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Valuing Traditions

OCN Now - 2 hours 43 min ago
Is Orthodoxy burdened with traditions?   Listen as Fr. Chris speaks with  Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis, pastor of St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL, about the value of traditions in the Orthodox Faith.  They speak primarily on the Forty Day Blessing of a newborn, but they expand on the advantage of other traditions as […]

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Daily Devotion: Church Community

OCN Now - 5 hours 49 min ago
And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give […]

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Matthew 14:1-13

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Matins Gospel Reading
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Acts of the Apostles 13:25-33

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Mark 6:14-30

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Gospel Reading
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This Week in Orthodoxy, August 28, 2015

OCN Now - Fri, 2015/08/28 - 8:30pm
Welcome to “This Week in Orthodoxy”, the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church. I’m Emmy Louvaris. These are some of the stories making headlines this week: St. Vladimir’s Seminary to honor Metropolitans at an annual lecture next month. Istanbul’s Greek community wishes to remove patriarchs’ graves […]

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Learn About the Icon of Saint James – PISTEVO – The Art of Belief Series

OCN Now - Fri, 2015/08/28 - 3:27pm
Inspired by the documentary, PISTEVO, the Orthodox Christian Network will be featuring iconography and the Saints of the Orthodox Church.  Iconography, the centuries-old tradition of depicting faith through images, was the primary means of teaching Christianity until written records were formally canonized as the Holy Scriptures.  Please join us in raising awareness of iconography as a window […]

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Registration is Still Open for Fall Courses at the Classical Learning Resource Center

Antiochian Archdiocese - Fri, 2015/08/28 - 2:46pm

The Fall school term fast approaches, and registration is still open for classes at the Classical Learning Resource Center (CLRC). Six years ago, the Center was founded by Antiochian Orthodox Christians John and Anne Van Fossen of Naples, ID, with the blessing and encouragement of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph. Sixteen of the twenty instructors, and well over half of the students, are Orthodox. Currently, the CLRC is offering online classes in Classical Greek and Latin, Literature and Composition, Math, History, Great Books, Mythology, Science, and Modern Languages. There are also a wide variety of catechetical offerings, including classes in Early Church Theology, the History and Meaning of Icons, the Divine Liturgy, Byzantine Chant and more. 

The CLRC is not a school, per se; rather, it is a portal that connects great teachers with valuable courses to homeschooling parents that need them. The CLRC is there to come alongside parents with the resources they need in providing an exceptional education for their children. Firmly rooted in the Orthodox faith, and dedicated to the principles of Classical education, the CLRC fills an important and ever-growing niche in the realm of homeschool education, and has been recognized for its excellence by leaders of the classical homeschooling movement—both within and without the Orthodox Church  

Listen to Bobby Maddex’s recent interview with Anne Van Fossen on Ancient Faith Radio

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2015-2017 Antiochian Women Officers Elected at Archdiocese Convention in Boston

Antiochian Archdiocese - Fri, 2015/08/28 - 1:31pm

Metropolitan Joseph installs new officers (R to L): His Grace Bishop John (Spiritual Advisor), Dianne O’Regan, Kh. Suzanne Murphy, Fadia Juzdan, and Melinda Bentz. (Missing: Sheryl VanderWagen)The following officers of the North American Board (NAB) of the Antiochian Women were elected for the 2015-2017 term at the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese Convention in Boston:

President:  Dianne O’Regan from the Diocese of Toledo & the Midwest (doregan@stites.com)

Vice-President/NAB Project Coordinator:  Kh. Suzanne Murphy from the Diocese of Ottawa, Eastern Canada, & Upstate New York (suzannem@rochester.rr.com)

Recording Secretary:  Sheryl VanderWagen from the Diocese of Toledo & the Midwest (gvwagen@charter.net)

Treasurer:  Fadia Juzdan from the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland, & the Mid-Atlantic (fjuzdan@gmail.com)

Public Relations:  Melinda Bentz from the Diocese of Los Angeles & the West (melbentz@yahoo.com)

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Daily Devotion: I Can Do All Things

OCN Now - Fri, 2015/08/28 - 6:45am
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 Good morning Prayer Team! A few years ago, I confided in a friend that I was nervous about something that I had to do the next day. Early the next day, before the event I was nervous about, my friend stopped by the […]

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Prevent Medical Martyrdom

Ancient Faith Radio - Thu, 2015/08/27 - 2:37pm
On a new "Human Exceptionalism," host Wesley J. Smith explains how Hippocratic pro-life medical professionals are increasingly being pressured to practice their science and art without regard to their personal faith or conscience beliefs.
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Destruction of a Church in Albania

OCMC News - Thu, 2015/08/27 - 12:00pm
Today on August 26, 2015, before dawn at around 4 o'clock in the morning, in order not to confront the residents of Dhermi in Himara, the Orthodox church of St. Athanasius was secretly and...

Greetings From New Antiochian Women President, Dianne O'Regan

Antiochian Archdiocese - Thu, 2015/08/27 - 11:01am

August 2015

I send you greetings on behalf of the new officers and coordinators of the North American Board (“NAB”) of the Antiochian Women.  We were blessed to have been sworn in by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 during the Archdiocese Convention in Boston, Massachusetts.

Earlier that same day at the Antiochian Women’s brunch, we were honored to present a check for $142,724.42 to Metropolitan Joseph – in the presence of His Beatitude John X – for our 2014-15 Project:  “Nurturing the Seeds of Orthodoxy Across North America: Regional Camps and Learning Centers and Monastic Communities.”  We also presented His Eminence with a check for additional contributions to our 2013-14 Project to “Help the Orphans of War in Syria,” for a combined total of $300,095.00.  God bless each of you for your magnificent efforts. 

