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.

Syrian Saints: Barbara of Heliopolis & John of Damascus

James W. Lillie   The Holy Great Martyr Barbara lived and suffered during the reign of the emperor Maximian (305-311). Her father, Dioskoros, was…

Dec 04, 2017

How unintentional are unwittingly committed sins?

Ioannis Kornarakis, Emeritus Professor of Pastoral Psychology and Confession, University of Athens († 2013)   All of us have had the experience…

Dec 03, 2017

The Mote and the Beam – 1

James W. Lillie   At Matthew 7, 1-3, the Lord warns us about the danger of judging other people. “Do not judge, or you will be judged. For with…

Dec 02, 2017

Saint Filaretos the Charitable (1 December)

Saint Filaretos was a fine example of virtue, especially that of performing good works. He lived at the time of Emperor Konstantinos Porfyroyennitos (Constantine…

Dec 01, 2017

Saint Andrew, Christ’s First-Called Disciple

Alexandros Christodoulou   Andrew the Apostle was one of Christ’s twelve disciples. He came from Bethsaida, a town located on the western bank of…

Nov 30, 2017

They feel alone

Elder Tadej Vitovničk   There are times when people despair and lose heart, which, in its own way, is a kind of pride. If people love the things…

Nov 29, 2017

The Three Saints of Pain and Hope

Dr. Nikolaos Koios, Content Coach of Pemptousia   It’s a profound conviction of the Orthodox Church that every epoch has its own saints and there’s…

Nov 29, 2017

Elder Iakovos Tsalikis Canonized

It has been announced that today, 27 November 2017, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate has canonized the late Elder Iakovos Tsalikis….

Nov 28, 2017

Saint Paul on Raising Funds

Archimandrite Varnavas Lambropoulos   Writing in his second epistle to the Corinthians, Saint Paul urges them- among other things- to contribute towards…

Nov 27, 2017

The challenge of being rich (Luke18, 18-27)

Archimandrite Nikanor Karayannis   Today’s Gospel reading of the young rich man presents us with a challenge. Christ’s words give us pause for…

Nov 27, 2017

Saint Stylianos, The Protector of Children

Archimandrite Charalambos Vassilopoulos (†)   Saint Stylianos was born in Paphlagonia, Asia Minor, between 400 and 500. He was blessed even from…

Nov 26, 2017

The Good of Our Soul

Saint Isaac the Syrian   It takes a great struggle, because the passions are very powerful. But by God’s grace those who are courageous and fight…

Nov 25, 2017