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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’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
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

Teachings of Christ

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." (Matthew 7:7,8 ESV)

Transfiguration

You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, * showing Your glory to Your Disciples as far as they were able to bear it. * Through the prayers of the Mother of God, * let Your everlasting Light shine also upon us sinners. * O Giver of Light, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 7)

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

Upon the mountain You were transfigured, O Christ God, * and Your Disciples beheld Your glory as far as they could receive it, * so that when they would see You crucified, * they would understand that You suffered willingly; * and they would preach to the world * that You are truly the radiance of the Father. (Kontakion, Tone 7)

Dormition

O Mother of God, in giving birth you preserved virginity; * and in falling asleep you did not forsake the world. * You are the Mother of Life and have been transferred to life, * and through your prayers you deliver our souls from death. (Troparion - Tone 1)

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

Neither the tomb nor death could detain the Mother of God, * who is unsleeping in her prayers and our unfailing hope in her intercession; * for He Who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb, * transferred to Life the Mother of Life. (Kontakion - Tone 2)

Random Proverb

"My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you." (Proverbs 3:1,2 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)