(Radio Poland) - The southwestern Polish city of Wrocław has collected PLN 1.1 million in funds as part of a campaign to benefit the Syrian town of Aleppo.

The funds, the equivalent of some USD 300,000, will go to provide medical equipment for the St. Louis Hospital in Aleppo.

The fundraiser, part of the Aleppo Relief campaign, was a joint ecumenical initiative by four different Christian denominations, the Roman Catholic Church, the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession, the Orthodox Church and the Byzantine Catholic Church, acting jointly with the local authorities and chambers of commerce.

The Bishop of Aleppo, Georges Loutfallah Abou Khazen, is due to visit Wrocław on November 5 and deliver thanksgiving homilies in the city’s St. John’s Cathedral and two other churches. (mk/gs)

Link: http://thenews.pl/1/11/Artykul/332980,Polish-city-raises-funds-for-Syria%E2%80%99s-Aleppo

Teachings of Christ

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


Today is the fountainhead of our salvation, * and the revelation of an eternal mystery: * The Son of God becomes the Son of a Virgin, * and Gabriel announces the good news of grace. * Therefore, let us also cry with him to the Mother of God: * "Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you!” (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.

To you, O Mother of God, our leader and defender, * we, your servants, delivered from calamity, offer hymns of victory and thanksgiving. * So you, who have invincible might, * set us free from every peril * that we may cry to you: * "Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!" (Kontakion, Tone 8)

Random Proverb

"Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching." (Proverbs 4:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, "You are mad; you are not like us."