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Saint John The Theologian, Apostle and Evangelist

When all the other apostles had abandoned the crucified Lord, John and the Mother of God remained at the foot of the cross. Later, at the Lord’s behest, he took Our Most Holy Lady into his house, as if she were his mother, and looked after her until her Dormition. http://myocn.net/saint-john-the-theologian-apostle-and-evangelist-2/

myocn.net Saint Nicholas Velimirovich John was a son of Zebedee, a fisherman, and Salome, the daughter of Joseph, the Betrothed of Our Most Holy Lady, the Mother of God. When the Lord Jesus called him, John immediately left his father and their nets and,...

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The Great Proclamation of the election of the new Archbishop Makarios of Australia in the Patriarchal Church of St George at the Phanar

Ο νέος Αρχιεπισκοπος Αυστραλίας Μακάριος δίνει το Μεγάλο Μήνυμα στον Πάνσεπτο Πατριαρχικό Ναό του Αγίου Γεωργίου στο Φανάρι

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The Common Bond of Motherhood

No matter what our position of motherhood, we all share a common bond. Once we are a mother, life is never the same. Life changes from one of self to one of another. We recognize we have a duty to fulfill. To raise a child up in good morals, manners, and with self-esteem is a challenge. It is a mission to teach our children to be of service to others, love their family and future spouse, and treat others as they wish to be treated. http://myocn.net/the-common-bond-of-motherhood/ #mothersday

myocn.net An expectant mother holds her belly and feels her baby kick inside. A young woman wipes her child's tears and kisses him afterwards. A grandmother gently tells her grandchild that she loves her. Even though a mother and daughter are separated by miles,...

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The Importance of Reading Scripture

I read the Bible...

A. Every day
B. Once a week
C. When I’m in crisis
D. I hear whatever the priest reads in church if I get there on time

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myocn.net 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. Apply your mind to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge. Proverbs 23:12...

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Elder Aimilianos Simonopetritis Has Departed This Life

He now turned with might and main to the monastic life. All that was left of it at that time was a shadow of what it had once been, but with invincible courage and soaring hope he envisioned its revival and renewal. http://myocn.net/elder-aimilianos-simonopetritis-has-departed-this-life/

myocn.net This morning, 9 May 2019, Archimandrite Elder Aimilianos, former Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras on the Holy Mountain fell asleep in the Lord at the Holy Convent of the Annunciation of the Mother of God, Ormylia, Halkidiki. Biographical...

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Superstition is Not Part of Faith

There are Traditions and practices that we do as Orthodox Christians, not because of superstition, but because of faith. Blessing a house asks for God to come under the roof of the home, the same way that Christ came under the roof of Zacchaeus, granting salvation to him and his household. In blessing a house, we bless the space that is sacred to a family, where they live, sleep and eat. We pray to God to bless that family in their home, that it be a place of love and peace and security. The house blessing isn’t a magic spell, nor will it ward off evil spirits. The purpose of the house blessing is to dedicate the house, as well as the family who lives in it, to God. http://myocn.net/superstition-is-not-part-of-faith/

myocn.net 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. But understand this, that in the last days, there will come times of stress. For...

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Eternal riches, cost free

Uncharitable people are unhappy because their heart has never felt the joy of doing good works and or giving alms. They haven’t understood that real enjoyment lies in loving your neighbor. They haven’t realized that, in giving to others, you pile up eternal riches, cost free and genuine, which are the only thing with which we can buy the Kingdom of Heaven. http://myocn.net/eternal-riches-cost-free/

myocn.net Saint Nectarios of Pentapolis Uncharitable people are unhappy because their heart has never felt the joy of doing good works and or giving alms. They haven’t understood that real enjoyment lies in loving your neighbor. They haven’t realized that...

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After the Resurrection (2)

Jesus approached the disciples and asked what they were discussing and why they were so downcast. http://myocn.net/after-the-resurrection-2/

myocn.net Archimandrite Elisaios, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras Let us, then, have a look at this mystery and understand it from a single appearance of Christ after His resurrection: to two of His disciples who were on the road to Emmaus, a...

May 5 Class: Renewal, Revelation, and the Holy Spirit

We just celebrated a glorious Holy Week and Pascha. This was followed by Bright Week where each day was called a Renewal Day (i.e., Renewal Monday, Renewal Tuesday, etc.) because it is an opportunity, in this heightened time of spirituality in our ecclesiastical year, to start fresh and renew our hearts for Christ. The Church, in its wisdom, places the Sunday of Thomas right after Renewal Saturday to remind us how easy it is to still have doubts and fall back into old patterns of thoughts and behaviors once the elation of Pascha is over. In this Sunday’s class, we will explore how we can stay renewed and continue to acquire the Holy Spirit who opens our hearts by revelation to the truth revealed to us in Christ.

