Behold, I am the Handmaiden of the Lord

Behold, I am the Handmaiden of the Lord

And Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”  Luke 1: 38  (Gospel of the Feast of the Annunciation—March 25)   Good morning Prayer Team! If you were to divide the history of the world into chapters, the first...

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Listen to the Daily Reading for the Sunday of the Canaanite Woman

Listen to the Daily Reading for the Sunday of the Canaanite Woman

February 14, 2016 Saint Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:16-18; 7:1 Prokeimenon. Mode Plagal 4. Psalm 75.11,1 Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.  Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel. Brethren, you are the temple of the living God;...

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Miracle on Hope Street

Miracle on Hope Street

Little White Shrine Draws Faithful By: Kristin (Xrisanthi) Giannas TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. To a toddler, the story of Archangel Michael is simple- he fights the dragon at his feet and wins. That’s how Nikki Miceli explains it to her 3-year-old son Anthony, who is battling neuroblastoma, or tumors in his...

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The Great Martyr St. Demetrios

The Great Martyr St. Demetrios

Inspired by the documentary, PISTEVO, the Orthodox Christian Network will be featuring iconography and the Saints of the Orthodox Church.   The Great Martyr St. Demetrios Eros of Orthodoxy translated by Fr. Nicholas Palis The Prophet David, a great poet of our church, in a very lyrical psalm called the association...

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Seizing THIS Moment, Part Three: Assessing our friendships.

Seizing THIS Moment, Part Three: Assessing our friendships.

In this third of a four-part series, Fr. Nicholas Louh reflects on the influence our circle of friends may have on us. We are all the product of the relationships we have had in our upbringing and life. We need to regularly assess whether we are surrounded by friends who...

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A Recent Miracle of St. Luke the Blessed Surgeon

A Recent Miracle of St. Luke the Blessed Surgeon

Whenever OCN publishes something about St. Luke the Blessed Surgeon, people are amazed at his life and inspired by his witness. Although a Russian saint, his fame has spread throughout the Orthodox world. One reason for St. Luke’s growing international popularity is the regular stream of reports about his wonder-working...

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A World-Renown Doctor Turned Russian Orthodox Bishop and Saint

A World-Renown Doctor Turned Russian Orthodox Bishop and Saint

In 1905, a young Russian doctor volunteered to work for the Red Cross. In his memoirs he wrote: For thirteen years I worked twelve to fourteen hours a day. I was thinking seriously of abandoning the rural hospital in order to travel to distant villages where the people were poor...

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Suffering

Suffering

Why does God allow suffering? Everyone knows firsthand that people suffer, but do they have to suffer to be “good” Christians? What’s so wrong with trying to avoid suffering? Why not strive for a life without suffering? While everyone experiences suffering, nobody enjoys it, but God blesses it especially when...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 33

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 33

Matthew 14:13-27 Feeding the Five Thousand/ Walking on the Water Feeding the Five Thousand What is your ROI? You give them something and eat- Jesus calls the Apostles to action Send them away- why this response? What is the significance of the 5 loaves and 2 fish? 5 loaves- 5...

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Mud and Miracles

Mud and Miracles

Saint Macrina the Younger was born in approx. 327 AD and died in 389 AD. She and her brother St. Basil worked together to establish and regularize the monastic movement in the Orthodox Church in Asia Minor. This is a fictional story based on an episode recorded by Macrina’s younger...

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