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‘Lord, before I’m utterly lost, save me’ (1)

Thu, 2021/04/22 - 8:30am

Saint Justin Popovich   (Homily on the 5th Sunday in Great Lent) The fifth Sunday in Lent, the Sunday [which marks the end of the week] of long vigils and great ascetic efforts, the week of profound lamentation and sighing, the Sunday of the greatest of all the women saints, our […]

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The Journey of Holy Week: Form Versus Substance, Choosing Your Services

Thu, 2021/04/22 - 5:00am

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   Good morning Prayer Team!   Forgive me, this post is a little longer than usual, but […]

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Anointing of Our Senses

Wed, 2021/04/21 - 11:55pm

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefit, Who forgives all your iniquity, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from the Pit, Who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy. Psalm 103:2-4  O Holy Father, Physician of our souls and bodies, have mercy, […]

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Repentance, as I learned it from contemporary Saints and Elders (Part 3)

Wed, 2021/04/21 - 8:30am

Andreas Christoforou   I saw Saint Païsios on a good number of occasions between 1979 and 1994, when he departed this life. Except for one time, I never asked him a question, but he always spoke to me and taught me. In 1990, Yorgos and I arrived at the Panagouda […]

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Kairos

Wed, 2021/04/21 - 12:55am

When Jesus had spoken these words, He lifted up His eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Thy Son that the Son may glorify Thee. John 17:1 There are two Greek words for “time.”  One is “Chronos” which is the kind of time that is measured in days, […]

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Can I Fast from Social Media?: A Holy Week Meditation

Wed, 2021/04/21 - 12:30am

Do I have to fast from food or can I fast from social media? This is a very common question and sometimes makes sense to a lot of us, because social media can be more distracting to our spiritual life than food. How about if I am vegetarian does that […]

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We Are Not Alone

Tue, 2021/04/20 - 11:55pm

Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.  To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints. Ephesians 6:18 O holy Father, Physician of souls and bodies, Who sent Your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to heal every infirmity and […]

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An extreme story of sanctity (5th Sunday in Lent)

Tue, 2021/04/20 - 8:30am

Bishop Agathangelos of Fanari   ‘For the son of man did not come to be served but to serve’ On the 5th Sunday of Great Lent, our Church presents and honors the sacred memory of a holy woman, our blessed mother, Mary the Egyptian, who began from a life in […]

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You Were Born for This

Mon, 2021/04/19 - 11:55pm

So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27 You did not create man for destruction, but for the keeping Your commandments, and to inherit life incorruptible. To You we ascribe glory, together with Your […]

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True Icon: Intro to Orthodoxy with Fr. Dimitri Lee

Mon, 2021/04/19 - 3:57pm

True Icon: Intro to Orthodoxy is a six part series intended for students and inquirers at all levels. The next part of these series will take place on 4/19 at 7pm EST. If you would like to attend, please register HERE to receive sign-in instructions. This series will serve as a […]

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Why Holy Week Matters?

Mon, 2021/04/19 - 3:47pm

Join myOCN Interactive Virtual Community on Let’s Talk, Thursday, April 22nd at 7pm EST with Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis and Fr. Christopher Metropulos as they share the many ways people approach this special week of the year.  Join for some guidance on how to get the most out of this year’s […]

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Celebrating God’s Gift of Marriage Group

Mon, 2021/04/19 - 3:20pm

Join myOCN Community for a six week marriage and relationships group with Licensed Professional Counselor Paula Marchman, every Wednesday evening at 7pm EST, from May 5th (Bright Week) through June 9th. Each session will be about one hour and is offered at no cost.  This educational and interactive group is […]

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Repentance, as I learned it from contemporary Saints and Elders (Part 2)

Mon, 2021/04/19 - 8:30am

Andreas Christoforou   Then you can forgive others, as we said above. So you receive the remission of sins in prayer first and this is necessary so that you can go to your spiritual guide for confession and to receive forgiveness from the Church. Then you’ll also receive it from […]

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Two Great Sinners Who Became Two Great Saints

Sun, 2021/04/18 - 11:55pm

But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to Thy saints at Jerusalem; and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call upon Thy name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a […]

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Saint Mary of Egypt

Sun, 2021/04/18 - 8:30am

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom †   16 April 1989 In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. We keep today the memory of Saint Mary of Egypt in the gradual progression from glory to glory which Lent is, and which must lead us step by step to […]

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True Leaders Are Servants

Sat, 2021/04/17 - 11:55pm

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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Repentance, as I learned it from contemporary Saints and Elders

Sat, 2021/04/17 - 8:30am

Andreas Christoforou   I was fortunate enough to know personally quite a few of the contemporary Saints and Elders at the time when I was exploring the way of the spiritual life. What, in practice, is the path to being cured of our sins and passions, so that we ask […]

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Setting the Stage

Fri, 2021/04/16 - 11:55pm

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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A Seat with Him in Heaven

Fri, 2021/04/16 - 10:49am

Do you ever get to choose where you sit? Maybe when you come into your classroom or on the bus, or even at church, you choose where you want to sit. You might want to sit near your friends, or near a window, or even in the back (where your teacher can’t see you!). In […]

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Sustenance for the Strong

Fri, 2021/04/16 - 8:30am

Alexandros Christodoulou, Theologian   After those who came to be baptized in the ancient Church, the whole of their life was imbued with a godly passion for holy communion. Allegorical symbols of the heavenly food of the faithful filled places of worship, especially in the catacombs. Images of the true […]

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