This Week in Orthodoxy, March 21, 2014

This Week in Orthodoxy, March 21, 2014

Welcome to “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 Assembly of Bishops to be Split in Three Our top story this week: Press reports have confirmed that the geographical borders...

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Metropolitan Kallistos Ware: Almsgiving

Metropolitan Kallistos Ware: Almsgiving

Metropolitan Kallistos Ware continues his 4-part Lenten series, speaking this week about almsgiving. Questions include: * I’ve read that the word for “alms” used in Scripture can actually be translated as “mercy,” so almsgiving would be a giving of mercy. Is that true? * How can we can find the...

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Lent in the Home

Lent in the Home

Melissa Tsongranis returns to talk about Lent in our homes. Tune in to hear practical tips for our everyday lives as we try to grow closer to Christ. Click here to obtain the book Melissa mentions, Great Lent by Fr. Alexander Schmemann. Check out this upcoming webinar from the Center for...

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Sunday of the Holy Cross

Sunday of the Holy Cross

Join Fr. Steven Ritter as he discusses the significance of this Sunday’s readings of Hebrews 4:14 – 5:6 and Mark 8:34 – 9:1. St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:1-6 BRETHREN, since we have a high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let...

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His Eminence Metropolitan Philip Saliba

His Eminence Metropolitan Philip Saliba

The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese has announced that His Eminence Metropolitan Philip (Saliba) has fallen asleep in the Lord. We offer our thoughts and prayers to the flock he has shepherded for so many years. We thank Metropolitan Philip for his overwhelming support of OCN through the years. May his...

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Great Lent at St. Catherine’s Monastery

Great Lent at St. Catherine’s Monastery

It is hard to believe the first week of Great Lent has already concluded! Things have been dynamic here at St. Catherine’s, and I wanted to witness to a few experiences from this week to the glory of God. Once the monastery was open to visitors again on Thursday, it...

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Dr. George Mekras

Dr. George Mekras

Today we mourn the loss of a leader and good friend.  Dr. George Mekras holds a special place in our hearts here at OCN, where he served for many years as the Chairman of our Board of Directors. May his memory be eternal. Dr. George Demosthenes Mekras, 65, of Coral...

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Every Time I Do My Cross

Every Time I Do My Cross

Every Time I Do My Cross, a thirty-page hardcover book, is new to children’s book shelves. I loved this book before I ever read it. The author, Presvytera Angela Alatzakis, shared her illustrations on Facebook and I was hooked. The images were calming, clean and gentle to the eyes, and...

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Heartfelt Cooperation with God

Heartfelt Cooperation with God

In this pilot episode of OCN’s latest podcast, host Veronica Hughes shares from the wisdom of St. Diadochos of Photiki to give us the context for this and future podcasts. Did you know that after we are baptized or received into the Orthodox Church, we enter into a second baptism?...

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Cake and Compassion in Arizona

Cake and Compassion in Arizona

Not so long ago, voices were raised and lawyers were sharpening their swords in America’s latest battle in the ongoing culture war. The owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado was threatened with a fine and up to a year’s incarceration for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding....

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Community Kitchen Addresses Malnutrition Facing Syrian Refugee Families

Community Kitchen Addresses Malnutrition Facing Syrian Refugee Families

PHOTO: Lebanese women cook side by side with Syrian refugee women to prepare lentil soup that will feed 240 Syrian refugee families living in the Akkar district of northern Lebanon. Most of the refugee families receiving the delivered hot meals do not have kitchens needed to cook. IOCC created the...

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Believing and Knowing

Believing and Knowing

“I believe this man is a living saint!” “Our people are the good guys—those other people are the ones doing wrong!” What if you believe that someone is not what they appear to be? If you believe that a certain man is a ‘living saint’ and not the ordinary flawed,...

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