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Mission: Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3 and an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America. It is a recognized leader in the Orthodox Media field and has sustained consistent growth over twenty-two years. We have worked to create a community for both believers and non believers alike by sharing the timeless faith of Orthodoxy with the contemporary world through modern media. We are on a mission to inspire Orthodox Christians Worldwide.

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Watch this monastery were 22 Nuns prepare for Christmas. #myOCN share what happens in your community.

Choir music, beeswax candles and feta cheese.
We talk Christmas with Greek Orthodox nuns https://www.cbc.ca/1.4955616

Do you Say #MerryChristmas They risked everything... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mp7VnU7iQo8

Woundedness and Transformation: Encountering Christ as the Wounded Healer

The Orthodox Church teaches that out of love for us God the Son, the Second Person of the Trinity, Christ, left the comfort of paradise, became one of us, and shared completely in our humanity. Out of love He bore our sins, allowed Himself to be wounded beyond measure, and died to save us. We all suffer wounds and woundedness in this life. The question for us is will we bear them with love or with bitterness. Depending on our choice, our wounds can be debilitating or transformational. In this class, we will revisit the nature of woundedness and what Christ, the Gospels, and the Scriptures as a whole teach us.

Suggested Readings
Relevant Scriptures: John 20:24-29, John 11:8-16; Genesis 3:15, Deuteronomy 32:39, Psalm 147:2-3 (Psalm 146:2-3 LXX), Isaiah 30:26, Job 5:17-18; Genesis 32:22-32, Luke 18:1-8, 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24, Matthew 5:10-12

Relevant OCN Articles: Understanding and Living Our Orthodox Faith: Embracing Woundedness

No matter where your travels may take you this #Christmas #myOCN encourages you and your loved ones to attend church services. What church will you be attending? We also have you covered with #OrthodoxChristian church streamed live around the world http://myocn.net/worship/

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Waiting in Joyful Hope

When we see things in ourselves that we know are “less than we can be”, personal deficits, habitual sins, persistent problems, failures we seem unable to overcome—our unspoken instinct is to hope, however wobbly. Is there a voice inside us that tells us we can be better, we can overcome, we can change? What do you think? When we look about our country and world and see discord, inhumanity, rampant violence, human abuse, bigotry, political chaos, and persecution, we catch ourselves “hoping for a better day.” Looking at the present makes us rebel against its disorder. Looking towards the future with hope saves us from the darkness of despair. We yearn inside for healing and wholeness, we believe somewhere in our darkness there is light for us and, as feeble as we are, we crawl towards it. This is the pull of hope upon us. https://lnkd.in/gq-YFbW

myocn.net As we come closer to the commemoration of the birth of Christ, we would do well to consider exactly what it is that we celebrate. By in large, the Christian world marks the birth of Jesus in the cave at Bethlehem, the “en-fleshing” of the Divine Word...

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Waiting in Joyful Hope

When we see things in ourselves that we know are “less than we can be”, personal deficits, habitual sins, persistent problems, failures we seem unable to overcome—our unspoken instinct is to hope, however wobbly. Is there a voice inside us that tells us we can be better, we can overcome, we can change? What do you think? When we look about our country and world and see discord, inhumanity, rampant violence, human abuse, bigotry, political chaos, and persecution, we catch ourselves “hoping for a better day.” Looking at the present makes us rebel against its disorder. Looking towards the future with hope saves us from the darkness of despair. We yearn inside for healing and wholeness, we believe somewhere in our darkness there is light for us and, as feeble as we are, we crawl towards it. This is the pull of hope upon us. https://lnkd.in/gq-YFbW #myocn #SoundingBlog #Christmas

myocn.net As we come closer to the commemoration of the birth of Christ, we would do well to consider exactly what it is that we celebrate. By in large, the Christian world marks the birth of Jesus in the cave at Bethlehem, the “en-fleshing” of the Divine Word...

Pan Orthodox United

Do you know the differences between Old Christmas vs.New Christmas & Epiphany? Share your thoughts #Christmas #Epiphany Thanks to our partners Pan Orthodox United

Old vs New Christmas & Epiphany #pou #ocn
Have a Merry Christmas alongside your family and friends!

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A Decision That Sets You Free

‪Listen Now and reflect, have you ever thought of #forgiveness as a choice? With the #holidays there will be lots of family togetherness. Is there a choice you need to make? http://myocn.net/a-decision-that-sets-you-free/‬

myocn.net http://radio.myocn.net/podcast/Family%20Insight/Episode%2046%20181220.mp3 Listen Now and reflect, have you ever thought of forgiveness as a choice. It's a decision that takes time. Make a choice and choose forgiveness. With the holidays there will be...

