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Welcome to the OCIC Web site, one of the largest and oldest sites on Orthodox Christianity. Think of the OCIC as a vast online article repository, with over 850 articles and 3,000 printed pages. This site has been online since 1996 and receives over 50,000 visits per month, according to Google Analytics.

 

Church Calendars and Lives of Saints

For years this site made use of two Google Gadgets to display the Church calendars, Saints commemorated, daily readings, fasting rules, etc. Google dropped support for this around mid-November 2014. Until a suitable replacement is found for a "widget" to display this information, you can use the following:

*  Commonly called the "Old" Calendar, but properly understood as the traditional and canonical Church Calendar, in use by most Orthodox Christians, if not the majority of Orthodox parishes around the world.

** Commonly called the "New" Calendar, but properly understood as a crude combination of the Gregorian, or Civil, calendar and the traditional Paschalian, which was uncanonically foisted upon the Church by the Pan-Orthodox Congress of 1923. It is in use by the majority of Orthodox churches in America, as well as the Churches of Greece, Romania and a few other historically Orthodox countries. Many of us must live with this unfortunate legacy. Let us pray for the restoration of liturgical unity, i.e., the return of the "New Calendar churches" to the traditional Church Calendar. [ Learn more... ]

Recent Additions

"A Christian Understanding of Homosexuality": Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Complete Article as PDF. This is the best series of articles on this topic that I have ever read. Very thorough and balanced. The following introductory text was sent to me to include with these articles, and has also been posted to Pravoslavie.ru: "In light of the confusion stirred in some readers of recent texts on Social Media and other online portals, regarding the Church"s clear teaching on homosexuality and the pastoral need to care for those suffering in particular from the social trend to regard it as "natural" or a thing to be accepted as part of human nature, the following text is provided for contrast. Presented as a "reference text" at a clergy meeting of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in the USA last year, it offers a clear response to many of the social arguments used in the attempt to diminish the Church"s pastoral teachings, which always aim for the loving care and conversion of all who fall into any sin."

What is Orthodox Christianity? An Answer in Three Parts (Video). Part One: "The Teachings of Christ" (40 min); Part Two: "Falling Away From Christ" (45 min); Part Three: "The Life in Christ" (40 min). This wonderful and instructive multimedia presentation was produced over several years by Fr. Daniel Mackay, rector of St. John the Wonderworker Serbian Orthodox Church in Eugene, Oregon. It is truly a "labor of love" by a Priest with a missionary heart.

Saint Paisios the Athonite (Video): this is an excellent Russian film about the recently glorified Saint Paisios the Athonite (+ 1994). English subtitles.

Table of Contents and Excerpts from Rock and Sand: An Orthodox Appraisal of the Protestant Reformers and Their Teachings, by Fr. Josiah Trenham. Published by New Rome Press.

Part 1 of Kevin Allen's AFR Interview With Fr. Josiah Trenham, concerning his new book Rock and Sand: An Orthodox Appraisal the Protestant Reformers and Their Teachings. UPDATED: Part 2!

Interview With Jonathan Jackson: "What Orthodoxy Means to Me". Mr. Jackson is a Hollywood actor and recipient of five Emmy Awards. He was interviewed by Pemptousia during his recent visit to the Monastery of Vatopaidi on Mt Athos.

Revelation: The Seven Seals: Exerpts from a highly recommend series!

Homosexual Marriage at the Dusk of Liberty, by Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse.

Hidden Fire: Orthodox Perspectives on Yoga, by Joseph Magnus Frangipani.

"Monogamous Communion": A Defense of "Closed" Communion, by Fr. Michael Shanbour.

Meta-Patristic Theology: Are the Fathers Relevant Today?, by Monk Moses the Hagiorite.

Results of the Petition to Oppose the New Ecclesiology of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

Statement on the Comments of Fr. Robert Arida on Homosexuality. Thank God for clergy such as these who are united enough, and who care enough about their flocks, to take a clear and public stance on this issue. And let us pray for the OCA Hierarchs, that they will be as firm and as bold.

For all those who wonder what happened to the daily Scripture readings and lives of the Saints panels/blocks that appeared above this section for years: these were both Google Gadgets, which Google dropped support of around mid-November 2014. I am looking for a suitable replacement, but this may take some time. If anyone knows of some good options, please let me know. Until I find a replacement you can use the following: Church ("Old") Calendar | New Calendar | Lives of Saints (Prologue from Ochrid).

Against Those Who Have Abandoned the Church and Deserted It for Hippodromes and Theatres, by St. John Chrysostom. A Homily of St John Chrysostom.

Do all Religions Have the Same Heavenly Father?, by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis, a Priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North America (GOA). His courage to be outspoken is much appreciated.

Further Thoughts on the Ancient Faith Today Discussion: The Pope and the Patriarch, by Fr. John Whiteford.

On the Recent Events in Jerusalem and their Ecclesiological Underpinnings, by a Greek Orthodox Priest.

True and False Unity, a homily by Fr. John Whiteford.

Concerning the "Historic Meeting" Between Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis (May, 2014), by Patrick Barnes.

Pious Kings and Right-Believing Queens: An Encyclopedia of the Royal and Imperial Saints of the Orthodox Church, lengthy excerpts from a new book by Protopresbyter James Thornton. Order from The Institute of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies.

A Letter to Pope Francis Concerning His Past, the Abysmal State of Papism, and a Plea to Return to Holy Orthodoxy, by His Eminence, the Metropolitan of Piraeus, Seraphim, and His Eminence, the Metropolitan of Dryinoupolis, Andrew, both of the Church of Greece.

Shifts in Paradigms: An Orthodox Psychiatrist on Homosexuality, an interview with Dr. Lynne Pappas from Pravoslavie.ru.

The Mystery of Marriage: A Fellowship of Love, by Hieromonk Gregorios. This excerpt is provided by the translator and publisher, Fr. Michael Monos, the proistamenos of St. Luke Greek Orthodox Church in Columbia, MO and founder of Newrome Press.

The Parable of the Prodigal Son: A Commentary in the Light of the Fathers, by Hieromonk Gregorios. Published by Newrome Press.

The Orthodox School of Bethany, which is adjacent to the Holy Monastery of Saint Mary Magdalene, has an immediate and ongoing need for "Suitcase Partners." Sister Martha has found that shipping to Israel/Palestine is expensive and unreliable. Whenever she needs to make an important order, she tries to ship things domestically to someone whom she knows will be coming to the Holy Land. If you know of anyone who is coming to the Holy Land for pilgrimage or business and might be willing to carry a few items for them, please contact the Bethany School.

The House of the Father, by Fr. George Florovsky. An important essay on ecclesiology by a tremendous theologian of our times.

Be Ready: An Approach to the Mystery of Death, by Hieromonk Gregorios. This lengthy excerpt is provided by the translator and publisher, Fr. Michael Monos, the proistamenos of St. Luke Greek Orthodox Church in Columbia, MO and founder of Newrome Press.

Repentance and Confession, by Hieromonk Gregorios. Published by Newrome Press.