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St. Valentine: The Most Famous Saint You Never Knew

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/02/10 - 12:58pm

No one is likely to forget: St. Valentine’s Day Even in our very secularized culture, there’s one saint’s day no one is likely to forget: St. Valentine’s Day. But how much do you really know about the saint behind the day? If you’re like most of us, the answer is...

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Saint Haralambos, a Model of Humility

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/02/10 - 8:34am

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   As of today, we enter the period of the Triodio, a time of more intense prayer, during which the Church, through its Scriptural readings and devout hymns strengthens us for our spiritual struggles and for the acquisition of the virtues of humility, obedience, love and...

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St. Haralambos: Endurance is Important

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/02/10 - 7:39am

You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier on service...

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The Tax-collector and the Pharisee and the Lenten Triodion

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

Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou   There is more to Lent than fasting, and there is more to fasting than food. This principle lies at the heart of the Lenten Triodion, the main hymnbook of Lent. Lent is without doubt the richest and most distinctive season of the ecclesiastical year. The Lenten...

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First Sunday of Triodion—The Publican and the Pharisee

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/02/09 - 7:37am

“Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank Thee that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a...

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The Greatest Failure of Modernism

OCN Now - 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

OCN Now - 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

OCN Now - 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

OCN Now - 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.

OCN Now - 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

OCN Now - 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

OCN Now - 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?

OCN Now - 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

OCN Now - 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

OCN Now - 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”

OCN Now - 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

OCN Now - 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

OCN Now - 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

OCN Now - 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

OCN Now - 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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