CWN - A Syrian Orthodox cleric who was wounded by gunfire in Aleppo on November 6 is expected to make a full recovery.

Msgr. Raban Boutros Kassis, the Syrian Orthodox patriarchal vicar for Aleppo, Syria, was hit twice in the shoulder by rifle fire as he drove toward his residence in Aleppo. Surgery to remove the bullets was successful.

“I thank God who protected and kept me alive,” the Orthodox cleric said to the Fides news service. “I thank God because in this condition and in this experience I can share the cross that so many people today suffer in Syria, especially in Aleppo.”

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Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." (Matthew 5:9 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

"He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself." (Proverbs 6:32 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Do not be surprised that you fall every day; do not give up, but stand your ground courageously. And assuredly, the angel who guards you will honor your patience.

St. John of the Ladder