Celebrate OCN Share the Light Sunday

Celebrate OCN Share the Light Sunday

OCN Sunday is designated each year by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America to raise awareness of the Orthodox Christian Network Media Ministry Missions. The observance of OCN Sunday is an opportunity for parishes to help OCN take the extra step and go out to more...

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March for Life 2020 in Washington, DC

March for Life 2020 in Washington, DC

The 47th annual March for Life, the world’s largest annual human rights demonstration, will be held on January 24, 2020. Leading up to the March for Life will share more about the theme Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman and the incredible history of the women who pioneered the women’s rights...

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Black as the night

Black as the night

Saint Theophan the Recluse   When we’re outside Grace, the encasement around the soul is as black as night, if we surrender to and serve our passions. If we don’t give in entirely to those passions, then it’s as grey as fog. But we’re still living an empty life. Source:...

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Little Bits Add Up to a Lot

Little Bits Add Up to a Lot

Pray Constantly. I Thessalonians 5:17 I work constantly. I write constantly. Are these true statements? I guess that depends on how one defines “constantly.” In one sense, I do not do either of these constantly, as I spend time each day not working and not writing. When I’m sleeping or...

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Real freedom

Real freedom

Saint Nectarios of Pentapolis   Only the Son of God can free us, because He is Himself true freedom. Only if we follow the Savior are we able to remain free and can cast off the slavery of sin. So, if we wish to be free, we should follow Christ...

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Do Receive Jesus Joyfully?

Do Receive Jesus Joyfully?

Receive Him Joyfully Can you think of something you have to do, but you don’t want to do? Maybe a chore like cleaning up your room or doing homework? Sometimes chores like those seem to take forever! In today’s Gospel reading, we hear the story of Zacchaeus. You remember that...

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The Divine Liturgy

The Divine Liturgy

† Dionysios, Metropolitan of Servia and Kozani   Every day, a task is performed on earth. It’s the greatest, most important, most sacred task that humans can aspire to. It’s the Divine Liturgy, the continuation of the Last Supper at which Jesus sat with His disciples. People are capable of...

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No-one’s excluded

No-one’s excluded

Saint Ignatius Brianchaninoff   The prayer of repentance has been given to all, without exception. It’s been given to those who are dominated by the passions and to those who fall into in sin in practice. They, too, have the right to cry out to the Lord for their salvation....

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LIVE Adult Education: Shared Experience of the Orthodox Christian Faith

LIVE Adult Education: Shared Experience of the Orthodox Christian Faith

LIVE Adult Education: Forming Christian Culture Sponsored by St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Bethesda, MD.  These are not classes on high theology that are intimidating or difficult to understand. We focus on the “down to earth” and practical ways we should understand and live our faith. In His parables to...

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Theological and Scientific Theories of Knowledge [3]

Theological and Scientific Theories of Knowledge [3]

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   Our first duty as people is to investigate and know ourselves. And our greatest error lies in the fact that we are usually entirely indifferent to the examination and recognition of ourselves and are concerned...

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Sermon on gratitude

Sermon on gratitude

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom †   17 December 1989 In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Ten lepers came to the Lord; ten men who were ritually unclean and therefore, ritually rejected by their community, unable to attend the common worship of the Temple, unable to...

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The Heart and God

The Heart and God

Saint Theophan the Recluse   God is everywhere. And when He finds a heart that isn’t opposed to Him, a humble heart, He enters it and fills it with joy. The joy of the heart which has God within it is so great that it attaches itself to Him and...

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