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Watch a Summary of Holy Week

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Watch Now with Fr. Demetrios Kazakis as he discusses a summary of Holy Week in the Orthodox Church.  Celebrate Holy Week with family, friends, and faith. Holy Week is a time to walk with Christ during His Passion. Be strengthened and blessed! Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! More on...

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‘This pandemic is not a chance occurrence allowed by God, but a sign of the times; it is a fruit of Divine indignation’

Wed, 2020/04/08 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Ephraim, Abbot of the Vatopaidi Monastery   This pandemic is not a chance occurrence allowed by God, but a sign of the times; it is a fruit of Divine indignation, as man is doing not what is natural, what is reasonable, but what is absurd and abnormal. Imagine how...

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Creating a Place of Worship in Your Home

Wed, 2020/04/08 - 8:20am

“The hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship Him.  God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4: 23-24   Good morning Prayer Team! It’s...

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The Repose of Father Job (Miracles of Saint Joseph the Hesychast)

Tue, 2020/04/07 - 8:25am

Elder Ephraim of Arizona †   In 1978 when I was at Philotheou Monastery, Father Job passed away. He was a good disciple of mine. Soon afterwards we had an all-night vigil for St. John the Forerunner. I have a soft spot for him, because I was born on his...

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Choosing the Services

Tue, 2020/04/07 - 8:19am

O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! Psalm 95:6   Good morning Prayer Team!  As we prepare for Holy Week, we will each make decisions on which services to “virtually” attend this year.  Here are some suggestions: There are six discernably...

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Let’s Talk Live with Hank Hanegraaff: Coronavirus, is it a sign of the End Times?

Tue, 2020/04/07 - 7:49am

myOCN Online Community discussion: Coronavirus, is it a sign of the End Times We are pleased to announce our next myOCN Community Online Gathering this coming Thursday, April 9th, at 4:00 pm EST with special guest Hank Hanegraaff, a renowned Christian author and OCN Contributor known by many as the...

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Saint Mary the Egyptian (5th Sunday in Lent)

Mon, 2020/04/06 - 8:30am

Saint Justin Popovich   The 5th Sunday in Great Lent, the Sunday which is the week of great vigils, and ascetic struggles, the week of lamentations and sighs, is also the Sunday of the greatest among the women saints, our holy mother Mary the Egyptian. She spent forty-seven years in...

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True Leaders Are Servants

Sun, 2020/04/05 - 11:08am

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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We have you as an example of repentance, Mary the Egyptian

Sun, 2020/04/05 - 8:35am

Hierodeacon Rafael Misiaoulis, Theologian   On the fifth Sunday in Lent, the Church brings to our attention an exceptional female ascetic: Saint Mary the Egyptian. She’s someone for us to imitate and has a great deal to teach us. Her Life was preserved for us by Saint Zosimas and written...

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Setting the Stage

Sat, 2020/04/04 - 11:06am

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

Sat, 2020/04/04 - 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...

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Who is God?

Fri, 2020/04/03 - 10:03am

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:13   Good morning Prayer Team!   Today we conclude our short unit on Philippians 4:4-13, with a short devotional based on the words of Philippians 4:13:   I Who am I?  I am created in the image and...

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How the Saints Write

Fri, 2020/04/03 - 8:20am

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis   a) These days, there are many theologians, clergymen and lay people who compose and publish texts. Some, however, who aren’t aware of the gravity of what they’re writing, follow the secular practice of competitive journalism. With smugness and pride, they count the number of hits their...

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Who Knows Everything?

Fri, 2020/04/03 - 7:38am

Our Lord Knew the Future Have you ever wished you could know the future? Who you’d meet, where you’d live, where you’d work? Or maybe you just wondered who would win a ballgame. Wouldn’t it be great? And if you knew the future, would you do anything differently today? We...

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God is Rooting for us

Thu, 2020/04/02 - 10:01am

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 A few years ago, I confided in a friend that I was nervous about something that I had to do the next day.  Early the next day, before the event I was nervous about, my friend stopped by...

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Homily on St John of Climacus

Thu, 2020/04/02 - 8:30am

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   Today, on this Fourth Sunday of Great Lent, we celebrate St. John the Sinaite, also known as St. John “Climacus” (Ladder). Although the Saint’s feast day is on March 30th, the Church wants to highlight the narrow path of asceticism and virtue on this particular...

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Christian Character

Wed, 2020/04/01 - 11:00am

I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound.  Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. Philippians 4:12 No life is perfect.  No life is without its challenges.  No life is...

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Hymns from the Service of Saint Nikiforos the Leper

Wed, 2020/04/01 - 8:20am

Advice from the Holy Mountain is that in these difficult times we should pray to Saint Nikiforos the Leper, a saint who was canonized as recently as 2012. His Life is available on the web, at sites such as, for example https://orthodoxwiki.org/Nicephorus_the_Leper or https://www.oca.org/saints/lives/2016/01/04/205506-saint-nikephoros-the-leper. We at Pemptousia have therefore decided to provide a...

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Prayer Corners Around the World

Wed, 2020/04/01 - 7:30am

Prayer Corners Around the World Join the Orthodox Christian Network #prayercornerchallenge by posting a picture or video of your prayer corner as a post or story. The main requirement is that you NOT appear in it. The goal is to flood Facebook with #prayercornermovement to give a twist on the situation...

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On Having a Prayer Corner at Home

Tue, 2020/03/31 - 12:52pm

Re-commit to our spiritual lives: Prayer Corner at Home A desire for a fuller personal prayer life that includes regular daily prayers. One thing that can help keep this resolution includes having a dedicated place in our home where we can pray. A common practice for Orthodox Christians is having a...

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