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Let’s Talk Live: Missionary Work During the Pandemic

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/07/26 - 8:46am

On Thursday July 30 at 7pm OCN will be offering myOCN Community Let’s Talk Live discussion with special guest Fr. Martin Ritsi of OCMC, a sister agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops in America, on the obstacles facing missionaries around the world during the pandemic. Fr. Christopher Metropulos, our...

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Two extremely tragic cases

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/07/26 - 8:30am

Georgios Patronos   In the Gospel reading for the 7th Sunday of Matthew (9, 27-35) we have two events. The first is the cure of two blind men and thereafter that of the man who was both mute and possessed. Both cases are extremely tragic, as Saint Matthew presents them,...

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The Work of the Church

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/07/26 - 5:29am

And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to...

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On the need to cut off the passions quickly before the soul becomes used to them

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/07/25 - 8:30am

Abba Dorotheos   Set your minds, brethren, to the examination of your affairs and don’t neglect yourselves, because even a little neglect can lead us into great danger. I lately paid a visit to a monk and found him recovering from an illness. As we were talking I learned that...

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Preparation and Sight

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/07/25 - 5:30am

Now before faith came, we were confined under the law, kept under restraint until faith should be revealed. So that the law was our custodian until Christ came, that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian; for in...

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OCN & EWTN: Who Am I, Really? What Am I?

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/07/24 - 2:59pm

Who Am I, Really? What Am I? SEND YOUR QUESTIONS HERE. Join Fr. Mitch Pacwa of EWTN(Eternal Word Television Network) and Fr. Christopher Metropulos of OCN (Orthodox Christian Network) respectively for an exciting and meaningful conversation Tuesday, August 11th on myOCN Facebook at 8pm.  Fr. Mitch and Fr. Chris will...

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Abbot Damascene: My relationship with Father Seraphim Rose

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/07/24 - 8:30am

In the first part of his interview to Pemptousia, archimandrite Damascene, Abbot of St Herman’s of Alaska monastery in California, is talking about his acquaintance with the charismatic Father Seraphim Rose and the influence of his presence on his spiritual Christian life. Source: pemptousia.com  

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Psalm 57—Be Exalted, O God

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/07/24 - 5:20am

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!  Let Thy glory be over all the earth! Psalm 57:5 A great deal of our liturgical services are taken from the Psalms.  That is because the Psalms cry to God with every emotion and our services reflect all of our various emotions.  Many...

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The Creation of the World: The Crossroads between Theology and Science [2]

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/07/23 - 8:30am

Dr Petros Panayiotopoulos   As regards the origins of the universe, the scientific community traditionally believed in its eternal existence. Going as far back as Ancient Greek thought, the prevailing scientific concept was that the universe always existed and would continue to do so. Everything changed when Albert Einstein introduced...

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The Police and The Community: Are They At Odds?

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/07/23 - 6:00am

Let’s Talk Live with Retired Major Julie Miller, Fr. Aristidis Arizi, Chaplain of the Miami Dade Police Department & Fr. Christopher Metropulos We are pleased to announce our myOCN Community Online Gathering this coming Thursday, July 23rd, at 7:00 pm EST with special guests Retired Major Julie Miller and Fr. Aristidis Arizi,...

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Psalm 56—They Can’t Take Away the Finish Line

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/07/23 - 5:30am

In God I trust without a fear.  What can man do to me? Psalm 56:11 One time, I was confiding in my Spiritual Father that I was very anxious about what some people thought of me, and whether their thoughts might affect me professionally.  I remember something he said, which...

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God Gives Us Something to Bring Us Closer

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/07/22 - 3:28pm

Did you know God gives us Something to Bring us Closer to Him? A long time ago, the “custodian” was a helper in the household who took the kids to school to learn. Or sometimes, the “custodian” was somebody who taught the children in the house, like a tutor. He...

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Metropolitan Kallistos: “The First Thing that Drew Me to Orthodoxy”

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/07/22 - 8:30am

Watch Now.  Metropolitan of Diocleia. Kallistos (Ware) speaks on his liturgical experience in Orthodox life. Source: pemptousia.com  

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Psalm 54—Vindicate Me O Lord

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/07/22 - 5:16am

Save me, O God, by Thy name, and vindicate me by Thy might. Psalm 54:1 We constantly look to others for approval.  This is very typical, almost natural behavior for us.  Everyone wants to feel accepted and liked for who they are.  And sometimes, in our desire to be liked...

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The Creation of the World: The Crossroads between Theology and Science

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/07/21 - 8:30am

Dr Petros Panayiotopoulos   The matter of the beginning of the world is one which traditionally has belonged to those great issues which have engaged our minds. How was the world created? What existed before that which we see? What was it that brought it all into existence? This is...

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Learning to Control Anger

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/07/21 - 5:15am

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away form you, with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4: 31-32 We’ll resume our reflections on the Psalms tomorrow after our one-week journey...

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Two Ironies: Prophet Elijah (Elias)

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/07/20 - 8:35am

And all spoke well of Him, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth; and they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” And He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to Me this proverb, ‘Physician, heal yourself; what we have heard you did at Capernaum,...

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Prophet Elijah: Alone against all!

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/07/20 - 8:30am

† Dionysios, Metropolitan of Servia and Kozani   In the ranks of the Old Testament prophets, a special position is occupied by the Prophet Elijah, whose sacred memory the Church honours and celebrates today. In the New Testament, the name of the Prophet Elijah is frequently mentioned by Christ Himself....

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The Fourth Ecumenical Synod

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/07/19 - 8:30am

Metropolitan Ierotheos of Nafpaktos and Ayios Vlasios   The 3rd Ecumenical Synod dealt with the heresy of Nestorios, the Patriarch of Constantinople. It condemned him and defined the faith as regards the theanthropic Christ and Our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God. This was after an agreement, known as...

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You Are the Light of the World

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/07/19 - 8:24am

Jesus said to His Disciples, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so...

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