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He Was Like Us in Every Way

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/03/21 - 8:00am

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who in every respect has been tempted as...

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The Two Paths to Deification

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/03/20 - 8:30am

Georgios Koios   For Christians there are two paths which lead to union with God, deification. One is monasticism. This is the difficult path. That of virginity, a pure life, perfect submission to His will. A life of humility, fasting, prayer and love for all the world, unlimited trust in...

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Word of Consolation for the Pandemic

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/03/19 - 8:52am

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   Many people are in confusion and others panic because of the threat of the Coronavirus epidemic that spread in the whole world. I think, however, that this should not happen, for whatever God does with us, He does it out of love. The God of Christians...

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Hypocrisy: the Outer Shell of Death

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/03/19 - 8:30am

Saint Nicholas Velimirovich   How beautifully our peoples in the Balkans decorate eggs. As beautiful as possible, so as to decorate Easter, to increase the joy of Easter. To make visitors happier. Sometimes these painted eggs really are works of art. But if these eggs are kept too long, at...

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Be Anxious for Nothing Part 2

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/03/19 - 8:21am

Let your gentleness be known to all man. The Lord is at hand. Philippians 4:5 Many of us are anxious these days. One of the most encouraging and reassuring chapters in the Bible is Philippians 4:4-13. For the next several days, I’m going to put the Heart of Encouragement Unit...

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Be Faithful ALL the Time

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/03/18 - 6:12pm

Did you ever have a friend or a classmate who was nice to you sometimes…but then ignored you other times? Maybe you played together and hung out together a lot…but then all of a sudden that friend didn’t want to be with you? That sure doesn’t feel good, does it?...

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Be Anxious for Nothing—I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me Philippians 4:4-13

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/03/18 - 1:51pm

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I will say, rejoice! Philippians 4:4 Many of us are anxious these days. One of the most encouraging and reassuring chapters in the Bible is Philippians 4:4-13. For the next several days, I’m going to put the Heart of Encouragement Unit on hold to...

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Fasting: Same Rules for Everyone (Desert and Big City)

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/03/18 - 8:30am

One of the more curious features of living in Greece is that, if you go to a football match on the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, one of the messages relayed to the crowd at half-time is always: “The Triodion is open! Bring your family and friends to...

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Corona, Virus of the Hard Heart

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/03/17 - 8:40am

Dr. Haralambis Bousias   Cold is good for viral infections. With heat, they disappear. Cold preserves foodstuffs, but freezes human activities. Cold deadens nature which awaits the life-giving rays of the sun for its revival. The cold puts people who work outside, farmers and such, into hibernation, in the expectation...

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Hold Fast to Your Boundaries—The Tongue

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/03/17 - 8:40am

The tongue is a little member and boasts of great thing things. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is an unrighteous world among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the cycle of nature, and...

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Postponement of the 3rd International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care, DMOPC20

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/03/16 - 3:00pm

We would like to inform you that, given the rapidly increasing concerns over the world-wide spread of the sickness caused by the corona virus, the 3rd International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care, DMOPC20, which was to have been held in Crete at the beginning of May, has...

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Saint Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessaloniki

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/03/16 - 8:33am

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   The progression from the first Sunday in Lent, which is dedicated to Orthodoxy, to the second Sunday, which is dedicated to Saint Gregory Palamas is of double significance: on the one hand it extends the...

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Hold Fast to Your Boundaries—Time

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/03/16 - 8:00am

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 Many people have a negative thought when they think of the words “rules” or “boundaries.” Rules and boundaries are there to help us feel more free. Where there are no rules or boundaries, there...

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The Outstanding Traditional Theologian of Orthodoxy: Saint Gregory Palamas

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/03/15 - 8:30am

Rafael Ch. Misiaoulis   Saint Gregory Palamas occupies a very prominent position in the Church, which is why he’s honoured on the Second Sunday in Lent, immediately after the Sunday of Orthodoxy. In his person we recognize the outstanding teacher of the hesychast life in Christ, a man who continued...

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The Importance of Friends and a Prayer Answered in Christ’s Way

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/03/15 - 8:00am

And when Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that He was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and He was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to Him...

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On these Difficult Times

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/03/14 - 8:30am

Priest of the Greek Orthodox Church   Whatever has to do with the spiritual life, whatever we experience within the Church, can be dealt with in two ways: one is not to engage your heart with any of it at all. Everything is formal, theoretical and logical. The heart’s never...

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Why We Keep Repeating the Same Liturgical Cycle

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/03/14 - 8:00am

And, “Thou, Lord, didst found the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of Thy hands; they will perish, but Thou remainest; they will all grow old like a garment, like a mantle thou wilt roll them up, and they will be changed. But Thou art the...

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An Appeal for Calm

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/03/13 - 4:33pm

And as they sailed, Jesus fell asleep. And a storm of wind came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in danger. And they went and woke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And He awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves;...

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Three New Saints in the Orthodox Church

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/03/13 - 8:30am

Official Communique from the First Day of the Proceedings of the Holy and Sacred Synod (9 March 2020) On Monday, 9 March 2020, the Holy and Sacred Synod convened under the chairmanship of His All-Holiness to carry out the tasks of its three-day sitting. After the reading of the minutes...

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Hold Fast to Your Boundaries—Honesty

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/03/12 - 4:30pm

And as for what fell in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the Word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience. Luke 8:15 For these next few reflections, we will be discussing boundaries that we should hold fast to. Another...

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