Suggested Readings
Relevant Scriptures: John 3:27-36, Galatians 1:11-24, Ephesians 3:1-13, 2 Corinthians 12:1-10; Acts 1:4-8 and Acts 2:1-38; 1 Corinthians 13:1-8

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Don’t touch?

Today we remember how Saint Thomas wanted to touch the Lord’s side. We know that God blesses things we can touch—holy water, holy crosses, and special icons, too!

Children's Word, a weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network. Each week, Presvytera Alexandra Houck writes this little newsletter for young parishioners! You will find age-appropriate articles, stories, and activities in every edition. The newsletter is provided in PDF format so that you can easily download and print it, and share it with your parish, teachers, family, and friends. http://myocn.net/dont-touch/

myocn.net Have you ever really wanted to touch something, but you couldn’t? Maybe you were at an art museum, and you really wanted to touch a painting or a sculpture so you could know what it felt like. (Maybe you even discovered the alarms that are all around the...

You can’t concentrate your mind at the time of prayer. What can you do?

The Lord sees that your weakness isn’t due so much to your indifference, but more to the conditions of your life. And when he sees that you’re sorry, he forgives you.

We can’t expect the same spiritual watchfulness from people who live in the world as we do from those who’ve left the world behind, that is the monastics. There are difficulties. What can we do? That’s life here on earth. Is anybody free of its problems? Just make sure that you’ve got something to do every hour of the day.

If your time’s taken up completely, you’ll suffer less from lethargy. At the same time, fight to keep your mind with God. I pray that He will grant you peace. - Saint Theophan the Recluse

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Prefiguration of the Resurrection in the Easter Canon

Christ’s Resurrection, which is prefigured most wonderfully in the Easter canon with so many depictions from the Old Testament, is a triumphant event of universal significance and power. Through the Resurrection, the power of the devil is crushed, death is mortified, decay is no more. This is why it is the ‘feast of feasts and the festival of festivals’. http://myocn.net/prefiguration-of-the-resurrection-in-the-easter-canon/

myocn.net Mihalis Tritos No other hymnological text expresses the redemptive, existential and metaphysical dimension of the Resurrection with such completeness and power as does the incomparable canon by Saint John the Damascan. It’s a masterpiece of...

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For How Long Should I Pray?

We need some time every day to pray while doing nothing else, to pray without distraction. We are being told more and more that we should text while driving because that makes us distracted drivers. Well, we can pray while driving, but prayer shouldn’t be confined to the car. We can pray while walking to a meeting, but prayer shouldn’t be confined to only when we are walking. We need a set time to pray and read Scripture where we are silent and still, without distraction. http://myocn.net/for-how-long-should-i-pray/

myocn.net Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. ENGAGED: The Call to Be Disciples Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy...

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A Brief Comment on the Icon of the Resurrection

The Western-style icon presents a scene that no-one ever saw. The moment of the Resurrection is a concealed secret. The Orthodox approach depicts the results of the event of the Resurrection for people and for the world. http://myocn.net/a-brief-comment-on-the-icon-of-the-resurrection/

myocn.net Athanasios Moustakis We shall try here to point out the main features of the Orthodox icon which is entitled “The Descent into Hell”. The first thing to note is that it is entirely different from the Western-style depiction, which shows Christ...

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Pascha is Over—Now What?

The effects of the Resurrection are rippling through the very fiber of past, present, and future generations of humanity, changing them with every liturgy into something better. http://myocn.net/pascha-is-over-now-what/

myocn.net In the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, at the end of the anamnesis, the remembrance of the Mystical Supper, the priest says “Commemorating this holy commandment and all that had to pass for our sake: the cross the tomb, the third day resurrection...

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Christians to the Paschal Victim Give Praise!

Let us hold on to the fire and the passion and share it with any and all who seek it. Find those in your life who need that message and, like the Lord of New Life, extend your hand and lift them out of their “heart’s hell.” In that moment, you will turn that morbidly deafening silence into the joyous proclamation, “Alleluia! Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is Risen!” To Him be glory unto the ages of Ages. http://myocn.net/christians-to-the-paschal-victim-give-praise/

Thanks Fr. Antokas of The Greek Orthodox Church of Saint George, Bethesda, Maryland

myocn.net As we remember the days of Christ’s final ordeal, the Church feels an oppressive silence at the death of her Lord, a silence that penetrates to the depths of the heart of every disciple, then and now, who stands wordless before the Cross. It is the...

