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The lesser good

OCN Now - Wed, 2019/11/27 - 8:35am

Saint John Maximovich   The lesser good is necessary: As a matter of fact, the lesser good is more necessary for mankind than the greater. People can get along with their lives without the greater good; without the lesser they cannot exist. Mankind perishes not from a lack of the...

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Declaration of Independence

OCN Now - Tue, 2019/11/26 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Varnavas Lambropoulos   In 1919, after the end of World War I, the cream of the intellectuals of that age (including Bertrand Russell, Albert Einstein, Stefan Zweig and many others) added their names to a declaration called the ‘Declaration of the Independence of the Spirit’*. Among other things it...

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‘If you Want to Enter Life, Keep the Commandments’

OCN Now - Mon, 2019/11/25 - 8:30am

Hierodeacon Rafael Misiaoulis, Theologian   The rich young man in today’s Gospel reading seems to have metaphysical concerns and considerable spiritual interests. His young heart burned for the sublime, the eternal, the things to come. He approached the Lord with zeal and with a genuine willingness to learn. A desire...

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Unpleasant but Beneficial

OCN Now - Sun, 2019/11/24 - 8:30am

Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk   Bad talk’s a great evil. It’s a terrible thing for others to hurl themselves at you and besmirch you. It happens. Out of nowhere. Suddenly. Sometimes it’s a fair judgment by God on us; sometimes it isn’t. In the first instance, when we ourselves are...

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Our Most Holy Lady as the Temple of God

OCN Now - Sat, 2019/11/23 - 8:30am

Miltiadis Konstantinou, Professor of the School of Theology of the University of Thessaloniki   If one were to attempt to describe the role and purpose of the Church in a single phrase, one might say that: ‘The aim of the Church is to manifest God to people’. In order to...

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The Christmas Fast

OCN Now - Fri, 2019/11/22 - 8:30am

Georgios Arabatzoglou   Another blessed period of fasting begins, a time of spiritual struggle and an effort to turn our mind to God, each of us with the strength and spiritual ‘nobility’ at our disposal, and, as always, in conjunction with the advice of our spiritual guide. This fast begins...

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Jerusalem For Christmas

OCN Now - Thu, 2019/11/21 - 9:28pm

Join is Saturday November 23rd in person at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, DC. OCN is LIVE with a talk by Dr. Robin Darling-Young professor of Early Christian History at Catholic University of America. Dr. Darling-Young transport you to Jerusalem when Christ was born. She will explore the...

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God Saved Us Because He Loves Us

OCN Now - Thu, 2019/11/21 - 8:44pm

Salvation is A Gift Has anybody ever given you a gift…and you never gave anything back? Sometimes you might get a present, and you just say “thank you!” You might not give a present back. Today’s epistle reading reminds us of the great gift that God gives us…and we can...

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Sermon on the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

OCN Now - Thu, 2019/11/21 - 8:30am

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   On the 21st of November, the Church celebrates a special Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, her going to the Temple of Jerusalem. As we know from Holy Tradition, her parents Sts. Joachim and Anna were elderly and beyond child bearing years. After many prayers,...

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The Needful Thing Requires Practice and Discipline

OCN Now - Thu, 2019/11/21 - 7:03am

The Entrance of the Virgin Mary in the Temple (Ta Eisodia) Now as they went on their way, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha received Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to His teaching....

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Charlie Brown and Lucy

OCN Now - Wed, 2019/11/20 - 9:00am

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection, and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. And the word of the Lord came to Zechariah, saying, “Thus say the Lord of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness...

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A Theological Approach to and Interpretation of the Icon of the Entry of the Mother of God

OCN Now - Wed, 2019/11/20 - 8:30am

Hierodeacon Filaretos, Monastery of the Holy Lavra, Kalavryta   When we look at the icon of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple, we’re conscious of the silence of the Holy Scriptures and listen instead to the augmentation of the Gospels by the sacred Tradition of the...

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Pilgrimage to The Holy Land and The Ecumenical Patriarchate

OCN Now - Tue, 2019/11/19 - 6:54pm

AN OCN Experience.  Join us as we travel back to the roots of the Christian Faith. Led by Reverend Dr. Christopher T. Metropulos, Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Throne and Founding Father of Orthodox Christian Network (OCN), and Reverend Dr. Steven P. Zorzos, Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Throne and Presiding Priest...

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God is an Optimist – We Should Be As Well

OCN Now - Tue, 2019/11/19 - 9:00am

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection, and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. He who diligently seeks good seeks favor, but evil come to him who searches for it. Proverbs 11:27 When our son...

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The Great Return – The renewal of Orthodoxy in Britain

OCN Now - Tue, 2019/11/19 - 8:30am

This inaugural video of The Academy of St Juliana focuses on the history of Orthodoxy in the British Isles and the role of the liturgical arts in the renewal of the spiritual and cultural life of the community and the nation. This video features interviews with: Archimandrite Philip of the...

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Praise Versus Encouragement

OCN Now - Mon, 2019/11/18 - 9:10am

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection, and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. He who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than he who flatters with his tongue. Proverbs 28:23 There is...

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They ’ll live with the angels

OCN Now - Mon, 2019/11/18 - 8:30am

Saint Ephraim the Syrian   Blessed are those who have acquired love, because they depart to God with this in their possession and He will therefore recognize them as His own and welcome them into His bosom. In other words, those who have labored in love will live with the...

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Are You Rich Towards God?

OCN Now - Sun, 2019/11/17 - 9:00am

9th Sunday of Luke The Lord said this parable: “The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger...

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Set your Thoughts on Fire

OCN Now - Sun, 2019/11/17 - 8:30am

Saint Ignatius Brianchaninoff   I’m pouring out the words of my heart, which is leaping with unalloyed and inexpressible joy. Brethren, if you enter my words with pure thoughts, you’ll rejoice as if you were at a spiritual banquet. Faith in Christ is life. Those who are already nourished with...

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Another Sinner Turned Saint

OCN Now - Sat, 2019/11/16 - 9:00am

Feast of St. Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office; and He said to him, “Follow Me.” And he rose and followed Him. And as He sat at table in the house, behold, many tax...

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