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St. John the Theologian

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/05/08 - 6:08pm

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we saw it, and testify to it, and proclaim to you the...

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Our Governor

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/05/08 - 8:30am

Saint Symeon the New Theologian   A soul governed by God should have the following properties: straightforwardness, meekness, truth, humility, goodness, righteousness and great piety. It should also have forbearance, charity, sympathy, unfeigned love, clemency, endurance and patience. If you don’t have these things, you aren’t being governed by God....

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Psalm 23—Part One-The Lord Is My Shepherd

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/05/07 - 10:27am

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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Saint Maximos the Confessor Appeared to Elder Iosif and Explained a Difficult Passage

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/05/07 - 8:30am

When he (Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos) was encouraging us once to study Patristic writings, he mentioned that there was benefit not only in their teaching and exhortations, but also from their prayers. As well as studying their works, we should call upon them. In his hermitage at New Skete, on the...

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Jesus Really is “With Us Always”

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/05/06 - 5:39pm

I am with you always, Forever Have you ever had to say goodbye to somebody…and you didn’t want to say goodbye? Jesus’s disciples did. After Jesus rose from the dead, He told His disciples they had a mission. He told them to go and teach the whole world what they had learned...

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Psalm 20—A Prayer for Victory

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/05/06 - 10:25am

The Lord answer you in the day of trouble! The name of the God of Jacob protect you! May He send you help from the sanctuary, and give your support from Zion! May He remember all your offerings, and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! May He grant you your...

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Sunday of the Myrrhbearers

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/05/06 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   ‘And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb.’[1] Just before His Passion, the Lord promised the inalienable joy of the Resurrection to His disciples and all those who loved Him, ‘I will see you again, and your...

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Why Pain and Suffering?

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/05/06 - 8:30am

Saint Paisios the Athonite The world is full of pain, fear and suffering. These feelings, without any exceptions, are experienced by all humans. It’s what causes our heart to ache, our mind to go hay-wire, and our emotions to become distorted. People often wonder: How have we had to handle...

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Motherhood and Faith During a Pandemic

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/05/05 - 1:55pm

In honor of Mother’s Day, OCN is pleased to announce our next #myOCN Community Online Gathering Thursday, May 7th, at 4:00 pm EST with special guests Irene Sakkas and Paraskevi June. This program is generously brought to you by the James and Joanne Mitchell Foundation. If you would like to...

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Psalm 19—The Heavens Are Telling the Glory of God

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/05/05 - 10:24am

The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims His handiwork. Day to day pours forth speck, and night to night declares knowledge; there is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their...

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LIVE Adult Education: Shared Experience of the Orthodox Christian Faith

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/05/05 - 10:00am

Join Adult Education Facebook LIVE Discussion on Sun 5/31 at 11:30am. We will be returning to #myOCN’s Facebook for a brief reflection based on how understanding. Invite someone #tagsomeone and join us. Join here LIVE on OCN FACEBOOK Sunday at 11:30 am EST.    These are not classes on high theology...

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The Holy Great Martyr Irene

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/05/05 - 9:00am

The holy Great Martyr Irene was born in the city of Magedon in Persia during the fourth century. She was the daughter of the pagan king Licinius, and her parents named her Penelope. Penelope was very beautiful, and her father kept her isolated in a high tower from the time...

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Monastic Conversations with Father Zacharias

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

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   Question: Why have they included marriage in the Sacraments of the Church, and not monasticism? Answer: Fr Sophrony said to me once: ‘Imagine that they do not accept monasticism as a sacrament of the Church, and marriage is one of the sacraments!’ Both of them should...

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Psalm 18 – The Lord is My ________

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/05/04 - 10:23am

I will love Thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised. ....

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Homily on the Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing women

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/05/04 - 8:30am

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   When reading the Holy Gospels, one of the most striking things we see is that after the Lord’s Resurrection, His Disciples were not the first to see Him. Instead, it was the women who had anointed Jesus’ dead body with myrrh, who would receive the...

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The Courage of Joseph and the Myrrh-Bearing Women

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/05/03 - 10:23am

Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if He were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether He was...

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The Myrrh-Bearing Women arrive at the empty Tomb

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/05/03 - 8:30am

Athanasios Moustakis, D. Th.   According to the Jewish custom which was observed at the time of Christ, a dead body was to be anointed with precious myrrh, so that it would be prepared to be given over to the decay of death. Christ’s body was no exception to this...

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The Basic Work of the Church

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/05/02 - 10:28am

Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of...

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The Basic Work of the Church

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/05/02 - 10:22am

Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of...

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Father Isaak had a Snake for Company!

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/05/02 - 8:30am

This story was told by Archimandrite Gavriil (1886-1983), former Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Dionysiou. Back in the late 1970s, early ’80s, I was making a visit to the Holy Mountain, which is easy from Thessaloniki, where we live. In those days, the ship’s first stop was the boat-house...

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