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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

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 ESV)

Feasts & Fasts

January
1 - Circumcision of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, Feast of St. Basil the Great, Sunday Before Theophany, New Year's Day (Civil)
6 - Theophany of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ
8 - Sunday After Theophany
16 - Martin Luther King Day (USA)
27 - March for Life
30 - Synaxis of the Ecumenical Teachers and Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom

Lamb and Redeemer

When You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (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.

You have appeared to the whole world today, * and Your light, O Lord, is signed upon us, * who with knowledge praise You in song: * "You have come, and You have appeared, O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Random Proverb

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6 ESV)

This Week's Scripture

January 15, 2017
Thirty-Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Mark 16:1-8 (Gospel 2)
- Liturgy: Colossians 3:12-16, Luke 18:18-27 (30th week)

Thirty-Sixth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Hebrews 11:17-23,27-31, Mark 9:42:10:1
- Tuesday: Hebrews 13:17-21, Luke 6:17-23
- Wednesday: James 1:1-18, Mark 10:11-16
- Thursday: James 1:19-27, Mark 10:17-27
- Friday: Hebrews 13:17-21, Luke 6:17-23
- Saturday: Colossians 1:3-6, Luke 16:10-15

Sunday, January 22, 2017
Thirty-Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Mark 16:9-20 (Gospel 3)
- Liturgy: 1 Timothy 1:15-17, Luke 18:35-43

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The soul has followed Moses and the cloud, both of these serving as guides for those who would advance in virtue; Moses here represents the commandments of the Law; and the cloud that leads the way, its spiritual meaning. The soul has been purified by crossing the Sea; it has removed from itself and destroyed the enemy army. It has tasted of the waters of Marah, that is, of life deprived of all sinful pleasure; and this at first had seemed bitter and unpleasant to the taste but offered a sensation of sweetness to those who accepted the wood. Next it enjoyed the beauty of the palm trees of the gospel and the springs; it filled itself with the living water, that is, the rock. It took within itself the bread of heaven. It overwhelmed the foreign host - a victory due to the extended arms of the Lawgiver, which thus foreshadowed the mystery of the Cross. Only then can the soul go on to the contemplation of transcendent Being.

St. Gregory of Nyssa