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That’s a LOT of Love, Forgiveness, and Mercy

OCN Now - 9 hours 43 min ago
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Go-To Verses from the Bible For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does […]

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Sasha and the Dragon

Ancient Faith Radio - 9 hours 48 min ago
Bobby Maddex interviews Laura E. Wolfe and Nicholas Malara, the author and illustrator, respectively, of the new Ancient Faith Publishing children’s book Sasha and the Dragon.
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Patriarch John and Metropolitan Joseph to Speak at D.C. Event: "The Future of Orthodox Christianity in Syria and America"

Antiochian Archdiocese - 9 hours 48 min ago

The Orthodox Convent of Our Lady, Seydnaya, Syria (photo: De Agostini/C. Sappa)







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What place do Christians and the Antiochian Church have in the future of Syria? What role has the Church played in humanitarian assistance to the millions in need? Why is Orthodoxy finding renewed appeal in Western countries? For answers to these and many other questions regarding the future of Orthodox Christianity in Syria and America, Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom will host a conversation with His Beatitude, John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, and His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph, Metropolitan of All North America and Archbishop of New York. Hudson Senior Fellow Samuel Tadros will moderate the conversation.

The Hudson Institute is a non-profit American think tank based in Washington, D.C. An independent research organization, the Institute promotes ideas and dialogues for the advancement of global security, prosperity and freedom.

For more information, view the Hudson Institute video or visit the Institute website.

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Take Time for a Marriage Check Up

OCN Now - 11 hours 54 min ago
Listen Now.  Join us as we discuss the importance of building a Christ-centered marriage and doing a marriage check up from time to time.  Praying together will enhance your connection to God and each other.  In addition, key steps to take include building love maps, expressing appreciation, affection and admiration, and turning toward one another. […]


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The Attitude of the Saints towards the Maladies of their Era

OCN Now - 11 hours 58 min ago
Elder Christodoulos, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Koutloumousi   We feel sad, worried, exposed and afraid not only because of external events, but also because we ourselves have lost the centre of our lives. We’ve become subject to the temptations which Christ rejected in the desert: gluttony, vainglory and the desire for power. We’ve […]

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On Sharing the Love and Warmth of Christ

OCN Now - 12 hours 14 min ago
Listen Now.  Join us as Fr. Chris speaks with Stacy Kokkinos of St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church in Jacksonville, Florida.  Stacy has spearheaded the ministry “Handmade for the Homeless.”  The ministry is a Philoptochos outreach program where women make handmade fleece scarves for the homeless and those in need throughout the city of […]


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Acts of the Apostles 2:14-21

Daily Readings and Saints - 20 hours 18 min ago
Epistle Reading
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Luke 9:49-56

Daily Readings and Saints - 20 hours 18 min ago
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Antiochian Women 2018 Project: "Strengthening the Ministries of our Church--VOCATIONS"

Antiochian Archdiocese - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 5:01pm

"Vocation" is defined as "a strong feeling of suitability for a particular career or occupation; a calling, mission, or purpose." At our 53rd Biennial Convention in Miami, His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH told us that "we are here for a purpose, and that purpose is to bring people together to praise God."

As we think of the definition of “vocation” in relation to the Church, we realize that it does not refer just to ordained or monastic vocations, but that there are many people who are doing holy work by dedicating their lives to ministries of various kinds. These ministries are inspired by the Holy Spirit and instituted by our Lord for the well-being of the Church and the salvation of souls. “And Christ, Himself, gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-12).

Our Project this year will focus on these ministries and on supporting those who undertake them as a Godly VOCATION -- Our goal is to inspire and support vocations as well as to raise money to fund and encourage all of the excellent work that is being done throughout our Archdiocese by dedicated and self-sacrificing men and women.

His Grace Bishop JOHN wrote:

“Metropolitan JOSEPH has asked the Antiochian Women to promote vocations in our
Archdiocese. The spiritual growth of our people as well as the success of the Metropolitan’s
visionary plan for our Archdiocese depend on recruiting and developing people to enter into the
various vocations of our Church. The vocations include but are not limited to service in the
parish as pastors, youth workers, Christian educators, church musicians, monastics and
administrators. Vocations also include serving the community as nurses, physicians, social
workers, institution developers and administrators, as well as counselors. Some vocations will
call people to other countries and traveling ministries as teachers, coaches, and missionaries.”
(DIAKONIA, summer 2017)

We want our Archdiocese to flourish; we want many more men and women to dedicate their lives to vocations of ministry in the Name of Christ Jesus. However, a firm financial foundation is necessary in order to support these ministries. Let us work hard this year to raise these needed funds. THANK YOU!

