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Why Holy Week Matters?

3 hours 44 min ago

Join myOCN Interactive Virtual Community on Let’s Talk, Thursday, April 22nd at 7pm EST with Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis and Fr. Christopher Metropulos as they share the many ways people approach this special week of the year.  Join for some guidance on how to get the most out of this year’s […]

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Celebrating God’s Gift of Marriage Group

4 hours 11 min ago

Join myOCN Community for a six week marriage and relationships group with Licensed Professional Counselor Paula Marchman, every Wednesday evening at 7pm EST, from May 5th (Bright Week) through June 9th. Each session will be about one hour and is offered at no cost.  This educational and interactive group is […]

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Repentance, as I learned it from contemporary Saints and Elders (Part 2)

11 hours 1 min ago

Andreas Christoforou   Then you can forgive others, as we said above. So you receive the remission of sins in prayer first and this is necessary so that you can go to your spiritual guide for confession and to receive forgiveness from the Church. Then you’ll also receive it from […]

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Two Great Sinners Who Became Two Great Saints

Sun, 2021/04/18 - 11:55pm

But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to Thy saints at Jerusalem; and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call upon Thy name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a […]

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Saint Mary of Egypt

Sun, 2021/04/18 - 8:30am

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom †   16 April 1989 In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. We keep today the memory of Saint Mary of Egypt in the gradual progression from glory to glory which Lent is, and which must lead us step by step to […]

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True Leaders Are Servants

Sat, 2021/04/17 - 11:55pm

And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them; and they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, He began to tell them what was to happen to Him, saying, “Behold, we are going up to […]

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Repentance, as I learned it from contemporary Saints and Elders

Sat, 2021/04/17 - 8:30am

Andreas Christoforou   I was fortunate enough to know personally quite a few of the contemporary Saints and Elders at the time when I was exploring the way of the spiritual life. What, in practice, is the path to being cured of our sins and passions, so that we ask […]

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Setting the Stage

Fri, 2021/04/16 - 11:55pm

But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) He entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves […]

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A Seat with Him in Heaven

Fri, 2021/04/16 - 10:49am

Do you ever get to choose where you sit? Maybe when you come into your classroom or on the bus, or even at church, you choose where you want to sit. You might want to sit near your friends, or near a window, or even in the back (where your teacher can’t see you!). In […]

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Sustenance for the Strong

Fri, 2021/04/16 - 8:30am

Alexandros Christodoulou, Theologian   After those who came to be baptized in the ancient Church, the whole of their life was imbued with a godly passion for holy communion. Allegorical symbols of the heavenly food of the faithful filled places of worship, especially in the catacombs. Images of the true […]

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Acquiring an Orthodox Christian Mind

Thu, 2021/04/15 - 6:00pm

Continue the conversation. This program is a series of discussions with Dr. Eugenia Constantinou on the subject of Orthodox phronema, meaning the Orthodox mind or mentality. Dr. Eugenia Constantinou and Fr. Christopher Metropulos as they delve into the basis and foundation of Orthodox theology, beginning with Tradition.  We hear about […]

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The Surest Promise

Thu, 2021/04/15 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Varnavas Lambropoulos   In the wonderful book The Ladder of Divine Ascent, Saint John the Sinaite speaks of the struggle against the passion of telling lies. And in presenting the disastrous consequences thereof he says: ‘Lying is the obliteration of love, and false testimony is the denial of God’. […]

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It’s How We Finish That Matters

Wed, 2021/04/14 - 11:55pm

As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office; and He said to him, “Follow Me.” And he rose and followed Him. Matthew 9:9 (from the 7th Gospel) Many of us remember the story of “The Tortoise and the Hare.” The hare (a fast […]

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Why we sing the Great Canon

Wed, 2021/04/14 - 8:30am

Fr. Ioannis Sourlingas   My soul, my soul arise. Why are you sleeping? The end draws nigh and soon you will be troubled. Take heed, then, that Christ your God may spare you. For he is everywhere present and fills all things. In parishes, the Great Canon is sung independently […]

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A Lot of Sound Advice

Tue, 2021/04/13 - 11:55pm

And we exhort you, brethren, admonish the idlers, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is […]

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Holy Week Crafts Group for Kids 

Tue, 2021/04/13 - 1:21pm

Holy Week Crafts Group for Kids with Presvytera Mallory Kasapakis and Alyssa Kyritsis Advance registration is required. Register HERE. Join myOCN Interactive Virtual Community will be offering 30 minute virtual crafting activities for children every day of Holy Week beginning with Palm Sunday, in partnership with Orthodox Pebbles learning materials. Join […]

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As Is His Majesty, So Is His Mercy

Tue, 2021/04/13 - 9:42am

But the love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting, upon those who fear Him, and His righteous to children’s children, to those who keep His covenant and remember to do His commandments. Psalm 103: 17-18 For You are the Lord, Jesus Christ, Who in Your mercy and love […]

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Fight to the end

Tue, 2021/04/13 - 8:30am

Elder Amvrosios Lazaris   We miserable wretches, monks and lay people, are in the last times, but the struggle is the struggle. We won’t give in even for a moment. Fight to the end. Then the Lord, who crowns us and establishes us eternally, at the last moment will not […]

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True Icon: Intro to Orthodoxy with Fr. Dimitri Lee

Mon, 2021/04/12 - 3:57pm

True Icon: Intro to Orthodoxy is a six part series intended for students and inquirers at all levels. The next part of these series will take place on 4/19 at 7pm EST. If you would like to attend, please register HERE to receive sign-in instructions. This series will serve as a […]

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Freedom as a dread gift from God

Mon, 2021/04/12 - 8:30am

Fr. Andreas Agathokleous   We’ve learned about a God who determines people’s fate, who decides what will happen to us without consulting us first, who’s revealed as the ruler over the whole world. In the face of such a God, who can doubt or deny Him without fear of the […]

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