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The Resurrection from Matthew

OCN Now - Mon, 2021/05/03 - 11:55pm

Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the sepulcher. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone, and sat […]

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Today Is the Most Important Day of This Year

OCN Now - Sun, 2021/05/02 - 11:55pm

Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24 Christ is Risen! […]

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Christ’s Resurrection

OCN Now - Sun, 2021/05/02 - 8:30am

Saint John Chrysostom   Really convincing proof of the Resurrection is the fact that Christ, Who was sacrificed on the Cross, showed such great strength that He persuaded people who lived in various different places to disregard their faith, homeland, families, friends and relations and even their life. They did […]

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Grace and Truth Come Through Jesus Christ

OCN Now - Sat, 2021/05/01 - 11:35pm

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light […]

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Holy Week Crafts Group for Kids 

OCN Now - Sat, 2021/05/01 - 3:30pm

Holy Week Crafts Group for Kids with Presvytera Mallory Kasapakis and Alyssa Kyritsis Advance registration is required. Register HERE. Join myOCN Interactive Virtual Community will be offering 30 minute virtual crafting activities for children every day of Holy Week beginning with Palm Sunday, in partnership with Orthodox Pebbles learning materials. Click […]

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Prefiguration of the Resurrection in the Easter Canon

OCN Now - Sat, 2021/05/01 - 8:30am

Mihail Tritos No other hymnological text expresses the redemptive, existential and metaphysical dimension of the Resurrection with such completeness and power as does the incomparable canon by Saint John the Damascan. It’s a masterpiece of Byzantine poetry and one of the most beautiful texts in world literature. Full of sublime […]

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A Brief Comment on the Icon of the Resurrection

OCN Now - Sat, 2021/05/01 - 8:00am

Athanasios Moustakis We shall try here to point out the main features of the Orthodox icon which is entitled “The Descent into Hell”. The first thing to note is that it is entirely different from the Western-style depiction, which shows Christ emerging triumphantly from the tomb, holding a little flag. […]

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Not an Ending but a New Beginning

OCN Now - Fri, 2021/04/30 - 11:55pm

 In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when He was taken up, after He had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom He had chosen. To them He presented himself alive after His […]

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The Rudder – Web Radio

OCN Now - Fri, 2021/04/30 - 9:23am

The Rudder is available on the go, anytime, and anywhere providing Orthodox sacred music to reach people throughout the world and in all walks of life, Orthodox and non-Orthodox, clergy and laity, with the beautiful and transforming music of Orthodox worship. The Rudder is powered by the Orthodox Christian Network, an affiliated ministry of […]

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The Epitaphios (The tomb of Christ)

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

Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou   The service of Great Saturday is effectively a funeral service for Christ, and yet it is the most colourful service of Holy Week, because we have already begun to celebrate the Resurrection. The Epitaphios which represents the tomb of Christ, is adorned with an array of […]

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Rehearsal for Eternal Life

OCN Now - Thu, 2021/04/29 - 11:55pm

Truly, truly, I say to you, He who hears My word and believes Him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. John 5:24 On Good Friday night, most churches will make an elaborate procession outside of the Church […]

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The Twelve Gospels of the Passion of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Daily Readings and Saints - Thu, 2021/04/29 - 11:00am
The Twelve Gospels of the Passion of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
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The Twelve Gospels

OCN Now - Thu, 2021/04/29 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou   I am probably in serious trouble for saying that, so allow me to quickly move on before I really put my foot in it. Let us now turn our attention to the service of Great Friday that takes place on Thursday evening. At this service, we […]

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The Story of Eva Cledaras, the woman who died at the same hour as the Lord

OCN Now - Thu, 2021/04/29 - 4:55am

Here is another inspiring story, about another inspiring woman, who also died at Holy Trinity in Asheville, also during Holy Week of 2004—her story was witnessed by the entire congregation. Please take a few moments and read what follows: Have you ever wondered what would be the best way in […]

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I Surrender to God and to Love

OCN Now - 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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John 12:17-50

Daily Readings and Saints - Wed, 2021/04/28 - 11:00am
Orthros Gospel Reading
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Matthew 26:6-16

Daily Readings and Saints - Wed, 2021/04/28 - 11:00am
Vespers Gospel Reading
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Christ Always Helps Us Find the Way

OCN Now - 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

OCN Now - 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

OCN Now - 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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