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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

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10 ESV)

Feasts & Fasts

27 - Pascha

3 - Sunday of Saint Thomas
10 - Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women
17 - Sunday of the Healing of the Paralytic, Saint Cyril & Methodius
20 - Mid-Pentecost
24 - Sunday of the Samaritan Woman at the Well

1 - Sunday of the Man Born Blind
5 - Ascension
8 - Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
14 - Fifth All Souls Saturday
15 - Pentecost
16 - Feast of the Holy Trinity
22 - All Saints Sunday
23 - Beginning of the Apostles Fast
23 - Victoria Day (Canada)
30 - Memorial Day (USA)


Christ is risen from the dead * trampling down Death by death, * and to those in the tombs bestowing life! (Troparion)

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

Although You descended into the tomb, O Immortal One, * You destroyed the power of Hades; * You arose as the victor, O Christ God, * proclaiming to the myrrh-bearing women: “Rejoice!” * And granting peace to Your Apostles, * O, You, Who gives resurrection to the fallen. (Kontakion)

Random Proverb

"The woman Folly is loud; she is seductive and knows nothing." (Proverbs 9:13 ESV)

This Week's Scripture

Fifth Sunday Pascha - Man Born Blind
- Matins: John 20:11:18
- Liturgy: Acts 16:16:34, John 9:1:38

Sixth Week of Pascha
- Monday: Acts 17:1:15, John 11:47:57
- Tuesday: Acts 17:19:28, John 12:19:36
- Wednesday: Acts 18:22:28, John 12:36:47
Ascension of Our Lord
- Vespers: Isaiah 2:1:3, Isaiah 62:10:63:9, Zechariah 14:1,4,8:11
- Matins: Mark 16:9:20
- Liturgy: Acts 1:1:12, Luke 24:36:53

- Friday: Acts 19:1:8, John 14:1:11
- Saturday: Acts 20:7:12, John 14:10:21

Sunday, May 8, 2016
Seventh Sunday of Pascha - Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
- Vespers: Genesis 14:14-20, Deuteronomy 1:8-11, Deuteronomy 10:14-21
- Matins: John 21:1-14 (Gospel 10)
- Liturgy: Acts 20:16-18, 28-36, John 17:1-13


Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The Seraph could not touch the fire's coal with his fingers, but just brought it close to Isaiah's mouth: the Seraph did not hold it, Isaiah did not consume it, but us our Lord has allowed to do both. 

St. Ephraim the Syrian