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First Discourse on the Beatitudes [2]

8 hours 10 min ago

Saint Gregory of Nyssa   Blessed poverty ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’ But what benefit will we derive from this great gift of God [the promise of the kingdom of heaven] unless we discover the deeper meaning hidden in the depths of...

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Youth Ministry in a Pandemic

Mon, 2020/08/10 - 11:57am

Youth Ministry in a Pandemic: Let’s Talk Live On Thursday August 13th at 7pm OCN will be offering myOCN Community Let’s Talk Live discussion with special guests Yianni Magoulias and Christo Pappademos on youth ministry in a pandemic. Fr. Christopher Metropulos, our Executive Director, will be offering a “Let’s Talk” 1...

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First Discourse on the Beatitudes

Mon, 2020/08/10 - 8:30am

Saint Gregory of Nyssa   When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’. Come, let us...

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Charity is a heart burning for the whole of creation

Sun, 2020/08/09 - 8:30am

Protopresbyter Stefanos Anagnostopoulos   [Saint John the Damascan goes on to say that, if God’s given you power and authority, use it for justice and the support of the weak]. So if you have something to say, if you’re a good speaker, if you know how to present things and...

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The value of charity, its practical application and its spiritual dimension

Sat, 2020/08/08 - 8:30am

Protopresbyter Stefanos Anagnostopoulos   The miracle of the resurrection of Tabitha by the Apostle Peter is told in Acts, 9, 36-41. She lived in Joppa, was a Christian and ‘was devoted to good works and acts of charity’. With her practical love, she had won the hearts of all the...

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Orthodox Perspective of the Beirut Explosion

Fri, 2020/08/07 - 2:42pm

Fr. Chris Metropulos from OCN is joined by Fr. Bassam Nassif in Lebanon who witnessed the results of the damage from the Beirut explosion first hand. Fr. Bassam Nassif is the pastor of St. Phocas parish in a village of Mount Lebanon. He is also Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology...

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The Great Paraclitic Canon

Fri, 2020/08/07 - 8:30am

Archbishop Stylianos of Australia †   The time from August 1 to 15 is a period in the Church’s year during which the Orthodox soul turns to Our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God, with eyes full of contrition. For the two weeks before the feast of the Dormition,...

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Psalm 68 – The Paschal Verses

Fri, 2020/08/07 - 5:30am

Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered; let those who hate Him flee before Him! As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; as wax melts before fire, let the wicked perish before God!  But let the righteous be joyful. Psalm 68:1-3 One criticism often leveled against the Orthodox...

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Helping You Build the Right Foundation

Thu, 2020/08/06 - 5:19pm

Building the Foundation Have you ever tried to build something together with a friend or with a brother or sister? A sand castle? A Lego construction? A fort out in the woods? When you build something, you know you have to start off the right way, or else it might...

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The Transfiguration of the Saviour

Thu, 2020/08/06 - 8:30am

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   The Transfiguration of the Saviour occupies a central position in the Orthodox Church and theology. It is the event that reveals the glory of the Church and of the faithful. It is the evidence of...

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As Far As We Can Understand

Thu, 2020/08/06 - 5:49am

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. Feast of the Transfiguration of our Savior And after six days Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and...

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Abba Dorotheos – Instruction 2 On Humility (part 2)

Wed, 2020/08/05 - 8:30am

Abba Dorotheos   There are two forms of humility, just as there are two kinds of pride. The first form of pride is when you destroy another person, when you revile them as if they were mere nothings and think yourself vastly superior to them. If you fall into this...

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Psalm 67 – It’s Darkest Before the Dawn

Wed, 2020/08/05 - 5:23am

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face to shine upon us. . .Let the peoples praise Thee, O God; let all the peoples praise Thee. Psalm 67: 1, 3 We’ve all experienced sunlight on us.  We’ve probably all had the experience of being cold and...

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Following YOUR Path to Salvation

Wed, 2020/08/05 - 5:11am

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. Therefore, brethren, be the more zealous to confirm your call and election, for if you do this you will never fall; so there...

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Parenting & Back to School During the Pandemic

Tue, 2020/08/04 - 9:15am

Parenting & Back to School: Let’s Talk Live  Paula Marchman, Katie Wilson & Fr. Christopher Metropulos Family Resource: Saints in Time of Trouble Activity Book We are pleased to announce our myOCN Community Online Gathering this coming Thursday, August 6th, at 7:00 pm EST with special guests Paula Marchman, Psychotherapist...

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Vigilance – the Wealth of Orthodox Asceticism Conversations with Archim. Zacharias

Tue, 2020/08/04 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   Question: Can you tell us a few words about negative and positive vigilance? Answer: Negative vigilance is when we resist the attacks of bad thoughts. As soon as they appear, we lift our mind to God saying, ‘Lord, my enemies have come, defend me against them,’ and...

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The West Yawns at the Symbolism of Hagia Sophia’s Reversion to a Mosque

Mon, 2020/08/03 - 3:01pm

Not long ago, I read an article in the Wall Street Journal titled “Turkey Retreats from Modernity.”[1] In the article, Charlotte Allen makes the ominous observation that Islamic Turkey seems to take their religion more seriously than does the Christian West. In evidence, Friday, July 24, 2020, marked the end...

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Monk Nektarios Prodromitis (1808-1903)

Mon, 2020/08/03 - 8:30am

Elder Moses the Athonite   He was born in the town of Husi in Romania in 1808, of God-fearing parents. Even as a child he was a wonderful chanter, with his profound knowledge and really sweet voice. As a young man, influenced by his brother, Monk Alexander, he donned the...

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Psalm 66 – God is Good

Mon, 2020/08/03 - 5:20am

Blessed be God, because He has not rejected my prayer or removed His steadfast love from me.  Psalm 66:30 There are many different portrayals of God.  Some see God as being vengeful, and only to be feared.  If this is the image we have of God, then life would be...

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For a piece of bread (8th Sunday of Matthew)

Sun, 2020/08/02 - 8:30am

Metropolitan Meletios of Nikopolis   We hear in today’s Gospel narrative that Christ was in an out-of-the-way place where thousands of people had been listening to His words all day, ignoring their needs and the work in their homes. In the end the holy apostles intervened and told Him: ‘Let...

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