memory of a “street-walker”, a woman who led such a dissolute life that the word “prostitute” is more of a euphemism rather than an exact description of the […]

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Memory Eternal! His Eminence Metropolitan Elia Saliba

Antiochian Archdiocese - Sat, 2017/04/01 - 3:10pm

With sadness, and with hope in the Resurrection, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph conveys the news from the Patriarchate of Antioch of the falling asleep in the Lord of His Eminence Metropolitan Elia (Saliba) of the Antiochian Archdiocese of Hama (or Afamia) in central Syria, which he faithfully shepherded since 1984. Metropolitan Elia reposed on Saturday morning, April 1, 2017, at the age of 95.

Sayidna Joseph recalls Sayidna Elia as a dynamic man of God, a gifted theologian, and highly educated. He was a canonist in both civil law and church law who understood the spirit and the depth of the Orthodox Church's canons. He also fondly remembers Metropolitan Elia as his principal in the Orthodox Christian schools of Damascus in the 1950s and 1960s.

Metropolitan Elia served as secretary to His Beatitude Patriarch Theodosius VI before coming to North America. Many of our clergy and congregations will remember Sayidna Elia from the 1970s when, as Titular Bishop of Salamia, he lived in the Archdiocesan Headquarters and assisted His Eminence Metropolitan Philip of thrice-blessed memory in the administration of this Archdiocese.

His Beatitude Patriarch John X has appointed His Grace Bishop Nicholas (Baalbaki) to be the patriarchal vicar of the Archdiocese of Hama until the Holy Synod elects a new metropolitan.

Sayidna Joseph has asked the clergy and laity of this Archdiocese to pray the Trisagion Prayers for Metropolitan Elia for the next forty days and to keep him in their personal prayers for the departed. On behalf of the bishops, clergy, Board of Trustees, the organizations and all of the faithful of this Archdiocese, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph offers to His Beatitude, the Holy Synod of Antioch and the Archdiocese of Hama our love, prayers and condolences.

May God receive Metropolitan Elia in His Heavenly Kingdom and may his memory be eternal.

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Who Do You Say that Christ Is?

OCN Now - Sat, 2017/04/01 - 9:37am
We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Scriptures of the Triodion Fifth Saturday of Lent And Jesus went on with His disciples, to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way He asked His disciples, “Who do men say that I am?”  And they told Him, […]

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Faith and humility are the ‘being’ of the Church

OCN Now - Sat, 2017/04/01 - 9:04am
Metropolitan Amfilhije (Radović) of Montenegro and the Littoral   The same is true for the preeminent agents of heavenly paternity in the Church, that is the bishop, the priest and the spiritual father. God gave them and left in them in the world to be witnesses to His own eternal fatherhood and sonship, its bearers […]

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Saint John of the Ladder

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/03/31 - 11:00am
Archimandrite Georgios Alendas   Great Lent is a period of repentance, during which our stony hearts must become, through God’s grace, softened in the flesh, and move from being callous to being sensitive, from cold and hard to warm and open to others, particularly God Himself. Great Lent is a time of renewal when everything, […]

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The Akathist Hymn—Don’t Sit Down on the Faith

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/03/31 - 9:08am
We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. The Journey to the Cross and Resurrection of Christ Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord!  Psalm 134:1   Good morning Prayer Team! On the fifth Friday […]

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Analogia, a new Academic Journal for Theological Studies

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/03/31 - 8:05am
Fr. Nikolaos Loudovikos, Professor at the University Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki and Senior Editor of “Analogia”, presents “Analogia” the new journal on Orthodox Theology in a discussion with Fr. Christopher Metropoulos, President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and member of the Advisory Board of “Analogia”. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT […]

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Cooking with Chef Sophia Manatakis

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/03/30 - 6:58pm
We just completed our first ever live streaming Facebook Cooking show with Chef Sophia Manatakis. For those of you who were not able to watch Chef Sophia is a classically trained French Chef from New Jersey.  Sophia is Greek Orthodox Christian.  She was also a recent contest (and very closer runner-up) on the Food Network […]

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The Theology of Gender – 3. The Fall

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/03/30 - 12:50pm
Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   The story of the fall is clear. Eve was deceived by the serpent and first transgressed God’s commandment by eating the fruit of the forbidden tree. Then she went on and gave to the man who also ate. The punishment is an unavoidable consequence of the act of disobedience. And for woman, […]

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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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