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I Surrender to God and to Love

Wed, 2021/04/28 - 11:55pm

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15: 12-13 On Holy Thursday evening, the Orthodox Church celebrates a service called “The Passion of Christ,” or sometimes […]

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Christ Always Helps Us Find the Way

Wed, 2021/04/28 - 9:37am

Have you ever tried to find something in the dark? Have you walked around in pitch black? Maybe you stumbled into things. Maybe you tripped and fell. Maybe you tried to hold onto something that would help you find your way. It’s hard to find our way when we don’t […]

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Renewing Our Covenant in Holy Week

Wed, 2021/04/28 - 9:20am

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   If we have missed the opportunity to live Great Lent in an acceptable manner and there is only one week left, how can we enter into the joy of the Resurrection? The Lord says to the holy Apostles, ‘Ye are they which have continued patiently with […]

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On the Mystery of Christ’s Obedience

Wed, 2021/04/28 - 8:30am

Elder Aimilianos Simonopetritis †   In a few hours, we’ll stand before the Lord, the naked Servant, Who is crucified but Whose mien, nevertheless, is one of majestic triumph, regal glory and serenity. If we are to understand the love we should have towards other people, or our love towards […]

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Holy Unction

Tue, 2021/04/27 - 11:55pm

Is any one among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Lett him sing praise. Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save […]

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Great Tuesday (Matins for Great Wednesday)

Tue, 2021/04/27 - 8:20am

‘Lord, the woman who had fallen into many sins…fulfilled the task of a myrrh-bearer and, lamenting, brought you sweet-smelling oil before your burial’. The Tropario (Hymn) of Kassiani dominates the service of matins for Great Wednesday. A sinful woman, a harlot in her body, realizes the state she’s in, undertakes […]

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The Last of the Public Teaching

Mon, 2021/04/26 - 11:55pm

Truly, truly I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone […]

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Created Icon with Christina Hanegraaff: Why am I a Christian?

Mon, 2021/04/26 - 5:00pm

Join myOCN Interactive Virtual Community in our continued series with Christina Hanegraaff as she welcomes Hank Hanegraaff on Mon, 4/26 at 7pm EST as they explore what it means to be a Created Icon, and how that unique understanding provides deeper insight into a simple but important question:  “Why am […]

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“If this is how you see Christ, then Holy Week won’t mean a thing to you…”

Mon, 2021/04/26 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou   Holy Week is the heart of the Christian Orthodox Faith and the centre of the yearly cycle of Christian Feasts. Every year our churches are packed at Holy Week and, come the last three days, they are bursting at the seams with both people who attend […]

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The Story of Stavroula Anthopoulos, the woman who had nothing and yet had everything

Mon, 2021/04/26 - 4:30am

What follows is an inspiring story about a woman named Stavrula who died on Holy Monday, 2004. As you will read below, there are only TWO people in the WHOLE WORLD who are think about her and remember her each year on Holy Monday. I am one of them, the other is […]

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Don’t Forget the Stuff that Matters Most

Sun, 2021/04/25 - 11:55pm

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law, justice, mercy, and faith; these you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. Matthew 23: 23 The harshest Gospel of Holy Week is no doubt the […]

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Palm Sunday

Sun, 2021/04/25 - 8:30am

Metropolitan Panteleimon of Antinoes   Palm Sunday is a Christian moveable feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter. The feast commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in all four canonical Gospels. (Mark 11:1–11, Matthew 21:1–11, Luke 19:28–44, and John 12:12–19). In many Christian churches, Palm Sunday […]

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The Entrance of a Humble King in Front of a Confused Crowd

Sun, 2021/04/25 - 4:30am

Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at table with Him. Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the […]

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Rejoice in the Lord Always

Sat, 2021/04/24 - 11:55pm

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes […]

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Lazarus Saturday

Sat, 2021/04/24 - 8:30am

Fr. Lev Gillet   Strictly speaking, Lent ends on the Friday which follows the fifth Sunday of Lent: the period of forty days is then over. The time of the Passion lasts from the end of Lent until the Resurrection, anticipated on Holy Saturday. It therefore comprises the Saturday which […]

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Fully Man, Fully God

Fri, 2021/04/23 - 11:45pm

When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met Him, while Mary sat in the house. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. And even now I know that whatever You ask from God, God will give You.” Jesus said to her, […]

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‘Lord, before I’m utterly lost, save me’ (2)

Fri, 2021/04/23 - 8:25am

Saint Justin Popovich   (Homily on the 5th Sunday in Great Lent) Prayer! What is prayer? It’s the great virtue that raises you and raises me. Have you perhaps got up to pray, have you cried aloud to the Lord to save your soul from sins, from every evil, every passion?  […]

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Be Transformed

Fri, 2021/04/23 - 5:00am

Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 Holy Week begins tomorrow.  The journey is upon us.  We’ve been talking the past few […]

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A Renewed Spirit

Thu, 2021/04/22 - 11:55pm

Thou prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies; Thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows. Psalm 23:5  When something is broken, it means that it cannot be used for its intended purpose.  When a car is broken, it needs to be fixed by a […]

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How do Orthodox Christians around the world celebrate Palm Sunday?

Thu, 2021/04/22 - 10:44am

How many times have you heard the story of Holy Week? Five times? Ten times? Even more? Maybe you’ve heard something that you didn’t understand, but then, the next time you heard it, you did understand! Join myOCN Interactive Virtual Community will be offering 30 minute virtual crafting activities for […]

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