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You Did So Much for Missions in 2018! There are Ways to Do Even More in 2019!

OCMC News - Sat, 2019/12/21 - 11:00am
We pray that you and your family had a blessed Nativity! As 2018 draws to a close, we invite you to reflect on the amazing witness to the Orthodox Faith that you made possible! You...

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The Unity which Saves (Eph. 4, 1-7)

OCN Now - Wed, 2019/12/11 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Varnavas Lambropoulos   In his Epistle to the Hebrews, Saint Paul says that the word of God is sharper than any double-edged sword (4, 12). Today we don’t use double-edged swords so much. Most often we come across them in museum collections or as ornaments in drawing-rooms. Woe betide...

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Why did Christianity Triumph? (1)

OCN Now - Tue, 2019/12/10 - 8:30am

Theodoros Ziakas   The question ‘Why did Christianity triumph?’ is the same as ‘Why did the Greeks become Christians?’ Identifying the two questions in this way is not an arbitrary choice. Had the Greeks not become Christian, then neither would the Romans. Given the rejection of the Jews and the...

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Elder Anthimos, who Saw beyond Time and Space

OCN Now - Mon, 2019/12/09 - 8:30am

Dr. Haralambis Bousias   There was a young boy in Thessaloniki who was ill with kidney failure. He had to have hemodialysis all the time and led a life of pain and misery. His parents were devout people who were heart-broken at this. They couldn’t bear to watch their child...

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Letter from Prison by the Romanian New Confessor Valeriu Gafencu (†18 February 1952, aged 31)

OCN Now - Sun, 2019/12/08 - 8:30am

29 January 1946 Life is different from what people imagine it to be. And people themselves are different from what they imagine themselves to be. The truth really is different from what the human mind usually considers it to be. I want to be sincere and open to the depths...

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An ever-flowing torrent

OCN Now - Sat, 2019/12/07 - 8:30am

Saint John Maximovich   If we turn our attention to our mind, we’ll see a torrent of successive thoughts and ideas. This torrent is unrelenting, it tumbles quickly in every direction and at every moment- at home, in church, at work, when we’re reading, when we’re talking. Saint Theophan the...

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A Church Service, a Hymn to Human Need

OCN Now - Fri, 2019/12/06 - 8:30am

Dr. Nikolaos Koios, Content Coach of Pemptousia   Hymnography is the jewel in the crown of Church Literature in Orthodoxy. A variety of metres, a combination of poetry and prose, all invested with the musical riches of the eight tones, narrate the drama of the human person in our effort...

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Watch How The Media Views the Real Saint Nick | NBC Nightly News

OCN Now - Thu, 2019/12/05 - 4:27pm

Watch this Christmas story from the Orthodox Christian perspective.  Learn how it changed from the real story of St. Nicholas with Richard Angle and Bishop Chrysostomos. ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3 and an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States...

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Saints Celebrated on December 5th

OCN Now - Thu, 2019/12/05 - 8:30am

Martyr Anastasius A Saint of this name is commemorated on December 5, in the Martyrologies, but neither the place nor the time of his passion is discoverable. When he saw the torments that the Martyrs gloriously endured, he ran into the arena and confessed his faith in Christ. He was...

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Let’s Always Be Happy for Others

OCN Now - Wed, 2019/12/04 - 7:23pm

Have you ever been to somebody else’s birthday party? Maybe you watched as a friend or a brother or sister opened presents. Maybe you watched as he was excited with what he got. Were you happy for him? Or did you wish it was your day instead? In today’s Gospel...

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The Consequences of Rationalism in our Life

OCN Now - Wed, 2019/12/04 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Athanasios (Anastasiou), Former Abbot of the Holy Monastery of the Great Meteora   We might define rationalism as excessive dependence on our reason, its elevation to the supreme authority and absolute value. It’s a culpable attitude of mind and outlook on life rather than a simple sin. Essentially, it’s...

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The Spiritual Meadow

OCN Now - Tue, 2019/12/03 - 8:30am

Ioannis Moskhos   When we went to the island of Samos, we visited the monastery called Harixenou. The abbot was Abba Isidoros, a virtuous man with great love for others and adorned with simplicity and immeasurable obedience. He later became bishop of the town of Sabia [?] and it was...

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Unveil my Eyes

OCN Now - Mon, 2019/12/02 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Varnavas Lambropoulos   The cure of the blind man in Jericho is the last miracle Saint Luke relates before Christ’s entry into Jerusalem and His path towards His Passion. And it may be no coincidence that on Great Friday the hymnographer puts into Christ’s mouth the bitter complaint which...

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Break Your Spending Habit. Core Finance Video Series. Episode 3

OCN Now - Sun, 2019/12/01 - 1:13pm

Faith. Strength. Personal Finance. As Orthodox Christians, we are taught to resist temptations like Christ did after he walked out of the desert. But in today’s society temptation is everywhere, clouding our good judgement, and luring us into debt. Don’t be enticed by instant gratification. Be like Christ and resist...

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14th Sunday of Luke: Physical or Spiritual Blindness?

OCN Now - Sun, 2019/12/01 - 8:30am

Protopresbyter Nikolaos Patsalos   14th Sunday of Saint Luke today, and we’ve now entered the month of Christmas. Jesus enters Jericho and comes across a suffering person whose affliction is blindness. It’s a terrible cross for him not to enjoy the first and greatest of God’s goods: perceptible light. Apart...

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