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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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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
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

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)

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

"One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want." (Proverbs 11:24 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The soul that really loves God and Christ, though it may do ten thousand righteousnesses, esteems itself as having wrought nothing, by reason of its insatiable aspiration after God. Though it should exhaust the body with fastings, with watchings, its attitude towards the virtues is as if it had not yet even begun to labour for them.

St. Macarius the Great