Hymns from the Service of Saint Nikiforos the Leper

Hymns from the Service of Saint Nikiforos the Leper

Advice from the Holy Mountain is that in these difficult times we should pray to Saint Nikiforos the Leper, a saint who was canonized as recently as 2012. His Life is available on the web, at sites such as, for example https://orthodoxwiki.org/Nicephorus_the_Leper or https://www.oca.org/saints/lives/2016/01/04/205506-saint-nikephoros-the-leper. We at Pemptousia have therefore decided to provide a...

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The Apostolic Example: Coming and Going, Gathering and Sending

The Apostolic Example: Coming and Going, Gathering and Sending

Words are wonderful. One June 29 we celebrated the Synaxis of the Holy Apostles. But what does that celebration mean? What is a Synaxis? Interestingly, synaxis is a Greek word directly related to synagogue, which both mean “gathering.  On June 28, we celebrate the memory of the Chief Apostles, Peter and Paul, martyred at Rome,...

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On Cultivating a Spiritual Life and the Gospels

On Cultivating a Spiritual Life and the Gospels

What does it mean to clothe the poor and feed the hungry in our daily lives? Our first interview is with Fr. Chris and Fr. Thomas Moore, OCN’s Hero last year. Fr. Thomas spoke of heroes who have inspired him and talked of serving as going the extra mile. What...

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Historic 15th Annual Washing of the Feet Service by Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago

Historic 15th Annual Washing of the Feet Service by Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago

At the last supper our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ kneeled down and washed the dirty feet of each of his disciples. Imagine what your feet would look like if you traveled all over the desert of the Holy Land in nothing but sandals. Yet Christ washed them. The Niptir...

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In the Service

In the Service

In the Service It is customary on the day of Ordination to offer a few words before the bishop. On the day of my ordination to the Diaconate, being a lover of languages, I made the connection between the words Sargeant, Deacon, and Samurai. Each of these words means “servant”...

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Meet Dr. Bill Black, OCMC Missionary to Kenya

Meet Dr. Bill Black, OCMC Missionary to Kenya

Inspired by the OCMC, the Orthodox Christian Network will be featuring the outstanding missionary outreach of this organization who, in the spirit of Christ’s love, offers the Gospel worldwide, without discrimination, and strengthens the capacity of the Orthodox Church to so respond to the missionary calling.  Please join us in raising awareness for...

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Daily Devotion, January 22: Worship is a Necessary Form of Prayer

Daily Devotion, January 22: Worship is a Necessary Form of Prayer

All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; and all the families of the nations shall worship before Him.  Psalm 22:27   Good Morning Prayer Team! Yesterday we spoke about where to pray, and that having a place to pray should not be hindrance to...

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OCMC News – Miracles and Milestones: Missions in 2015

OCMC News – Miracles and Milestones: Missions in 2015

by Alex Goodwin (Posted 12/28/2015) 2015 has been an amazing year for Orthodox missions and the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC). None of it would have been possible without your prayers, support, and service. What follows are some highlights from the Mission Center programs that have shared Christ with a...

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Reflections on the Priesthood

Reflections on the Priesthood

Sometimes people ask me, “Why did you become a priest? Was it because of your father? Did you parents pressure you into following that path?” It’s an interesting question which I often think about, especially whenever I meet other priest’s kids, or PKs as we’re often called. Some PKs love...

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Service of the Holy Unction (Wednesday Night)

Service of the Holy Unction (Wednesday Night)

On the afternoon or evening of Great and Holy Wednesday, the Sacrament of Holy Unction is offered for the healing of soul and body and for forgiveness of sins. The body is anointed with oil, and the grace of God, which heals infirmities of soul and body, is called down...

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