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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 Theology of Gender – 2. Eve The Helper

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   The word “helper” itself presupposes an action for which Adam needs help. The only work that the text refers to is…

Mar 26, 2017

The message of our salvation

Today is a bright and joyful day for the human race. The Archangel Gabriel brings the message of our salvation to the Virgin Mary. God comes to be born…

Mar 25, 2017

Greek Independence Day is March 25, 2017

On Saturday, March 25, 2017, Hellenes everywhere will commemorate the 196th anniversary of Greece’s independence.  Greeks and Americans alike will…

Mar 24, 2017

‘Hail, life-bearing Cross’

Rafael Ch. Misiaoulis   The Church boasts of the Precious Cross and experiences its message at every point of its worship. At every service, throughout…

Mar 24, 2017

‘To you victorious leader of triumphant hosts’, ancient melody, 4th plagial tone (former Protopsaltis Archon Leonidas Asteris)

The Akathistos Hymn occupies an important in the reverential period of Great Lent and is one of the most popular and well-known hymns, both in terms of…

Mar 24, 2017

OCMC News – Medical Professionals Needed for Mission Teams

The Mission Field needs medical professionals to volunteer on short-term mission teams this summer! Administering health care to people who do not normally…

Mar 23, 2017

Historic Moments at the Holy Sepulchre: repaired by Greek experts, the Holy Canopy has been returned to use

Pepi Ekonomaki   After many months of work by an inter-disciplinary team from the Metsovio National Technical University, under the leadership of…

Mar 23, 2017

The katavasies for ‘I will open my mouth’ – Iordanis Koutsimanis

As a living continuum of tradition, Byzantine music occupies an important position in the musical past of Veria. Today, gifted singers continue this musical…

Mar 22, 2017

Announcement by the Holy Monastery of Vatopedi

Today’s verdict on the part of the Greek justice system has restored the honour of those who have been so unfairly treated for almost a decade. The Holy…

Mar 22, 2017

Abbot Ephraim: Lord’s Cross in our Life

Elder Ephraim, Abbot of Vatopedi Holy Monastery, Mt Athos. Greece, at a Sermon on Lent’s Third Sunday Vespers (2014). Source: pemptousia.com  …

Mar 22, 2017

The Theology of Gender – 1. The Story of Creation

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   The story of creation presents the basic principles of human life and behavior. It is the main reference for the Christian…

Mar 21, 2017

Recipe for Prosforo (Church Bread)

Ingredients: 5 cups of strong (bread) flour 3 cups (roughly) of warm water 1 teaspoon of salt Fresh brewer’s yeast, about the size of an almond (or a…

Mar 20, 2017