On Fasting by St. John Chrysostom

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 that the medicine should be taken and the right amount of medicine and the condition of the body which is to take it,...

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Don’t Proof Text the Holy Fathers

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 a narrow interpretation of a few scattered verses (or even isolated books of the Bible), ignoring what the Church Father’s called the skopos: the overall purpose or ultimate meaning...

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What Does It Mean to Take Up Our Cross

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 will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me,” (Mk. 8:34). Dear brothers and sisters! We too are disciples of our Lord...

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St. Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain: It is Necessary to Receive Holy Communion Frequently

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 Lord frequently throughout our lives, so long as there is no objection from our spiritual father, and that frequent Communion produces great benefits for...

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Divine Liturgy on Sunday of the Holy Fathers

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 Most compassionate, glory to You. +Apolytikion in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone __________________________________________ Posted by the Orthodox Christian Network.  You can...

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Five Powerful Sayings of the Fathers

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 in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers,” (1 Corinthians 4:15). Yet, within the Church, God has called forth true spiritual fathers in all epochs and...

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

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, “Neo-Patristic Synthesis or Post-Patristic Theology: Can Orthodox Theology be Contextual?”, sparked no small degree of controversy. Criticisms of the idea of “post-patristic” theology have resounded in Orthodox...

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This Month: The First 300 Years of Christianity

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 qām! This month, as Orthodox around the globe continue our celebration and remembrance of Christ’s holy and glorious Resurrection, join us at OCN for a month-long look at the first 300...

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318 Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

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 in Orthodoxy.

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Reflection on St. Macarius

Reflection on St. Macarius

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

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