Last minute preparations? Put Christ first with Fr. Demetrios Kazakis from St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church -West Babylon. Share with Fr. your questions and where you are going from. If you enjoyed today's broadcast and like, tag, and share with someone else #myOCN #Christmas

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Why I Love Seasonal Employees (and Why You Should, Too)

That’s why I ask that at this time of year when you go shopping, have a package delivered, or see someone dressed like an elf, give them a big smile, be polite, and wish them strength. http://myocn.net/why-i-love-seasonal-employees-and-why-you-should-too/
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myocn.net I had a flashback tonight on my way home from the mall, where I was doing some Christmas shopping. I kept thinking about the sales clerk that rang up the multitude of hostess gifts I had to buy for all of the socials and parties that we attend this time of...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith:What is Prayer and Why Do We Pray

You can pray however you wish, but I have found that adopting a consistent rule of prayer and consistent prayers within this rule of prayer has brought me closer and closer to God. What is #Prayer? #myOCN http://ow.ly/WdAm30n2sp5

myocn.net “Prayer is the test of everything; prayer is also the source of everything; prayer is the driving force of everything; prayer is also the director of everything. If prayer is right, everything is right.” (St. Theophan the Recluse) Ask yourself what is...

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The Magi

The lessons of the Magi are: We must be seekers. The journey to salvation is long, and the way sometimes is unknown. We must continue to trust. We must walk with joy. And we must bring gifts that are fit for God, accepting also His gifts to us.
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myocn.net   Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Figures of the Nativity When they saw the star,...

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Will You Accept the Invitation?

There are two other “banquets” that we can relate to this parable. The first is the banquet of the Divine Liturgy, specifically Holy Communion. The second “banquet” we are invited to is membership in the church. Will You Accept the Invitation?
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myocn.net Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Sunday of the Forefathers of Christ The Lord said this...

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Saint Daniel the Stylite

Thou became a pillar of patience and didst emulate the Forefathers, O righteous one: Job in his sufferings, Joseph in temptations, and the life of the bodiless while in the body, O Daniel, our righteous Father, intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.
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myocn.net Stylites (the Greek word style means pillar) In the early days of the Byzantine Empire, the love for God made many monks to choose strict and strange types of asceticism. So, some ascetics-saints were standing on a small platform on top of a pillaron for...

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Orthodox Christian Questions Answered

Listen now as Come Receive the Light speaks with Alexei Krindatch, Assembly of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA Research Assistant on important facts about the geographic distribution of Orthodox parishes and church members in America. Click through to read the full report http://ow.ly/xyQo30n128k

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myocn.net Listen now as Come Receive the Light speaks with Alexei Krindatch, Assembly of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA Research Assistant on important facts...

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St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, Tampa FL

Need to refocus a little bit this Christmas season? Join St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa tonight for the Christmas Candlelight service, for one hour of reflection, prayer, scripture and song. #myOCN

6:30-7:30 est Tonight, Watch it here: http://myocn.net/st-john-the-baptist-greek-orthodox-church-tampa-fl/

myocn.net St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church is dedicated to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the one, Holy and catholic and apostolic church. The church shall seek to fulfill its mission by: • Embracing the Spiritual Life of the Orthodox Church...

December 16 Class: Evangelism and the Orthodox Church
The words evangelist, evangelical, and evangelism mean different things to different people. But what is evangelism and its place in the Orthodox Church? The Orthodox Church is a sacramental church, but is it also an evangelical church? Is the Divine Liturgy for evangelization or those who are evangelized? Are clergy the only people truly qualified to evangelize and what actually qualifies a person to evangelize? How do our gifts and talents fit into evangelization? We will address these questions and more as we explore the all to unfamiliar topic of Orthodox evangelism.

Suggested Readings

Relevant Scriptures: Luke 4:18 and Isaiah 61:1, and Mark 1:14-15; Acts 5:12-16, Acts 6:1-7, 2 Timothy 4:5; Ephesians 4:11, Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:1-13; Romans 8:14, Galatians 5:16-26; 2 Timothy 1:6-7

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[12/13/18]   PaTRAM's latest CD, Teach Me Thy Statutes, has been nominated for a GRAMMY Award for BEST CHORAL PERFORMANCE and named Music Web International's 2018 RECORDING OF THE YEAR!

PaTRAM is truly honored to have received these accolades! Thank you to all who were involved in the recording and production of this CD: the PaTRAM Institute Male Choir, conductor Vladimir Gorbik, and our label Reference Recordings. We also want to thank Alex and Katya Lukianov, who had the inspiration and vision for this recording of Pavel Chesnokov's work. The Lukianovs produced and managed the creation of the CD from start to finish.

The 61st GRAMMY Awards will air on Sunday February 10th on CBS. The hymn that is featured in the video below is called "Praise the Name of the Lord".

Click here to purchase Teach Me Thy Statutes: https://patraminstitute.org/

December 9 Class: Orthodoxy and Paradoxy: Experiencing Contradiction as Truth

We believe in One God but yet we say He is Trinity or three. We believe Christ was one hundred percent God but also one hundred percent man. We call Christ the Prince of Peace yet He says Himself that He came to the earth to bring division not peace. How do we reconcile this and so many other seeming contradictions of our faith? In an “either/or” often polarized culture, how do we learn to accept two opposite things as being valid and true? In this class we will explore the many seeming paradoxes of our faith and how we need to readjust our hearts and minds to embrace them.

