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The Lofty Degree of the Priesthood

OCN Now - Wed, 2021/03/31 - 11:55pm

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and His train filled the temple. Above Him stood the Seraphim; each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he […]

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Take Up Your Cross

OCN Now - Wed, 2021/03/31 - 2:04pm

We can Joyfully Show our Crosses Have you ever waved a flag? You probably have waved a flag at a parade or at a sports game. You see flags waving everywhere on the 4th of July! When we wave our flag, we are celebrating our independence. We thank God for our […]

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Uproot them

OCN Now - Wed, 2021/03/31 - 10:15am

Saint John of Kronstadt   It’s difficult to trample down the passions, which become like our natural members. Saint Paul says: ‘Put to death your members which are on earth’. When you’re constantly vigilant, when you pray and practice self-control all the time, then, with God’s help, you’ll manage to […]

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Is There Enough Oil (Faith) in Your Lamp (Life)?

OCN Now - Tue, 2021/03/30 - 11:55pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps […]

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Lykourgos Angelopoulos – “Spotless Undefiled”

OCN Now - Tue, 2021/03/30 - 8:31am

Lykourgos Angelopoulos, Archon Protopsaltis of the Most Holy Archdiocese of Constantinople and founder of the Greek Byzantine Choir (†2014) Listen now  From a live recording at a service in the church of Saint Irene, Aiolou St., 30 March 2001. Source: pemptousia.com  

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Saint John of the Ladder

OCN Now - Tue, 2021/03/30 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Georgios Alendas   Great Lent is a period of repentance, during which our stony hearts must become, through God’s grace, softened in the flesh, and move from being callous to being sensitive, from cold and hard to warm and open to others, particularly God Himself. Great Lent is a […]

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Burdened Beyond Measure

OCN Now - Mon, 2021/03/29 - 11:55pm

For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of the affliction we experienced in Asia; for we were so utterly, unbearably crushed that we despaired of life itself. Why, we felt that we had received the sentence of death; but that was to make us rely not on ourselves […]

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The Boundaries between Orthodoxy and Heresy – Saint Gregory Palamas [2]

OCN Now - Mon, 2021/03/29 - 8:30am

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   Iconoclasm was a form of religious ideology, which cast doubt on and, in the end, rejected the fact of God’s incarnation, which is the prerequisite for the renewal of the world and of our own […]

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Unto Our Salvation

OCN Now - Sun, 2021/03/28 - 11:55pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. But, since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate […]

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Three Ways of Approaching the Lord (2nd Sunday in Lent)

OCN Now - Sun, 2021/03/28 - 8:30am

Saint Nicholas Velimirovich   In today’s Gospel, the paralytic arose immediately, took his bed upon his shoulders and walked past everyone. And everyone was amazed and glorified God saying: “We’ve never seen the like”. Let’s look at the marvellous powers the Lord reveals for us in this miracle: He reads […]

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The Importance of Friends and a Prayer Answered in Christ’s Way

OCN Now - Sat, 2021/03/27 - 11:55pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. And when Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that He was at […]

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The Boundaries between Orthodoxy and Heresy – Saint Gregory Palamas (1)

OCN Now - Sat, 2021/03/27 - 8:30am

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   On the first Sunday of the Fast of Great Lent, the Church celebrates the triumph of Orthodoxy over the heresies. The specific historical event which was the basis and starting-point for this celebration was the […]

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Why We Keep Repeating the Same Liturgical Cycle

OCN Now - Fri, 2021/03/26 - 11:55pm

And, “Thou, Lord, didst found the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of Thy hands; they will perish, but Thou remainest; they will all grow old like a garment, like a mantle thou wilt roll them up, and they will be changed. But Thou art the […]

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From heaven Gabriel cries Hail to the Virgin

OCN Now - Fri, 2021/03/26 - 8:30am

Hierodeacon Rafael Misiaoulis, Theologian   ‘From heaven Gabriel cries Hail to the Virgin’ [1]. Glad tidings indeed today for Orthodoxy. A feast of the Lord and the Mother of God. Of the Lord because is has to do with Our Lord Jesus Christ who was conceived in the womb of […]

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The Feast of the Annunciation, The Akathist, and Great Lent: A Complicated Relationship

OCN Now - Fri, 2021/03/26 - 7:07am

 Signup to join myOCN Interactive Virtual Community and receive updates.  Let’s Talk, Thursday, March 25th  at 7pm EST with Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos and Fr. Christopher Metropulos as they discuss the beauty and complexities of Great Lent.  How do the Nativity themes of the Annunciation and the Akathist relate to our […]

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This Is Not Easy

OCN Now - Thu, 2021/03/25 - 11:55pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. And when Jesus entered Peter’s house, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever; He […]

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Do You Know What Doesn’t Change?

OCN Now - Thu, 2021/03/25 - 9:51am

You probably have heard people talk about how things have changed. They might talk about how a kid has grown taller, or how a city has changed, or how we do things differently now than we did before. Things are always changing, aren’t they? Everything changes. Even rocks change. Stars […]

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Easter before Easter, the Annunciation of the Resurrection

OCN Now - Thu, 2021/03/25 - 8:28am

Father Nikolaos Patsalos   This year, the 5th Sunday in Lent coincided with the great feast of the Mother of God, her Annunciation. We’d left the middle of Lent the previous Sunday, that of John of the Ladder, and, instead of the 5th being centred on the great desert ascetic, […]

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Take Up the Cross and Follow

OCN Now - Thu, 2021/03/25 - 7:44am

Scriptures of the Triodion Third Saturday of Great Lent And Jesus called to Him the multitude with His Disciples and He said to them, “If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.”  Mark 8:34 Good morning Prayer Team! Deny. Take […]

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Let Us Cleanse Our Temples

OCN Now - Wed, 2021/03/24 - 11:55pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the […]

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