Our Relationship with God: 10. Holiness

Our Relationship with God: 10. Holiness

God cannot be forced by anyone; neither does He impose His will on His creatures endowed with reasoning. Likewise the man with the gift of God does not want to impose power over any mortal, neither that his spirit be under the power of another. He imitates Christ Who overcame...

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St. Sophia Library Book Club

St. Sophia Library Book Club

Every month the St. Sophia library at the Consistory of the UOC of the USA hosts a book club and they have invited The OCN and our followers to join along in their discussion. This month’s book selection was the Prayer Book of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA.  Fr....

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Our Relationship with God: 3. The Prophet Joel

Our Relationship with God: 3. The Prophet Joel

Very Rev. Archimandrite Zacharias (Zacharou) The Prophet Joel also gives us a beneficial word that is able to enlighten our mind and to sustain our heart in a perfect relationship with God and with all His creation. He says: ‘The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the...

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Our Relationship with God: 2. The Patriarch Jacob

Our Relationship with God: 2. The Patriarch Jacob

Very Rev. Archimandrite Zacharias (Zacharou) Previous post here In the continuation of this sacred history, we see that the relationships of men become increasingly more tragic. For example, the son of Adam, Cain, offered an abominable sacrifice to God which was rejected. Full of envy and fratricidal hatred, he murdered...

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Our Relationship with God: The Foundation of Our Relationship with Our Fellows

Our Relationship with God: The Foundation of Our Relationship with Our Fellows

Very Rev. Archimandrite Zacharias (Zacharou) In the life of man, there are two periods which are of the greatest significance. The first is youth, during which he will lay solid foundations for all his life and redeem his time with the wealth of eternity. The second is old age, when...

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Co-Worker Issues

Co-Worker Issues

Co-Worker Issues Life involves no shortage of work.  There is labor, toil, struggle and yet the Scriptures call us the “co-workers” of God.  Who is this One with whom we are supposed to be laboring and how are we supposed to work together? ABOUT FATHER MICHAEL MARCANTONI Fr. Michael Marcantoni is the priest...

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Helpful Diet Tips

Helpful Diet Tips

Helpful Diet Tips For the Orthodox Christian, roughly half the year is taken up with Fasting Days.  The rules for our fasts often make little sense to us. There is, of course, a rhyme and a reason to this great tool for spiritual self mastery that the Church puts before us and it...

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Daily Devotion, Friday January 15: How Often Should I Pray?

Daily Devotion, Friday January 15: How Often Should I Pray?

Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  I Thessalonians 5:16-18   Good morning Prayer Team! How often should I pray?  I have been asked this question, and I have asked this question myself to my Spiritual...

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