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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.

Chanting in Mount Athos

Elder Thomas Mikrayannanitis talks about his first monastic steps and about the Athonite Psaltic Tradition (part 2): “There in the skete, where we…

Nov 04, 2014

Peace of Heart is Established Little by Little

By Saint Nicodemus Haghiorite Your constant care should be not to let your heart become agitated or troubled, but to use every effort to keep it peaceful…

Nov 04, 2014

Saint John Chrysostom

Saint John Chrysostom – the Golden Mouthed. One of, if not the most, well known and beloved saints of the church, both during his lifetime and in the…

Nov 03, 2014

Holy Mountain: a universal presence and a heavenward orientation

By Metropolitan Nikolaos of Mesogaias and Lavreotikis The spiritual influence of Mount Athos is indisputable and certainly stems from the fact that many…

Nov 03, 2014

VIDEO: Archimandrite Zacharias on ‘The spiritual heart’

The heart’s the inner person, it’s the centre of our personality. Where we can encounter God, where we can make our free choice concerning Him, that’s…

Oct 27, 2014

Tonsuring of Monks

I imagine that very few Orthodox have ever observed the rite for the tonsuring of a monastic.  The first time I observed the rite was during my stay at…

Oct 24, 2014

People as Liturgical Beings, Part 2

Read Part 1 here. By Abbot George Kapsanis of Gregoriou People who offer ‘your own from your own, in all things and for all things’ serve God truly…

Oct 23, 2014

People as Liturgical Beings, Part 1

By Abbot George Kapsanis of Gregoriou We usually characterize people as rational and independent beings. These attributes are correct enough, but don’t…

Oct 23, 2014

The Meaning of Pain in Our Lives

By Abbot George Kapsanis of Gregoriou Apart from the suffering that it causes, physical, mental or spiritual pain– which entered man’s life by divine…

Oct 18, 2014

The Burial of the Dead

One of my favourite theologians of the early 20th century is Virginia Cary Hudson. Virginia was a little girl of ten years old in the southern United States…

Oct 07, 2014

On Humility and the Humble Outlook – 1

By Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi (+2009) The title of this speech in Greek is ‘Περί ταπεινώσεως και ταπεινοφροσύνης’….

Sep 30, 2014

Saint Herman of Alaska

It’s hard to tell just who Saint Herman of Alaska was before he became a monk. Back in the mid 1700s, not many countries kept birth and death records,…

Sep 30, 2014
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