Posts by Joanne Jamis Cain

Iconography and Saints

 The Icon of the Nativity

  The birth of Jesus Christ in a manger is one we have heard since the beginning of our Orthodox lives. Emperor Augustus decreed that everyone should…

Dec 21, 2015
Iconography and Saints

Saint Nicholas the Wonder Worker

Saint Nicholas is the beloved and gentle face of Christmas for many people. This saint was born in the province of Lycia in the city of Patara which is…

Dec 08, 2015
Iconography and Saints

The Entrance of Mary, the Theotokos

  November 21st is a great feast day in the Orthodox Church. It is the day we celebrate the Entrance of the Theotokos, or as it is often referred…

Nov 16, 2015
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The Holy Protection of the Theotokos

One of the most beloved holidays in the Orthodox calendar is the Protection of the Mother of God. The Slavic people celebrate this holiday on October 1….

Oct 27, 2015
Iconography and Saints

The Patron of Iconographers

Our primary goal at the  Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is to share the truth of Orthodoxy with the world. Our secondary goal is to generate fruitful…

Oct 16, 2015
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St. Thomas’ Doubt and Faith in a Resurrection

No story in the Bible portrays doubt more vividly to me than that of St. Thomas. As a young boy, he was passed on a love of the Law of Moses by his parents….

Oct 05, 2015
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The Meaning of Basil at the Elevation of the Cross

The Meaning of Basil at the Elevation of the Cross When I was a child, I would frequently visit my grandmother (Yiayia) and grandfather (Papou) who lived…

Sep 11, 2015
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Our Faith is as Sweet as Honey

My husband and daughter are beekeepers. They have many hives they tend and are responsible for. Recently, they hosted a gathering and invited people to…

Aug 17, 2015
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Honor Thy Father

At a recent presentation by the Orthodox Christian Network in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I was in the company of Metropolitan Savas and many Orthodox priests….

Jun 17, 2015
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We are the Branches: Stewardship

When I was growing up, my father and mother were very involved in our church. My father was on parish council, my mother was in Philoptochos. My sisters…

Jun 05, 2015
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Cast Your Net

I love how Jesus uses simple things to teach His lessons. After His Resurrection, the disciples were at the Sea of Tiberias. Simon Peter said he was going…

May 22, 2015
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Jesus Hung Out with the Undesirables

A few years ago, I began to read the Orthodox Bible lesson on a daily basis. Over time, I realized how Jesus consistently chose the adulterous, physically…

May 15, 2015