Paschal Encyclical by Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago

Paschal Encyclical by Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago

Holy Pascha, 2017 Dearly Beloved, “Shine, shine, O New Jerusalem…” “Come receive the Light…” So we begin our proclamation and praise of the Resurrection of Christ our God at the glorious “feast of feasts, and festival of festivals,” the Lord’s Pascha.  Our Lenten journey has prepared us for this moment,...

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Will I See My Relatives in Heaven: A Paschal Contemplation

Will I See My Relatives in Heaven: A Paschal Contemplation

The joy of Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, is a marvelous wonder. Because it is a Spring Feast (dated with the Spring equinox, as light overtakes darkness on the Earth, Easter is associated with new life, green grass, fresh flowers, warm days—the end, the death one...

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Cooking with Chef Sophia Manatakis

Cooking with Chef Sophia Manatakis

We just completed our first ever live streaming Facebook Cooking show with Chef Sophia Manatakis. For those of you who were not able to watch Chef Sophia is a classically trained French Chef from New Jersey.  Sophia is Greek Orthodox Christian.  She was also a recent contest (and very closer...

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Let God Arise: LIVE Q & A with Fr. Gregory

Let God Arise: LIVE Q & A with Fr. Gregory

Every person asks questions.  Here at Orthodox Christian Network we encourage it.  Fr. Gregory Joyce blesses our OCN Community. Every other week Fr. Gregory goes LIVE on OCN Facebook and has a worldwide audience of questions and answers with viewers and supporters like you.   We thank you to those that...

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Pascha Recap from Orthodox Church in DC

Pascha Recap from Orthodox Church in DC

Easter/Pascha was only a few weeks ago and for some, it may already be a distant memory.  But the Orthodox Church celebrates Pascha for forty days until Ascension, greeting one another with a joyous “Christ is Risen!” as well as singing the hymn “Christ is Risen!” in Liturgy. Watch this beautiful two-minute...

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Pascha, Miracles and Church Fires

Pascha, Miracles and Church Fires

Welcome to “This Week in Orthodoxy”, the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church.  I’m Emmy Louvaris. These are some of the stories making headlines this week. Orthodox Christians Observe Pascha China’s first Orthodox priest in sixty years Thousands flock to ‘miracle’...

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Serbian Celebrities and Children Sing Paschal Folk Song

Serbian Celebrities and Children Sing Paschal Folk Song

Have you seen the video embedded above? It’s a joyous and beautiful rendition of a famous folk song by St. Nikolaj Velimirović, a well known recent saint from Serbia, who also spent time in England and the United States. Here are the words: People rejoice, all nations listen: Christ God is...

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Are Easter Candles Superficial and Materialistic?

Are Easter Candles Superficial and Materialistic?

  A Tradition For Children and Their God-Parents It is tradition for Godparents to give their children an Easter Candle to take to Church for the Saturday night service. Plain white candles can be purchased for a donation from the Church, however many people purchase candles online or from local...

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You Are God’s Field, God’s Building (1 Cor. 3:9)

You Are God’s Field, God’s Building (1 Cor. 3:9)

In the well known movie “Field of Dreams”, there is an ongoing argument between lead actor Kevin Costner as Ray Kinsella and his brother-in-law, Mark, over the family’s finances. Mark implores Ray to sell the farm since Ray is not making it as a novice Iowa farmer. The problem stems...

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The Pascha Basket

The Pascha Basket

When I was a child, growing up in a secular home in Toronto, Ontario, I loved my Easter basket. It held that plastic fake grass in the pastel colours, and while my parents never indulged in the “Easter egg hunt” that’s such a solid tradition in the rest of the...

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