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Photo: Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople embraces newly enthroned Pope Francis after his inaugural Mass in Rome on March 19, 2013.

Title Created Date
Aleppo described as ‘post-apocalyptic’ 2017-02-11
Head of UGCC thanked Apostolic nuncio to Ukraine: “All over this rough time His Holiness supports people who suffer” 2017-02-08
Hungarian government gives grant to Russian churches 2017-02-08
Fight corruption, Romanian Orthodox Church urges 2017-02-08
Iraqi prelate: foreign troops, sectarian militias could endanger Iraq’s future 2017-02-06
Head of the UGCC will attend the reburial of Bishop Ivan (Marhitych) in Zakarpattya 2017-02-03
Leading Russian Orthodox official hopes Trump’s policies will help persecuted Christians 2017-02-03
Ukraine’s bishops urge prayers for peace 2017-02-03
Iraqi archbishop welcomes Trump order to help religious minorities 2017-02-03
Ukrainian Catholic leader meets with families of slain protestors 2017-02-03
Iraqi archbishop’s US visit postponed because of executive order 2017-02-03
Iraqi patriarch: Trump executive order harms the Middle East’s Christians 2017-02-01
Vatican envoy: Aleppo’s Christians are strong, hopeful for the future 2017-02-01
The Head of UGCC on the Feast of the Epiphany: "To realize our own dignity – is already a revolution" 2017-01-30
Chaldean Patriarch visits towns liberated from Islamic State 2017-01-30
Byzantine Catholic faithful bless Susquehanna River during service 2017-01-30
Shared suffering should bring Christians closer together, Pope tells ecumenical commission 2017-01-27
Iraqi patriarch: inciting violence against other religions should be a crime 2017-01-25
Catholic, Orthodox prelates discuss terrorism and Islam 2017-01-20
USCCB awards $2.3M to projects in Eastern Europe 2017-01-20
Syrian Catholic Archbishop: Iraqi Christians don’t want ‘humanitarian corridor’ 2017-01-18
Group has spent $45M to aid Middle East’s persecuted Christians 2017-01-17
Authorized representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Kyiv Patriarchate in search for solutions to Ukrainian Orthodoxy issue in Istanbul 2017-01-16
Russian cathedral, converted to ‘museum of atheism,’ returning to religious use 2017-01-13
Syrian prelate urges West to end sanctions and support for rebels 2017-01-12
Patriarch Kirill grateful for ‘resurrection of faith’ since Communism’s fall 2017-01-12
In Ethiopia, Church works against genital mutilation 2017-01-11
Egypt: Muslim leader visits Coptic cathedral 2017-01-11
Belarus may ban religious symbols in medical settings 2017-01-11
Egyptian President unveils plans for Coptic cathedral in Cairo 2017-01-10
President Obama offers Christmas greetings to Orthodox Christians 2017-01-10
Eastern Christian Publications Announces New and Featured Books and Videos 2017-01-07
Pastoral Message of the Ukrainian Catholic Hierarchy of the U.S.A. to our Clergy, Hieromonks and Brothers, Religious Sisters, Seminarians and Beloved Faithful 2017-01-05
Patriarch Kirill: commemorate Bolshevik revolution without celebrating it 2017-01-05
Maronite patriarch deplores conversions for sake of divorce 2017-01-05
Head of Church during the meeting with superiors of monastic orders of UGCC: “UGCC Monasticism is young and dynamic” 2017-01-03
Iraqi Patriarch Louis Sako sees ‘grass-roots revolt’ by Muslims against terrorists 2017-01-03
Moscow patriarch grateful for developments in Syria 2017-01-03
Aleppo’s Christian leaders pray for peace 2017-01-03
Syria’s President Assad pays Christmas visit to convent 2016-12-30
Eastern Catholic Patriarchs and Bishops of Alexandria meet in Maadi 2016-12-30
Patriarchs lament persecution of Middle East’s Christians 2016-12-30
Russian Orthodox Church sends Christmas message to Pope Francis, Protestant leaders 2016-12-30
Chaldean patriarch, in Christmas message, thanks Iraqi, Kurdish armies 2016-12-30
Vulnerable Ukrainians receive Pope's aid in time for Christmas 2016-12-30
New Book by Patriarch Gregorios III: "I Am With You Always" (Volume II) 2016-12-30
Patriarch Gregorios III celebrates Christmas in Egypt 2016-12-30
2016 Christmas Pastoral Letter of His Beatitude Sviatoslav 2016-12-16
Russian Orthodox spokesman: end mandatory abortion coverage 2016-12-16
Joint performance of Sistine, Russian Orthodox choirs 2016-12-14

Teachings of Christ

“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14 ESV)

Resurrection

Christ is risen from the dead * trampling down Death by death, * and to those in the tombs bestowing life! (Troparion)

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

Although You descended into the tomb, O Immortal One, * You destroyed the power of Hades; * You arose as the victor, O Christ God, * proclaiming to the myrrh-bearing women: “Rejoice!” * And granting peace to Your Apostles, * O, You, Who gives resurrection to the fallen. (Kontakion)

Random Proverb

"Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you." (Proverbs 3:28 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Adam, God's first-formed man, transgressed: could He [God] not at once have brought death upon him? But see what the Lord does, in His great love towards man. He casts him out from Paradise, for because of sin he was unworthy to live there; but He puts him to dwell over against Paradise: that seeing whence he had fallen, and from what and into what a state he was brought down, he might afterwards be saved by repentance.

St. Cyril of Jerusalem (Catechetical Lectures: Lecture 2 no. 7)