Do All Religions Lead to God?

Do All Religions Lead to God?

When we speak about religion, we need to understand what we mean by it. Organized and established religions? Spirituality? Traditional faith? Belief systems? Etc. This diversity of perception and interpretation is a real challenge, even for us Orthodox. Is Orthodox Christianity a religion and a religion like any other? As...

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LIVE Streaming Orthodox Church Services Around the World

LIVE Streaming Orthodox Church Services Around the World

 Online Church Services Streamed from Your Device OCN offers online streaming of Orthodox worship services throughout the world. These streamed services are especially beneficial as we all face the closure of many Churches. Watch them with your family or just have them play in the background to put you in...

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The Twelve Apostles Greek Orthodox Church in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom offers Live Streaming Services

The Twelve Apostles Greek Orthodox Church in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom offers Live Streaming Services

Welcome to The Twelve Apostles Greek Orthodox Church. The church is one of many Greek Orthodox churches in the United Kingdom. It serves as the spiritual center for the community of Hertfordshire and beyond. Any visitor to our church will tell you that it is like a little monastery you...

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Who Takes You to Church?

Who Takes You to Church?

Do you go with your parents or your grandparents? Do you sometimes go with a friend or with your Godmother or Godfather? Today is one of the 12 great feasts of our Church. We celebrate the day that Mary and Joseph brought the 40-day-old baby Jesus into the holy Temple....

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Time and the Church – 2

Time and the Church – 2

George Mantzaridis, Professor Emeritus, Theological School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   The eschatological nature of the Church is revealed especially in the sacrament of the Divine Liturgy. The celebration of this sacrament is the central and pre-eminently eschatological action of the Church. It is its Liturgy (= function). It constitutes...

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Time and the Church – 1

Time and the Church – 1

George Mantzaridis, Professor Emeritus, Theological School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   Christ’s advent brought the kingdom of God into the world. And the realm where the kingdom of God is made manifest is the Church. This retains eternity within history and provides history with the perspective of eternity. The Church...

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The Church Celebrates, the Holy Mountain Rejoices and the Orthodox Commonwealth Glorifies

The Church Celebrates, the Holy Mountain Rejoices and the Orthodox Commonwealth Glorifies

Stelios Koukos   Four Athonite Elders are inscribed in the rolls of the saints. The Church celebrates, the Holy Mountain rejoices and the Orthodox commonwealth glorifies. Today hesychasts, cave-dwellers, those living in kellia and sketes are permeated with the brightness of sanctity. The coenobitic monasteries on Athos now have their...

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Saint Romanos the Melodious – The Nightingale of the Church

Saint Romanos the Melodious – The Nightingale of the Church

Back in the old days, he was a child raised in the Church, the right hand of the priests. He attended to all the jobs that were to be done and was always the first to get to the services. He knew the psalms and prayers by heart, and served...

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What Do You Do on the Sabbath?

What Do You Do on the Sabbath?

How many times have you asked your parents, “What day is it?” or “What are we doing tomorrow?” When we go to church every single Sunday, sometimes it makes it easier to keep our days straight! In today’s Gospel reading, we hear how our Lord went into the synagogue (like...

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Equality between women and men in the Church

Equality between women and men in the Church

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis   Let’s examine how women have been treated in Orthodox theology. It’s well known that Saint Paul proclaimed: ‘There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus’ . In saying...

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