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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.

Saint John Chrysostom: Condign Retribution and Reward!

Saint Nicholas Velimirovich   Punishment and reward. Both of these are in the hands of God. But just as life on earth is no more than a shadow of…

Nov 15, 2017

The life of Saint Arsenios the Cappadocian – 2

Saint Paisios the Athonite   While he was always charitable towards others, Father Arsenios was very hard on himself, and, out of his great love,…

Nov 14, 2017

The life of Saint Arsenios the Cappadocian – 1

Saint Paisios the Athonite   The most Blessed Father Arsenios was born around 1840 in Pharasa or Varasio, the most important of the six Christian…

Nov 13, 2017

The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10, 25-37)

Metropolitan Dionysios of Servia and Kozani †   ‘Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus’. This ‘lawyer’ approached Jesus Christ, supposedly…

Nov 13, 2017

The two poles of the spiritual life (Memory of Saint John the Charitable)

Today our Church celebrates the memory of Saint John the Charitable , Patriarch of Alexandria. Saint John came from Cyprus, and was the son of rich and…

Nov 12, 2017

Saint Minas, a Brave Martyr and Confessor

Saint Minas lived at the time of the Emperor Maximian and was born in Egypt of pagan parents. According to Coptic sources, Minas was born in Egypt in 285…

Nov 11, 2017

Saint Paisios the Athonite, Patron Saint of Signalmen

Nikolaos G. Koios, Content Coach of Pemptousia   Following a request by the Office of Military Chaplains, part of the General Staff of the Greek Armed…

Nov 10, 2017

Down to the details

Elder Efraim Vatopaidinos   When people are trying, they see for themselves just how much God looks after them personally and how greatly He’s concerned…

Nov 09, 2017

Do you Possess the Signs of Christ’s Beatitudes? (part 1)

Saint Symeon the New Theologian   Our Christ and God calls to us every day through his Gospel: “blessed are the poor in spirit, because theirs is…

Nov 08, 2017

Monk Hariton, the New Martyr of Kosovo

Hieromonk Stefan of Dečani   The Lord’s words, Fear not them which kill the body but are not able to kill the soul (Matt. 10:28) have inspired…

Nov 08, 2017

The Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16, 19-31)

Father Nikolaos Patsalos   Wealth or Spiritual Poverty? Today’s Gospel reading is very well known. It’s the parable of the rich man and Lazarus…

Nov 07, 2017

On Light

W. J. Lillie   In his 56th Discourse (On faith and those who say it is not possible to live in the world and achieve the perfection of the virtues),…

Nov 06, 2017