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Please pray!

"They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword...." (Hebrews 11:37a)

Please lift up in prayer all those who are persecuted and deprived of liberty, everywhere in the world. Please especially remember the peoples of Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Niger - the whole Middle East and Africa - who are literal martyrs for Christ. Also the peoples of Ukraine. They are our brothers, for all are one in Christ.

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Teachings of Christ

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’" (Matthew 7:21-23 ESV)

Feasts & Fasts

September
1 - Liturgical New Year (7526)
4 - Labor Day (USA, Canada)
8 - The Nativity of our Most Holy Lady, the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
14 - The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross

October
1 - The Protection of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
9 - Columbus Day (USA), Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
15 - Sunday of the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (Troparion - Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Random Proverb

"Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live." (Proverbs 4:4 ESV)

This Week's Scripture

September 3, 2017
Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Mark 16:1-8 (Gospel 2)
- Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 16:13-24, Matthew 21:33-42

Fourteenth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: 2 Corinthians 12:10-19, Mark 4:10-23
- Tuesday: 2 Corinthians 12:20-13:2, Mark 4:24-34
- Wednesday: 2 Corinthians 13:3-13, Mark 4:35-41
- Thursday: Galatians 1:1-10,20-24-2:5, Mark 5:1-20
- Friday: Galatians 2:6-10, Mark 5:22-24, 35-6:1
- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Matthew 23:1-12 and for the Saturday before the Exaltation 1 Corinthians 2:6-9, Matthew 10:37-11:1

September 10, 2017
Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Mark 16:9-20 (Gospel 3)
- Liturgy: Galatians 6:11-18, John 3:13-17 (Sun before Exalation), 2 Corinthians 1:21-2:4, Matthew 22:1-14

Fifteenth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Galatians 2:11-16, Mark 5:24-34
- Tuesday: Galatians 2:21-3:7, Mark 6:1-7
- Wednesday: Galatians 3:15-22, Mark 6:7-13

September 14, 2017
Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross
- Vespers: Exodus 15:22-27, Proverbs 3:11-18, Isaiah 60:11-16
- Matins: John 12:28-36
- Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 1:18-24, John 19:6-11,13-20,25-28,30-35

- Thursday: Galatians 3:23-4:5, Mark 6:30-45
- Friday: Galatians 4:8-21, Mark 6:45-53
- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 4:17-5:5, Matthew 24:1-13 (Sat), 1 Corinthians 1:26-29, John 8:21-30 (Sat after Exaltation)

September 17, 2017
Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Sunday After the Exaltation
- Matins: Luke 24:1-12 (Gospel 4)
- Liturgy: 2 Corinthians 4:6-15, Matthew 22:35-46 (15th), Galatians 2:16-20, Mark 8:34b-9:1 (Sun after Ex)

Sixteenth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Galatians 4:28-5:10, Mark 6:54-7:8
- Tuesday: Galatians 5:11-21, Mark 7:5-16
- Wednesday: Galatians 6:2-10, Mark 7:14-24
- Thursday: Ephesians 1:1-9, Mark 7:24-30
- Friday: Ephesians 1:7-17, Mark 8:1-10
- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 10:23-28, Matthew 24:34-44

September 24, 2014
Sixteenth Sunday: After Pentecost
- Matins: Luke 24:12-35 (Gospel 5)
- Liturgy: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10, Matthew 25:14-30

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Do we forgive our neighbors their trespasses? God also forgives us in His mercy. Do we refuse to forgive? God, too, will refuse to forgive us. As we treat our neighbors, so also does God treat us. The forgiveness, then, of your sins or unforgiveness, and hence also your salvation or destruction, depend on you yourself, man. For without forgiveness of sins there is no salvation. You can see for yourself how terrible it is.

St. Tikhon of Zadonsk, Journey to Heaven