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The Cook in Paradise

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/09/11 - 8:30am

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis   The lack of simplicity, sincerity and authenticity in relations between people leads to social hypocrisy, meretricious morality and formality and, at the same time, provokes adverse reactions among younger people. The problem is worse when there’s no simplicity even among so-called spiritual people. “When spiritual people...

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GOD BLESS AMERICA!

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/09/11 - 7:04am

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. GOD BLESS AMERICA!  And cause Thy whole nation and every tribe to know and understand that Thou art God, the God of all...

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It provoked a schism

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/09/10 - 8:30am

Elder Tadej Vitovničk   Humanity was united, but sin caused a breach among us and we no longer have this unity. This is why the Lord became human: in order to reconnect what had been broken asunder by sin. The angels in the Kingdom of God think alike and agree...

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Psalm 99—Praise to God

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/09/10 - 5:19am

Extol the Lord our God; worship at His footstool! Holy is He! Psalm 99:5 Today’s Scripture verse is chanted every Sunday morning during Orthros, another example of how we quote the Scriptures frequently in our services, particularly the Old Testament. Even though praise of God seems like a pretty basic part...

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How to pray

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/09/09 - 8:30am

Saint Cassian the Roman   If we were to ask some prominent citizen, not to save our life but simply to do us some small favor, would we not fix our gaze and our heart on him? Would we not literally ‘hang upon’ the expression of his face, with great...

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Christians and Conspiracy Theories

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/09/09 - 7:15am

Let’s Talk Live: Christians and Conspiracy Theories with Julian Chryssavgis, Hank Hanegraaff, & Fr. Christopher Metropulos We are pleased to announce our myOCN Community Online Gathering this coming Thursday, September 10th, at 7:00 pm EST with special guests Julian Chryssavgis and Hank Hanegraaff. Fr. Christopher Metropulos, OCN Executive Director, will be...

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Psalm 97—God’s Glory Changes You

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/09/09 - 5:35am

The Lord reigns; let the earth rejoice! Psalm 97:1 If you are looking for a movie to watch on one of these nights or weekends when you can’t go out because of the covid restrictions or fears, I highly recommend the movie “I Can Only Imagine.”  It is the story of...

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Homily on the Birth of the Theotokos

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/09/08 - 8:30am

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   “Your birth, Oh Theotokos, brought joy to the whole world, for from you dawned the sun of righteousness, Christ our God.  Freeing us from the curse, He gave us His blessings.  Abolishing death, He granted us eternal life.” Apolytikion (the Dismissal hymn) of the Nativity of the...

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Psalm 95—A Call to Worship

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/09/08 - 5:34am

O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!  Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise. . .O come, let us worship and bow down, let...

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‘For when the Lord of the Vineyard Comes, what will he do to those Laborers?

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/09/07 - 8:35am

Hierodeacon Rafael Misiaoulis, Theologian   Christ used the image of the vineyard rather than that of any other tree or plant, because he was preparing the faithful to understand that wine, the fruit of the vine, would be given at the Last Supper, so that it would be exactly the...

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Labor Day

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/09/07 - 5:09am

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. You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be happy and it shall be well with you.  Psalm 128:2...

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The good and bad tenant farmers (13th Sunday of Matthew)

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/09/06 - 8:30am

Metropolitan of Gortyn and Megalopolis, Ieremias   Today’s Gospel reading tells us, in parable form, about a vineyard planted by a householder, which he entrusted to tenants who were supposed to give him the fruits from it. When harvest time came, the owner sent servants to the tenants in order...

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Elder Averkios. A Young Boy Solved his Problem and Vanished Immediately

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

For a short time the Holy Mountain was calm [after the Balkan Wars and the liberation from the Turks]. Then World War I began. The Central Powers had blockaded Greece and hunger was making itself felt on the Holy Mountain, particularly among those living in kellia and sketes. The monasteries...

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Friends Lift You Up When Things Are Hard

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/09/04 - 9:31am

How did you meet your friends? Do you have friends from school and sports and from camp? Do you have friends from church and from your neighborhood? Our friends are special to us because we have something in common with them. We take care of each other. In today’s epistle...

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In the hermitage of humility: the figure of an elder [7]

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/09/04 - 8:30am

Moving on now to more theological issues, one day I asked the Elder whether God Himself really had to be crucified in order for us to be saved. Wasn’t there another way? ‘Of course’, he said, ‘only the Lord knows these things. However it seems as if there was no...

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Psalm 93—The Majesty of God

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/09/04 - 5:24am

The Lord reigns; He is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed, He is girded with strength.  Yea, the world is established; it shall never be moved; Thy throne is established from old; Thou art from everlasting. Psalm 93:1-2 For those who have ever attended a vespers service on a Saturday...

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Abbot Damascene: Holy Mountain

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/09/03 - 8:30am

Watch Now “Athos is the motherland of orthodox monasticism in the world!”: In this part of his interview to Pemptousia, Archimandrite Damascene talks about his experience of his visits to Athos, the Holy Mountain. Source: pemptousia.com  

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Let’s Talk Live: Our Orthodox Moment

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/09/03 - 6:55am

Let’s Talk Live with Athanasius Yohan I (born K.P. Yohannan) & Fr. Christopher Metropulos We are pleased to announce our myOCN Community Online Gathering this coming Thursday, September 3rd, at 7:00 pm EST with special guest Athanasius Yohan I (born K.P. Yohannan). Fr. Christopher Metropulos, our Executive Director, will be offering...

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Psalm 92 – Faith Should Be More Like Spaghetti than Waffles

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/09/03 - 5:18am

It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to Thy Name, O Most High; to declare Thy steadfast love in the morning, and Thy faithfulness by night. Psalm 92:1-2 I once read a book entitled “Men Are Like Waffles, Women are Like Spaghetti” by Bill...

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‘Good Teacher what Good should I do to have Eternal Life?’

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/09/02 - 8:30am

Hierodeacon Rafael Misiaoulis, Theologian   The rich young man in today’s Gospel reading (Matthew 9, 16-26) begins with an important motive: he seeks an answer about eternal life from Him Who is Eternal, real Life. He seeks an answer to salvation from the Savior. ‘Good teacher, what should I do...

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