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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 New York Times reports on ‘Did the Turkish President’s Security Detail Attack Protesters in Washington? What the Video Shows’

The New York Times reviewed videos and photos to track the actions of 24 men, including armed members of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security…

Jun 08, 2017

The Moves to Transcend Idolatry in Ancient Philosophy and Modern Idolatries

Protopresbyter Nikolaos Loudovikos The ancient Greeks came down into what became their territory at the beginning of the 2nd millennium B.C. They were…

Jun 08, 2017

The Theology of Gender – 15. The social dimension of matrimony in Byzantium

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara Although Christian marriage places spirituality at its center, the social dimension of matrimony was kept in the Byzantine era…

Jun 07, 2017

God’s Saving Mercy

Abbot Tryphon We are not compelled to love God, having been created with free will. God does not, nor can He, compel His creatures to love Him. Mutual…

Jun 07, 2017

Excerpt from Homily 41, On Pentecost

Saint Gregory the Theologian And He was promised by the mouth of Joel first, who said, ‘And it shall be in the last days that I will pour out My Spirit…

Jun 06, 2017

Discourse on the Holy Spirit, that is, on Pentecost

Saint Gregory of Nyssa David always gives the most joyful meaning to feasts, tuning his dulcet harp to the requirements of the festival. So let this same…

Jun 05, 2017

‘Your good Spirit’, tone 1

A choir of chanters under the direction of the Archon Protopsaltis of the Great Church of Christ, Panayiotis Neohoritis, interprets the Communion Hymn…

Jun 05, 2017

Sunday of Pentecost

Metropolitan Panteleimon of Antinoes After fifty days from our Lord’s glorious Resurrection our Holy Orthodox Church celebrates Pentecost. This feast…

Jun 04, 2017

Τhe Pentecost’s Saturday for Souls

Petros Panayiotopoulos Our holy Church offers us another opportunity to remember and honor our dead people, our beloved persons who passed away, and all…

Jun 03, 2017

“Let us celebrate the feast of Pentecost” – Elder Stefanos of the Daniïleï Brotherhood

The late Elder Stefanos of the Daniïleï Brotherhood (Katounakia, the Holy Mountain) sings the wonderful hymn from Vespers on the Eve of Pentecost. This…

Jun 02, 2017

When People Don’t Forgive

Abbot Tryphon There are people who insist on holding on to resentment, often inventing situations in their minds that never happened, justifying their…

Jun 01, 2017

Experiencing the Joy of the Resurrection on the Holy Mountain

K. Leontiev   The site near the sea where the Russian monastery lies isn’t among the most beautiful locations on the Holy Mountain. The areas surrounding…

May 31, 2017