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All that remains is prayer and love (On Saint Silouan the Athonite)

OCN Now - Fri, 2021/06/04 - 8:30am

Saint Nicholas Velimirovich   When you go to the Holy Mountain and see the humble monks, you might think that they live a lazy life, without purpose. It may seem like this if you see things from the outside, because not many people are able to understand the terrible, unceasing […]

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Part IV—Be a Light in the World

OCN Now - Thu, 2021/06/03 - 11:55pm

Jesus said, “I AM the light of the world.” John 8:12 Jesus said, “You are the Light of the world.” Matthew 5:14 The concept of “Light” plays an important role in the Bible. In Genesis 1:3, we read that light was the first thing God created. And at the beginning of the […]

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Let’s Talk: What’s Changing in America?

OCN Now - Thu, 2021/06/03 - 7:30pm

Join myOCN Interactive Virtual Community for a special edition this Thursday, 3rd, at 7:00 pm EST with guest Alexei D. Krindatch. Register Here. The report, “US Religion Census 2020: A Decade of Dramatic Changes in American Orthodox Churches,” presents detailed information on parishes, membership, and rates of worship attendance for […]

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What can happen when you love your enemies?

OCN Now - Thu, 2021/06/03 - 10:14am

How many times have you heard that you should “Love your enemies”? Well, probably lots. Our Lord Jesus Christ told us to love our enemies, and we read about it in the Bible. When we love our enemies, we show how much we love God. After all, God made everyone, even […]

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The fear of God is veneration and love for God

OCN Now - Thu, 2021/06/03 - 8:30am

Metropolitan Athanasios of Lemessos   The Church isn’t against the human body. This is why the fathers were so careful not to damage their body in the course of their ascetic struggles. They tried to subject it to the Holy Spirit and to God’s commandments, to prevent it engaging in […]

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Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

OCN Now - Wed, 2021/06/02 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   We owe greater honour to the other, as Christ rendered to the Church In the middle of Great Lent, the Church instituted the veneration of the Holy Cross, so that it may increase our inspiration and strengthen us in our struggle to prepare our souls to […]

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Part II—Having Rules Makes You Free

OCN Now - Tue, 2021/06/01 - 11:55pm

I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord. I Corinthians 7:35 We began our discussion of I Thessalonians 5:23 by reflecting on being sanctified until the coming of our Lord […]

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US Decline of Christianity

OCN Now - Tue, 2021/06/01 - 12:25pm

Answers to questions surrounding the Christian faith. Email us yours at: info@myocn.net Question: In the United States is Christianity Declining? Answer: According to a study by the Pew Research Institute published in October 2019, the decline of Christianity in the U.S. continues at rapid pace. The study identifies that 65% of American […]

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The sanctification of the human body

OCN Now - Tue, 2021/06/01 - 8:30am

Metropolitan Athanasios of Lemessos   A human being is a temple of the living God. This is an apostolic teaching of our Church which means that, just as the grace of God, the grace of the Holy Spirit, dwells in a temple, by the same token the grace of God […]

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Part I—God and the Church Are Encouragers

OCN Now - Mon, 2021/05/31 - 11:55pm

May the God of peace Himself sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. I Thessalonians 5:23 In September 2019, I began writing a series of reflections on “The Heart of Encouragement.” This was disrupted […]

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The Spirit of Truth

OCN Now - Mon, 2021/05/31 - 8:30am

Ioannis Karavidopoulos, Professor Emeritus of New Testament Hermeneutics, A. U. Th.   A characteristic feature of the excerpts from the Gospel of Saint John which are read in Church during the time between Easter and Pentecost is that they present certain essential characteristics of Jesus. He’s the Lord and God […]

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Memorial Day

OCN Now - Sun, 2021/05/30 - 11:55pm

This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as an ordinance forever. Exodus 12:14 Christ is Risen! Today’s verse from Exodus was told to Moses by God at the time of the […]

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Why don’t the Orthodox feel guilt?

OCN Now - Sun, 2021/05/30 - 8:30am

Fr. Andreas Agathokleous   There’s clearly confusion among a good few members of the Church as to how to live, how to behave and what constitutes a sin. There’s also a strong attachment to their sinful past and this increases their feelings of guilt. Nobody wants to live without joy, […]

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If We Only Knew

OCN Now - Sat, 2021/05/29 - 11:55pm

So He came to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and so Jesus, wearied as He was with His journey, sat down beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. There came a woman of […]

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On the Fall of Constantinople

OCN Now - Sat, 2021/05/29 - 8:30am

TAKEN I’ve recently been reading folk songs, about the exploits of the klephts and wars, our own, engaging Greek affairs. ‘They’ve taken the City, taken it; they’ve taken Saloniki’. And the Voice that both of them were hymning there. ‘to the left, the emperor, the patriarch to the right’, was […]

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Acts—The First Chapter of Church History

OCN Now - Fri, 2021/05/28 - 11:55pm

Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to none except Jews. But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Greeks also, […]

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“’Man of God’: A Work of Beauty and Love”

OCN Now - Fri, 2021/05/28 - 8:30am

Movie Review by John G. Panagiotou of the movie “Man of God” about the life of St. Nektarios of Pentapolis the Wonderworker [2021, Simeon Entertainment and View Master Films] In these days, very rarely do we find made a film made about a true saint, let alone a film about […]

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Don’t Worry About the Other Guy—YOU Follow

OCN Now - Thu, 2021/05/27 - 11:55pm

Peter turned and saw following them the disciple whom Jesus loved, who had lain close to his breast at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to […]

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Let’s Talk: Worldwide Christian Persecution

OCN Now - Thu, 2021/05/27 - 7:00pm

Join myOCN Interactive Virtual Community for a special edition this Thursday, May 27th, at 7:00 pm EST with guests Andrew Veniopoulos, George Gigicos, Nicholas Furris of The Orthodox Public Affairs Committee (OPAC). Established to provide public advocacy, OPAC, is committed to promote, support, defend and champion Christian communities worldwide in the […]

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Saint John the Russian

OCN Now - Thu, 2021/05/27 - 8:30am

Metropolitan Meletios of Nikopolis †   For people who have any understanding of God and his kingdom, nothing’s a misfortune. Saint John suffered one of the greatest misfortunes that can befall anyone. He was taken prisoner of war. By the Turks. At the age of twenty. What could have been […]

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