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I’m Halfway There According to. . . . .No One but Me

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/05/15 - 4:43pm

For my thought are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord. Isaiah 55:8 I’m taking a one-day break from the Psalms to write on something personal. Today, May 15, marks 22 years since I was ordained to the priesthood. In 1998, May 15 actually was...

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Jesus and His Amazing Relationships with Women

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/05/15 - 10:30am

Jesus has a way of interacting with women that I find deeply spiritual. There are many good examples of this in the Gospels, and I want to share a few of my favorites with you. The First Sign at Cana Jesus was with His own mother, the Theotokos, at the...

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The Other Dimension to Life in the Congo

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/05/15 - 8:25am

Archimandrite Kosmas Thasitis   As we make our way through the period of the Resurrection, when everything is bathed in the True Light and is fragrant with eternity, here in the depths of Africa, despite all the difficulties, we sense the joy of the Resurrection and feel boundless serenity in...

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How to Correct Somebody In a Gentle Way

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/05/14 - 8:37pm

If we have to correct somebody, let’s do it in a gentle way, just as we hear how our Lord did in the story today! Has anybody ever corrected you when you did the wrong thing? Maybe your parents or your teacher corrected you when you treated somebody the wrong...

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Psalm 23 – Part Five – The Lord Is My Shepherd

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/05/14 - 4:39pm

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still water; He restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of...

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Meeting Christ: An Encounter She Would Never Forget

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/05/14 - 9:37am

Continuing the post-Paschal themes of healing, transformation and belief in the risen Christ, this Sunday we visit John 4:5-42, wherein we hear of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman (St. Photini) at the well. In this passage, Jesus talks more to this one woman than in any other individual conversation...

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Miracle, Hope and Love

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/05/14 - 8:30am

Protopresbyter Themistoklis Mourtzanos   And Peter said to him, ‘Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your pallet.’ And immediately he rose. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. Why do people seek miracles in their lives in order...

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Virtual Graduations- What does it Mean to You and Your Family?

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/05/14 - 3:55am

This program is generously brought to you by the James and Joanne Mitchell Foundation. myOCN Community Online Gathering was live with special guest Fr. Dimitri Lee talking about the current situation affecting young people and their families. By registering below you will also be automatically entered to win a Fire...

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Psalm 23—Part Four-The Lord Is My Shepherd

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/05/13 - 10:43am

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still water; He restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of...

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Midpentecost

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/05/13 - 8:35am

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   ‘I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely’[1]. During Great Lent, to a certain degree, we taste of Christ’s death. In the middle of this period, the Church institutes the Veneration of the Precious Cross, to quicken...

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Psalm 23—Part Three-The Lord Is My Shepherd

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/05/12 - 10:42am

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still water; He restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of...

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When I was illustrating the book I felt awe, as if I were holding holy relics (2)

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/05/12 - 8:30am

Christos Gousidis   The whole of the life and works of Saint Porfyrios were a special oasis of spiritual coolness and refreshment for those people who met him. The same is true now, as well, for those who have become acquainted with him through the books which present his words,...

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The Bloodless Sacrifice and a Little Pentecost

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/05/11 - 11:00am

Indeed, under the Law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.  Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.  For...

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Reflections on Pentecost and the Gift of the Holy Spirit

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/05/11 - 10:22am

The radiant earthly birthday of the Church, the Great Feast of Holy Pentecost, when we commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus’s Apostles, 10 days following His Ascension to His Father in Heaven. It marks the fulfillment of Jesus’s promise to His disciples just before He ascended in...

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Psalm 23—Part Two-The Lord Is My Shepherd

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/05/11 - 9:14am

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still water; He restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of...

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Homily for Sts. Cyril and Methodius, illuminators of the Slavs

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/05/11 - 8:24am

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   Wonderful is the missionary work of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, who are commemorated together on May 11th.  Their mission was spread over a vast area of central Europe, which consists of what is now the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, and Ukraine.  Their...

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The Sunday of the Paralytic

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/05/10 - 9:12am

After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda, which has five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the...

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Sunday of the Paralytic

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/05/10 - 8:30am

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom † In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. We have heard today in the Gospel of a man who for thirty eight years had laid paralysed. The only thing that separated him from healing was the possibility to reach the waters, which...

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We Are God’s Vessels

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/05/09 - 9:10am

Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints that lived at Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years and was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and...

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‘When I was illustrating the book I felt awe, as if I were holding holy relics’

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/05/09 - 8:30am

Christos Gousidis   An interview with Stelios Koukos After his work on the graphic novel ‘Visit to the Loft’, about the childhood of Saint Nektarios, the multi-talented artist Christos Gousidis has now turned his attention to a childhood event in the life of another saint, Saint Porfyrios Kavsokalyvitis. The book...

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