Learn

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.

Red eggs, traditional method

James W. Lillie   On Lazarus Saturday, I realized I couldn’t find my copy of the services for Great Week, so, naturally, I went down to the local…

Apr 11, 2017

Palm Sunday in Guatemala!

Palm Sunday was a new and very moving experience for me among the Mayan faithful. Of course, the church was packed as usual, but they raise the celebration…

Apr 10, 2017

Repentance, as I learned it from contemporary Saints and Elders (Part 3)

Andreas Christoforou   I saw Saint Païsios on a good number of occasions between 1979 and 1994, when he departed this life. Except for one time,…

Apr 10, 2017

The end of the fast and the ‘air’ of asceticism

Having completed the forty days that bring profit to our soul, we beseech You, in Your love for us: May we behold the Holy Week of Your Passion that in…

Apr 09, 2017

Worship, LIVE Services of Holy and Great Week

In collaboration with the website  www.agiazoni.gr, PEMPTOUSIA and OCN will provide live streaming on a daily basis of the Services of Holy and Great…

Apr 08, 2017

Repentance, as I learned it from contemporary Saints and Elders (Part 2)

Andreas Christoforou   Then you can forgive others, as we said above. So you receive the remission of sins in prayer first and this is necessary so…

Apr 08, 2017

Entering in Holy Week

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis   a) Joseph the Fair leads the chorus of those celebrating God’s condescension in going to His voluntary passion,…

Apr 07, 2017

The Theology of Gender – 5. Woman in the New Creation. The “submission”

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   St. Gregory of Nyssa, in an extensive homily on 1 Co 15:28, written to challenge the heresy of Eunomius, explains the various…

Apr 07, 2017

Repentance, as I learned it from contemporary Saints and Elders

Andreas Christoforou   I was fortunate enough to know personally quite a few of the contemporary Saints and Elders at the time when I was exploring…

Apr 06, 2017

We have you as an example of repentance, Mary the Egyptian

Rafael Ch. Misiaoulis   On the fifth Sunday in Lent, the Church brings to our attention an exceptional female ascetic: Saint Mary the Egyptian. She’s…

Apr 05, 2017

The Theology of Gender – 4. Woman in the New Creation. The Early Church

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   The destiny of humanity changed radically after Christ’s Incarnation, and a living model of human behavior was initiated…

Apr 05, 2017

Finding the Deep Heart during Great Lent

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   The grace of God has gathered us together today at the heart of Great Lent in order to express to the Lord our…

Apr 04, 2017