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Sunday of the Blind Man

Mon, 2020/05/25 - 8:29am

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   Today’s Gospel reading describes the healing of a man born blind, and speaks about the Light of life, the Heavenly Light, Christ. God’s revelation occurs in stages as in last week’s Gospel. Both the blind man and the Samaritan woman initially consider Christ to be an...

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Is There a God?

Mon, 2020/05/25 - 7:45am

In the midst of tragedies, wars or conflicts, epidemic or pandemic, or even any loss the same question is asked. Is there a God? Why did God allow that to happen? If there was a God, especially a God that calls Himself a God of love, He wouldn’t have let...

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‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?’

Sun, 2020/05/24 - 8:30am

Hierodeacon Rafael Ch. Misiaoulis   Christ has risen! He has risen indeed! The sixth Sunday after Easter and we hear in church the Gospel reading concerning the Lord’s healing of the man who had been blind since birth. The healing of the blind man was a stinging rebuke to the...

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Saint John Chrysostom: The Sunday of the Blind Man

Fri, 2020/05/22 - 8:40am

Saint John Chrysostom   And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, Master, who sinned, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 1. ‘And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind...

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‘Do not fear’ (Matt. 28, 10)

Fri, 2020/05/22 - 8:30am

Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana   ‘Do not fear’, said the angel of the Lord to the myrrh-bearing women, who were overcome with ‘fear and amazement’ at the sight of the empty tomb. ‘For I know you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here. He has risen, as he...

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Psalm 26—The Importance of Clean Hands

Fri, 2020/05/22 - 7:30am

I wash my hands in innocence, and go about Thy altar, O Lord, singing aloud a song of thanksgiving, and telling all Thy wondrous deeds. O Lord, I love the habitation of Thy house, and the place where Thy glory dwells. Sweep me not away with sinners, nor my life...

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Tools Help Us See God Clearly

Thu, 2020/05/21 - 1:29pm

Seeing God clearly Seeing God clearly Have you ever gotten your eyes checked, maybe at home or at school? The doctor or nurse might give you a test to see if you can see  something. If you don’t do well on the eye tests, what happens? You might get some...

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Who are the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate? Join Fr. Chris Metropulos and Dr. Anthony J. Limberakis

Thu, 2020/05/21 - 8:57am

Who are the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate? We are pleased to announce our next myOCN Community Online Gathering this coming Thursday, May 21, at 7:00 pm EST with special guest Dr. Anthony J. Limberakis as we discuss who the Archons are and their crucial role in combating Christian persecution...

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Ss. Constantine and Helen

Thu, 2020/05/21 - 8:30am

James W. Lillie   At Eastertide, at some undetermined place and year, the Emperor Constantine I made his Oration to the Assembly of the Saints, either in Latin (Oratio ad sanctorum coetum) or Greek (Λόγος τῷ τῶν ἁγίων συλλόγῳ). It is a lengthy and not terribly interesting text, but given...

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Sts. Constantine and Helen

Thu, 2020/05/21 - 7:48am

Agrippa said to Paul, “You have permission to speak for yourself.” Then Paul stretched out his hand and made his defense: “Thus I journeyed to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests. At midday, O king, I saw on the way a light from heaven, brighter than...

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Saint Païsios: The Humility of a Priest who Performed Miracles

Wed, 2020/05/20 - 8:30am

In Jordan there was a very simple priest who performed miracles. He’d read prayers over people and animals that were sick in some way and they’d recover. Muslims went to him as well, if they had a health problem, and he’d cure them. Before he served the Liturgy, he’d drink...

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Psalm 25—Guide Me to the Good, Don’t Remember My Bad

Wed, 2020/05/20 - 7:45am

Make me to know Thy ways, O Lord; teach me Thy paths. Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me, for Thou art the God of my salvation; for Thee I wait all the day long. Be mindful of Thy mercy, O Lord, and of Thy steadfast love, for they...

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Film with Jonathan Jackson – Elder Joseph the Hesychast

Tue, 2020/05/19 - 12:53pm

Film No Longer Available *This film was available until May 22nd 2020. At this time they haven’t released any new information for viewing but we will bring you updates as they come.  Be sure to signup up here.  We are excited to announce the film is released until 5/22 (available...

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Psalm 24—Open the Gates and Let the King of Glory Enter

Tue, 2020/05/19 - 10:11am

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein; for He has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the rivers. Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in His holy place? He who hands and...

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A Day in the Life of a Family in a Pandemic

Tue, 2020/05/19 - 8:30am

Pemptousia, Orthodoxia News Agency stress need to unite our voices, strengthen presence of Orthodox world amid pandemic. The editors and staff of both the online magazine Pemptousia, which focuses on Orthodoxy, scholarly research and culture, as well as the Orthodoxia News Agency have become aware of the crucial need for all...

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Psalm 23—Part Six-The Lord Is My Shepherd

Mon, 2020/05/18 - 10:15am

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still water; He restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of...

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Sunday of the Samaritan woman (John 4:5-42)

Mon, 2020/05/18 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   This Gospel reading is exceptional, loaded with great and sublime truths which the Lord condescended to impart to a dissolute woman, a heretic who had led a reckless life and hailed from Samaria, an abomination for the Jews. The reconciliatory way that Christ relates with this...

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If We Only Knew

Sun, 2020/05/17 - 10:13am

So He came to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and so Jesus, wearied as He was with His journey, sat down beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. There came a woman of...

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The “Water of Life”

Sun, 2020/05/17 - 8:29am

Varnavas, Metropolitan of Neapolis and Stavroupolis   In this dialogue, Christ reveals the truly divine provenance of His word. It is a discourse that can, indeed, be adapted to human measures of understanding,  but it also clearly transcends the criteria with which people judge things. It is a discourse which...

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Acts—The First Chapter of Church History

Sat, 2020/05/16 - 10:10am

Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to none except Jews. But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Greeks also,...

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