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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.
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Every Time I Do My Cross

Every Time I Do My Cross, a thirty-page hardcover book, is new to children’s book shelves. I loved this book before I ever read it. The author, Presvytera…

Mar 18, 2014
The Sounding

Cake and Compassion in Arizona

Not so long ago, voices were raised and lawyers were sharpening their swords in America’s latest battle in the ongoing culture war. The owner of Masterpiece…

Mar 17, 2014
Orthodox News

Community Kitchen Addresses Malnutrition Facing Syrian Refugee Families

PHOTO: Lebanese women cook side by side with Syrian refugee women to prepare lentil soup that will feed 240 Syrian refugee families living in the Akkar…

Mar 17, 2014
The Sounding

Believing and Knowing

“I believe this man is a living saint!” “Our people are the good guys—those other people are the ones doing wrong!” What if you believe that…

Mar 16, 2014
The Sounding

Entering the Tomb of Christ

As we near the end of the OCN pilgrimage to the Holy Land, I would like to share a collection of thoughts and pictures from our visit to the Holy Sepulcher….

Mar 13, 2014
The Sounding

Meeting the Patriarch of Jerusalem

As the OCN pilgrims near the end of their journey, they are making the most of their last days in the Holy Land. The picture above shows them as they are…

Mar 12, 2014
Orthodox News

Rebuilding Resilient Communities in the Balkans

CAPTION: Learning can be difficult on an empty stomach. IOCC is providing assistance to ensure that each day these vulnerable schoolchildren living in…

Mar 11, 2014
The Sounding

Ascension, Gethsemane, Mary’s Tomb, and John’s House

My post today includes thoughts from fellow pilgrims, including Fr. Chris, Maria, George, and Georgia, which they shared with me as we visited these holy…

Mar 11, 2014
The Sounding

Ambling: God’s Incense

As we step out of our bus onto the mount where Jesus preached one of His most beloved sermons, the Sea of Galilee stuns my senses, its surrounding hills…

Mar 10, 2014
Orthodox News

Synaxis of Primates of Orthodox Autocephalous Churches Concludes

NEW YORK – The Ecumenical Patriarchate issued yesterday March 9, 2014, Sunday of Orthodoxy, a Communiqué upon the conclusion of the Synaxis of the Primates…

Mar 10, 2014
The Sounding

Visiting Jacob’s Well

This morning, we visited Jacob’s well in Palestinian territory. This is the well where Christ talked to the Samaritan woman who became Saint Photini….

Mar 10, 2014
The Sounding

An Interview at the Church of the Nativity

The following is an excerpt of an interview conducted by Charles Lelon at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. His guests are Theodore Pritsis from…

Mar 10, 2014
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