Orthodoxy Explained

Orthodoxy Explained draws on the fabulous wealth of OCN’s recorded archives to bring you the voices and perspectives of Orthodox priests and teachers, past and present, sharing the treasures of Orthodoxy. If you want to enrich your faith, satisfy your curiosity, or simply stretch your mind, you have come to the right place.

Pentecost and Temple Judaism

When we think about Pentecost, we are looking back at it from our modern Christian perspective. How might the Apostles themselves have experienced it?…

Jun 17, 2014

Does the Sermon Matter?

What is a sermon? Is it a sacrament? Is it a liturgical act? If not, why is it important? A sermon is very important, but it is just as important that…

Jun 17, 2014

Christian Struggles Then and Now

On Harmony of Thunder, Fr. David tells the story of two Christians who have stood up in the public sphere for what they believed – one in the courts…

Jun 16, 2014

On the Fear of God

Join Fr. David Smith this week on Harmony of Thunder. In the Divine Liturgy, when the priest summons the people to Holy Communion, he sings, “With fear…

Jun 15, 2014

Saint John of Damascus: Transfiguration and Prayer

On Turning to the Fathers, noted scholar Fr. John McGuckin discusses St. John of Damascus, a powerful apologist for Icons in the face of the Iconoclast…

Jun 15, 2014

Abba Anthony on the Three Wars

Abba Anthony, also known as Saint Anthony the Great, said, “Whoever sits in solitude and is quiet has escaped from three wars: the war of hearing,…

Jun 15, 2014

Comparing Married Life and Monastic Life

In Orthodox Christianity, both marriage and monasticism are understood to be vocations. Each of these two great callings can be a pathway to God, and both…

Jun 14, 2014

Truth Telling

Truth telling can be life-changing, dangerous, liberating. In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells us that we will know the truth, and “the truth will…

Jun 11, 2014

What do you know about the Nicene Creed?

Fr. Thomas Hopko joins us to talk about the Creed we Orthodox recite every Sunday in church. Although most of us have memorized it, there is always more…

Jun 11, 2014

Poems about the Theotokos

In this final episode in preparation for the feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God, Fr. David Smith shares two of his favorite poems on the Theotokos:…

Jun 11, 2014

In a New York State of Mind

Jessie Beddoe, one of our teen contributors at OCN, shares the story of a special experience she had during a visit to New York City. What started out…

Jun 10, 2014

Miracles, the Scripture, and Salvation

“If you believe in Jesus Christ for your salvation, do you remember what convinced you to do so?” Thus begins this interesting episode of Harmony…

Jun 10, 2014
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