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Sunday of All Saints (part 2)

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/06/23 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   Read the first part here Today, one week after Pentecost, again we celebrate a feast, commemorating all the Saints that were well pleasing to the Lord in this life and partook of His imperishable life. Last Sunday we celebrated the coming of the Comforter and the...

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Psalm 50/51—The Psalm of Repentance: The Sacrifice of a Humble Heart

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/06/23 - 5:30am

The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, Thou will not despise. Psalm 50:17  Today we are nearly half-way in between the last celebration of the Nativity and the next one.  Who would have thought six months ago that in this first...

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Hieromartyr Methodios Bishop of Patara (June 20)

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/06/22 - 8:30am

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   On June 20th, the Church honors the memory of St. Methodios, Bishop of Patara in Lycia, also known as the birthplace of St. Nicholas of Myra. St. Methodios rose to prominence before St. Nicholas, during the last great persecution of Christians by the Roman emperors....

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Psalm 50/51—The Psalm of Repentance: Imagine What Would Happen If You Prayed This Verse Often

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/06/22 - 5:30am

O Lord, open Thou my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Thy praise. Psalm 50:15 What is the part of our body that gets us in the most trouble?  That would be the mouth.  We commit the most sins using our mouths, because the sins we commit most often...

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Variations in the Spiritual Life (Teachings from Athos)

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/06/21 - 8:30am

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   Even though we’re in the season of winter, we had a fine day yesterday, with lots of sunshine. We felt the weather had taken a turn for the better, and then today it changed again and we’ve got turbulence. We can’t get out to do...

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2nd Sunday of Matthew: Called to Be Disciples

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/06/21 - 5:30am

As Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their...

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We Put Fantasies in the Place of God

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/06/20 - 8:30am

Protopresbyter Nikolaos Loudovikos   Fr. Nikolaos is the Chair of the Department of Theology and Pastoral Studies and a Professor of Dogmatics and Philosophy at the University Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki, a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the...

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2nd Sunday of Matthew: Hearing, Doing and Intending

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/06/20 - 5:30am

Brethren, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality. All who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the...

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Good training

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/06/19 - 8:30am

Saint Nectarios of Pentapolis   Forbearance is a virtue of a generous and noble soul. It’s founded on love for your neighbor. It’s magnanimity, high-mindedness and is a friend of meekness. Forbearance is testimony to a soul well trained and expresses itself as sympathy, philanthropy, modesty and justice. Source: pemptousia.com

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Psalm 50/51—The Psalm of Repentance: My Response

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/06/19 - 5:30am

Then I will teach transgressors Thy ways and sinner will return to Thee. Psalm 50:13 In the last reflection, we briefly touched on the word “repentance.”  Repentance means change.  Forgiveness and repentance go hand in hand.  Forgiveness is the “clean heart” we discussed in the last reflection, the clean slate...

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Answering Prayers (Miracles of Saint Joseph the Hesychast)

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/06/18 - 8:30am

Elder Ephraim of Arizona †   Geronda truly shone forth in the monastic and spiritual struggle, and he became a light to those in darkness. This is evident from the deep reverence people have for him. They invoke his prayers and receive great help. Geronda works many signs and miracles....

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How to Respond to Crisis with Compassion

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/06/18 - 7:00am

We are pleased to announce our myOCN Community Online Gathering this coming Thursday, June 18th, at 7:00 pm EST with special guest Constantine Triantafilou, Executive Director and CEO of the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) for over two decades. IOCC responds to crisis around the world with compassion. Inspired by...

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Psalm 50/51—The Psalm of Repentance: Create in Me a Clean Heart

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/06/18 - 5:30am

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore unto me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit. Psalm 50:10-12 Have...

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Work Together to Help

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/06/17 - 2:20pm

 When you have a buddy with you, you might feel safer and stronger. Have you ever used the buddy system? Sure, you have! Maybe a teacher or a camp counselor sent you off with a friend to do some task. Or maybe your parents told you and a sibling to...

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Psalm 50/51—The Psalm of Repentance: Fill Me with Joy

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/06/17 - 11:43am

Fill me with joy and gladness. Psalm 50:8 The reason why Psalm 50 was written was a heavy reason.  David had guilt and shame over his egregious sins of adultery and murder.  We’ve discussed the need to acknowledge sin and also reflected on the secret heart that each of us...

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Saint Païsios: His Hands were Freed and his Body became Strong!

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/06/17 - 8:30am

Saint Paisios the Athonite edited by Stelios Koukos   A young man came to see me who’d had lots of problems, bodily and spiritual, for more than four years. He led a sinful life and had shut himself up at home. He didn’t want to see anyone. Two friends of...

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Psalm 50/51—The Psalm of Repentance: My Secret Heart

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/06/16 - 11:39am

Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. Psalm 50:6 Today’s verse focuses on the phrase, “my secret heart.”  Everyone has a secret heart, a place where they keep their deepest secrets, things like feelings that are too ugly to share with...

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The Lord’s Resurrection

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/06/16 - 8:30am

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   Saint Sophrony, from Essex, said that the greatest sin these days is that people have sunk into despair and no longer believe in the resurrection. In the pre-Christian era, and later in the world outside...

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Psalm 50/51—The Psalm of Repentance: The Need for God’s Mercy

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/06/15 - 11:35am

Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy steadfast love; according to Thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Psalm 51:1  The numbering of the Psalms depends on which translation you read.  In the Septuagint number versus the number in Bibles like the Revised Standard Version, the numbering is...

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The Grace of Being a Christian

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/06/15 - 8:30am

Metropolitan Ieronymos of Larisa and Tyrnavos   The feast of All Saints is the natural successor to that of Pentecost. This is because last Sunday we saw the breath of the Spirit, while today we see the fruits of the Spirit. The Church wishes to honor all its saints as...

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