The Participation of Nature in Worship: the Blessing of the Fruits of the Vine

The Participation of Nature in Worship: the Blessing of the Fruits of the Vine

Georgios N. Manolis, Theologian   According to Saint Basil the Great, nothing exists without due cause, nothing’s fortuitous, everything has some secret and unexpressed wisdom. Thus, regarding plants and their fruits, apart from their ecological importance as producers of eco-systems they’re also schools for rational souls and colleges of the...

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Why We Keep Repeating the Same Liturgical Cycle

Why We Keep Repeating the Same Liturgical Cycle

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. And, “Thou, Lord, didst found the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of Thy hands; they will perish, but...

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Enthusiasm in Worship

Enthusiasm in Worship

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with...

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Visit of His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch on October 21-22, 2017

Visit of His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch on October 21-22, 2017

His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch will visit Ss. Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, in Potomac, MD,  on October 21-22, 2017.  The OCN is honored to share this event.  Below is a program of events for the visit. The following services will be Live Streamed: Great Vespers...

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Hank Hanegraaff’s Journey to Orthodox Christianity and On Knowing the Scriptures

Hank Hanegraaff’s Journey to Orthodox Christianity and On Knowing the Scriptures

Tune in for two great conversations with Fr. John Peck and Hank Hanegraaff together with our host, Fr. Chris. Listen Now.  We begin with Fr. John Peck who offers valuable insights about teaching the Bible to children and then we learn about the personal spiritual journey of Hank Hanegraaff, the...

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On Worship where it is Due

On Worship where it is Due

James W. Lillie In the text by Saint Nil Sorskij which we published recently on the passions of avarice, anger, sorrow and sloth, we read: “In order to defeat the spirit of ingratitude and blasphemy we say: ‘Get behind me, Satan. I worship my Lord and God and I serve...

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We Don’t Worship the Rules

We Don’t Worship the Rules

Jesus entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand.  And they watched Him, to see whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him.  And He said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come here.”  And He said...

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Valuing Beauty in Orthodox Worship

Valuing Beauty in Orthodox Worship

Orthodox Christians, throughout their entire journey on earth, may attend thousands of church services and visit hundreds of different churches. The novelty of Orthodox ecclesiastical beauty may simply wear off after a certain number of visits or church services, but for those professionals who work to create Orthodox art and...

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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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Daily Devotion, January 17: Giving Glory to God

Daily Devotion, January 17: Giving Glory to God

And the Lord said to Moses, “This very thing that you have spoken I will do; for you have found favor in My sight, and I know you by name.” Moses said, “I pray Thee, show me Thy glory.” And He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you,...

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