OCN Virtual Cooking Fundraiser with Celebrity Chef Sophia

OCN Virtual Cooking Fundraiser with Celebrity Chef Sophia

Virtual Cooking Fundraiser with Celebrity Chef Sophia For many of us, the coronavirus pandemic has meant a lot more cooking and screen time. At Orthodox Christian Network we have prepared a program you won’t want to miss. We are combining faith, food, and a virtual cooking community with Celebrity Chef Soph event...

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Jesus and His Amazing Relationships with Women

Jesus and His Amazing Relationships with Women

Jesus has a way of interacting with women that I find deeply spiritual. There are many good examples of this in the Gospels, and I want to share a few of my favorites with you. The First Sign at Cana Jesus was with His own mother, the Theotokos, at the...

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Meeting Christ: An Encounter She Would Never Forget

Meeting Christ: An Encounter She Would Never Forget

Continuing the post-Paschal themes of healing, transformation and belief in the risen Christ, this Sunday we visit John 4:5-42, wherein we hear of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman (St. Photini) at the well. In this passage, Jesus talks more to this one woman than in any other individual conversation...

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Reflections on Pentecost and the Gift of the Holy Spirit

Reflections on Pentecost and the Gift of the Holy Spirit

The radiant earthly birthday of the Church, the Great Feast of Holy Pentecost, when we commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus’s Apostles, 10 days following His Ascension to His Father in Heaven. It marks the fulfillment of Jesus’s promise to His disciples just before He ascended in...

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The Basic Work of the Church

The Basic Work of the Church

Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of...

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4 Ways to Stay Calm as Christians

4 Ways to Stay Calm as Christians

During this difficult time of sitting at home, cooking, reading, surfing the internet it is sometimes difficult to find our way and purpose. It seems as if we are on a road that does not have an end point. Here are some ways to keep yourself focused on our real...

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The Soul Is What Has the Most Value

The Soul Is What Has the Most Value

And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake...

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Finding Courage in a Culture of Fear

Finding Courage in a Culture of Fear

Recent headlines as my little girl once said, has been a jackpot of bad news! No wonder people are frightened, and anxiety is a growing problem for so many. The Role of Trepidation   Sometimes it’s smart to be afraid. Fear is a primal survival instinct that can help us when...

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St. Valentine: The Most Famous Saint You Never Knew

St. Valentine: The Most Famous Saint You Never Knew

No one is likely to forget: St. Valentine’s Day Even in our very secularized culture, there’s one saint’s day no one is likely to forget: St. Valentine’s Day. But how much do you really know about the saint behind the day? If you’re like most of us, the answer is...

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A Celebration of Epiphany and the Spirit of Silence

A Celebration of Epiphany and the Spirit of Silence

Since my mom passed away I thought I was getting the hang of it all, of moving through loss, accepting absence, and learning how to replace empty space with gratefulness. My Orthodox Christian faith and avid practice of yoga both underscore the power and opportunity we are offered through challenge...

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How Does Christmas Work?

How Does Christmas Work?

Listen Now For many people, Christmas comes every year as surely as the sun comes up. It’s like death and taxes – nothing could prevent it…or could it? When you look closely at the real story of Christmas, you will discover what a miracle it was. Fr. Chris Metropulos draws...

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14,000 Innocent Children: Christmas Has a Cost

14,000 Innocent Children: Christmas Has a Cost

Christmas can be too comfortable sometimes.  As the Nativity Season unfolds, churches are celebrating the birth of Christ.   Gifts are being shared, kitchens are busy preparing traditional foods, and retreat speakers have returned home from their visits to parishes. While all these events may be well intentioned, they frequently point...

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