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A Change in the Law

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/02/01 - 8:38am

It is beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the superior. Here tithes are received by mortal men; there, by one of whom it is testified that he lives. One might even say that Levi himself, who received tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, for he was still in the...

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Saint Porfyrios Revealed the Rescue of Greek Sailors in Mexico!

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/02/01 - 8:30am

Abbess Styliani Holy Monastery of the Pantokrator-Tao †   One morning, a woman dressed in black and weeping bitterly came to our monastery [The Holy Monastery of the Pantokrator-Tao, in Pendeli, Athens] ‘Why did my parish priest send you here? What can you do for me?’ She was crying the...

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Give Thanks IN All Circumstances, Not FOR All Circumstances

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/01/31 - 8:36am

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of Christ Jesus for you. I Thessalonians 5:18 Often we see the power of one word to change the meaning of something. In the instance we observe here, we see the difference between the use of the word “in” versus...

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Jonathan Jackson: The new album ‘Ultraviolet Empire’ and all professional plans for 2020

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/01/31 - 8:30am

Watch now  Jonathan Jackson, at the second part of his recent interview to Pemptousia talks about his new music album ‘Ultraviolet Empire’ and his professional plans for 2020. Watch the first part of the interview here Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is...

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National Missions & Evangelism Conference in Columbus, Ohio

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/01/30 - 8:56am

A National Conference on Missions & Evangelism is being held February 3rd to 5th, 2020 in Columbus, OH at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral – an event made possible by a grant from Leadership 100. The conference theme is: “Leading Change Toward a Healthier Parish” and features presentations by Fr....

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Feast of the Three Hierarchs: the obligations of parents and educators

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/01/30 - 8:30am

Sophia Kafkopoulou   Today, 30 January, we celebrate the three hierarchs. There are lots of hierarch saints whom we honour throughout the year in the Church, but this is a feast of three together, although they also each have their own day on which we commemorate them. They’re Basil the...

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The Three Hierarchs

OCN Now - Thu, 2020/01/30 - 6:33am

You Need Some Knowledge in Order for Your Light to Shine Brightly “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all...

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Who Takes You to Church?

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/01/29 - 3:24pm

Do you go with your parents or your grandparents? Do you sometimes go with a friend or with your Godmother or Godfather? Today is one of the 12 great feasts of our Church. We celebrate the day that Mary and Joseph brought the 40-day-old baby Jesus into the holy Temple....

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How to Pray: 5-5-5-1

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/01/29 - 9:01am

As a hart longs for flowing streams, so longs my soul for Thee, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Psalm 42:1-2 Many Christians do not know how to pray. Most know the Lord’s Prayer and for many, their knowledge of prayer ends with the Lord’s...

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Jonathan Jackson: ‘Discovering the Orthodox Faith changed the way I see the world..’

OCN Now - Wed, 2020/01/29 - 8:30am

Watch now  Jonathan Jackson, at his recent interview to Pemptousia speaks on how converting to Orthodoxy changed his life. Source: pemptousia.com     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 of America . It is...

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Alone with God

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/01/28 - 11:38am

And after Jesus had dismissed the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone. Matthew 14:23 A quick update on Alena, the young girl everyone was praying for a few weeks ago. By God’s Providence and your prayers, Alena is...

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Fear not

OCN Now - Tue, 2020/01/28 - 8:30am

Saint Saint Seraphim of Sarov   We shouldn’t not be put off in the spiritual life by any power of the enemy. On the contrary, we should depend on the words of God: ‘Do not fear with their fear and do not be troubled, for God is with us. Sanctify...

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Are You a Good Quarterback?

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/01/27 - 11:35am

Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12 In a football game, a team will typically run 70 offensive plays. Before each play, the offense will huddle, the quarterback will call a play and the team will line up to run the play. There...

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Zacchaeus, a Moving Example of Repentance

OCN Now - Mon, 2020/01/27 - 8:30am

Hierodeacon Rafael Misiaoulis, Theologian   In today’s Gospel reading, we hear that Jesus entered Jericho and was going through the town. There was a man there called Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was a chief tax-collector by profession. This was a job identified in people’s minds with deceit, theft and lies. At that...

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The Power of One Word—Today

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/01/26 - 11:30am

He entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector, and rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not, on account of the crowd, because he was small of stature. So he ran on ahead and...

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The 15th Sunday of Luke (Zacchaeus)

OCN Now - Sun, 2020/01/26 - 8:30am

From the Kyriakodromion of Monk Agapios   All injustice, illegal seizure and greed is wicked and worthy of abhorrence on the part of those who love God and are of sound mind. Tax-collectors are the worst of all as regards injustice. Just as lions are worse and fiercer than any...

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Advice for People of Every Age

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/01/25 - 11:29am

The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. Command and teach these things. Let no one despise your youth,...

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Pontos will Die when the Sun Rises in the West

OCN Now - Sat, 2020/01/25 - 8:30am

What follows is a story about the uprooting of Greeks from their ancestral homeland in Pontos, the Black Sea coastal region. Greeks began trading here in about 1,000 BC, with the first permanent settlements being established some 200 years later. So this region was as much a part of the...

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Black as the night

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/01/24 - 8:31am

Saint Theophan the Recluse   When we’re outside Grace, the encasement around the soul is as black as night, if we surrender to and serve our passions. If we don’t give in entirely to those passions, then it’s as grey as fog. But we’re still living an empty life. Source:...

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Little Bits Add Up to a Lot

OCN Now - Fri, 2020/01/24 - 7:09am

Pray Constantly. I Thessalonians 5:17 I work constantly. I write constantly. Are these true statements? I guess that depends on how one defines “constantly.” In one sense, I do not do either of these constantly, as I spend time each day not working and not writing. When I’m sleeping or...

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