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Learning resources available at OCN draw on the wealth of Orthodox Christian teaching and the wonderful creative people who bring this treasure to schools and families around the country. We’ll be sharing special activities for fasts and feast days, ideas for church school and youth groups, and home school resources. Visit often to find new posts.

The Church of Life-Giving Spring in Istanbul

The Monastery of the Mother of God at the Spring (full name in Greek: Μονὴ τῆς Θεοτòκου τῆς Πηγῆς Turkish name: Balıklı Meryem…

Apr 27, 2015

The Duty of the Bishop to Reprimand the Faithful

By Athanasios Moustakis The duty of the bishop to reprimand the faithful is a delicate and difficult point in pastoral theology and requires careful handling…

Apr 24, 2015

Athonite Obediences

In Athonite coenobitic monasteries, the obediences are changed between the first and seventh days of the year. They usually last a year or more. This custom…

Apr 18, 2015

The Celebration of the Resurrection at the Vatopedi Monastery

Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! Most people will never be able to journey to Mount Athos to experience Pascha there. But if you watch this video, you…

Apr 17, 2015

The Resurrection: an affront to reason

By Archimandrite Epiphanios Ekonomou It’s hardly surprising that the message of the Resurrection of Christ has raised a whole host of doubts and questions….

Apr 17, 2015

The Style and Ethos of Athonite Singing

By Fr. Iakovos the Athonite Once, when I was talking to an Elder who’d been on the Holy Mountain for many years (more than twice the number I had), he…

Apr 15, 2015

Holy Fools

If any one among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is folly with God….

Apr 06, 2015

Lazarus Cross

From the Greek island of Santorini, the ‘Lazarus’ is a large wooden cross covered with rosemary and flowers. On the eve of Holy Week, it is…

Apr 01, 2015

St. Juvenaly of Alaska

For over a century, it was not known what happened to the monk, Juvenaly. It was one of the mysteries of the Arctic, and the conflicting accounts that…

Mar 02, 2015

How to Make Koliva for Memorial Services

Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone, but if it dies, it produces much grain. John 12:24….

Feb 24, 2015

Three Holy Hierarchs: St Basil the Great, St Gregory the Theologian, and St John Chrysostom

In the 11th century AD, there was a growing dispute among the faithful over which of these great saints was greater than the others. This led to fractures,…

Jan 27, 2015

St. John Chrysostom on the Feast of Theophany

We shall now say something about the present feast.  Many celebrate the feastdays and know their designations, but the cause for which they were established…

Jan 07, 2015