Presvytera Vassi Makris Haros is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture & Planning and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. She is the owner, designer and photographer of V’s Cardbox, In Service and Love. a greeting card company featuring cards with an Orthodox voice. She strongly feels that experiencing the Orthodox Faith through the church’s cyclical calendar of feasts and fasts is a gift that is too often overlooked.
The veneration of the Cross renews and refocuses our Lenten journey by bringing our attention back to Christ, back to the love of God for us.
Are you looking for more inspiration during the Lenten Season? The International Orthodox Christian Charities, our sister ministry under the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United Stated of America has a helpful tool you can download. WEEKLY SPIRITUAL REFLECTIONS FOR GREAT LENT is written by six clergy and laity who have been longtime supporters of International Orthodox Christian Charities.
First Sunday of Lent
Archbishop Nicolae Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in the Americas on Sunday of Orthodoxy.
Second Sunday of Lent
Father Nicholas Triantafilou on St. Gregory Palamas.
Third Sunday of Lent
Father Leonid Kishkovsky on Veneration of the Holy Cross
Fourth Sunday of Lent
Gayle E. Woloschak, PhD on St. John Climacus (or St. John of the Ladder)
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Very Reverend Father Michael Ellias on the life of St. Mary of Egypt.
The Sixth Sunday
Very Reverend Stavrofor Srboljub Jockovic on Palm Sunday
ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHARITIES
IOCC, in the spirit of Christ’s love, offers emergency relief and development programs to those in need worldwide, without discrimination, and strengthens the capacity of the Orthodox Church to so respond.
We envision that, by God’s grace, IOCC will respond, without discrimination, to those who are suffering and in need, to enable them to continue to improve their own lives and communities and to have means to live with dignity, respect and hope.
COMMITMENT & CONTEXT
IOCC, an agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, represents Orthodox Christians in North America and understands its work to include developing in Orthodox Christians a commitment to philanthropy and global cooperative involvement in the work of the Orthodox Church.
ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK
The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United Stated of America, originally commissioned by SCOBA to create a national, sustainable, and effective media witness for Orthodox Christianity throughout North America. In a constantly changing media landscape, OCN delivers positive, relevant Orthodox content via multiple delivery platforms, reaching today’s internet users via broadcast, video, blogging, and webinar content.
This 501(c)3 is recognized as a leader in the Orthodox Media field and has sustained consistent growth over twenty years. OCN shares the timeless faith of Orthodoxy with the contemporary world through modern media. We are on a mission to inspire Orthodox Christians Worldwide. We have reached 5.7 Million People in One Week. Much like public radio, the Orthodox Christian Network relies on the support of our listeners, readers, and fans. If you are interested in supporting our work, you can send your gift by direct mail, over the phone, or on our website. Your gift will ensure that OCN may continue to offer free, high-quality, theological media.
New OCN Mobile Orthodox Apps are here!
Spark OCN app is an Orthodox Christian News portal that allows you to take action. Spark provides daily devotions, live Bible study, and you can read and learn about events going on in the Orthodox Christian world, especially those concerning persecuted Christians. In addition to making it easy to share news and articles with friends, Spark allows you make prayer requests for those who are suffering. Click here to download the Spark OCN app.
Orthodox Prayer Book is the ultimate prayer assistant for Orthodox Christians. Not only does it allow you to carry your prayers around, it was designed from the ground-up for the iPhone to allow you to pray in the least distracting manner possible. Carry all the prayers, information about daily saints and fasting schedules with you throughout your day. Keep a list of people you want to pray for and have them automatically embedded into the prayers. Click here to download the Orthodox Prayer Book.