Knowing that we will not allow ourselves rest, Metropolitan Joseph tasked us with a NEW Project: “Hungry Children At Home and Abroad.”  Read information about this very worthy cause from our Vice-President/NAB Project Coordinator, Kh. Suzanne Murphy.

Met. Joseph installs new officers (R to L): His Grace Bishop John (Spiritual Advisor), Dianne O’Regan, Kh. Suzanne Murphy, Fadia Juzdan, and Melinda Bentz. (Missing: Sheryl VanderWagen)After a wonderfully-successful Convention – hosted by the faithful of St. Mary Orthodox Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts – I’m pleased to report that we have “hit the ground running.”  Your North American Board (NAB) Officers, NAB Coordinators and our NAB Spiritual Advisor, as well as all the Diocesan Presidents and Diocesan Spiritual Advisors, have already received updates and reports to help them get started in their new roles.  You will find their names and contact information elsewhere on this website – please do not hesitate to contact any of us if you have ideas on the local, Diocesan or Archdiocesan levels – we welcome ALL suggestions!

The NAB has some exciting plans for the Antiochian Women across the continent!  See our Diocesan officers visiting local churches and missions.  Look for us soon on “social media” and on the Archdiocese website (www.antiochian.org).  Watch for suggestions on how to get young women more involved.  Check out easier ways to submit dues and Project payments.  Continue to engage in Common Acts of Mercy.  And remember that EVERY woman in this Archdiocese is an “Antiochian Woman.”

We are humbled and honored to serve in this ministry, always remembering that we are a “Sisterhood Serving Christ Through Serving Others.” 

Yours in Christ,

Dianne M. O’Regan, President
North American Board of the Antiochian Women

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Church of St. Athanasius Leveled by Albanian Government

OCN Now - Thu, 2015/08/27 - 10:58am
Today on August 26, 2015, before dawn at around 4 o’clock in the morning, in order not to confront the residents of Dhermi in Himara, the Orthodox church of St. Athanasius was secretly and insidiously destroyed by construction inspection forces which were brought from other areas of the country. It was dejecting and offensive to […]

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Memory Eternal! + Archpriest Louis Mahshie

Antiochian Archdiocese - Thu, 2015/08/27 - 10:24am
Memory Eternal! Archpriest Louis Mahshie, longtime proistamenos at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Akron, OH, reposed early this morning, August 27, 2015. Funeral arrangements are pending at this time. Father Louis is survived by his wife Khouria Corinne and their children and grandchildren. Condolences may be sent to mail@stgeorgeakron.com.    FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS Funeral arrangements are as follows: His Grace Bishop Anthony will preside at all services, which will take place at St. George Orthodox Church, 3204 Ridgewood Road, Akron, OH 44333, or call (330) 666-7116.

Monday, August 31st
Visitation 3-8pm
Funeral for Clergy at 7pm

Tuesday, September 1st
Visitation 9-10am
Divine Liturgy followed by the Funeral Service 10am
A Meal of Mercy follows (a private, family interment takes place after the meal)

Overnight accommodations can be made at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn; call 330-867-5000.
For more information or questions, please contact assistant Pastor Fr. John Al-Assaf, yohanna-1965@hotmail.com.

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Memory Eternal! + Nicholas Hamaty

Antiochian Archdiocese - Thu, 2015/08/27 - 10:23am
Memory Eternal! Nicholas Hamaty of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Washington, D.C., passed away on Thursday August 20, 2015, at the age of 90.   Nicholas Hamaty served the church his entire life. However it was in 1954 that he undertook his first major task when he, along with several others, organized the St. George Choir. The choir was the stepping stone in building the SOYO organization of Washington, D.C., which elected Nick to be its first and second president. Nick was also elected as President of the Eastern Region SOYO during his second term as President of D.C. SOYO. He held this office for two terms, and for his faithful service His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony Bashir of thrice blessed memory awarded him the highest honor presented by the Archdiocese to a layman at that time, the Certificate of Meritorious Service.   Nick went on to be elected to NAC SOYO as an Eastern Region Delegate. In 1958 and 1959 he was elected to the offices of Treasurer and Vice President of NAC respectively. He continued to be active at St. George Church his entire life, serving on the parish council for many years and being active in all areas which supported the health and promotion of the Orthodox Church. In 2005 he was appointed by the parish council as a Life Member with voting rights, the only one to hold this position in the entire 107 years history of St. George of Washington, D.C.   One of the greatest rewards of Nick's work in the Church was meeting Joyce Farrah. In 1957, Nick and Joyce were married . He was a beloved husband for 58 years, as well as father, grandfather and uncle. His family, friends and his church were his life. He was loved by all who met him and he will be greatly missed. "Well done, thy good and faithful servant."

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Right and Wrong

OCN Now - Thu, 2015/08/27 - 7:32am
“Words mean things.”  This is a phrase that one of my teachers branded onto my brain.  “Words mean things.”  And yet today, words seem disposable, like so much of the “stuff” we use.  We might prefer to toss a paper plate than to wash a dish.  We might rather buy a new something, whatever that […]

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Daily Devotion: Finding Strength

OCN Now - Thu, 2015/08/27 - 7:25am
I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to about and to suffer need. Philippians 4:12 Good morning Prayer Team! No life is perfect. No life is without its challenges. No life is without […]

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