OCMC News: 10 Volunteers Needed for Short-term Missions in 2014!

OCMC News: 10 Volunteers Needed for Short-term Missions in 2014!

From Guatemala to Moldova to Kenya, Orthodox Christians from the United States have taught the faith, built churches, and led youth camps in 2014. There is, however, still much work to be done! Teams to Albania, Tanzania, and Uganda will be departing in September and October and the Mission Center...

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Desperate Palestinians Find Shelter in Greek Orthodox Church

Desperate Palestinians Find Shelter in Greek Orthodox Church

By Kim Sengupta (independent.co.uk) The Sunday service had been taking place in a morning of quietness and calm, a rare chance of reflection amid the turbulence of war. That ended as the last prayers were being held, the sound of air strikes and tank rounds echoing not far from the...

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Don’t Proof Text the Holy Fathers

Don’t Proof Text the Holy Fathers

“Proof texting” is a well known problem, especially when it comes to interpreting Holy Scripture. Some people develop whole theologies around a narrow interpretation of a few scattered verses (or even isolated books of the Bible), ignoring what the Church Father’s called the skopos: the overall purpose or ultimate meaning...

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France Offers Asylum to Iraqi Christians

France Offers Asylum to Iraqi Christians

Radio Free Europe — France says it is ready to welcome Christians from northern Iraq who have been told by Islamic extremists ruling the region to either convert to Islam, pay a religious tax, or face death. France’s foreign and interior ministers said in a joint statement in Paris on...

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What Does It Mean to Take Up Our Cross

What Does It Mean to Take Up Our Cross

The great 19th century Russian bishop, St. Ignatius Brianchaninov, delivered the following sermon on a famous text from Holy Scripture: “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me,” (Mk. 8:34). Dear brothers and sisters! We too are disciples of our Lord...

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St. Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain: It is Necessary to Receive Holy Communion Frequently

St. Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain: It is Necessary to Receive Holy Communion Frequently

We shall prove from scriptural and patristic witnesses that it is necessary for the faithful and Orthodox Christians to receive the Body and Blood of our Lord frequently throughout our lives, so long as there is no objection from our spiritual father, and that frequent Communion produces great benefits for...

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Charitable Works Abolish Death by St. John Chrysostom

Charitable Works Abolish Death by St. John Chrysostom

A selection from a sermon by our father among the saints, John Chrysostom (On the Nativity, 55). The saint writes: is so great that they not only cleanse sins but even do away with death itself. Let me explain how. And who, someone might claim,...

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