Fr. Chris Metropulos, Author at Orthodox Christian Network

Fr. Chris Metropulos, Author at Orthodox Christian Network

Shaped by a life of service to Christ’s Church, Fr. Christopher has dedicated himself to using all the tools God has placed at his disposal to spread the light of Orthodoxy across America. As Founding Father and host of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) and the “Come Receive The Light” national Orthodox Christian radio program, he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to millions of listeners on Internet and land-based radio around the world in more than 130 countries. Fr. Christopher is the former President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Parish Priest of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Encouraging Spiritual Growth as We Pass the Half-Way Point of Great Lent

Encouraging Spiritual Growth as We Pass the Half-Way Point of Great Lent

Shaped by a life of service to Christ’s Church, Fr. Christopher has dedicated himself to using all the tools God has placed at his disposal to spread the light of Orthodoxy across America. As Founding Father and host of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) and the “Come Receive The Light” national Orthodox Christian radio program, he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to millions of listeners on Internet and land-based radio around the world in more than 130 countries. Fr. Christopher is the former President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Parish Priest of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

The Feast of the Annunciation, The Akathist, and Great Lent: A Complicated Relationship

The Feast of the Annunciation, The Akathist, and Great Lent: A Complicated Relationship

Register now for this week’s myOCN Community program. Join myOCN Interactive Virtual Community on Let’s Talk, Thursday, March 25th  at 7pm EST with Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos and Fr. Christopher Metropulos. We will discuss the complicated relationship with Feast of the Annunciation, The Akathist, and Great Lent.

Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos

Fr. Alexopoulos studies the origins and evolution of the Office of Holy Communion, a collection of private prayers to be recited before, at, and after receiving the Eucharist. He will compare how these prayers talk about the Eucharist (popular piety) with the Byzantine Eucharistic prayers (official liturgy), and explore common elements and tensions. Finally, he will explore how liturgical/pious practices influence and form liturgical identities and popular understanding about the Eucharist: what it is, what it does, what one’s preparation ought to be, and what one’s relationship with and participation in it should be.

Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos is an associate professor of liturgical studies and sacramental theology at the Catholic University of America, where he joined the School of Theology and Religious Studies in 2013. He received his PhD in liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame. His research interests lie in the history of Byzantine liturgy and particularly in the evolution of liturgical structures and offices as witnessed in the manuscript tradition, and how the official or public liturgy intersects with private piety, both in the Byzantine era and today. He is an ordained Greek Orthodox priest, the son and grandson of priests.

What is YOUR Lenten Plan?

What is YOUR Lenten Plan?

Shaped by a life of service to Christ’s Church, Fr. Christopher has dedicated himself to using all the tools God has placed at his disposal to spread the light of Orthodoxy across America. As Founding Father and host of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) and the “Come Receive The Light” national Orthodox Christian radio program, he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to millions of listeners on Internet and land-based radio around the world in more than 130 countries. Fr. Christopher is the former President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Parish Priest of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Clean Monday Retreat Faith Over Fear

Clean Monday Retreat Faith Over Fear

We have all been living through some dark times, health issues, death of loved ones, economic stress, unemployment, the list is endless. We can no longer move around, shop, go to the grocery store, travel and for that matter go to Church as we used to. Our routine has been upset but not been destroyed. The Pandemic has also offered new opportunities for those who believe in God and brought those who never believed in Him closer. What we all need to concentrate on are Faith, Family, Friendships.

 

Great Lent is a wonderful opportunity for us to have Faith over Fear.  The Church presents a multitude of ways to do so through more frequent services to many new online venues. Join the Clean Monday retreat as it will help us begin the process of coming closer to God. Please signup to receive login information.

We will also be live-streamed on our Facebook page. Join us and thousands online for prayers and discussion. Families are welcome, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Let’s Talk: Worldwide Christian Persecution

Let’s Talk: Worldwide Christian Persecution

Let’s Talk with Andrew Veniopoulos, George Gigicos, Nicholas Furris, and Fr. Christopher Metropulos

Join myOCN Interactive Virtual Community for a special edition this TUESDAY, March 2nd, at 7:00 pm EST with special guests Andrew Veniopoulos, George Gigicos, Nicholas Furris of the The Orthodox Public Affairs Committee (OPAC). Established to provide public advocacy, OPAC, is committed to promote, support, defend and champion Christian communities worldwide in the face of persecution, exclusion, and prejudice. Learn why Christian persecution is something everyone should be concerned about. Please signup to receive login information.

We will also be live-streamed on our Facebook page. Join us and thousands online for prayers and discussion. Families are welcome, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions.

GEORGE DEAN GIGICOS (OPAC President)

George Gigicos is the Co-Founder and CEO of Dynamis Strategic Advisors, a business strategy, communications
& political consulting firm based in Washington, DC and New York, NY. A former Deputy Assistant to the
President of the United States, Gigicos is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of the independent Orthodox
Public Affairs Committee (OPAC), a U.S. based nonprofit organization who mission is to provide public advocacy
for the global Orthodox Church, and to promote, defend and champion Christian communities worldwide in
the face of persecution, exclusion and prejudice. He is an active member of the Order of St. Andrew, Archons
of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, sits on the board of Classic Ballet of Mobile and is a member of the Ship
Sponsors Advisory Council of the new U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, CVN 78, the USS Gerald R. Ford of which he is
an Honorary Plank Owner.

