ugcc.ua - On Sunday, another terrible attack was perpetrated against the Coptic community in Egypt. The Day of Christ’s entry in Jerusalem became the day of passion for the faithful in Alexandria and Tanta. At this time of sorrow, I assure you of solidarity in prayer of our Church,” says the Head of the UGCC in a letter to the Head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, Theodore II, the Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of Apostle Mark’s capital.

“Our hearts embrace the wounded, the bereaved families, priests and laity of the Coptic Church in Egypt and abroad. Let the blood of innocently killed become the seed of faith in this week, leading us to the Resurrection. May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, “who rose from the dead, trampling down death by death, and on those in the tombs bestowing life,” illuminate with the everlasting light the victims, give peace to the Church, shelter Your Holiness, your brothers in the episcopate, the priests, consecrated persons and all the faithful and enlighten our hearts with his hope and charity,” His Beatitude Sviatoslav said. It was reported by Information Department of the UGCС.


Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account." (Matthew 5:11 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

"My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live." (Proverbs 7:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

"'And [Naaman] dipped himself . . . seven times in the Jordan' [2 Kgs. 5:14]. It was not for nothing that Naaman of old, when suffering from leprosy, was purified upon his being baptized, but [this served] as an indication to us. For as we are lepers in sin, we are made clean, by means of the sacred water and the invocation of the Lord, from our old transgressions, being spiritually regenerated as new-born babes, even as the Lord has declared: `Except a man be born again through water and the Spirit, he shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.'"

St. Irenaeus of Lyons (190 AD), Fragment 34