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On Fasting by St. John Chrysostom

Fasting is a medicine. But medicine, as beneficial as it is, becomes useless because of the inexperience of the user. He has to know the appropriate time…

Aug 01, 2014
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Don’t Proof Text the Holy Fathers

“Proof texting” is a well known problem, especially when it comes to interpreting Holy Scripture. Some people develop whole theologies around…

Jul 29, 2014
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What Does It Mean to Take Up Our Cross

The great 19th century Russian bishop, St. Ignatius Brianchaninov, delivered the following sermon on a famous text from Holy Scripture: “Whosoever…

Jul 29, 2014
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St. Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain: It is Necessary to Receive Holy Communion Frequently

We shall prove from scriptural and patristic witnesses that it is necessary for the faithful and Orthodox Christians to receive the Body and Blood of our…

Jul 29, 2014
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Divine Liturgy on Sunday of the Holy Fathers

You are greatly glorified, O Christ our God, who established our Fathers as luminaries upon the earth, and through them led us all to the true Faith. O…

Jul 13, 2014
The Sounding

Five Powerful Sayings of the Fathers

Meaningful spiritual guidance is not always easy to find, especially nowadays. St. Paul reminds us: “For though you might have ten thousand instructors…

Jul 11, 2014
The Sounding

What is Orthodox Theology’s Task Today? Thoughts from Metropolitan John Zizioulas

A major conference on the future of Orthodox theology convened in June 2010 at the Volos Academy for Theological Studies. The conference’s theme,…

Jun 18, 2014
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This Month: The First 300 Years of Christianity

Dear Friends of OCN, Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! Christos Anesti! Alithos Anesti! Christos Voskrese! Voistinu Voskrese! al-Masīḥ qām! Ḥaqqan…

May 01, 2014
Orthodoxy Explained

318 Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

In honor of the Sunday of the First Council Fathers, Fr. William Chiganos will discuss the 318 Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council on Special Moments…

Jun 13, 2013
Orthodoxy Explained

Reflection on St. Macarius

On Turning to the Fathers, Fr. John McGuckin shares a reflection on St. Macarius, whose Feast Day is January 19th.

May 20, 2013