Kh. Suzanne Murphy
Vice President of the North American Board & NAB Project Coordinator

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Adult Education: Loneliness and Isolation: Silent Tormentors in a Social Society

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 3:00pm
">Adult Religious Education Class Orthodoxy and Modernity: Experiencing the Faith in Our Place and Our Time October 15th Lesson: Loneliness and Isolation: Silent Tormentors in a Social Society Many experts among scientists, mental health professionals, theologians, clergy, and others, believe there is a growing problem of loneliness and isolation in our society. Is this true? […]

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Hank Unplugged: MUSLIM with Robert Spencer

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 9:31am
Listen Now to a conversation with Robert Spencer in this podcast series of Hank Unplugged. The Bible Answer Man’s podcast brought to you through Christian Research Institute and now showcased on Orthodox Christian Network. ABOUT HANK HANEGRAAFF Hank is the author of more than twenty books, with more than a million copies in print. He is a regular […]

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The weight will be lifted

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 9:30am
When you feel a persistent weight or you’re tormented by lack of faith, you should know that the enemy has taken his seat in your heart and is making the most of your ignorance, weakness and instability in the faith. You must condemn your foolishness, blindness and lack of faith immediately. Then the Lord will […]

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It’s Tradition!

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 9:23am
Do you have traditions that you follow with your family? On holidays, maybe you do the same special thing every year. Maybe you wonder where those traditions came from or when they started. Maybe you’ve asked and nobody can tell you. “I don’t know. It’s tradition!” somebody might tell you. In our holy Orthodox Church, […]


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Evangelist Luke, “the Beloved Physician”

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 8:15am
Archbishop Lazar Puhalo   It has become a commonplace of for critics to suggest doubts about the authorship of Luke’s Gospel and the Book of Acts. Such doubts are, however, clearly unfounded. The evidence is conclusive that both treatises were written by a physician, and Luke was “the beloved physician” (Col. 4:14 ) who wrote […]

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Finding God in Nature

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 7:27am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Go-To Verses from the Bible O Lord, how manifold are Thy works! In wisdom hast Thou made them all; the earth is full of Thy creatures.  Psalm 104:24   Good morning Prayer Team! The distractions and disappointments of […]

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On the California Wildfires

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 1:57am
Listen Now.   Join us as Fr. Chris speaks with Fr. Lawrence Margitich of Saint Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Christian Cathedral in Santa Rosa, CA about the wildfires.  Fr. Lawrence’s parish has set up a Wildfire Relief Fund to help those in need as a result of the wildfires.  The OCN continues to pray for California and […]

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Weigh Your Heart

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 12:10am
Saint Macarius the Great is one of the monastic leaders of the fourth century. He was a disciple to Saint Anthony the Great. In studying the life of Saint Macarius, we read: The Lord of Glory sent a cherub; he led him into this mountain, and when he had set his seal on Abba Macarius […]

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Two Antiochian Scholars to Participate in Public Forum on Religious Freedom

Antiochian Archdiocese - Tue, 2017/10/17 - 4:50pm

Leading religious scholars will explore how Christian identity is shaped by the current culture in a free and public forum, "Religious Freedom in the Culture War," on Friday, October 20, 2017. The event is sponsored by North Park University in Chicago, IL, and is the second such forum in the University’s "Engaging Orthodoxy" Series, being made possible by the John C. Kulis Foundation.

Offering the main address is Princeton’s Dr. Robert P. George; Dr. George holds the Princeton McCormick Chair in Jurisprudence and is former Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Prominent Antiochian Orthodox New Testament scholar Dr. Edith M. Humphrey of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will offer the reply.

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Bradley Nassif, an Antiochian Orthodox theologian and professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at North Park University.

Dubbed “the country’s most influential conservative Christian thinker” by The New York Times, Dr. George will address what it means to be a Christian “in a culture that is forced upon us today," and whether or not Christians can express their faith in public places of employment without violating the law. The topic is relevant for people of all Christian affiliations who are working as public school teachers, business owners, health care professionals, psychologists, government workers, religious leaders, and employees in all areas of commerce.

The event is open to the public. A Q & A session for the audience and livestreamed listeners will follow the forum presentations. Follow the livestream on Friday night, October 20 from 7:30-9:30 pm.

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