The Gospel of Matthew, Part 20

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 20

The Gospel of Matthew 9:27-31 Faith’s Test and Faith’s Reward, The Two Reactions +Son of David have mercy on us! We hear this phrase used many times in the Gospels. It is noteworthy to mention that this phrase is always used by crowds or by people who knew Jesus only...

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Presentation of Our Lord

Presentation of Our Lord

Your birth sanctified a Virgin’s womb and properly blessed the hands of Symeon. Having now come and saved us, O Christ our God, give peace to your commonwealth in troubled times and strengthen those in authority, whom you love, as only the loving one. +Kontakion (First Tone)

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 19

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 19

Opposition from the Pharisees 1. Jesus Heals the Paralytic (1-8) 1. Forgiving the sins of the paralytic 2. Effort of his friends 3. “That you may know the Son of Man has authority upon earth to forgive sins.” 2. The Call of Matthew (9-13) 1. Gospel written by a member...

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Fifteenth Sunday of Luke

Fifteenth Sunday of Luke

Receive, O Lord, the Sacred Heralds who preached God, the pinnacle of Teachers, unto the enjoyment of Your riches and rest. You have received their labors and their suffering as being above and beyond all fruitful offering. For You alone glorify Your Saints. +Kontakion in the Second Tone This is...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 18

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 18

The Gospel of Matthew Matt 8:18-34 Unconditional Loyalty; A storm Calmed; The Gergesene Demoniacs The way to glory always involves a cross The miracle that can be seen in Matt 8-22 is the miracle of the impact of the personality of Jesus on men. This is a story about the impact...

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Twelfth Sunday of Luke

Twelfth Sunday of Luke

The pastoral flute of your theology conquered the trumpets of orators. For it called upon the depths of the Spirit and you were enriched with the beauty of words. Intercede to Christ our God, O Father Gregory, that our souls may be saved. Apolytikion in the First Tone St. Gregory...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 17

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 17

The Gospel of Matthew Matt 8:5 – 17: The Centurion’s Servant Healed; Fulfilling Prophecy: Healings and Exorcisms Opening thoughts and basis for discussion Jesus spoke the word and the servant of the centurion was healed. The Jew had to learn that the Passport to God’s presence is not membership of...

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Sunday before Theophany

Sunday before Theophany

O Christ our Master, how shall we Your servants give You worthy honor? For You have renewed us all in the waters. You, O our Saviour, were baptized in Jordan and have sanctified the waters: accepting a servant’s hand upon Your head; You heal the passions of the world. Great...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 16

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 16

The Gospel of Matthew Matthew 7:21 – 8:4 Matthew 7:21 Jesus teaches Enter through the narrow gate- there is a great temptation to not do so. Opposition to Christ coming from the Israelite community- mainly the Pharisee’s who were being severely challenged by Jesus Christ teachings and therefore felt threatened....

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“Don’t Be Afraid!”

“Don’t Be Afraid!”

OCN Executive Director Rev. Dr. Christopher Metropulos shares his reflections on the real joy of this holy season.

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