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LIVE Adult Education: Shared Experience of the Orthodox Christian Faith

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/01/07 - 8:05am

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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March for Life 2020 in Washington, DC

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/01/07 - 7:40am

The 47th annual March for Life, the world’s largest annual human rights demonstration, will be held on January 24, 2020. Leading up to the March for Life will share more about the theme Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman and the incredible history of the women who pioneered the women’s rights...

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Theophany or Epiphany – 2

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/01/06 - 8:30am

Saint John Chrysostom Which baptism was performed, in His case? Not that of the Jews, nor ours, nor John’s. Why? You yourselves, from your own view of baptism, can see that He wasn’t baptized for any sins, nor because He needed the Holy Spirit; therefore, as we’ve shown, this baptism...

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A Celebration of Epiphany and the Spirit of Silence

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/01/05 - 8:57pm

Since my mom passed away I thought I was getting the hang of it all, of moving through loss, accepting absence, and learning how to replace empty space with gratefulness. My Orthodox Christian faith and avid practice of yoga both underscore the power and opportunity we are offered through challenge...

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Theophany or Epiphany – 1

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/01/05 - 8:30am

Saint John Chrysostom We shall now say something about the present feast. Many people celebrate feast days and know what they’re called, but don’t know why they were established. So everyone knows that the feast today is called Theophany, but don’t know what Theophany is, and whether it is one...

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The Transfiguration of Time

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/01/04 - 8:30am

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis   a) In every age, people want to measure, monitor and confer value on time, and, if at all possible, to surpass its limits. This can be seen from the monuments of world civilization, as well as from some of the notions which have been expressed regarding...

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Time and the Church – 2

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/01/03 - 8:30am

George Mantzaridis, Professor Emeritus, Theological School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   The eschatological nature of the Church is revealed especially in the sacrament of the Divine Liturgy. The celebration of this sacrament is the central and pre-eminently eschatological action of the Church. It is its Liturgy (= function). It constitutes...

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Saint John Gave God the Glory

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/01/02 - 10:27am

Give God the Glory! Have you ever had to admit somebody was better than you are at something? Maybe you lost an arm wrestling match, or maybe you lost a race. Maybe you lost at a spelling bee or another contest. It is humbling when we have to admit somebody...

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Time and the Church – 1

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/01/02 - 8:30am

George Mantzaridis, Professor Emeritus, Theological School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   Christ’s advent brought the kingdom of God into the world. And the realm where the kingdom of God is made manifest is the Church. This retains eternity within history and provides history with the perspective of eternity. The Church...

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Your Highness, we’ve been defeated: Basil the Great

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/01/01 - 8:30am

Stylianos G. Papadopoulos   Until then, Orthodoxy in Cappadocia seemed very much like an islet in the East. Valens let loose the evils of heresy everywhere. The combination of his brutality and cunning brought shocking results. He swept through Orthodoxy and then dug his claws into Caesarea. It’s true to...

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How often should we take Holy Communion?

OCN Now - Tue, 2019/12/31 - 8:30am

Fr. Andreas Agathokleous   Our participation in Holy Communion is a spiritual matter concerning which the opinions expressed have fluctuated over time. From the view that we should commune only infrequently, out of respect for the sacrament and recognition of our own sinfulness, to the attitude that we should take...

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New Year Resolutions and Time as an Opportunity

OCN Now - Mon, 2019/12/30 - 8:30am

Dr. Nikolaos Koios, Content Coach of Pemptousia   In the Western world there’s a continuing tradition of making resolutions at the turn of each year. In a sense, people want to commit to resolutions that’ll help them become ‘better’. We can see two aspects to this attractive custom: 1) the...

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Vasilopita (Saint Basil Pie)

OCN Now - Sun, 2019/12/29 - 8:30am

The Vasilopita (VasilOpita) is the main custom in Greece for New year. It’s one which we encounter throughout Greece, though naturally with local variations. These are mostly to do with the ingredients of the cake. In some places it’s a cake, though there are also parts where it’s a savory...

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The Word became Flesh: the inexpressible mystery of salvation

OCN Now - Sat, 2019/12/28 - 8:30am

Saint Symeon the New Theologian   When God, the Son of God, entered the womb of All-Holy Virgin and took flesh from her, He was born a perfect person and perfect God, without confusion. When has anything more important ever happened for us? We all believe in this Son of...

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Did You Know: Jesus Came From Bethlehem, Egypt, and Nazareth

OCN Now - Fri, 2019/12/27 - 9:19am

Lots of people wanted to know “Where is Jesus from?” Well, He lived in Bethlehem, Egypt, and then Nazareth. Have you ever met somebody new? When we meet somebody, you might get asked, “What’s your name?” or “Where are you from?” or “Where do you live?” When we want to...

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The Incarnation of God, the Good News of the New Testament and the Mother of God

OCN Now - Fri, 2019/12/27 - 8:30am

Alexandros Christodoulou With His incarnation, His humanization, God entered the innermost core of our lives in the most obvious way. He entered our circulatory system, our heart, the centre of everything, the centre of the universe. After He’d been expelled from our world, our body and our soul through our...

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The Dignity of Humankind and the Indignity of God

OCN Now - Thu, 2019/12/26 - 8:30am

Ilias Voulgarakis       An undignified Trinity Once upon all the time, there’s God. And from some time there’s human beings. But the reports coming from Earth about the state of humankind are increasingly distressing. The human race is going from bad to worse, despite all God’s efforts, through...

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The Word became flesh (John 1, 14) A Sermon on the Nativity of Christ

OCN Now - Wed, 2019/12/25 - 8:30am

Saint John of Kronstadt   The Word became flesh; that is, the Son of God, co-eternal with God the Father and with the Holy Spirit, became human — having become incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary. O, wondrous, awesome and salvific mystery! The One Who had no...

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Christmas’ deeper meaning

OCN Now - Tue, 2019/12/24 - 8:30am

Metropolitan Athanasios of Lemessos Every time we stand before the Lord either in prayer or in celebration in Church of an event from the life of Christ, or we are in any other way experiencing the presence of the Lord, two basic things happen, which are attested by the Church...

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A Christmas greeting card sent by Elder Sophrony of Essex

OCN Now - Mon, 2019/12/23 - 8:30am

Paraskevi, who out of sheer humility does not wish to reveal her full name, was among the first spiritual children of Elder Sophrony, during the time of her studies in England. She sent us a copy of two handwritten scripts by the blessed Elder.   The Christmas wish card (handwritten):...

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