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The Resurrection in the Orthodox Church

The whole history of the human race proves and highlights beyond a shadow of doubt that the Lord Christ is a permanent necessity for us in all worlds. Why? Because He gives us eternal life, annihilates death and everything mortal. http://myocn.net/resurrection-orthodox-church/

myocn.net Saint Justin Popovich In the Orthodox Church, the Resurrection is not merely the ‘feast of feasts’, but the all-embracing feast, which is the soul of all the others and is always present in them. In it we find all the divine and theanthropic powers of...

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The Resurrection in the Orthodox Church

The whole history of the human race proves and highlights beyond a shadow of doubt that the Lord Christ is a permanent necessity for us in all worlds. Why? Because He gives us eternal life, annihilates death and everything mortal. http://myocn.net/resurrection-orthodox-church/

myocn.net Saint Justin Popovich In the Orthodox Church, the Resurrection is not merely the ‘feast of feasts’, but the all-embracing feast, which is the soul of all the others and is always present in them. In it we find all the divine and theanthropic powers of...

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Paschal Catechetical Homily of St. John Chrysostom

Let all of you then enter into the joy of our Lord. The first and second enjoy your reward. Your rich and poor, rejoice together. You temperate and you heedless, honor the day. You who fasted, and you who did not, rejoice today. The Table is richly laden. All of you, fare sumptuously on it. The calf is a fatted one; let no one go away hungry. All of you enjoy the banquet of faith. All of you enjoy the riches of His goodness. Let no one grieve poverty; for the universal Kingdom has been revealed. http://myocn.net/paschal-catechetical-homily-st-john-chrysostom/

myocn.net Whosoever is a devout lover of God, let him enjoy this beautiful bright Festival. And whosoever is a grateful servant, let him joyously enter into the joy of his Lord. And if any be weary with fasting, let him now receive his reward. If any has toiled from...

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Easter Sunday, The Feasts of all Feasts

Have you ever stopped to think why we go to church on Sunday? What’s so special about that day? Well, we find out today, on Pascha, the greatest day of the year. http://myocn.net/easter-sunday-the-feasts-of-all-feasts/

myocn.net A weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network Have you ever stopped to think why we go to church on Sunday? What’s so special about that day? Well, we find out today, on Pascha, the greatest day of the year. Today, you know, we celebrate the...

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Great Friday. Christ on Golgotha!

These are the seven kinds of evil-doers around Christ. Lord, help us to see our own life before we condemn those evil-doers who nailed the God of love to the cross. Let’s ask ourselves: do we also belong to this group? At least let’s be like the seventh of them, the one who repented on the cross and, in unbearable pain, sought and found redemption for his sins. http://myocn.net/great-friday-christ-on-golgotha/

myocn.net Saint Nicholas Velimirovich The fourth evil-doer was Pilate, Caesar’s representative in Jerusalem, who in a sense stood for the whole of the pagan world at the trial of Christ. Pilate looked down on the Jews, and the Jews returned the favour. At first...

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The Cross as a Means of Sanctification and Transformation of the World

Ward off the temptations of sin and patiently suffer the pain of death, sanctity can spread from His body to all bodies and throughout the world. http://myocn.net/the-cross-as-a-means-of-sanctification-and-transformation-of-the-world/

myocn.net Fr. Dumitru Stăniloae Through the Cross, Christ sanctified His body- the link with the world. He rejected the temptations sent to Him by the world, that is to taste the pleasures, to satisfy His needs unrestrained or to avoid pain and death. If we, in...

Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation Modesto

Live services from the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Modesto, California: Matins of Holy Friday - Service of the Passion of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ

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Don’t Forget the Stuff that Matters Most

Are we faithful Christians, or hypocritical ones? Does what we do match what we say? Does our behavior reflect what we believe? I can say I believe in God, or feel like I am a faithful Christian, but is that really reflected in my life? How do I act when I’m not in church? Or when no one is around? Am I generous when there is no credit to be had? Am I using the talent God has given me to glorify Him and help others? These are serious questions. http://myocn.net/dont-forget-the-stuff-that-matters-most%EF%BB%BF/

myocn.net Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law, justice, mercy and faith; these you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. Matthew 23:23 The harshest...

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A Natural Red Dye for Your Pascha Eggs

Need to dye your eggs for Pascha but can’t find the dyes in the grocery any longer? Maybe you have an allergic reaction to synthetic dyes. I did some research and found a few links and articles on naturally dyed eggs. Here are the directions for naturally dyed red eggs. Thanks Presvytera Vassi Haros #throwbackthursday #journeytopascha http://myocn.net/a-natural-red-dye-for-your-pascha-eggs/

myocn.net Need to dye your eggs for Pascha but can't find the dyes in the grocery any longer? Maybe you have an allergic reaction to synthetic dyes. I did some research and found a few links and articles on naturally dyed eggs last month. Here are the...

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