Suggested Readings

Relevant Scriptures: Genesis 1:26-27/Genesis 3:5/Genesis 3:22, Psalms 82:6 (Psalm 81:6 LXX), and 2 Peter 1:2-4; Isaiah 1:18 and Isaiah 55:8-9; Isaiah 9:6-7 and Matthew 10:34-39; Luke 6:20-36 and Luke 10:16-21; 2 Corinthians 4:7-16 and 2 Corinthians 6:1-10

Relevant OCN Articles/Blogs: O Paradox of Paradoxes! A Reflection on the Feast of the Holy Cross

Support the continuation of a centuries old monastic tradition; incense, prayer ropes, crosses, icons, and more, made by the monks themselves, direct from Draganac Monastery in Kosovo. Free international shipping for a limited time. http://www.draganacmonastery.com/home/shop/

Join now the Distance Learning Certificate course run by the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge, UK from wherever you are! More details on their website at www.iocs.cam.ac.uk/distance-learning-certificate-diploma-in-orthodox-christian-studies The next intake for the Certificate in Orthodox Christian Studies is 1 February 2019, though enrolments take place every two months throughout the year.

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Celebrating St. Nicholas: When Santa Went to Jail

At a time when the holidays are defined by Black Friday and family stress, what better way to return to our roots then to pause on December 6th and celebrate a man who reminds us that our lives have meaning when we practice forgiveness and serve others?
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myocn.net The Nativity Fast has begun, and Christmas is just around the corner. Trees are soon to be decorated. Children around the world will make lists, check them twice and anxiously await the arrival of Santa Claus. However, parents beware! Jolly old St. Nick...

Thank you for joining the #RealDeal with FrMichael Marcantoni from Holy Spirit Greek Orthodox Church. Share where you are joining us from #WednesdayWisdom #myOCN #expectations

December 2 Class: Words Matter: The Experience of our Faith Through Language

But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give and account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned (Matthew 12:36-37). Commentary by several Holy Fathers on this passage shows that they took this statement by our Lord literally. If you take life expectancy stats, shave off a few years for the years before we learn to talk, take some stat about how many words men and women use a day, it easily nets out to the fact we will use hundreds of millions of words in our life time. That’s a lot of opportunity for idle and hurtful words that condemn us. In this class, using various Scriptures as a basis, we will explore the sacredness of the Word and words, how misuse and misunderstanding of words, especially those in Scripture, has led, and continues to lead, to multiple problems for us as persons and communities.

Suggested Readings

Relevant Scriptures: Matthew 12:36-37, Matthew 15:18; James 3:1-12, Proverbs 18:21, Proverbs 15:4, and Ephesians 4:29; John 1:1, Genesis 1:1-3, Proverbs 8:22-30, Wisdom of Solomon 9:1, Genesis 2:18-20; Psalms 42:10 (41:11 LXX); Matthew 5:48, Matthew 6:13, Luke 2:14, Luke 17:20-21

Relevant OCN Articles/Blogs: Five Orthodox Words I Wish Everyone Knew; Deliver Me From Idle Words

#bible #scripture #myocn #word #sacramentalliving.net #orthodoxy #religiouseducation #gospel

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Watch LIVE Now Deacon Aaron Gilbert’s ordination at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Camp Hill, PA http://ow.ly/QGbd30mPiJH

Live Stream from: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1000 Yverdon Drive Camp Hill, Pennsylvania 17011. Tel: (717) 763-7441 Website: http://www.holytrinityhbg.org/

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[11/28/18]   Watch this video to hear a clip from The Great Doxology, one of the hymns on PaTRAM's newest CD, Teach Me Thy Statutes. The Great Doxology is regarded as a true masterpiece of twentieth-century Russian sacred music. Enjoy! Teach Me Thy Statutes is a recording of Orthodox choral music in Church Slavonic written by famed Russian composer, Pavel Chesnokov, and performed by the PaTRAM Institute Male Choir, a highly professional group of Russian and American singers.

Click here to purchase Teach Me Thy Statutes from Amazon, iTunes, or from PaTRAM's label, Reference Recordings: http://ow.ly/6udm30mHT7Z

The Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge still has places available for the January 2019 intake for two MA courses offered on-site or by Distance Learning (full-time or part-time): MA IN SPIRITUALITY and MA IN CONTEMPORARY FAITH AND BELIEF - programmes taught in conjunction with the Cambridge Theological Federation. For more information, please go to www.iocs.cam.ac.uk (The images are from the Order for the Blessing of the Water, which the Institute celebrated last week for all the Theological colleges in Cambridge).

The lesson of St. Katherine is that we must not only be wise in the faith, but willing to witness for our faith, willing to live for our faith, and even willing to die for it.
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Today is #GivingTuesday. Together, let’s grow our network. This Giving Tuesday, connect this generation and the generations to come with the eternal truth of Our faith! #myOCN

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