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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
Byzantine liturgies to be restored at University of Scranton at Ciszek Hall 2016-10-27
21st Regular Sobor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA develops Church strategy 2016-10-27
Church of Transfiguration on Mount Tabor desecrated 2016-10-27
Iraqi Chaldean Archbishop: US bears ‘moral responsibility’ toward Iraq 2016-10-27
Irish faithful invited to pray for Syrian peace 2016-10-27
Mahanoy City church to celebrate 125 years 2016-10-25
Together we proclaim the joy of the Gospel, Bishops of the Oriental Catholic Churches in Europe 2016-10-25
The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church opened 225 communities in Western European countries 2016-10-25
Diversity is not a danger, but a treasure for the whole Church, European Eastern Catholic bishops 2016-10-25
Syrian Catholics fear Islamic takeover, plead for West to stop arming rebels 2016-10-24
Papal laments cruel violence in Iraq 2016-10-24
European bishops discuss pastoral care of Eastern Catholic migrants 2016-10-21
Chaldean patriarchate assures Iraqi army of prayers 2016-10-21
Iraqi Christians rejoice at town’s liberation from ISIS 2016-10-20
Orthodox theologian argues against historic Church-state alignment 2016-10-20
His Beatitude Sviatoslav in Vinnytsia on the Feast of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God: "The Feast of the Protection – is celebrating of something which is happening today" 2016-10-19
Meeting of the Bishops of the Catholic Eastern Churches in Europe to be held in Portugal 2016-10-19
The Ukrainian embassy in the United Kingdom criticized the Patriarch Kiril's visit to London 2016-10-19
Special Prayer Services in Honor of the first Bishop of all Eastern Catholics in the United States 2016-10-19
New Bishops Elected in Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate 2016-10-19
Russian Patriarch Kirill concerned about Anglican developments 2016-10-19
Syria: monk emphasizes ISIS-Saudi link 2016-10-19
Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako addresses task force on Iraq’s future 2016-10-19
Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako appeals for Iraqi unity as army advances on Mosul 2016-10-19
Shelling hits Aleppo’s Christian quarter; children killed 2016-10-14
Bahrain: king gives land for Christian church 2016-10-14
Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma (USA) Conducts Clergy Retreat 2016-10-12
Pope pleads for immediate ceasefire in Syria 2016-10-12
Nun: Western journalists biased in their coverage of Syria 2016-10-12
Walter Ciszek Day 2016 to be celebrated October 16th 2016-10-12
“The first victim of war is truth” - patriarch says to the Catholic bishops of Europe 2016-10-11
Catholic, Orthodox officials present Syrian children’s appeal for peace 2016-10-11
Dublin archbishop meets with leading Russian Orthodox official 2016-10-07
Aleppo is a divided city, like Cold War Berlin, archbishop reports 2016-10-06
Report: Kurdish fighters occupy Christian villages in Syria 2016-10-06
Pope recalls apostolic journey to Caucasus, speaks of unity of martyrs’ blood 2016-10-05
Orthodox and Catholics must stand together: Russian Orthodox official 2016-10-03
Ecumenical setback as Orthodox boycott papal Mass in Georgia 2016-10-03
Christian life is woven with faith and service, Pope tells Catholics of Azerbaijan 2016-10-03
In Georgia, Pope speaks of ‘world war’ against marriage, decries gender theory; ‘never proselytize the Orthodox!’ 2016-10-03
His Beatitude Sviatoslav offers remarks upon the ocassion of the move of the Sheptytsky Institute from Ottawa to Toronto 2016-09-30
Pope arrives in Georgia, puts stress on peaceful coexistence 2016-09-30
Chaldean synod prays for peace, urges priests to return 2016-09-30
Consecration of Saint Elias Church in Brampton to be Broadcast Live on YouTube 2016-09-29
Maronite patriarchate backs Christian presidential candidate in Lebanon 2016-09-29
Orthodox and Catholics agree on document on Primacy and Synodality 2016-09-26
Attack on Catholic church in Aleppo 2016-09-23
Chaldean synod begins and ends 2016-09-23
Russian Orthodox official renews criticism of Ukrainian Catholics 2016-09-20
Russian Orthodox official: Eastern Catholics are obstacles to ecumenical unity 2016-09-19

Teachings of Christ

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-44 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 despise the Lord's discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights." (Proverbs 3:11,12 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

There is nothing impossible unto those who believe; lively and unshaken faith can accomplish great miracles in the twinkling of an eye. Besides, even without our sincere and firm faith, miracles are accomplished, such as the miracles of the sacraments; for God's Mystery is always accomplished, even though we were incredulous or unbelieving at the time of its celebration. "Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?" (Rom. 3:3). Our wickedness shall not overpower the unspeakable goodness and mercy of God; our dullness shall not overpower God's wisdom, nor our infirmity God's omnipotence.

St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