CWN - Pope Francis met on November 17 with Mar Gewargis III, the head of the Assyrian Church of the East, and joined him in a prayer for peace, especially in Syria and Iraq.

The faithful in Syria and Iraq “walk the way of the Cross” every day, the Pope said. He cited these embattled Christians as models for others, living out their faith in adversity.

Mar Gewargis was visiting the Vatican for the first time since his selection last year to head the Assyrian Church of the East. The Assyrian Church of the East, which is not affiliated with either Orthodox or Catholic churches, is centered in the region most affected by the current bloodshed in the Middle East.

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Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." (Matthew 5:6 ESV)

Christ is Born!

Your Nativity, O Christ our God, * has dawned upon the world the light of knowledge. * for through it, those who served the stars * were taught by a star to worship You, the Sun of Righteousness * and to know You, the Dawn from on high. * Glory to You, O Lord! (Troparion, Tone 4)

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

Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, * and the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One. * Angels and shepherds sing His glory; * Wise Men journey with a star * for there is born for us an infant Child, the God Who is before all ages. (Kontakion, Tone 3)

Random Proverb

"Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live." (Proverbs 4:4 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Even if we have thousands of acts of great virtue to our credit, our confidence in being heard must be based on God's mercy and His love for men. Even if we stand at the very summit of virtue, it is by mercy that we shall be saved. 

St. John Chrysostom