Is It Okay to Make Mistakes? (Part I):  Family Insights Podcast Series

Is It Okay to Make Mistakes? (Part I): Family Insights Podcast Series

Welcome to the Podcast Series of Family Insights powered by Orthodox Christian Network and Family Life Ministry.  Together these ministries have collaborated to bring insight into family life.  Paula and Eleni will be back every other week in between your busy tune schedules. OCN is with you in your day to day faith walk engaging Orthodox Christians in...

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How Not To Judge

How Not To Judge

In the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, Jesus is describing the human condition of judgement. It is so easy to judge others in church and in our everyday lives. Listen and watch as Fr. Makiej explains how the Jesus prayer is the antidote to help us not...

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The Purifying Prayer

The Purifying Prayer

Every prayer of the Church assists with the purification of the heart. But especially the Jesus Prayer: ‘Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me, sinner that I am’. This prayer, which has been passed down over the centuries on the Holy Mountain has the following advantage: since it’s only a...

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Animated Video Tells About Jesus Prayer

Animated Video Tells About Jesus Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. The Jesus Prayer is deeply ingrained in the Orthodox Tradition. It is short prayer imbued with theological significance. The video above seeks to explain that significance to those not familiar with Orthodox Spirituality. It ends, on somewhat of...

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To Pray in Jesus’ Name

To Pray in Jesus’ Name

For all who seek the fullness of life in Christ, ancient Christian faith is deeply satisfying. Rather than justifying one’s self as she is, prayer that humbles one’s own spirit and invites the Holy Spirit into the heart gives one new life. This re-birth returns one to the original purpose...

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Archimandrite Roman Braga, Spiritual Elder and Confessor for the Faith, Reposes in the Lord

Archimandrite Roman Braga, Spiritual Elder and Confessor for the Faith, Reposes in the Lord

Archimandrite Roman Braga April 2, 1922 – April 28, 2015 Father Roman Braga was born on April 2, 1922 in Bessarabia in a village named Condrita. He was the last of the seven children of Cosma and Maria Braga. He grew up in an Orthodox environment, raised by a devout...

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Metropolitan Kallistos Ware on the Jesus Prayer

Metropolitan Kallistos Ware on the Jesus Prayer

A distinctive spiritual practice in Orthodox Christianity is the constant repetition of the “Jesus Prayer”: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me, a sinner. St. Theophan the Recluse, a popular spiritual writer in 19th century Russia, wrote: The practice of the Jesus Prayer is simple. Stand before...

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Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today, Part 6

Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today, Part 6

One of the more crucial components of our spiritual life is proper training in the development of good spiritual habits. Habit is a second nature. This is why it is imperative that we train ourselves in the ways of spiritual warfare. Saint Silouan writes, “Train yourself to cut off an...

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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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