Posts about Church Feasts

The Sounding

The Longest Procession in the Orthodox Church

Public processions on feast days are normal in the Orthodox Church. Large groups of believers will gather at a church or monastery and then walk outside…

Jul 12, 2014
Learn, The Sounding

Festal “Life Cycle” Chart for Children

As the mother of two young daughters who love to do craft projects and art, I’m always looking for new project ideas, especially those that allow…

Jun 29, 2014
The Sounding

Embracing the Blessing of Exquisite Pain

Every year when Pascha ends, I start to eagerly anticipate the next one, the next opportunity to completely focus on my faith and forget the rest of my…

Jun 11, 2014
Orthodox Christian Reference Guide

What is Pentecost?

Most of us recognize Pentecost Sunday as the day on which the “Kneeling prayers” are said at the end of the Liturgy. These prayers draw to a close…

Jun 08, 2014
Divine Liturgy Broadcast

Divine Liturgy on Holy Pentecost

Today we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, which happened and is always celebrated 50 days after the Resurrection of our Lord. At Pentecost, the disciples…

Jun 08, 2014
Learn, The Sounding

Apostles Fast Activities for Children

We are about to enter the Apostles fast, which is almost certainly the least appreciated fast of the church calendar. Sometimes it can feel like we just…

Jun 03, 2014
Come Receive the Light

Resurrection and Healing

Click here to listen to Fr. Chris’ Paschal sermon, as well as Fr. Tom Tsagalakis’ reflections on how Lazarus’ resurrection from the dead…

Apr 17, 2014
OCN Now

Invite Someone You Love to Church for Pascha

As part of our ongoing effort to be a resource for Orthodox people and parishes, OCN has produced a short video invitation to come to church for Pascha….

Apr 14, 2014
The Sounding

Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow: Why the Ascension Matters

Departures are typically sad events, but not always. When I was a kid, I had a great aunt who we would love to see visit, but were more excited when she…

Jun 09, 2013
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