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On Having a Prayer Corner at Home

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/03/31 - 12:52pm

Re-commit to our spiritual lives: Prayer Corner at Home A desire for a fuller personal prayer life that includes regular daily prayers. One thing that can help keep this resolution includes having a dedicated place in our home where we can pray. A common practice for Orthodox Christians is having a...

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Strengthening Provisions

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/03/31 - 8:30am

Alexandros Christodoulou, Theologian   After those who entered the ancient Church had been baptized, the whole of their life was imbued with the sacred desire for Holy Communion. The places of worship, especially the catacombs, were full of allegorical symbols of the heavenly nourishment of the faithful. Images of the...

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Do All Religions Lead to God?

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/03/30 - 2:14pm

When we speak about religion, we need to understand what we mean by it. Organized and established religions? Spirituality? Traditional faith? Belief systems? Etc. This diversity of perception and interpretation is a real challenge, even for us Orthodox. Is Orthodox Christianity a religion and a religion like any other? As...

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4th Sunday in Lent

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/03/30 - 8:36am

Protopresbyter Nikolaos Patsalos   After the middle of this period [Lent], then, the Church provides appropriate additional help in our ascetic efforts, which differ in accordance with the capacities of each one of us, by presenting the perfect figure of asceticism, Saint John of the Ladder, that great asceticwho really...

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LIVE Streaming Orthodox Church Services Around the World

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/03/29 - 9:25am

 Online Church Services Streamed from Your Device OCN offers online streaming of Orthodox worship services throughout the world. These streamed services are especially beneficial as the closure of many Churches. Watch them with your family or just have them play in the background to put you in the spirit of...

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Saint John of the Ladder

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/03/29 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Georgios Alendas   Great Lent is a period of repentance, during which our stony hearts must become, through God’s grace, softened in the flesh, and move from being callous to being sensitive, from cold and hard to warm and open to others, particularly God Himself. Great Lent is a...

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Visions of Geronda Joseph (Miracles of Saint Joseph the Hesychast)

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/03/28 - 8:30am

Gero-Arsenios was always agreeable and gave out blessings very easily. One time, however, he strangely became so strict and unyielding that he upset one of the fathers. Afterwards, when he was asked why he had been so harsh with him, he answered: “Yesterday Geronda came and told me: Be careful,...

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‘When you come in power to judge the whole world..’

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/03/27 - 8:30am

‘When you come in power to judge the whole world, Word, do not publish my secrets, so that I may praise your great kindness’. (Matins, Ode 9). Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3 and an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical...

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Ladder of Divine Ascent

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/03/26 - 3:18pm

http://radio.myocn.net/podcast/HOT/HOT_2013/HOT_130412.mp3 On Harmony of Thunder, for the Sunday of St. John Climacus, we hear a reflection from Fr. David Smith on the Ladder of Divine Ascent. Why would you work to assure your salvation?  The Ladder of Divine Ascent Kindle Edition

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We Have the BEST Teacher of All

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/03/26 - 9:14am

Christ the Teacher How many teachers do you have? Do you have a teacher for math, another one for reading, another one for science or gym? Do you have a Sunday School teacher or a piano teacher? We look to our teachers to help us learn, so we can grow...

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First Discourse on the Annunciation (part 3)

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/03/26 - 8:30am

Saint Gregory the Wonder-Worker, Bishop of New Caesarea (ca. 213-270)   Just as the pearl comes from two natures, from lightning and water, from the unfathomable parts of the sea, so also our Lord Jesus Christ proceeds, without confusion and without change, from the pure, chaste, undefiled and holy Virgin...

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5 Ways to Unite with Faith Over Fear

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/03/25 - 11:23am

#FaithOverFear: Let’s Talk LIVE Online Community Gathering this coming Thursday, March 26th at 4:00 pm EST. Join our free event from your home.  This is generously brought to you through the James and Joanne Mitchell Foundation, Inc.   Things have been changing so fast these past few weeks. We continue to...

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First Discourse on the Annunciation (part 2)

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/03/25 - 8:30am

Saint Gregory the Wonder-Worker, Bishop of New Caesarea (ca. 213-270)   [The archangel continued]: ‘You alone, All-Holy Virgin, now receive the mysteries unknown to all of these and learn their origin. For where the Holy Spirit is, everything is already well-ordered. Where there is Divine Grace, everything is possible for...

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Thankfully, She Said “Yes”—Will You?

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/03/25 - 8:00am

After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she hid herself, saying, “Thus the Lord has done to me in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.” In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a...

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First Discourse on the Annunciation (part 1)

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/03/24 - 8:30am

Saint Gregory the Wonder-Worker, Bishop of New Caesarea (ca. 213-270)   Today, the ranks of the angels rejoice at the hymns being sung and the light of the presence of Christ shines brightly upon the faithful. Today, is glad spring-time for us, and Christ the Sun of Righteousness shines all...

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Creativity in the Church

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/03/24 - 8:00am

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 Most of us did not go to church this past Sunday.  Yet, many of us experienced the Divine Liturgy from home, in a way that was...

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The Liturgical Context of the Veneration of the Cross

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/03/23 - 10:28am

Georgios Zaravelas, Theologian   On the 3rd Sunday of Lent, and, indeed, throughout 4th week, a time within the reverential climate of the fast which is so beneficial to the soul, the Church displays the Precious Cross of the Lord, for the support of the faithful. The appointment of the...

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LIVE Adult Education: Shared Experience of the Orthodox Christian Faith

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/03/22 - 10:41am

LIVE Adult Education: Forming Christian Culture Sponsored by St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Bethesda, MD.  These are not classes on high theology that are intimidating or difficult to understand. We focus on the “down to earth” and practical ways we should understand and live our faith. In His parables to...

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‘The Cross brings peace to our life and sweetness to bitter experiences’

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/03/22 - 8:20am

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   HOMILY ON THE SUNDAY OF THE VENERATION OF THE HOLY CROSS (22/3/2020) The Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross is today! With a spirit of celebration and surrounded by flowers, the Precious Cross of Christ is placed in the center of the Church. All...

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The Soul Is What Has the Most Value

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/03/22 - 8:00am

And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake...

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