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“Our Father”, the Perfect Prayer

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/07/01 - 8:30am

George Babiniotis, Professor   When the bell rings and everybody tries to avoid saying their prayers (a parody of a prayer, but one which just may be, for some, the last thread connecting their lives with God and therefore the only little window through which they can get into Paradise),...

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The Attributes of an Apostle

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/07/01 - 5:30am

For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are...

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The Twelve Apostles: Timid Men who Won the World

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/06/30 - 8:30am

An excerpt from a homily by St. John Chrysostom (Hom. 4, 3.4: PG 61, 34-36)   It became clear through unlearned men that the cross was persuasive; in fact, it persuaded the whole world. Their discourse was not of unimportant matters but of God and true religion, of the Gospel...

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Saint Peter

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/06/30 - 5:39am

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do...

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Is Racism a Spiritual Problem?

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/06/29 - 2:26pm

Let’s Talk Live with Fr. Moses Berry and Fr. Christopher Metropulos  We are pleased to announce our myOCN Community Online Gathering this coming Thursday, July 2nd, at 7:00 pm EST with special guest Fr. Moses Berry. Fr. Christopher Metropulos, our Executive Director, will be offering a “Let’s Talk” 1 hour...

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How Do You Listen to God in Prayer?

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/06/29 - 12:02pm

Answers to questions surrounding the Christian faith. Email us yours at: info@myocn.net Question: How Do You Listen to God in Prayer? Answer: I have not yet been able to speak to God as Moses was, face to face, like a man speaks to his friend, so I have resorted to...

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Saint Peter the Apostle: A Great Personality – IΙ

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/06/29 - 8:30am

Apostolos Glavinas, Professor   Information about the story of Peter after the Resurrection is scant and we have no real sketch of the course of his life and no fixed point to use for satisfactory dates. In the history of the Early Church, Peter again played a leading role in...

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Saint Paul

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/06/29 - 5:21am

Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. To my shame, I must say, we were too weak for that! But whatever any one dares to boast of—I am speaking as a fool—I also dare to boast of that. Are they...

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Saint Peter the Apostle: A Great Personality – I

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/06/28 - 8:30am

Apostolos Glavinas, Professor   Peter was born in Bethsaida, close to Lake Gennesaret, where, along with his brother Andrew, who also became an Apostle, they plied the trade of fisherman, together with two other Apostles, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. In all the Gospel records he is first...

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Three Valuable Lessons

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/06/28 - 5:25am

Jesus said, “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is not sound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is...

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Interview with Archimandrite Zacharias (part 2) – Prayer and the Divine Liturgy

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/06/27 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   Question: Saint Sophrony says that the Christian should have unceasing inspiration in his life. What does this inspiration consist of? Answer: ‘Those who are led by the Holy Spirit never cease going downwards, condemning themselves as unworthy of God,’ says Father Sophrony (cf. ‘On Prayer’, p....

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Spiritual Paternity

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/06/26 - 8:30am

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis, Professor of the Theological School, A.U.Th.   1. Introduction These days, when we talk about a spiritual father, we usually mean a priest who’s a confessor. But in Church tradition, the sense of spiritual paternity is much broader. Only God is the Father [1]. Christ, Who is...

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Keep Showing Up

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/06/26 - 5:33am

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.  And when they saw Him, they worshipped Him but some doubted.  And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.  Go therefore and make...

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Some Questions to Consider

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/06/25 - 10:56am

And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it may go well with you. Deuteronomy 6:18 We are going to interrupt our study of the Psalms for a few days, in order to address two subjects that are very timely today and tomorrow.  Monday and Tuesday we will reflect...

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Be Close to God First

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/06/25 - 9:27am

Seek First God’s Kingdom Have you ever done something in the wrong order? Maybe you tried to put your shoes on first, and then your socks. Or maybe you ate lunch before you washed your hands. Or cooked something in a mixed up way. Sometimes, when we do things out...

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Interview with Archimandrite Zacharias (part 1) – The Experience of the Holy Spirit

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/06/25 - 8:32am

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   Question: Saint Silouan and Saint Sophrony speak repeatedly about the Holy Spirit. How do we experience the Holy Spirit according to their teaching? Answer: Everything begins from our faith in Christ and accepting His word. When we make His commandments the unique law of our life,...

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Let’s Talk Live: How Philoptochos Makes A Difference

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/06/25 - 6:35am

We are pleased to announce myOCN Community Online Gathering this coming Thursday, June 25th, at 7:00 pm EST with special guests Maria Logus & Paulette Geanacopoulos. We will discuss how National Philoptochos is responding with a multi-pronged approach to provide financial, emotional, spiritual and loving support to individuals and families...

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Trusting Parents, a Miraculous Birth

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/06/24 - 8:42pm

Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things which have been accomplished among us, just as they were delivered to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for...

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It rages inside us

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/06/24 - 8:30am

Saint John of Kronstadt   All the passions are fire in the soul, a huge fire that rages within us. We have to extinguish them with the water of love, which is so powerful it can put out any internal fire of wickedness and the passions. But woe to us,...

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Welcoming the Witness to the Light: The Nativity of John the Forerunner

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/06/24 - 7:00am

Roughly six months before we celebrate the nativity of Christ, our Church honors the coming of one of his most precious companions, the Glorious Prophet and Forerunner John the Baptist. John’s conception in itself was miraculous, an event that could have never occurred in the absence of divine intervention. Born...

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