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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.

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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
2016 Christmas Letter from Patriarch Gregorios III 2016-12-14
Patriarch Sviatoslav: Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church discriminated in Crimea 2016-12-12
25 dead in attack on Cairo church 2016-12-12
Pope laments plight of Aleppo 2016-12-12
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with Pope 2016-12-12
Christian refugees unlikely to return to Syria, Iraq, prelate fears 2016-12-09
EU court rules against Romanian Catholic parish that sought return of its property 2016-12-06
Syrian Orthodox prelates denied visas to visit London 2016-12-06
Visit of Patriarch Gregorios III to the Parish of St John Chrysostom, London, England 2016-12-05
Ecumenical Patriarch praises 'Amoris Laetitia' in Vatican newspaper column 2016-12-05
Ecumenical Patriarch points to areas of agreement with Pope 2016-12-02
Muslim Attack on Christians in Egyptian village 2016-12-02
Russian Orthodox Patriarch to dedicate new cathedral in Paris 2016-12-02
Canadian Parliament invites clergy of various denominations to honor Holodomor victims 2016-11-30
Greek and Roman Catholic bishops of Ukraine expressed solidarity and prayerful closeness on the Holodomor Remembrance Day 2016-11-30
Pope Francis sends greetings to Patriarch Bartholomew on patronal feast day 2016-11-30
Russian Orthodox Patriarch praises Castro’s legacy 2016-11-28
Vatican cardinal meets with Russian patriarch 2016-11-23
New Testament Codex 1424 Returned to the Care of the Ecumenical Patriarchate 2016-11-22
The Head of the UGCC to Ukrainian priests in Austria: "Our people are our biggest treasure, and our clergy is our strength" 2016-11-22
Patriarch Kirill: ROC will never agree to independence of Ukrainian Church 2016-11-22
Chaldean Bishop Frank (Kalabat) calls for prayer, advocacy for Iraqi Christians 2016-11-22
Syrian patriarch Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III: persecuted Christians hope Trump will help secure Mideast peace 2016-11-18
Homs Melkite archbishop hopes Trump, acting with Russia, can curb bloodshed in Syria 2016-11-18
Russian Orthodox official sees Trump victory as sign of hope 2016-11-18
Chaldean Archbishop Basar: Christians who fled ISIS likely to return to villages next summer 2016-11-18
Pope meets with leader of Assyrian Church of the East 2016-11-18
Icon of Mary, the Helper of Mothers visits Scranton throughout November 2016-11-16
Annual Holodomor Commemoration At St. Patrick Cathedral in New York 2016-11-16
Iraqi Christians discuss life under ISIS 2016-11-16
Bishop Milan (Shashik) participates in glorification of 38 blessed martyrs that suffered from communist rule 2016-11-11
Patiarch Kirill of Moscow congratulates President-Elect Trump 2016-11-10
Aleppo’s Christians feel abandoned, says Holy Land Custos 2016-11-10
Vatican foreign minister concludes trip to Cyprus 2016-11-09
Syrian Orthodox prelate wounded by gunfire in Aleppo 2016-11-09
Iraq: Syriac Catholics from liberated town fear what lies ahead 2016-11-08
Profile of Iraqi Christian town 2016-11-05
Maronite bishops welcome election of Lebanese president, breaking long impasse 2016-11-03
Prelates call for respect for rights of Christians in Iraq 2016-11-03
Romanian Orthodox look for unity after Crete meeting 2016-11-02
Ecumenical Patriarch marks 25th anniversary 2016-11-02
In city liberated from Islamic State, Iraqi bishop celebrates first Divine Liturgy in over two years 2016-10-31
In Crimea, Ukrainian Catholics and Orthodox excluded from religious council 2016-10-31
Final Press Release of the Assembly of Catholic Hierarchy in Syria 2016-10-30
‘There will always be Christians in Iraq,’ Patriarch Louis Raphael I (Sako) vows 2016-10-27
Byzantine liturgies to be restored at University of Scranton at Ciszek Hall 2016-10-27

Teachings of Christ

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:27-30 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)

Annunciation

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

"My son, do not lose sight of these — keep sound wisdom and discretion, and they will be life for your soul." (Proverbs 3:21,22a ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The Holy Eucharist is the first, most important, and greatest miracle of Christ. All the other Gospel miracles are secondary. How could we not call the greatest miracle the fact that simple bread and wine were once transformed by the Lord into His very Body and His very Blood, and then have continued to be transformed for nearly two thousand years by the prayers of priests, who are but simple human beings? And what is more, this mystery has continued to effect a miraculous change in those people who communicate of the Divine Mysteries with faith and humility. 

St. Ambrose of Optina