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Open Call for Posters – 3rd International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care DMOPC20

Tue, 2020/02/18 - 8:30am

OPEN CALL FOR POSTERS 3RD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DIGITAL MEDIA AND ORTHODOX PASTORAL CARE ‘DMOPC20’ 7-9 MAY 2020, ORTHODOX ACADEMY OF CRETE, KOLYMBARI The third international ‘Living Water’ conference on Orthodox Pastoral Care and the Digital Media which will take place in May 2020 at Kolymbari, Crete, will focus on...

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God’s Great Love for Us

Mon, 2020/02/17 - 8:30am

Metropolitan Ioïl (Frangkakos) of Edessa, Pella, and Almopia   ‘But he became angry and did not wish to enter’. The parable of the Prodigal Son, which is read today in church, has been called a pearl among the parables, and the Gospel within the Gospel. Some commentators have called it...

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Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Sun, 2020/02/16 - 8:30am

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom †   19 February 1984 In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Time and again I have occasion to preach on the Parable of the Prodigal Son, on the story of the Publican and the Pharisee, and every time I notice how...

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The Unique Value of Every Life

Sat, 2020/02/15 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Iakovos Kanakis   There are some things that require no explanations, no analyses and no arguments; the truth is so blindingly obvious that only expediency and guilty feelings would be reasons for seeing them otherwise. What is under discussion here is the deliberate termination of pregnancy, and it really...

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The Highest Goal is Holiness

Fri, 2020/02/14 - 8:58am

But as He Who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” I Peter 1:15-16 If you ask the majority of people what their number one goal in life is, the answer is “to be...

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Sacredness and Political Correctness

Fri, 2020/02/14 - 8:30am

Protopresbyter Themistoklis Mourtzanos   ‘… and how from infancy you have known the sacred letters, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus’. One of the most beautiful phrases used by Saint Paul for the word of God is the ‘sacred letters’. The notion...

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God Wants Us to Succeed

Thu, 2020/02/13 - 8:54am

Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glorification. None...

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Infant Baptism: Orthodox Answers to Protestant Claims

Thu, 2020/02/13 - 8:30am

Protopresbyter Vasileios Georgopoulos, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   Although Professor Georgopoulos refers specifically to Greek Protestants, the latter belong to world-wide Protestant denominations and so the article is of general interest. On what grounds do the [Greek] Protestants reject infant baptism? They themselves claim that...

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God Gives Us Freedom

Wed, 2020/02/12 - 4:20pm

Can you think of a time your parents gave you a choice to do something? Maybe they let you decide whether to go somewhere, or what to eat, or what color to paint the walls. They probably knew the best way, but they still let you decide. Today, we hear...

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We’re Supposed to be Satisfied with How Much?

Wed, 2020/02/12 - 10:07am

Jesus said “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing....

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The times are thirsting…

Wed, 2020/02/12 - 8:30am

Elder Gavriil Tsafos †   Our times, our world need monasteries. We need saintly and dedicated monks and nuns. Our times are thirsting for beauty. Thirsting for Christ. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3 and an official agency of the Assembly of...

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Learn the Skills of Byzantine Chant, Iconography and Liturgical Textile Arts in South Carolina

Tue, 2020/02/11 - 11:52am

The Liturgical Arts Academy is a one-week intensive program to teach the skills of Byzantine Chant, Iconography and Liturgical Textile Arts in an atmosphere of prayer, study, discussion and communion. Held at the beautiful Diakonia Retreat Center in upstate South Carolina, the Academy hosts adult students of all ages and...

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Would Anyone Describe You with This Word?

Tue, 2020/02/11 - 10:04am

It is well with the man who deals generously and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice. Psalm 112:5 On Christmas Eve, as part of my sermon, I read the children a Christian Christmas book. After reading the story, I asked them to describe Santa Claus. One of them said...

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Complacency and Humility

Tue, 2020/02/11 - 8:30am

Ioannis Karavidopoulos, Professor Emeritus of New Testament Hermeneutics, A. U. Th.   [In today’s well-known parable of the Pharisee and the Publican] two characteristic types of people are presented in the Gospel reading, both of them praying in the temple. They were at opposite poles of society as it was...

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LIVE Adult Education: Shared Experience of the Orthodox Christian Faith

Tue, 2020/02/11 - 8:05am

LIVE Adult Education: Forming Christian Culture Sponsored by St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Bethesda, MD.  These are not classes on high theology that are intimidating or difficult to understand. We focus on the “down to earth” and practical ways we should understand and live our faith. In His parables to...

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St. Valentine: The Most Famous Saint You Never Knew

Mon, 2020/02/10 - 12:58pm

No one is likely to forget: St. Valentine’s Day Even in our very secularized culture, there’s one saint’s day no one is likely to forget: St. Valentine’s Day. But how much do you really know about the saint behind the day? If you’re like most of us, the answer is...

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Saint Haralambos, a Model of Humility

Mon, 2020/02/10 - 8:34am

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   As of today, we enter the period of the Triodio, a time of more intense prayer, during which the Church, through its Scriptural readings and devout hymns strengthens us for our spiritual struggles and for the acquisition of the virtues of humility, obedience, love and...

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St. Haralambos: Endurance is Important

Mon, 2020/02/10 - 7:39am

You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier on service...

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The Tax-collector and the Pharisee and the Lenten Triodion

Sun, 2020/02/09 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou   There is more to Lent than fasting, and there is more to fasting than food. This principle lies at the heart of the Lenten Triodion, the main hymnbook of Lent. Lent is without doubt the richest and most distinctive season of the ecclesiastical year. The Lenten...

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First Sunday of Triodion—The Publican and the Pharisee

Sun, 2020/02/09 - 7:37am

“Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank Thee that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a...

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