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Goal Setting for 2018 Part III – Reading of Scripture

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/12/28 - 1:43pm
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Goal-Setting for 2018 And they devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.  Acts 2:42 Part Three—Reading of Scripture And now I commend you to God and to the word of […]

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Marian’s House

Ancient Faith Radio - Thu, 2017/12/28 - 1:00pm
On a new "The Opinionated Tailor," Kh. Krista West shares what moving to an old home has taught her about bringing life to completion in Christ.
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On the Nativity of Our Saviour Jesus Christ

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/12/28 - 8:21am
Saint John Chrysostom   I see a strange and wondrous mystery. Shepherds’ music reaches my ears: not the piping of a plaintive melody, but the singing of a heavenly hymn. The angels are singing. The archangels join in. The cherubim hymn, the seraphim glorify. They all rejoice at the sight of God on earth and […]

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Accepting Christ’s Adoration: Look, Listen, and Be Loved!

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/12/27 - 10:13pm
The Washington Post Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Gene Weingarten, wrote a piece awhile ago about a street performer playing a violin at the top of the escalator outside the L’Enfant Plaza metro station in Washington, DC. He played some of the most inspiring classical music ever written, and the rushing commuters just passed him by, […]

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The best message

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/12/27 - 11:41am
Have you ever gotten a message? A letter, a phone call, an email, a text message? Was it a good message, or was it something you didn’t want to hear? What did you think of the news you received? Just this week, we will celebrate the great feastday of Theophany, when our Lord Jesus Christ […]

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Orthodox Voices of America: Old Christmas vs. New Christmas & Epiphany

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/12/27 - 11:22am
Watch Now.  Pan Orthodox United has shared this video from Orthodox Voices of America on the topic of  “Old Christmas vs. New Christmas & Epiphany.”   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 […]

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Goal Setting for 2018 Part II – Worship

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/12/27 - 11:01am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Goal-Setting for 2018 And they devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.  Acts 2:42 Part Two—Worship   For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that […]

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The Third Birth of Christ (Part II)

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/12/27 - 8:16am
Stergios Sakkos   Our first encounter with Him is through faith. Faith opens the door of the soul, so that Christ can enter. Faith receives Him, subjects our hearts to Him and engenders within us a fervent interest and powerful desire to approach Him. This is the initial requirement for Christ to dwell in our […]

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Memory Eternal! + Sylvia Jean Joseph, Mother of His Grace Bishop THOMAS

Antiochian Archdiocese - Tue, 2017/12/26 - 3:50pm

Sylvia Jean Joseph, mother of His Grace Bishop THOMAS, reposed in the Lord on Christmas Eve, 2017. She was 93 years old. Writes His Grace, "As you know, she had been suffering for a good period of time. Although this was unexpected, she was visited by both a deacon and priest today....There are so many of you who prayed for my mom and offered all kinds of support. My father, my sister and I are eternally grateful to you. More importantly, Mom is grateful. I'll ask again for your holy prayers for her soul. May she rest in peace, and may God give us the strength to bear this loss."

The funeral arrangements Sylvia Jean Joseph are as follows:

On Friday, December 29, 2017, there will be a viewing from 2-4pm at Holy Cross Orthodox Church, 2365 South South Olga Drive in Ft. Myers, FL 33905. Included in this will be a Trisagion service at 3:30pm.

On Saturday, December 30, 2017, visitation is from 10am-11:30am. Once again this will be at Holy Cross Orthodox Church.

Saturday, December 30, 2017, funeral service at Holy Cross Orthodox Church at 11:30am.

Saturday, December 30, 2017, immediately after the funeral, there will be a procession to Hodges Funeral Home at Lee Memorial Park, 12777 State Road 82 in Ft. Myers, FL 33913 for the interment.

Saturday, December 30, 2017, immediately after the interment, all are invited to the meal of mercy to be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall,16351 Slater Road, N. Ft. Myers, FL 33917. Everyone, including clergy and laity, who will be able to stay for the mercy meal should email or phone Father Anthony by Thursday at 4:00pm.

Very kindly, we are asking all clergy that wish to participate in any of the services to wear red or gold phelonion and stole. In addition to this, the clergy should email or call Father Anthony Yazge to inform him that they will be participating. Father Anthony's email address is: franthony@avcamp.org His phone number is 724-953-7238.

Those who are flying in should plan to fly into Ft. Myers or Punta Gorda airport.

Those needing hotel accommodations are recommended to the following hotels—

Hotels near the airport:

  • LaQuinta 239-466-0012
  • Holiday Inn 239-561-1550
  • Hampton Inn 239-768-2525

Hotels in North Fort Myers:

  • Travelodge 239-995-0535
  • Best Western 239-997-5511

Donations in Sylvia Jean's memory may be made to the Antiochian Village Camp, 201 St Ignatius Trail, Bolivar, PA 15923 c/o Very Rev. Anthony Yazge. Father Anthony will make sure the campers benefit from these donations.

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Goal Setting for 2018 Part I – Prayer

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/12/26 - 10:46am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Goal-Setting for 2018 And they devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.  Acts 2:42 Part One—Prayer   Then man prays to God, and He accepts him; he comes into His […]

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The Third Birth of Christ (Part I)

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/12/26 - 8:09am
Stergios Sakkos   1. Rebirth The third birth of Christ is in the life of people who believe in Him and accept Him as their own, personal God. Because even though Christ became incarnate in order to save everyone, not everyone will be saved. Of course, the Lord “wants all people to be saved and […]

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Recordings from the Christmas Vigil at the Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopaidi

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/12/25 - 9:00am
As the ‘capital of feasts’, Christmas is honoured on the Holy Mountain with a vigil, during the course of which the monks sing hymns and troparia of exceptional poetic and musical beauty. At the Divine Liturgy on the day itself, ‘Those who have been baptized in Christ’ is sung in tone one. This hymn is […]

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Read the Story

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/12/25 - 7:47am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Feast of the Nativity of Christ With our journey to the manger now complete, take a moment today and read the whole story again.  Read it with someone else—your spouse, your parent, your child, your friend, your […]

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The Incarnation of God as the Opposite to Today’s Sinfulness

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/12/25 - 7:30am
Archimandrite Ephraim, Abbot of the Vatopaidi Monastery   Beloved Fathers and brothers, today we celebrate the greatest event of all time and all ages: the birth of Christ, the ‘capital of all feasts’, according Saint John Chrysostom. God enters our life, in time, in history as ‘Jesus Christ the man’ (I Tim. 2, 5). ‘Christ […]

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Metropolitan Tikhon welcomes OCMC representatives to OCA Chancery

OCMC News - Tue, 2017/10/24 - 11:00am
His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon hosted representatives of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center [OCMC] at the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America here on Friday, October 20,...

Project Opens Doors to Jobs and Hope in Gaza

IOCC News - Fri, 2016/03/18 - 2:00pm
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 - 4:00pm
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 - 4:00pm
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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