Thursday 24th October 2013

The Archbishop met and prayed with His Beatitude during his UK visit to raise awareness for Syria

Archbishop Justin embraces Patriarch Gregorios in his study at Lambeth Palace. Picture: Aid to the Church in Need

Archbishop Justin embraces Patriarch Gregorios in his study at Lambeth Palace. Picture: Aid to the Church in Need

The Archbishop of Canterbury welcomed Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorios III to Lambeth Palace on Wednesday last week.

His Beatitude Gregorios III, who is President of the Assembly of Catholic Hierarchs in Syria, was visiting Britain to appeal for reconciliation in Syria and raise awareness of the crisis there.

He was invited to Lambeth Palace by Archbishop Justin, who over a shared meal offered a sign of shared suffering of the Church of England with people in Syria and across the region – and assured His Beatitude of the ongoing bonds between the Anglican and Orthodox churches.


See more at: http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/articles.php/5165/archbishop-welcomes-patriarch-gregorios-to-lambeth-palace#sthash.9H14IaaE.dpuf


Teachings of Christ

“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." (Matthew 6:33 ESV)

Encounter

Rejoice, O Mother of God, Virgin full of grace. * From you has risen the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, * shining upon those who are in darkness. * Rejoice also, you righteous Elder; * for you received in your arms the Deliverer of our souls, * Who has given us resurrection. (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.

O Christ God, through Your birth You sanctified the Virgin's womb; * and blessed, as it was proper, the hands of Simeon. * Now, having come, you saved us. * Give peace to Your commonwealth in times of war * and strengthen our civil authorities, whom You have loved, O You who alone loves mankind. (Kontakion, Tone 1)

(The Feast of the Encounter is February 2nd - the 40th Day of Christmas)

Random Proverb

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

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

"God is a fire that warms and kindles the heart and inward parts. Hence, if we feel in our hearts the cold which comes from the evil - for the devil is cold - let us call on the Lord. He will come to warm our hearts with perfect love, not only for Him but also for our neighbor, and the cold of him who hates the good will flee before the heat of His countenance."

St. Seraphim of Sarov