Pascha and Doubt

Pascha and Doubt

Holy Week and Pascha present a real temptation to live one’s faith in a way that seeks to be externally perfect rather than beautiful for Christ. Orthodox Christians see this when we boast about the length of our services and the strictness of our fasting. How much pressure do we...

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Flash Mob in Beirut Mall Sings ‘Christ is Risen!’

Flash Mob in Beirut Mall Sings ‘Christ is Risen!’

Experience the joy of knowing that Christ destroyed death and cleared a path for our ultimate salvation and life everlasting. That’s exactly what one group of Lebanese singers pulled off several years ago in the City Mall in Beirut, Lebanon. It’s the ultimate Orthodox Christian flash mob. Check it out!  Watch Now...

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Pascha and the Transcendence of Time

Pascha and the Transcendence of Time

We are creatures of linear time, always moving forward, only glancing back imperfectly at the past. We dream of traveling at will along our timeline. Whether it is Superman reversing the spin of the earth, the Enterprise creating slingshot effect around the sun, wormholes intersecting with solar flares or the...

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Paschal Encyclical by Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago

Paschal Encyclical by Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago

Holy Pascha, 2017 Dearly Beloved, “Shine, shine, O New Jerusalem…” “Come receive the Light…” So we begin our proclamation and praise of the Resurrection of Christ our God at the glorious “feast of feasts, and festival of festivals,” the Lord’s Pascha.  Our Lenten journey has prepared us for this moment,...

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Will I See My Relatives in Heaven: A Paschal Contemplation

Will I See My Relatives in Heaven: A Paschal Contemplation

The joy of Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, is a marvelous wonder. Because it is a Spring Feast (dated with the Spring equinox, as light overtakes darkness on the Earth, Easter is associated with new life, green grass, fresh flowers, warm days—the end, the death one...

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Cooking with Chef Sophia Manatakis

Cooking with Chef Sophia Manatakis

We just completed our first ever live streaming Facebook Cooking show with Chef Sophia Manatakis. For those of you who were not able to watch Chef Sophia is a classically trained French Chef from New Jersey.  Sophia is Greek Orthodox Christian.  She was also a recent contest (and very closer...

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Let God Arise: LIVE Q & A with Fr. Gregory

Let God Arise: LIVE Q & A with Fr. Gregory

Every person asks questions.  Here at Orthodox Christian Network we encourage it.  Fr. Gregory Joyce blesses our OCN Community. Every other week Fr. Gregory goes LIVE on OCN Facebook and has a worldwide audience of questions and answers with viewers and supporters like you.   We thank you to those that...

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Pascha Recap from Orthodox Church in DC

Pascha Recap from Orthodox Church in DC

Easter/Pascha was only a few weeks ago and for some, it may already be a distant memory.  But the Orthodox Church celebrates Pascha for forty days until Ascension, greeting one another with a joyous “Christ is Risen!” as well as singing the hymn “Christ is Risen!” in Liturgy. Watch this beautiful two-minute...

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Pascha, Miracles and Church Fires

Pascha, Miracles and Church Fires

Welcome to “This Week in Orthodoxy”, the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church.  I’m Emmy Louvaris. These are some of the stories making headlines this week. Orthodox Christians Observe Pascha China’s first Orthodox priest in sixty years Thousands flock to ‘miracle’...

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Serbian Celebrities and Children Sing Paschal Folk Song

Serbian Celebrities and Children Sing Paschal Folk Song

Have you seen the video embedded above? It’s a joyous and beautiful rendition of a famous folk song by St. Nikolaj Velimirović, a well known recent saint from Serbia, who also spent time in England and the United States. Here are the words: People rejoice, all nations listen: Christ God is...

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