Ambling: God’s Incense

Ambling: God’s Incense

As we step out of our bus onto the mount where Jesus preached one of His most beloved sermons, the Sea of Galilee stuns my senses, its surrounding hills filled with: hymns of wildflowers, gentle breezes pawing the sea, pilgrims’ songs of praise, the feel of the ancient stones beneath...

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Synaxis of Primates of Orthodox Autocephalous Churches Concludes

Synaxis of Primates of Orthodox Autocephalous Churches Concludes

NEW YORK – The Ecumenical Patriarchate issued yesterday March 9, 2014, Sunday of Orthodoxy, a Communiqué upon the conclusion of the Synaxis of the Primates of the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches and released the official Message of the Hierarchs of the Synaxis. Following are both texts as released by the Ecumenical...

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Interview with Theodore and Anna in Bethlehem

Interview with Theodore and Anna in Bethlehem

During the OCN Pilgrimage visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Charles Lelon, Vice Chair of the OCN Board of Directors, speaks with Theodore Pritsis from Winston Salem,  North Carolina, and Anna Koulouis from Syracuse, New York. Theodore and Anna have left home to serve the patriarch of Jerusalem.

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Visiting Jacob’s Well

Visiting Jacob’s Well

This morning, we visited Jacob’s well in Palestinian territory. This is the well where Christ talked to the Samaritan woman who became Saint Photini.  We saw Jacob’s well and the vase that Saint Photini used to carry water.  The original well is still functioning, and Saint Photini’s relics are still...

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IOCC Global Updates

IOCC Global Updates

Dan Christopoulos offers updates on a number of IOCC programs, including: Volunteer Initiatives in America,  Regional Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor Training in Alaska, IOCC Frontline Training, and  the Serv-X-Treme Youth Conference coming up in August.

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An Interview at the Church of the Nativity

An Interview at the Church of the Nativity

The following is an excerpt of an interview conducted by Charles Lelon at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. His guests are Theodore Pritsis from Winston Salem,  North Carolina, and Anna Koulouis from Syracuse, New York. Theodore and Anna have left home to serve the patriarch of Jerusalem. Chuck Lelon: I...

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Syrian Nuns Freed

Syrian Nuns Freed

Thirteen nuns and three workers kidnapped months ago from Mar Thekla in Ma-loula, Syria, by al Qaeda-linked rebels, were released today. After a 9-hour journey, they were met in the hillside village of Jdaidet Yabous by Greek Orthodox church officials. Mother Pelagia Sayaf, the abbess of the monastery, said the...

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Night at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Night at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Last night, our group left around midnight to visit the Holy Sepulcher for the Divine Liturgy. The walled city was empty, the maze of pathways, dark and narrow, are normally full of people of all faiths, criss-crossing each way, during the day. We walked along the slick marble and imperfect...

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Sunday of Orthodoxy

Sunday of Orthodoxy

A feast of joy and gladness is revealed to us today! For the teachings of the true Faith shine forth in all their glory, and the Church of Christ is bright with splendor, adorned with the holy Icons which now have been restored; and God has granted to the faithful...

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Κατ’ εκόνα του Θεού

Κατ’ εκόνα του Θεού

Ο Δημήτρης Καραβασίλης με αφορμή μια ομιλία του Αγίου Λουκά Αρχιεπισκόπου της Κριμαίας σχετικά με την Κυριακή της Ορθοδοξίας, τονίζει την αναγκαιότητα του να μένουμε σταθεροί στην πίστη μας και να κωφεύουμε στις διαχρονικές αιρετικές δοξασίες που σκοπό έχουν να μας αποκόψουν απο το ζωοποιό σώμα του Χριστού, την Εκκλησία....

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Readings from Sunday of Orthodoxy

Readings from Sunday of Orthodoxy

Fr. Steven Ritter of St. James Orthodox Mission in Lawrenceville, Georgia, is hosting a special 6-part series on the Sunday readings of Great Lent. This week’s first episode talks about the significance of the Gospel & Epistle readings during Lent before looking specifically at this week’s readings of Hebrews 12:1-10...

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Cana, Nazareth, and Mount Tabor

Cana, Nazareth, and Mount Tabor

Before Leaving Today’s journey began with the Church of the Holy Apostles in Capernaum, just steps from the Sea of Galilee. This church commemorates the place where the resurrected Christ asked Peter “Do you love me?” three times, and then told Peter to care for His followers. We heard an...

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