Sunday of the Adoration of the Holy Cross

Sunday of the Adoration of the Holy Cross

My dear Fathers and Mothers, and brothers and sisters, in the Faith, Greetings to you from the God-trodden Mount of Sinai! I cannot believe that Great Lent is half-way over and we are already at the Sunday of the Adoration of the Holy Cross! God-willing you will not receive this...

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New Programs at OCN

New Programs at OCN

Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. Hebrews 2:1 Dear Friends of OCN, During this sacred season of Lent, many of us try to find new ways to incorporate God’s word into our daily lives, whether through attending services,...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 26

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 26

Matthew 12:1-14 Breaking the Sabbath Law, the Claim of Human Need, Love and Law Opening thoughts and basis for discussion In every life, there are a series of crucial events, decisive moments, which cause that life to change. Likewise, we see in the life of Jesus such a period of...

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Sunday of St. John Climacus

Sunday of St. John Climacus

O John our father, saint of God, you were revealed as a citizen of the desert, as an angel in a body and a worker of miracles. Through fasting, prayer and vigils you have received heavenly gifts of grace, and have healed the sick and the souls of those who...

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Ο αγώνας των αρετών

Ο αγώνας των αρετών

Ο Δημήτρης Καραβασίλης παρουσιάζει τρεις ομιλίες του Αγίου Ιωάννου της Κλίμακος με την ελπίδα οτι όσοι τους ακούσουν θα εμπνευστούν, θα κινητοποιηθούν και θα δυναμώσουν στον αγώνα τους εναντίον των παθών. Απαραίτητη η προσευχή στον Κύριο στον αγώνα αυτόν. Το μεγάλο έπαθλο βέβαια θα είναι η σωτηρία των ψυχών μας!

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Ascending the God-Trodden Mountain of Sinai

Ascending the God-Trodden Mountain of Sinai

My dear Fathers and Mothers, and brothers and sisters, in the Faith, Greetings to you from the God-trodden Mountain of Sinai! My apologies for the delay in getting this next pilgrimage update out to you. Temperatures dipped to freezing during the nights after the recent thunderstorms, bringing snow flurries at...

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This Week in Orthodoxy, March 28, 2014

This Week in Orthodoxy, March 28, 2014

Welcome to a special edition of “This Week in Orthodoxy,” the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church. Segment 1: News from around the Globe Metropolitan Philip Saliba (1931-2014): In Memoriam This week, we’ll be highlighting the life and legacy of His...

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Metropolitan Kallistos Ware: Memorizing Scripture

Metropolitan Kallistos Ware: Memorizing Scripture

In the final show of his series, Metropolitan Kallistos Ware discusses the importance of memorizing Scripture as a discipline, and the importance of applying it to our lives today. * Why spend time memorizing Scriptures when we can read them on demand on our smartphones? * Why does Scripture memorization...

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Sunday of John Climacus

Sunday of John Climacus

Fr. Steven Ritter continues his reflections on the Sunday readings of Lent, this week reflecting on Hebrews 6:13-20 and Mark 9:17-31. St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 6:13-20 Brethern, when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore to himself,...

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Me, My “Selfie,” and I

Me, My “Selfie,” and I

“They say—and I am willing to believe it—that it is difficult to know yourself—but it isn’t easy to paint yourself either.” Vincent van Gogh, letter to his brother, September 1889 The self-portrait genre has been around from the very beginning of art. It was used to identify the artist, when...

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Vandalism at a Sacred Site in Constantinople

Vandalism at a Sacred Site in Constantinople

On Sunday, March 23, 2014 at noon, a number of young vandals invaded the courtyard and the chapel of Agia Paraskevi, the site of a Sacred Spring (Agiasma), outside the Byzantine walls near the Monastery of Baloukli. For at least five hours, according to the testimony of the church sacristan...

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La Gran Cuaresma

La Gran Cuaresma

En este episodio de Vengan a Recibir la Luz, los presentadores Padre Aristidis Arizi y Padre David Wooten abordan el tema de la Gran Cuaresma: ¿De qué consiste? ¿De dónde viene? ¿Para qué sirve en la vida del creyente hoy en día? Tres himnos cuaresmales, cantados por el coro de...

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