Do You Believe in and Practice Your Orthodox Faith?

Do You Believe in and Practice Your Orthodox Faith?

Religious belief vs. religious practice – in the years since the fall of the Iron Curtain, Christianity in the area has experienced a re-boot.  A new survey by the Pew Research Center shows that Orthodox Christians in Europe believe in God, and strongly identify with their Orthodox faith, however they...

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Daily Devotion: Establishing a Place for God

Daily Devotion: Establishing a Place for God

  If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek my face,and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14   Good morning Prayer Team! I had an uplifting...

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Think and Pray, Every Day

Think and Pray, Every Day

Welcome to “The Prayer Team,” a new ministry at OCN provided by our good friend Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis! Many of you have asked us for a daily devotion, and Fr. Stavros has kindly answered the call! Fr. Stavros is the Parish Priest at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church...

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Meaningful Prayers

Meaningful Prayers

If we live in the world – we most likely are struggling with our prayer life. How can we transform our prayers so that they are more meaningful? How can we focus our mind in our hearts so that we can commune more deeply with our Creator in internal prayer?...

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Prayer and Your Deep Heart

Prayer and Your Deep Heart

“Those who only hear about spiritual meditation and prayer and have no direct knowledge of it are like a man blind from birth, who hears about the sunshine without ever knowing what it really is.” Please join Veronica Hughes, St. Dimitri of Rostov, and Elder Zacharias for the first of...

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Rowan Williams Promoting the Jesus Prayer as Answer to Modern Angst

Rowan Williams Promoting the Jesus Prayer as Answer to Modern Angst

Dr. Rowan Williams, who recently retired as Archbishop of Canterbury, was one of a group asked by the New Statesman to respond to the topic, “After God: How do we fill the faith-shaped hole in modern life?” Here is his response. The physicality of prayer Rowan Williams The Christianity I...

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Help Climbing Out of a Slump

Help Climbing Out of a Slump

I have been in a slump! A long slump… it has engulfed nearly every aspect of my life. I have felt like I’m in the waiting place. “The Waiting Place…for people just waiting.” -Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You’ll Go! I’ve been waiting for some of life’s pressures to give,...

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The Door of Lovingkindness

The Door of Lovingkindness

Lately my mind has been turning back to the years of my life when I, my husband, and our two small daughters lived in the student housing complex at the University of Notre Dame.  While I sometimes am nostalgic for our time there, I would never wish to go back...

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Ancient Prayers are True to Life

Ancient Prayers are True to Life

And grant rest, O Master, to our souls and bodies as we sleep; preserve us from the gloomy slumber of sin and from the dark passions of the night. Calm the impulses of carnal desires, quench the fiery darts of the evil one which are craftily directed against us. Still...

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Humble Prayer

Humble Prayer

This fascinating conversation about prayer begins with these words: “Snow can never emit flame. Water can never issue fire. A thorn bush can never produce a fig.” Find out what saint said these words about prayer and what they have to do with your heart and how you speak to...

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