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Remembering the Armenian Genocide, April 24, 1915

5 hours 4 min ago
Remembering the Armenian Genocide, April 24, 1915 On this day, April 24, in 1915, the Armenian Genocide transpired. This was the Ottoman government’s systematic extermination of 1.5 million Armenians, mostly Ottoman citizens within the Ottoman Empire and its successor state, the Republic of Turkey. Hundreds of thousands of people were forcibly converted to Islam to […]

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Modern Trials to Our Ancient Faith: The Challenges to Living Orthodoxy in America

10 hours 7 min ago
“Rules, Rituals and Story – How We Experience and Share our Faith” If you had a choice between memorizing and learning a bunch of rules to follow, or reading or watching an exciting story, which activity would you pick? Most would choose the latter. Despite our universal love of story, we do not often share […]

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It was Heaven on Earth

11 hours 14 min ago
Professors of the Moscow Theological Academy Archpriest Maxim Kozlov and Alexei Nikolaevich Svetozarsky shared their stories, remembrances and understandings of Paschal nights and services 35 years ago in the Soviet Union, with Tatiana’s Day.  The OCN is pleased to share these moving remembrances and understandings of what it means to be a Christian from Pravoslavie.ru.  […]

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Metropolis of Chicago Archons Hold 2nd Annual Business Retreat

12 hours 15 min ago
METROPOLIS OF CHICAGO ARCHONS HOLD 2ND ANNUAL BUSINESS RETREAT GUEST SPEAKER PROFESSOR JAMES SKEDROS DISCUSSED HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF AND FUTURE OF THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE OF CONSTANTINOPLE KANSASVILLE, WI: The Metropolis of Chicago’s Archons held their 2nd Annual Archon Business Retreat on Saturday, April 22, at the at St. Iakovos Retreat Center in Kansasville, Wisconsin. During the retreat, Metropolis […]

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Georgetown University’s Orthodox Christian Fellowship Chapter Hosts an Interfaith Ministry for Refugees

12 hours 49 min ago
On Wednesday, April 19th, Georgetown University’s Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) chapter hosted an Interfaith Ministry for Refugees, where students learned more about the humanitarian relief work of International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) and other charities in Greece.  The event provided students with a chance to get involved and support the work of IOCC as they […]

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Made Known in the Breaking of the Bread

14 hours 8 min ago
We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. The Resurrection of Christ When Jesus was at table with them, He took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished out of their […]

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‘Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing’ (Luke 23, 24)

14 hours 14 min ago
Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   Jesus again sets the Law of the Old Testament in its true interpretational framework and at the same time urges us to emerge from the shadow of the Law into the Light of the Grace of God, which is love. By transcending the law of retaliation, Christianity promotes the […]

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An Emmaus Experience

Sun, 2017/04/23 - 8:48am
We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. The Resurrection of Christ Thomas Sunday That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking […]

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The Doubt of St. Thomas

Sun, 2017/04/23 - 8:30am
Saint John Chrysostom   John 20:24-25 But Thomas, (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the […]

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Pascha and Doubt

Sun, 2017/04/23 - 12:45am
Holy Week and Pascha present a real temptation to live one’s faith in a way that seeks to be externally perfect rather than beautiful for Christ. Orthodox Christians see this when we boast about the length of our services and the strictness of our fasting. How much pressure do we feel to have the perfect […]

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The Resurrection: an affront to reason

Sat, 2017/04/22 - 9:00am
Archimandrite Epiphanios Ekonomou   It’s hardly surprising that the message of the Resurrection of Christ has raised a whole host of doubts and questions. Objections were registered immediately after the occurrence of the supernatural event on which the whole structure of the Christian Church is founded. For the Jews of Biblical Jerusalem, it was a […]

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The Resurrection in the Gospel of Luke

Sat, 2017/04/22 - 8:28am
We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. The Resurrection of Christ But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they […]

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Thomas Sunday – On Fear and Love

Fri, 2017/04/21 - 3:20pm
The Sunday after Christ’s crucifixion, the disciples are lost. Fear has paralyzed them as they hide themselves behind closed doors. Fr. Anthony Tandilyan’s sermon on Thomas Sunday speaks of the human reality of being in fear and doubt like the Apostle Thomas, until the  descent of the Holy Spirit. Local, you can join along with […]

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In Times of War and Loss

Fri, 2017/04/21 - 12:51pm
In big and small ways God uses us all to share His love with others. Our first interview with Father Thaddeus Werner tells his path to becoming a Chaplain and how God uses him and other Chaplains to share God’s love and peace. Have you or someone close to you suffered the loss of a […]

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An eye for an eye (Levit. 24, 20-21). Is Mosaic law retaliatory?

Fri, 2017/04/21 - 11:00am
Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   Supporters of rough justice often quote Mosaic Law, which is concerned with retaliation, with ‘an eye for an eye’ (Ex. 21, 23-25; Levit. 24, 20-21; Deut. 19, 18-21). But what is the meaning of these particular ordinances? Do they really impose retaliation and revenge? To answer this question we […]

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The Theology of Gender – 6. The New Eve

Fri, 2017/04/21 - 9:00am
Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   The honor and respect of Christianity to women is demonstrated especially in the person of the Theotokos. She is the human closest to God; after Christ, she is the most beloved and honored person by men and God. She has a great place in worship and is most beloved to the Fathers […]

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Faith and What it Can Do For You

Fri, 2017/04/21 - 8:54am
We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. The Resurrection of Christ   Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven demons. She went out and told those who had been […]

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Graduation – A Beginning of Something New

Thu, 2017/04/20 - 2:00pm
May is quickly approaching, and for many that means finishing up a college semester with projects and finals. For some of you, that may also mean college graduation. With college soon behind you, you may be wondering what lies ahead.  The job search can be a daunting one, especially if you are not exactly sure what kind […]

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Father Gavrilo Vučković, the ‘Elder of Facebook’, has died

Thu, 2017/04/20 - 8:50am
Dr. Petros Panayiotopoulos   On the afternoon of Great Wednesday, a great missionary figure of our time, Archimandrite Gavrilo Vučković, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Lepavina, in Croatia, rendered his soul to the Lord, at the age of 73. The funeral service was conducted on Monday of Bright Week, April 17, the main clergymen […]

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Peace be with you!

Thu, 2017/04/20 - 8:45am
Have you ever felt so upset that you just couldn’t calm down? Maybe you were worried about something or felt scared? How did you finally calm down and feel better? Today the Gospel tells us about a time when Jesus’ followers were upset. Jesus had just risen from the dead, and the disciples were scared […]

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