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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
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
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

Teachings of Christ

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 ESV)

Pentecost

Blessed are You, O Christ our God, * Who has shown the fishermen to be all wise, * by sending down to them the Holy Spirit, * and through them You have caught the whole world in Your net. * O Lover of Mankind, glory to You. (Troparion - Tone 8)

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

When the Most High descended, confusing tongues, * He divided the nations; * but when He distributed the tongues of fire, * He called all to unity; * and, with one voice, * we glorify the Most Holy Spirit. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

Random Proverb

"Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest." (Proverbs 6:6-8 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

We believe that the divine presence is everywhere and that "the eyes of the Lord are looking on the good and the evil in every place." But we should believe this especially without any doubt when we are assisting at the Work of God. To that end let us be mindful always of the Prophet's words, "Serve the Lord in fear" and again, "Sing praises wisely" and "In the sight of the Angels I will sing praise to Thee." Let us therefore consider how we ought to conduct ourselves in the sight of the Godhead and of His Angels, and let us take part in the psalmody in such a way that our mind may be in harmony with our voice. 

St. Benedict