CWN - The Church of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor in Israel was desecrated during the night on October 24.

Thieves entered the church, broke open the tabernacle, scattered the Blessed Sacrament on the floor, damaged icons and statues, and stole chalices and some money.

“Seeing the damage was really a cause of pain and sorrow,” said Auxiliary Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo of Jerusalem. “An official act of reparation will be held in the coming weeks. This will confirm our love for the place, our sense of the sacred and devotion to Our Lady.”

“Although the incident took place at the end of Sukkot celebrations, I don’t think it is sectarian in nature,” the prelate added. “It is more likely a case of petty crime.”

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Teachings of Christ

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40 ESV)

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (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.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Random Proverb

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

For Christians above all men are forbidden to correct the stumblings of sinners by force...it is necessary to make a man better not by force but by persuasion. We neither have autority granted us by law to restrain sinners, nor, if it were, should we know how to use it, since God gives the crown to those who are kept from evil, not by force, but by choice.

St. John Chrysostom