NICHOLAS J. FURRIS (OPAC Secretary)

A versatile producer/director, Nick has distinguished himself with production of over 250 documentary titles.
Among the globe crossing projects are the ambitious three-part series entitled The History of Orthodox
Christianity, which was filmed on location in the Middle East, Greece, Italy, Turkey and Russia. A Light Still
Bright, a documentary highlighting the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople aired on the Arts &
Entertainment Network. To this day, documentary filmmaking continues to be part of Nick continuing
projects, as was the much heralded US visit of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the world leader of
Orthodox Christianity in 1997. This project required six weeks of cross-country shooting and was a logistical
“tour de force.” Subsequently, he was appointed jointly by the Vatican and Ecumenical Patriarchate as
communications director for Papal/Patriarchal visits to Istanbul (Constantinople) and Jerusalem and in 2016,
he served as worldwide communications coordinator the historic Great and Holy Council which took place in
Crete, Greece. His outstanding work as recognized in receiving the MEDAL OF ST. ANDREW from His All
Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for his work on Pope Benedict’s Visit to Turkey, the highest
honor that can be bestowed to a lay person by the Ecumenical Patriarch.

Over his 15-year career, Nick has worked with talent the caliber of James Earl Jones, Mariette Hartley, Frank
Vincent, Vincent Gardenia, Yanni, John Stamos and a host of others. For his work, Furris has earned three
Emmy Awards (nominated 5 times), ten Silver Telly Awards, multiple ITS and Communicator Awards, Crystal
Reels, and Aegis Awards as well as recognition from the Columbus International Film Festival.
Nick has lent his passion to various local and national boards. The University of North Florida: Dean’s
Leadership Council, Flagler College Business Advisory Board, Saint Photios National Shrine (Vice President),
Orthodox Christian Fellowship and Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (current VP) are just a few he has
contributed to in the past. He is very active at his parish of St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church where
he as served as Parish Council President, Stewardship Chair and currently is the Chair of the Building
Committee of a new church and campus about to begin construction in December of 2018.
Nick is married to his wife Maria and has two sons, Stefan and Andrew. They reside in Jacksonville, Florida.

Andrew Veniopoulos (OPAC Treasurer)

Andrew has a long and distinguished career in serving the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Greek Orthodox
Archdiocese of America and the Eastern Orthodox Church in general. He has been instrumental in
coordinating all aspects of the trips of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the United
States and around the world since His All-Holiness’ first visit to the United States in 1997. He has coordinated
on behalf of His All Holiness, meetings with every sitting President of the United States since 1997, United
Nations Secretary General, and foreign leaders from Mexico, Cuba, Israel, and Palestine.
In 2014, he worked with his fellow OPAC co-founders on Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s meeting with
His Holiness Pope Francis in Jerusalem. In 2016, he coordinated a “Trip of Peace” to the island of Lesvos to
raise awareness of the issue involving thousands of refugees with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew,
Pope Francis, and Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens among the participants. Also in 2016, he served as
logistics coordinator for the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, which took place on the island of
Crete in Greece. He currently serves as a liaison of the Archdiocese with local, state, and national
government offices. He also serves in a key position, raising funds for the rebuilding of the St. Nicholas Greek
Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center and overall Project Executive.
Andrew is native to and currently resides in New York City, where he attended New York University, majoring
in Politics and Philosophy.

Why should I consider becoming an Orthodox Christian?

Why should I consider becoming an Orthodox Christian?

Shaped by a life of service to Christ’s Church, Fr. Christopher has dedicated himself to using all the tools God has placed at his disposal to spread the light of Orthodoxy across America. As Founding Father and host of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) and the “Come Receive The Light” national Orthodox Christian radio program, he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to millions of listeners on Internet and land-based radio around the world in more than 130 countries. Fr. Christopher is the former President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Parish Priest of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Why Am I An Orthodox Christian?

Why Am I An Orthodox Christian?

Shaped by a life of service to Christ’s Church, Fr. Christopher has dedicated himself to using all the tools God has placed at his disposal to spread the light of Orthodoxy across America. As Founding Father and host of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) and the “Come Receive The Light” national Orthodox Christian radio program, he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to millions of listeners on Internet and land-based radio around the world in more than 130 countries. Fr. Christopher is the former President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Parish Priest of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Why Am I a Christian?

Why Am I a Christian?

Let’s Talk with Hank Hanegraaff and Fr. Christopher Metropulos We are pleased to announce our myOCN Community Online Gathering this coming Thursday, January 28th, at 7:00 pm EST with special guest Hank Hanegraaff. Fr. Christopher Metropulos, OCN Executive Director, will be offering a “Let’s Talk ” 1 hour interactive video…

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Acquiring an Orthodox Christian Mind

Acquiring an Orthodox Christian Mind

Shaped by a life of service to Christ’s Church, Fr. Christopher has dedicated himself to using all the tools God has placed at his disposal to spread the light of Orthodoxy across America. As Founding Father and host of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) and the “Come Receive The Light” national Orthodox Christian radio program, he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to millions of listeners on Internet and land-based radio around the world in more than 130 countries. Fr. Christopher is the former President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Parish Priest of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.