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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 Marriage of Love and Hate

By Fr. Stephen Freeman The genius of Dostoevsky lies in the profound theological insight of his tumbled novels. They can be difficult reads for many people…

Jun 16, 2015

God Is Always With You

Ms. Jessica Precop traveled to the Dormition of the Mother of God Monastery in Rives Junction, Michigan to interview Father Roman Braga, who grew up and…

Jun 16, 2015

The “D” Word: Why Dogmas Matter

By Amir Azarvan “I don’t have a problem with religion, I just don’t like dogmas.”  Statements like this are reflective of the growing disdain…

Jun 16, 2015

The Purifying Prayer

Every prayer of the Church assists with the purification of the heart. But especially the Jesus Prayer: ‘Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me, sinner that…

Jun 16, 2015

The Monastic Life: The way of perfection

By Prof. Georgios Mantzaridis With the advent of monasticism, a special way of life appeared in the Church, which however did not  proclaim a new morality….

Jun 16, 2015

Saint Isidora of Tabenna Monastery

Very little is known about this monastic who chose the role of Fool for Christ, except that if she existed at all, she was one of the earliest recognized…

Jun 02, 2015

Conclusions of the 1st International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care

‘Behold, what is so good or so pleasant as for brothers to dwell in the same place?’. It is indeed a blessing from God when siblings meet each other…

May 25, 2015

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

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