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Welcome to the OCN Blog and News center! Here you will find posts by our wonderful community of bloggers, on The Sounding, and the latest church news and events on our Orthodox News page. Comments are welcome! We look forward to knowing what you think.
The Sounding

Me, My “Selfie,” and I

“They say—and I am willing to believe it—that it is difficult to know yourself—but it isn’t easy to paint yourself either.” Vincent van Gogh,…

Mar 26, 2014
Orthodox News

Vandalism at a Sacred Site in Constantinople

On Sunday, March 23, 2014 at noon, a number of young vandals invaded the courtyard and the chapel of Agia Paraskevi, the site of a Sacred Spring (Agiasma),…

Mar 26, 2014
The Sounding

REVIEW: The Legend of the Cross

A lot of stories have grown up around the Cross over the course of Christian history, and in a beautiful new picture book for young readers, Chrissi Hart…

Mar 25, 2014
The Sounding

Leaving Christ’s Tomb and the Holy Land, and Becoming Guardians of the Tomb

This past Friday (March 14, 2014), our group of 50 OCN pilgrims departed from the Holy Land and returned to our homes in the United States. I had the opportunity…

Mar 25, 2014
Orthodox News

Blessings Beyond Bars

The Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM) has recently launched its first Lenten Youth Project, Blessings Beyond Bars, which engages children and young…

Mar 24, 2014
The Sounding

Metropolitan Philip in the Eyes of Others

I did not personally know Metropolitan PHILIP (Saliba). Oh, of course, I have met him. After all, I am an Antiochian priest, and I have attended clergy…

Mar 24, 2014
Learn, The Sounding

Teaching the Annunciation

The feast of the Annunciation is a glorious respite in the middle of Great Lent. For adults, there are numerous church services and fasting to prepare…

Mar 23, 2014
Orthodox News

Archbishop Demetrios of America Issues Letter of Condolences for the Passing of Metropolitan Philip of the Antiochian Archdiocese

NEW YORK – His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, as Chairman of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, upon…

Mar 22, 2014
The Sounding

How to Read the Bible Like Saint Andrew of Crete

Lent has begun. You finish the work day exhausted, stumbling into your darkened church. As you struggle to clear your mind of the worries of the work day,…

Mar 21, 2014
Orthodox News

His Eminence Metropolitan Philip Saliba

The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese has announced that His Eminence Metropolitan Philip (Saliba) has fallen asleep in the Lord. We offer our…

Mar 20, 2014
The Sounding

Great Lent at St. Catherine’s Monastery

It is hard to believe the first week of Great Lent has already concluded! Things have been dynamic here at St. Catherine’s, and I wanted to witness…

Mar 19, 2014
Orthodox News

Dr. George Mekras

Today we mourn the loss of a leader and good friend.  Dr. George Mekras holds a special place in our hearts here at OCN, where he served for many years…

Mar 19, 2014
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