risu.org.ua - On October 18, 2016, during its regular session the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church elected and appointed new bishops for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate.

In particular, viceroy of the Pokrov-Goloseevsky Monastery, Archimandrite Isaac (Andronik), and abbot of the Nativity of the Theotokos Monastery on the “Tserkovschina” tract, Archimandrite Tikhon (Sofichuk) were appointed as vicars of the Kiev Metropolia. The Holy Synod of the UOC also appointed the viceroy of the Dormition Monastery, Archimandrite Benjamin (Mizhinsky), as vicar of the Chernovitsko-Bukovinskoy diocese.

The Synod also granted Metropolitan Nifont of Volyn and Lutsk his retirement. Bishop Nathaniel of Kamin-Kashyrskyi was appointed to as ruling bishop of the Volyn Diocese.

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)

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 forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you." (Proverbs 3:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

It was said about John the Little that one day he said to his older brother: "I want to be free from care and not to work but to worship God without interruption." And he took his robe off, and went into the desert. After staying there one week, he returned to his brother. And when he knocked at the door, his brother asked without opening it: "Who is it?" He replied: "It's John, your brother." The brother said: "John has become an angel and is not among people anymore." Then he begged and said: "It's me!" But his brother did not open the door and left him there in distress until the next morning. And he finally opened the door and said: "If you are a human being, you have to work again in order to live." Then John repented, saying: "Forgive me, brother, for I was wrong."

Sayings of the Desert Fathers