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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.

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

Saint Romanos the Melodist

Like many saints who lived long ago, we don’t know much about St. Romanos the Melodist, and what we might know isn’t agreed on by all scholars.  …

Jan 06, 2015

Česnica: Serbian Christmas bread

Česnica is a Serbian Christmas sweet-bread baked on Christmas Eve, which falls on January 6th in the Old Calendar. It is tall, round, and resembles a…

Jan 05, 2015

Igniting The Flame of True Christian Stewardship – Part 4: A New Parish Operational Paradigm

Why are you here? Why have you and your Parish been given so many gifts, talents, resources and abilities? If you want to learn what stewardship truly…

Dec 31, 2014

Igniting The Flame of True Christian Stewardship – Part 3: How To Implement Christian Stewardship

Why are you here? Why have you and your Parish been given so many gifts, talents, resources and abilities? If you want to learn what stewardship truly…

Dec 31, 2014

Igniting the Flame of True Christian Stewardship – Part 2: What Is True Christian Stewardship

Why are you here? Why have you and your Parish been given so many gifts, talents, resources and abilities? If you want to learn what stewardship truly…

Dec 31, 2014

Psenica: A Serbian Christmas Custom

On the feastday of St Nicholas, which occurs on December 19th in the Old Calendar, wheat grains (žito) are planted in a small bowl or plate for this Serbian…

Dec 19, 2014

Christmas Bread with Figs

This is another version of the Christopsomo. From the region of Macedonia, Northern Greece, this bread contains figs, symbolic of prosperity, wealth, and…

Dec 18, 2014

Sesame Baklava

Baking sesame baklava (Μπακλαβάς Σουσαμένιος) on Christmas Eve is an old custom in Thrace and other parts of Greece. Sesame was once…

Dec 18, 2014

Honigkuchen: An Orthodox Variation on a German Custom

The Honigkuchen is a German biscuit or cake traditionally baked at Pascha and Christmas. It is customary to give these cakes to friends and family as part…

Dec 17, 2014

Christopsomo: Christ-bread

An old Greek tradition, this bread is baked on Christmas Eve and eaten on Christmas Day. Baking this bread bestows a great blessing upon the family. The…

Dec 15, 2014

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