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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 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

How the Monks Make Kollyva on The Holy Mountain

This article originally appeared here and is republished as part of OCN’s strategic partnership with Pemptousia. On the Holy Mountain, the abbots…

Sep 09, 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

St. Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain: It is Necessary to Receive Holy Communion Frequently

We shall prove from scriptural and patristic witnesses that it is necessary for the faithful and Orthodox Christians to receive the Body and Blood of our…

Jul 29, 2014

Charitable Works Abolish Death by St. John Chrysostom

A selection from a sermon by our father among the saints, John Chrysostom (On the Nativity, 55). The saint writes: is so great that they not only cleanse…

Jul 29, 2014

“Faith Seeking Understanding” (Part II): Clement of Alexandria

Editor’s note: Part I of this series may be found here. Without a doubt, the richest source for theological epistemology in pre-Nicene Christian…

Jul 25, 2014

“Faith Seeking Understanding” (Part I): Patristic and Early Christian Touchstones

Christianity entered the Greco-Roman world as a religion of the incarnate Logos – word or reason – of God. With such a message and with the growth…

Jul 24, 2014