CWN - The apostolic nuncio to Turkey, the apostolic vicar of Anatolia, and a representative of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch gathered at the Church of St. Peter in Antakya (Antioch) on June 29 to commemorate the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul.

The cave church, whose walls date from the fourth and fifth centuries, is believed by some to be on a site where the earliest Christians worshipped. The parish priest told the Fides news agency that the number of pilgrims has fallen from more than 80,000 in 2011 to fewer than 10,000 in 2015.


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)

Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

Rather grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humility, patience, and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother; for You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

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

A brother asked Abba Isidore the priest, "Why are the demons so frightened of you?" The old man said to him, "Because, ever since the day I began practicing ascesis, I have striven to prevent anger from reaching my lips."

The Desert Fathers