Archdiocese Authors Discuss Prayer and Meditation on OCN


The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN), emphasizing the theme of Prayer in their flagship program "Come Receive the Light," featured two distinguished Antiochian authors in their February lineā€“up. Khouria Frederica Matthewes-Green, a frequent speaker as well as author, shared her thoughts about keeping a personal prayer rule with OCN Executive Director Fr. Christopher Metropulos. The writer of The Illumined Heart, a book about Orthodox spirituality, Kh. Frederica offered helpful tips on starting and maintaining a personal prayer rule, and outlined advice on how to build up the prayer life of the entire family. "When you stop and actually face the Lord, and remember that everything begins and ends in Him," noted Kh. Frederica in the OCN podcast, "I've found that it was the most transformative thing I ever did, to change my prayer life."

A second podcast on "Come Receive the Light" hosted guest Antiochian theologian Dr. Bradley Nassif, professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at North Park University. He and Fr. Chris discussed the importance of not just reading scripture, but memorizing it. "It was important for the Son of God to know Scripture when He was on earth...you can review verses and chose topics that will help you live the Christian life," noted Dr. Nassif.

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