CWN - On a single day last week, 250 rockets rained down on the largely Christian quarter of west Aleppo, which is controlled by the Assad regime.

In west Aleppo, Christians “at least have the right to live and the right to believe in our faith,” Father Ibrahim Alsabagh, a Franciscan friar, told Aid to the Church in Need—with the situation far different in rebel-held areas.

With Aleppo now experiencing “the worst moments in its history,” and prayers and cries of despair filling the air in his neighborhood, the priest appealed to the West to close the border from Turkey to Syria, “through which the weapons, food, and fighters” pass to support the rebels.

“Anyone who shoots rockets at residential houses, churches, schools, and hospitals is not a ‘moderate rebel,’” he added.

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Teachings of Christ

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-44 ESV)

Resurrection

Christ is risen from the dead * trampling down Death by death, * and upon those in the tombs bestowing life! (Troparion)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Although You descended into the tomb, O Immortal One, * You destroyed the power of Hades; * You arose as the victor, O Christ God, * proclaiming to the myrrh-bearing women: “Rejoice!” * And granting peace to Your Apostles, * O, You, Who gives resurrection to the fallen. (Kontakion)

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

As a pilot calls on winds and a storm-tossed mariner looks homeward, so the times call on you to win your way to God. As God's athlete, be sober; the stake is immortality and eternal life.

St. Ignatius the God-bearer