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

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?" (Mark 8:34-37 ESV)

Theophany

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 sing praise to You: * "You have come, and You have appeared, O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Random Proverb

"My son, do not lose sight of these — keep sound wisdom and discretion, and they will be life for your soul." (Proverbs 3:21,22a ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Virtues and vices are the food of the soul and it can feed on either one, turning to whichever one it wants. If it is bent toward moral excellence, it will be fed by virtue - by righteousness, temperance, meekness, endurance. In other words, it is just as St. Paul says, 'being nourished by the word of truth' (1 Tim. 4:6).

St. Ignatius of Antioch