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The Perfect Gift for Orthodox Christian Families

OCN Now - 3 hours ago
Listen Now.   As we head into the Christmas season, join us as we discuss the importance of simplifying and slowing down to create traditions and memories, and help others, truly the perfect gift.   Photo credit: Listen Now.  About Our Podcasters Paula Marchman, MA, LPC, is the Managing Director of Family Life Ministry of the Metropolis […]

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The Crowd

OCN Now - 3 hours 19 min ago
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Figures of the Nativity In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled.  This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria.  And all went to be […]

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The Saints Stand By Us

OCN Now - 4 hours 42 min ago
Dr. Petros Panayiotopoulos   When we refer to the life of a saint, we tend to extol their actions and promote them mostly on the basis of the wonderful things they performed. From very ancient times, it was thought that this elevation and emphasis, sometimes even exaggeration, in the narrative of the life of a […]

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St. Paul's Letter to Titus 1:5-14

Daily Readings and Saints - Wed, 2017/12/13 - 11:00pm
Epistle Reading
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Mark 9:10-15

Daily Readings and Saints - Wed, 2017/12/13 - 11:00pm
Gospel Reading
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Queen, Saint, and Stateswoman: Commemorating the ‘Lion of Georgia’

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/12/13 - 10:33pm
If anyone insists to you that Christianity represses women or that Christian women are always under the control of oppressive male patriarchs, St. Queen Tamar of Georgia’s life and reign (1160-1213, r. 1178-84 with her father, and as sole monarch from 1184-1213) is one of the most profound historical examples you can bring up to […]

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A full house

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/12/13 - 12:34pm
Do you have any friends or relatives who live far away from you? Do you visit sometimes or talk on the phone? Maybe you wish they lived closer to you so you could be together more! In the Gospel reading today, we hear how our Lord also wants His friends to be with Him! We […]

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Joseph

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/12/13 - 11:39am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Figures of the Nativity Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way.  When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found to be with child of the […]

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Young Adults in US Orthodox Parishes

Ancient Faith Radio - Wed, 2017/12/13 - 11:15am
Bobby Maddex interviews Alexei Krindatch, the Research Coordinator for the Assembly of Bishops of the USA, and he is here to talk about a brand new study by the Assembly on “Young Adults in US Orthodox Parishes.”
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Answer and solution

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/12/13 - 9:30am
Elder Efraim Vatopaidinos   People today should avail themselves of the intercession of the Mother of God, which saves us. In every sadness and problem, we shouldn’t forget that there is the ‘help of the sorrowing, the protector, the defender, the consolation of the fearful’, to whom we can turn and find comfort, an immediate […]

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Christ and the Social Problem

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/12/13 - 8:10am
† Archimandrite Georgios Kapsanis, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Gregoriou   The more that people are cleansed of the passions, the greater their capacity for real communion with God and other people. Those who take a romantic and external view of the human person transfer wickedness from the person onto society, which is why […]

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Encouragement—Something We All Need, Something We Can All Give

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/12/12 - 11:31am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Go-To Verses from the Bible Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.  I Thessalonians 5:11   Good morning Prayer Team! Have you ever heard anyone say “I get way to much encouragement […]

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Saint Spiridon, the patron of Corfu

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/12/12 - 8:30am
The holiest shrine on the island of Kerkyra (Corfu) just off the western coast of Greece is the tomb of a fourth-century saint whose body after sixteen centuries is in such a remarkable state of preservation that every year he is carried in solemn triumph through the streets on the occasion of his feast day. […]

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On Christian Ministry

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/12/12 - 8:28am
Listen Now.  Join us as Fr. Chris speaks with Fr. Anthony Perkins of The Protection of the Holy Theotokos Parish Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Allentown, PA.  He is also a professor at St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Seminary and has a blog called Good Guys Wear Black.  He speaks with Fr. Chris about life in ministry. […]

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John 10:1-9

Daily Readings and Saints - Mon, 2017/12/11 - 11:00pm
Matins Gospel Reading
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Celebrating St. Nicholas: When Santa Went to Jail

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/12/11 - 9:30pm
The Nativity Fast has begun, and Christmas is just around the corner. Trees are soon to be decorated. Children around the world will make lists, check them twice and anxiously await the arrival of Santa Claus. However, parents beware! Jolly old St. Nick served time in prison. I’m not kidding! The man who slides down […]

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Statement by Metropolitan JOSEPH on the Recent Announcement by President Trump Recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel

Antiochian Archdiocese - Mon, 2017/12/11 - 6:43pm

Englewood, NJ/The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

Statement by His Eminence, Archbishop Metropolitan JOSEPH, of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church of North America on the Recent Announcement by President Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

“Glory to God in the Highest and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”. Luke 2:14

We in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church stand with religious and world leaders in expressing concern over the recent announcement by President Trump in which the United States officially recognizes the city of Jersusalem as the capital of Israel and will therefore be moving the United States Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Our main concern is that this is a unilateral decision being made from outside of the framework of the Middle East peace process and that this will serve to undermine an already complex and difficult situation.

The holy city of Jerusalem is the center of the three major monotheistic religions and is inhabited by their peoples. As Orthodox Christians we revere the sacred sites where our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ was crucified and buried and where he rose from the dead inside the walls of the old city. At the same time, the issue of Jerusalem has been the focus of intense political debate since 1948 when the modern State of Israel was established. Since that time and especially since the Six-Day War of 1967, both sides of the conflict have claimed this city as their respective political capital. International law and most countries of the world, including the United States, recognized this situation and agreed that the final status of Jerusalem would be part of a lasting peace agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis. President Trump’s announcement would appear to undermine the perception of the United States as a neutral party on the global stage, and could impact U.S.-led efforts at achieving a lasting solution to the conflict.

Most alarming is the violence and unrest that this announcement has sparked. We ask those who live in the region to utilize peaceful methods in resolving this conflict and not to resort to violence. We implore world leaders and all those concerned about the announcement to renew a commitment to dialogue and to the Palestinian/Israeli peace process. To do nothing will only lead to more violence and killing, and more generations of Palestinians and Israelis who will likely choose hatred and armed conflict rather than the road to peace.

As we prepare to celebrate our Lord’s Nativity in the flesh, in the town of Bethlehem, just outside the holy city of Jerusalem, let us pray even more that God’s peace, the peace from above, will penetrate the hearts of all.

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Youth Worker Conference to Feature the Theme of Gratitude

Antiochian Archdiocese - Mon, 2017/12/11 - 3:16pm

The Very Rev. Dr. Joseph F. Purpura, chairman of SOYO and the Department of Youth, encourages all parish and Archdiocese-wide youth leaders to attend the pan-Orthodox Youth Worker Conference in early 2018. Themed "The Place of Gratitude in Youth Ministry," the Conference is slated for February 1–3, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. More information is available here.

The Orthodox Youth Worker & Camping Conference is sponsored by the Jurisdictional Youth Departments of the Assembly of Bishops. The Youth and Camping Departments of the American Carpatho-Russian Diocese and Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA will host the 2018 conference.

 

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