Thanksgiving and Dismissal

Thanksgiving and Dismissal

The last part of the Divine Liturgy consists of the thanksgiving for Holy Communion and the Dismissal. The priest takes the chalice and paten to the Preparation Table, folds the red cloth and places the Gospel on it, while saying prayers of thanksgiving, in which the congregation take part. There...

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Those who honour the Son honour the Father Who sent Him

Those who honour the Son honour the Father Who sent Him

Metropolitan Amfilhije (Radović) of Montenegro and the Littoral   Through sin, we did not only set aside God’s commandment but also engendered within ourselves a false idea and notion about God. In reality, the false idea and notion about God are actually the very essence of satanic deceit. This is...

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Metropolitan Athanasios: “Contemporary Charismatic Elders”

Metropolitan Athanasios: “Contemporary Charismatic Elders”

Metropolitan Athanasios of Lemesos, Cyprus, speaks on our era’s charismatic elders. Source: pemptousia.com ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK  The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America originally commissioned by SCOBA to create a national, sustainable, and effective...

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Who is the newly-proclaimed Saint Meletios?

Who is the newly-proclaimed Saint Meletios?

Evagoras Makhaira   On 27 November, 2013, the Ecumenical Patriarchate entered two new names into the Calendar of Saints of the Church: Porfyrios Kavsokalyvitis and Hieromonk Meletios, from Ypseni, Rhodes. Many Orthodox will already know about Saint Porfyrios, who lived recently (1906-1991). But who was Saint Meletios? He was born...

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Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta: “St Porphyrios, a Great Figure of Orthodoxy”

Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta: “St Porphyrios, a Great Figure of Orthodoxy”

Metropolitan of Atlanta, Alexios, speaks for the great personality of St Porphyrios from Kafsokalyvia. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK  The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America originally commissioned by SCOBA to create...

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A Remarkable Royal Family

A Remarkable Royal Family

W. J. Lillie   February 3, Feast of Saint Werburga While it may be true that history doesn’t repeat itself, it is also true that human beings do. Each generation, each person, is born into the same spiritual state as the generations who have gone before. It’s true that a...

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The Canaanite woman and the Mother of God

The Canaanite woman and the Mother of God

Archbishop Christodoulos (Paraskevaïdis) of Athens (1998-2008, †)   Today’s Gospel is about a Canaanite woman. You heard how she called out to the Lord, followed Him, and was ignored by Him. His disciples were at a loss to understand why He didn’t either help her or tell her to go...

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The Three Hierarchs and Education

The Three Hierarchs and Education

Metropolitan Nektarios of Hong Kong and South-East Asia   In the 11th Century, at the time of Emperor Alexios Komninos, the common feast of the three great Fathers of the Church, Saint John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, Saint Gregory the Theologian, Archbishop of Constantinople and Basil the Great, Archbishop of...

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The Kollyvades Movement and its Significance

The Kollyvades Movement and its Significance

The great teachers of the Church and of the Greek nation, Makarios Notaras, Nikodemos of the Holy Mountain and Athanasios of Paros, who lived and worked in the 18th and early 19th centuries, form a new trinity of shining lights of the Church, like the three Fathers of the Church...

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The Purpose of the Orthodox Artist in the World

The Purpose of the Orthodox Artist in the World

Jonathan Jackson   The purpose of the Orthodox Artist in the world is the acquisition of the Holy Spirit, whereby thousands around us will find salvation, as Saint Seraphim of Sarov said. Her mission is to turn water into wine. To take what seems ordinary, what seems plain, colorless and...

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Excerpts From the “The Mystery of Art”: Holy Madness & Art as Suffering, Prayer and Intercession

Excerpts From the “The Mystery of Art”: Holy Madness & Art as Suffering, Prayer and Intercession

Jonathan Jackson   Since I’ve shared my journey as a young artist and glimpsed the beauty of encountering the Orthodox Faith, we can now approach “The Mystery Of Art”. This book was born out of the synergy of my artistic journey and my love for the Ancient Faith. God is...

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Encountering The Beauty Of The Church: The Way Of Love

Encountering The Beauty Of The Church: The Way Of Love

Jonathan Jackson   I would like to briefly express what the Orthodox Church means to me, as one who has entered into it later in life. This of course, is impossible to articulate with words, because it is a mystery, but I will speak, like a child in awe. I...

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