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The Greatest Failure of Modernism

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

Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   George Orwell’s dictum, expressed in his novel Animal Farm, that ‘All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others’ is both proverbial and perennially true. In this allegorical and political novella, the animals on a farm decide to revolt against their boss, a...

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The Road to the Cross and Resurrection Starts This Sunday

Sat, 2020/02/08 - 7:35am

Now you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed all who desire...

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Thrash the enemy

Fri, 2020/02/07 - 8:30am

Saint Theophan the Recluse   When you turn to the Lord, don’t look at what’s happening within you. Keep your attention fixed on Him and beg for help. If a mind is paying full attention to the Lord, there’s no room for nasty thoughts. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE...

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Generosity with Money

Fri, 2020/02/07 - 7:32am

And He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the multitude putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came, and put in two copper coins, which make a penny. And He called His disciples to Him, and said to them, “Truly,...

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Change is Not Coming. It Has Already Arrived.

Thu, 2020/02/06 - 9:39am

It was the end of a particularly balmy summer’s day, yet the 250 or so delegates of the Melbourne Conference showed no signs of tiredness or boredom. Throughout the day’s proceedings, and particularly during Archbishop Makarios’ addresses, they remained with their gaze transfixed upon the Archbishop’s countenance as he emphasized...

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The Feast of Christ’s Reception as Fulfillment of the Ritual of Mosaic Law

Thu, 2020/02/06 - 8:30am

Theodore Rokas   The recent feast, the Reception of the Lord, is the feast which is celebrated exactly forty days after that of His Nativity. The name of the feast in Greek comes from a verb meaning ‘to go out and meet or welcome someone’ [Hence the depiction of Symeon...

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Generosity of Time

Thu, 2020/02/06 - 7:19am

Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. II Corinthians 9:7 The whole concept of generosity is based on two things—the joy of giving and the understanding that everything good that we have is from God,...

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What does God want from YOU?

Wed, 2020/02/05 - 1:57pm

Do you ever think about what you want from God? It’s good to pray to God and ask Him for health, for strength, to help you be better at things. But did you ever wonder what God wants from YOU? Today is the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee—You...

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The Importance of the Sacred Canons of Ecclesiastical and Canon Law in the Life of the Church

Wed, 2020/02/05 - 8:30am

Vasilios Grillas, Theologian   In Christian terminology, the word ‘canon’ is technical and has three meanings: a) it decides the authentic and genuine books of Holy Scripture (The Canon of Scripture); b) it determines the order in which Church hymns are sung (The Resurrection Canon, for example); and c) it...

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Generosity Spawns Generosity

Wed, 2020/02/05 - 7:19am

We want you to know, brethren, about the grace of God which has been shown in the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of liberality on their part.  For they gave according to...

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The Power of a “Thank You”

Tue, 2020/02/04 - 9:54am

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15 The words “Thank you” are words we don’t hear enough. I think in many instances it is easier to get the words “I love you”...

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The Old Testament, Ancient Greek Culture and Christianity

Tue, 2020/02/04 - 8:30am

Ippokratis Tavlarios, Theologian   In recent years we’ve seen a resurgence of neo-pagan propaganda against Christianity. This polemic derides the historical progress of the Church and presents it as an organ of barbarity. Christianity is accused of having violently extinguished ancient Greek culture. Another charge levelled against it is that...

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Your First Words Should Be Words of Thanks

Mon, 2020/02/03 - 8:42am

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together! Psalm 34:1-3 One morning a group...

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The Reception of the Lord: the feast of freedom

Mon, 2020/02/03 - 8:30am

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   In one of the hymns at the Vespers of the Reception of the Lord, the words ‘Now, Lord, you let your servant depart in peace’ which were addressed to God by the righteous Symeon when...

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The Foundation of a Beautiful Tradition

Sun, 2020/02/02 - 8:40am

And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) and...

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A Change in the Law

Sat, 2020/02/01 - 8:38am

It is beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the superior. Here tithes are received by mortal men; there, by one of whom it is testified that he lives. One might even say that Levi himself, who received tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, for he was still in the...

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Saint Porfyrios Revealed the Rescue of Greek Sailors in Mexico!

Sat, 2020/02/01 - 8:30am

Abbess Styliani Holy Monastery of the Pantokrator-Tao †   One morning, a woman dressed in black and weeping bitterly came to our monastery [The Holy Monastery of the Pantokrator-Tao, in Pendeli, Athens] ‘Why did my parish priest send you here? What can you do for me?’ She was crying the...

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Give Thanks IN All Circumstances, Not FOR All Circumstances

Fri, 2020/01/31 - 8:36am

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of Christ Jesus for you. I Thessalonians 5:18 Often we see the power of one word to change the meaning of something. In the instance we observe here, we see the difference between the use of the word “in” versus...

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Jonathan Jackson: The new album ‘Ultraviolet Empire’ and all professional plans for 2020

Fri, 2020/01/31 - 8:30am

Watch now  Jonathan Jackson, at the second part of his recent interview to Pemptousia talks about his new music album ‘Ultraviolet Empire’ and his professional plans for 2020. Watch the first part of the interview here Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is...

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National Missions & Evangelism Conference in Columbus, Ohio

Thu, 2020/01/30 - 8:56am

A National Conference on Missions & Evangelism is being held February 3rd to 5th, 2020 in Columbus, OH at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral – an event made possible by a grant from Leadership 100. The conference theme is: “Leading Change Toward a Healthier Parish” and features presentations by Fr....

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