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Photo: Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople embraces newly enthroned Pope Francis after his inaugural Mass in Rome on March 19, 2013.

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Catholic, Orthodox prelates discuss terrorism and Islam 2017-01-20
USCCB awards $2.3M to projects in Eastern Europe 2017-01-20
Syrian Catholic Archbishop: Iraqi Christians don’t want ‘humanitarian corridor’ 2017-01-18
Group has spent $45M to aid Middle East’s persecuted Christians 2017-01-17
Authorized representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Kyiv Patriarchate in search for solutions to Ukrainian Orthodoxy issue in Istanbul 2017-01-16
Russian cathedral, converted to ‘museum of atheism,’ returning to religious use 2017-01-13
Syrian prelate urges West to end sanctions and support for rebels 2017-01-12
Patriarch Kirill grateful for ‘resurrection of faith’ since Communism’s fall 2017-01-12
In Ethiopia, Church works against genital mutilation 2017-01-11
Egypt: Muslim leader visits Coptic cathedral 2017-01-11
Belarus may ban religious symbols in medical settings 2017-01-11
Egyptian President unveils plans for Coptic cathedral in Cairo 2017-01-10
President Obama offers Christmas greetings to Orthodox Christians 2017-01-10
Eastern Christian Publications Announces New and Featured Books and Videos 2017-01-07
Pastoral Message of the Ukrainian Catholic Hierarchy of the U.S.A. to our Clergy, Hieromonks and Brothers, Religious Sisters, Seminarians and Beloved Faithful 2017-01-05
Patriarch Kirill: commemorate Bolshevik revolution without celebrating it 2017-01-05
Maronite patriarch deplores conversions for sake of divorce 2017-01-05
Head of Church during the meeting with superiors of monastic orders of UGCC: “UGCC Monasticism is young and dynamic” 2017-01-03
Iraqi Patriarch Louis Sako sees ‘grass-roots revolt’ by Muslims against terrorists 2017-01-03
Moscow patriarch grateful for developments in Syria 2017-01-03
Aleppo’s Christian leaders pray for peace 2017-01-03
Syria’s President Assad pays Christmas visit to convent 2016-12-30
Eastern Catholic Patriarchs and Bishops of Alexandria meet in Maadi 2016-12-30
Patriarchs lament persecution of Middle East’s Christians 2016-12-30
Russian Orthodox Church sends Christmas message to Pope Francis, Protestant leaders 2016-12-30
Chaldean patriarch, in Christmas message, thanks Iraqi, Kurdish armies 2016-12-30
Vulnerable Ukrainians receive Pope's aid in time for Christmas 2016-12-30
New Book by Patriarch Gregorios III: "I Am With You Always" (Volume II) 2016-12-30
Patriarch Gregorios III celebrates Christmas in Egypt 2016-12-30
2016 Christmas Pastoral Letter of His Beatitude Sviatoslav 2016-12-16
Russian Orthodox spokesman: end mandatory abortion coverage 2016-12-16
Joint performance of Sistine, Russian Orthodox choirs 2016-12-14
2016 Christmas Letter from Patriarch Gregorios III 2016-12-14
Patriarch Sviatoslav: Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church discriminated in Crimea 2016-12-12
25 dead in attack on Cairo church 2016-12-12
Pope laments plight of Aleppo 2016-12-12
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with Pope 2016-12-12
Christian refugees unlikely to return to Syria, Iraq, prelate fears 2016-12-09
EU court rules against Romanian Catholic parish that sought return of its property 2016-12-06
Syrian Orthodox prelates denied visas to visit London 2016-12-06
Visit of Patriarch Gregorios III to the Parish of St John Chrysostom, London, England 2016-12-05
Ecumenical Patriarch praises 'Amoris Laetitia' in Vatican newspaper column 2016-12-05
Ecumenical Patriarch points to areas of agreement with Pope 2016-12-02
Muslim Attack on Christians in Egyptian village 2016-12-02
Russian Orthodox Patriarch to dedicate new cathedral in Paris 2016-12-02
Canadian Parliament invites clergy of various denominations to honor Holodomor victims 2016-11-30
Greek and Roman Catholic bishops of Ukraine expressed solidarity and prayerful closeness on the Holodomor Remembrance Day 2016-11-30
Pope Francis sends greetings to Patriarch Bartholomew on patronal feast day 2016-11-30
Russian Orthodox Patriarch praises Castro’s legacy 2016-11-28
Vatican cardinal meets with Russian patriarch 2016-11-23

Teachings of Christ

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." (Matthew 7:7,8 ESV)

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

"Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold." (Proverbs 3:13,14 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

We believe that the divine presence is everywhere and that "the eyes of the Lord are looking on the good and the evil in every place." But we should believe this especially without any doubt when we are assisting at the Work of God. To that end let us be mindful always of the Prophet's words, "Serve the Lord in fear" and again, "Sing praises wisely" and "In the sight of the Angels I will sing praise to Thee." Let us therefore consider how we ought to conduct ourselves in the sight of the Godhead and of His Angels, and let us take part in the psalmody in such a way that our mind may be in harmony with our voice. 

St. Benedict