OCN Launched the 1st Live Lenten Retreat. The Church as a Spiritual Hospital

OCN Launched the 1st Live Lenten Retreat. The Church as a Spiritual Hospital

OCN launched the 1st Live Lenten Retreat. This online Lenten Retreat was available LIVE to ALL Share the Light Sponsors and Partners as a gift of appreciation for your support. If you are not currently a Share the Light Sponsor and would like to participate in this wonderful online Lenten...

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Carrying the Cross: How Much Does It Cost You?

Carrying the Cross: How Much Does It Cost You?

One of the most difficult things for human persons to face is rejection. Think of a time in your life when you felt rejected. Think of the feelings you had—sadness, betrayal, alienation and aloneness, and, for even a moment, a bitter lack of love and confidence in oneself. Rejection strikes...

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Praying in All Weather: Honoring the Saints and the 40 Holy Martyrs of Sebaste

Praying in All Weather: Honoring the Saints and the 40 Holy Martyrs of Sebaste

I’ll be honest: I dislike winter. I weary of gunmetal gray skies. The cold exhausts me. No matter how many layers I wear, I can’t seem to get warm. Getting out of bed in the morning is a struggle. As I wait on the bus stop, the wind bites into...

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The Book of Isaiah

The Book of Isaiah

Watch Now as the student author at Holy Cross delivers his Senior Sermon. If I stand on the twenty-seventh floor of a tall building, and press the button for the elevator, I have faith that the elevator will come. When it does and the door opens, I am presented with...

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Icons and Lent: Orthodoxy in Action

Icons and Lent: Orthodoxy in Action

We, the Orthodox, like our processions. The First Sunday of the Great Lent, the Sunday of Orthodoxy, makes no exception, as flocks of priests and faithful carrying icons circle around their churches, singing hymns and proclaiming the victory of the Orthodox and the restoration of the icons. But why is it so important today,...

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Katy Mena-Berkely’s Story of Faith

Katy Mena-Berkely’s Story of Faith

  Watch Now. The season of Lent reminds us that no matter how much control we think we have over situations in our lives, the human experience does not come with any promises of finding perfection here on earth. It is in the midst of challenge when we are called...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Kingdom is in Good Hands

Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Kingdom is in Good Hands

It belongs to the children. During this Great Lent, I have the privilege of chanting during some of the services. Weeknight services are not really well-attended in general, but there is almost always a special visitor. My priest is very young and has a beautiful family, which includes a two-year-old...

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Great Lent: Spiritual Reform School

Great Lent: Spiritual Reform School

I still hear, from time to time (though less frequently), “What are you giving up for Lent”? I’m glad that it is still ‘out there’—the idea that there is a season during which someone might actually abstain from something. Abstinence of any sort is usually trampled upon in our day....

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A Chef Sophia Fennel Fritters Lenten Recipe

A Chef Sophia Fennel Fritters Lenten Recipe

We all know it can be hard to find recipes that fit into our Lenten Fast.  To give you a new option for you and your family to try, I prepared some Fennel Fritters on MyOCN Instagram MyStory. It was so fun cooking for all of you! I know not...

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The Gift of Iconography: How Beauty Will Save the World

The Gift of Iconography: How Beauty Will Save the World

In one of his most famous novels, The Idiot, the writer Fyodor Dostoevsky has the hero of the work, Prince Mishkin, tell the depressed and cynical character Hippolite, “Beauty will save the world.” Prince Mishkin, who, like Dostoevsky, had epilepsy, is a sort of Christ-figure who represents the values Dostoevsky...

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Respecting the Divine: Why Australia and All Democracies Should Care About Blasphemy Laws

Respecting the Divine: Why Australia and All Democracies Should Care About Blasphemy Laws

In the past several months, there has been a significant increase in the number of vicious and insensitive anti-Christian public ‘artworks’ and vandalism of churches across Australia. It would be naïve to think Christianity is not frequently insulted or targeted by artists and the media, however, this spike occurred during...

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Evangelist Billy Graham has Passed Away

Evangelist Billy Graham has Passed Away

Famed, longtime Evangelical Pastor Billy Graham has passed away.  The 99 year old was surrounded by his family when he died in Montreat, NC.  News of his passing has sparked much coverage, and as author Terry Mattingly writes, “diplomats, scholars and journalists will struggle to describe Graham’s impact via preaching,...

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