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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

December
6 - St Nicholas the Wonderworker and Archbishop of Myra in Lycia
9 (8) -  The Conception of the Most Holy Mother of God by the Righteous Anna
11 - Second Sunday Before Christmas (Holy Forefathers)
12 - Our Lady of Guadalupe
18 - Suday Before Christmas (Holy Fathers)
25 - The Nativity of our Lord God and Savior, Jesus Christ
26 - Synaxis of the Most Holy Mother of God,Commemoration of the Holy Righteous David the King, Joseph the Betrothed, and James the Brother of the Lord
26 - Boxing Day (Canada)
27 - First-Martyr and Archdeacon Stephen
28 - 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia
29 - 14,000 Infants (the Holy Innocents) Slain by Herod at Bethlehem

The Weapon of Peace

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)

Random Proverb

"My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live." (Proverbs 7:1,2 ESV)

This Week's Scripture

November 27, 2016
Twenty-Eighth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Luke 24:36-53 (Matins Gospel 6)
- Liturgy: Colossians 1:12-18, Luke 13:10-17 (Slavs), Luke 18:18-27 (Greeks)

Twenty-Ninth Week After Pentecost
Monday: Hebrews 3:5-11, 17-19, Luke 19:37-44
Tuesday: Hebrews 4:1-13, Luke 19:45-48
Wednesday: Hebrews 5:11-6:8, Luke 20:1-8 (and for the Apostle Andrew: 1 Cor 4:9-16, Jn 1:35-51)
Thursday: Hebrews 7:1-6, Luke 20:9-18
Friday: Hebrews 7:18-25, Luke 20:19-26
Saturday: Ephesians 2:11-13, Luke 12:32-40

December 4, 2016
Twenty-Ninth Sunday After Pentecost
-Matins: John 20:1-10 (Matins Gospel 7)
-Liturgy: Colossians 3:12-16, Luke 17:12-19 (Slavs), Luke 13:10-17 (Greeks)

Thirtieth Week After Pentecost
Monday: Hebrews 8:7-13, Luke 20:27-44
Tuesday: Hebrews 9:8-10, 15-23, Luke 21:12-19
Wednesday: Hebrews 10:1-18, Luke 21:5-7, 10-11, 20-24
Thursday: Hebrews 10:35-11:7, Luke 21:28-33
Friday: Hebrews 11:8,11-16, Luke 21:27-22:8
Saturday: Ephesians 5:1-8, Luke 13:18-29

December 11, 2016
Sunday of the Forefathers
- Matins: John 20:11-18 (Gospel 8)
- Liturgy: Colossians 3:4-11, Luke 14:16-24

Thirty-First Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Hebrews 11:17, 27-31, Mark 8:11-21
- Tuesday: Hebrews 12:25-26, 13:22-25, Mark 8:22-26
- Wednesday: James 1:1-18, Mark 8:30-34
- Thursday: James 1:19-27, Mark 9:10-16
- Friday: James 2:1-13, Luke 14:1-11
- Saturday: Colossians 1:3-6, Luke 14:1-11

December 18, 2016
Sunday of the Holy Forefathers
- Matins: John 20:19-31 (Gospel 9)
- Liturgy: Hebrews 11:9-10, 32-40, Matthew 1:1-25

Thirty-Second Week After Pentecost
- Monday: James 2:14-26, Mark 9:42-10:1
- Tuesday: James 3:1-10, Mark 10:2-12
- Wednesday: James 3:11-4:6, Mark 10:11-16
- Thursday: James 4:7-5:9, Mark 10:17-27
- Friday: 1 Peter 1:1-2, 10-12, 2:6-10, Mark 10:23-32

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Demons often transform themselves into angels of light and take the form of martyrs, and make it appear to us during sleep that we are in communication with them. Then, when we wake up, they plunge us into unholy joy and conceit. But you can detect their deceit by this very fact. For angles reveal torments, judgments and separations; and when we wake up we find that we are trembling and sad. As soon as we begin to believe the demons in dreams, then they make sport of us when we are awake too. He who believes in dreams is completely inexperienced. 'But he who distrusts all dreams is a wise man. Only believe dreams that warn you of torments and judgments. But if despair afflicts you, then such dreams are also from demons.

St. John Climacus, The Ladder of Divine Ascent