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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 Sacrament of Confession

The odds are that the Sacrament of Confession is everyone’s least favourite sacrament. Not “the least needed,” just “the least favourite.” No…

Sep 28, 2014

Holy Unction

Some people have told me that when they are in the hospital, they hate to see a priest enter a patient’s room because they regard his visit as a harbinger…

Sep 24, 2014

Holy Orders

As you have probably noticed, the Church has clergy—that is, men set apart for certain functions and who are held accountable for the exercise of those…

Sep 23, 2014

Holy Matrimony

That our current sacramental rite of matrimony is the product of long development can be seen by reflecting on the simple fact that in the days of the…

Sep 17, 2014

The Eucharist: Its Structure

Despite some talk about our “timeless unchanged Liturgy,” the Orthodox Divine Liturgy actually has undergone a number of changes since the days of…

Sep 13, 2014

The Eucharist: Its Meaning and Place in Our Salvation

The earliest title of the main Sunday service of the Christian Church is “the Eucharist”, from the Greek word eucharisteo, meaning, “to give thanks.”…

Sep 10, 2014

Baptism and Chrismation

We have noted that the service of baptism has undergone a long and profound development. In the early days of the Church’s history, those desiring to…

Sep 05, 2014

Reception into the Catechumenate

We have seen how our present baptismal service is the result of long development, a part of which consisted of joining the rite for making a catechumen…

Sep 04, 2014

The Churching

The little pew booklet which my church (the OCA) publishes for the baptismal service provides the text of the entire service of Holy Baptism as currently…

Sep 04, 2014

Rituals and Sacraments

It is difficult to open a book of systematic theology and not find reference to “the seven sacraments,” often capitalized for greater effect: The Seven…

Sep 02, 2014

On Fasting by St. John Chrysostom

Fasting is a medicine. But medicine, as beneficial as it is, becomes useless because of the inexperience of the user. He has to know the appropriate time…

Aug 01, 2014

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…

Jul 29, 2014