The Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is the official collegiate campus ministry program under the various Orthodox jurisdictions. The mission is to support fellowship on college campuses, whose members experience and witness the Orthodox Church through community life, prayer, service to others and study of the faith.
The patron saints of Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) are the Three Youths, who stand as strong examples of how children are active members in the Old Testament book of Daniel but here is a preview of what you’ll read…
Their real names are Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. At the time they lived, King Nebuchadnessar made a law that said everyone in the land was to bow down and worship his golden idols. If the people chose not to, they would be thrown in to the furnace where they would be burned to death. So, people from everywhere bowed down and worshiped the king’s idols.
It came to the attention of the King that three young people were refusing to worship these idols. Enraged, the king had the young people brought to him and he said, “Now if you are ready…fall down and worship the image which I have made…but if you do not worship, you shall immediately be cast into the fiery furnace; and who is the god that will deliver out of my hands?” The youth steadfast in their faith replied, “Oh Nebuchadnessar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace; and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up.”
Well, their declaration of faith enraged the king and he had the fire made even hotter than it was. The youths were cast into the fire. God sent an angel into the furnace with the youths and the angel cooled the flames. The youths danced and sang praises to God. The King, seeing that they had not been harmed, declared their God the true God.
What amazing faith!
Our OCF students from UCSC chant the Paraklesis service on Wednesdays at 7:00PM. Their sweet youthful voices bring inspiration to all who come to sing praises to the Mother of God. Blessings to our growing membership of chanters!
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Our meetings will be at the Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, 223 Church Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Rides back to campus are available.
Our Wednesday 7:00 PM meeting format is a Paraklesis service, then dinner followed by a discussion with Father Milutin. Meetings will include planning for activities, service projects and how to reach other Orthodox students and young adults.
Email addresses are essential in communicating with one another. Be sure to contact Father Milutin or advisors with yours!
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