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OCN Spark and Prayer Book for iPhone

OCN Now - 5 hours 10 min ago
The Orthodox Christian Network is thrilled to announce two Orthodox apps for i Phones &  iPads! OCN Spark for iPhone OCN Spark is an Orthodox Christian News portal that allows you to take action. Spark provides daily devotions, live Bible study, and you can read and learn about events going on in the Orthodox Christian […]

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Pascha Message from Metropolitan IAKOVOS of Chicago

OCN Now - 5 hours 38 min ago
HOLY PASCHA, 2016 Dearly Beloved, “Having beheld the Resurrection of Christ, let us worship…” The proclamation of the triumph of our Lord, the Holy Lord Jesus risen from the dead, is a call to receive the Light of the World, and a call to worship. In our churches this Pascha, we will light our Paschal […]

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The Icon of the Resurrection

OCN Now - 11 hours 16 min ago
Peter said, “Brethren, I may say to you confidently of the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants upon his throne,  he […]

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Luke 21:12-19

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Matins Gospel Reading
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Acts of the Apostles 12:1-11

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John 1:18-28

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Serbian Orthodox Church in NYC, Engulfed in Flames

OCN Now - Sun, 2016/05/01 - 10:40pm
As Orthodox Christians across the globe were celebrating the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ, terrifying news spread throughout the St. Savas Serbian Orthodox Community of New York City. Their beautiful and historic church was engulfed in flames. According to FDNY officials, the 4-Alarm fire began before 7:00 p.m., just hours after the faithful were […]

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St. George, Defender of the Poor

OCN Now - Sun, 2016/05/01 - 9:51pm
Listen to the Daily Reading for May 2, 2016, Renewal Monday Acts of the Apostles 12:1-11 About that time, Herod the king laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church. He killed James the brother of John with the sword; and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest […]

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The Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom

OCN Now - Sun, 2016/05/01 - 5:00am
“He has risen.”  Mark 16:6, Pascha Whosoever is a devout lover of God, let him enjoy this beautiful bright Festival. And whosoever is a grateful servant, let him joyously enter into the joy of his Lord. And if any be weary with fasting, let him now receive his reward. If any has toiled form the […]

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Paschal Trumpet

Ancient Faith Radio - Sat, 2016/04/30 - 5:50pm
Fr. Lawrence Farley explains that Christ is the jubilee of the whole world and His Resurrection is the trumpet which announces it.
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Waiting and Being

OCN Now - Sat, 2016/04/30 - 1:33pm
It’s Holy Week, and my cat is dying. She is old, older than we had thought, and her kidneys are diseased. Other than alleviating her symptoms, there is nothing we can do. There is no cure for this. So we hydrate her, feed her, pet her, cuddle her, love her, but under all the doing […]

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Paschal Encyclical 2016 from Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco

OCN Now - Sat, 2016/04/30 - 9:00am
“You, O Christ, Who has destroyed Hades and raised up mankind by your Resurrection, make us worthy with pure heart to praise and glorify You.” –From the Praises of Pascha Dearly Beloved, We have completed our Lenten journey and very soon we will find ourselves at the tomb of Christ where He has rested for […]

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Metropolitan Joseph's Pastoral Message for Great and Holy Pascha

Antiochian Archdiocese - Sat, 2016/04/30 - 6:37am

May 1, 2016

Christ is Risen! Indeed he is Risen!

We greet you with great joy and love as we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Resurrection of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ.  I wish to share with you this beautiful Paschal Oration by St. Gregory the Theologian as my pastoral message for Pascha:

Yesterday I was crucified with Him; today I am glorified with Him.  
Yesterday I died with Him; Today I am made alive with Him.
Yesterday I was buried with Him; today I am raised up with Him.
Let us offer to Him Who suffered and rose again for us…ourselves, the possession most precious to God and most proper.
Let us become like Christ, since Christ became like us.
Let us become divine for His sake, since for us He became man.
He assumed the worse that He might give us the better.
He became poor that by 
His poverty we might become rich.

 
He accepted the form of a servant that we might win back our freedom.
He came down that we might be lifted up. 
He was tempted that through Him we 
might conquer. 
He was dishonored that He might glorify us. 
He died that He might save us. 
He ascended that He might draw to Himself we who were thrown down 
through the fall of sin.
Let us give all, offer all, to Him who gave Himself as a ransom and reconciliation for us.
We needed an incarnate God, a God put to death, that we might live. 
We were put 
to death together with Him that we might be cleansed. 
We rose again with Him because we were put to death with Him. 
We were glorified with Him because we rose again with Him.
A few drops of blood recreate the whole of creation.

St. Gregory the Theologian, from the Paschal Orations

It is my prayer that the Light of the Empty Tomb will bring us the peace and joy which can only come from above.  Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

Yours in the Risen Christ,

+Joseph
Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America

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And God “Rested”

OCN Now - Sat, 2016/04/30 - 5:00am
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light” and there was light.  Genesis 1:1-3 (From a Prophecy […]

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Orthodoxy for All the World!

OCN Now - Fri, 2016/04/29 - 10:38pm
Is Orthodoxy a minority in your country? Listen as Fr. Chris speaks with His Eminence Metropolitan Konstantinos of the Orthodox Metropolis of Singapore and South Asia. With more than a fifth of the world’s population in Singapore, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, and Indonesia, Orthodoxy is a definite minority. Just saying they are Christian implies a threat […]

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Finding a New Normal

OCN Now - Fri, 2016/04/29 - 10:06pm
You can never go home. This was the warning I was given as I headed off to my first of six college co-ops. It seemed like an odd thing to hear as we were saying good-bye. But it was a truth and Elaine knew I wasn’t afraid of truths. Upon each of my returns, I […]

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Jesus Gave the Twelve Power and Authority

OCN Now - Fri, 2016/04/29 - 5:00pm
Listen to the Daily Reading for April 30, 2016, Holy Saturday Acts of the Apostles 12:1-11 About that time, Herod the king laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church. He killed James the brother of John with the sword; and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest […]

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Condemned by a tree, Saved by the Tree

OCN Now - Fri, 2016/04/29 - 5:00am
When Jesus had received the vinegar, He said, “It is finished”; and He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.  John 19:30  (Gospel of the Ninth Hour on Good Friday Morning) Great and Holy Friday    Good morning Prayer Team! In Genesis, we read that God created the world in “seven days.”  We also know […]

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