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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
Pope Francis calls on Catholics, Orthodox to abandon ‘rivalry, mistrust, and rancor’ 2016-06-28
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, in letter to Pope, reflects on solidarity, Europe’s Christian roots 2016-06-28
The Holy and Great Council concludes its work 2016-06-27
Pope visits Armenian Genocide memorial 2016-06-27
Arriving in Armenia, Pope invokes the term: genocide 2016-06-25
Syrian archbishop agrees: suffering of Christians is not 'genocide' 2016-06-25
Pan-Orthodox council discusses regional bishops’ assemblies 2016-06-25
Pan-Orthodox council discusses document on mission 2016-06-23
Pope Francis: Armenian Genocide among the worst sufferings in history 2016-06-23
Melkite synod postponed; Patriarch decries bishops' 'open rebellion' 2016-06-22
Cardinal Parolin backs Ukraine’s territorial integrity, says migrant crisis is ‘really scary’ 2016-06-22
Maronite bishops reject calls to partition Syria 2016-06-22
Jewish extremists harass Orthodox worshippers in Jerusalem 2016-06-22
Attack on Christians in Egypt 2016-06-22
Chaldean patriarch calls on priests to stay close to Iraq’s suffering Christians 2016-06-22
Pan-Orthodox council opens with call to unity 2016-06-21
Syrian Orthodox Patriarch survives suicide-bombing attack 2016-06-20
Pope prays for pan-Orthodox council, recalls plight of refugees 2016-06-20
Parliament adopted a draft appeal to Ecumenical Patriarch on granting autocephaly to Ukrainian Church 2016-06-17
Syria's Assad meets bishops, promises new secular constitution 2016-06-17
Russian Patriarch Kirill sends greetings to council in Crete, calls for unity 2016-06-17
Iraqi prelate rebukes 'Christian' paramilitary groups for attacks on civilians 2016-06-16
Pope calls India’s Latin-rite, Eastern Catholics to greater ‘communion in witness’ 2016-06-16
Syriac patriarchs: international community must act to liberate Mosul 2016-06-16
Armenia’s Catholics look forward to papal visit 2016-06-16
Ecumenical Patriarch arrives in Crete, pleads for participation in Council 2016-06-15
Patriarchate asks Iraq’s Catholics to join Muslims in fasting 2016-06-15
Russian Orthodox Church pulls out of Crete council 2016-06-13
Commentary: Truth, Then Love 2016-06-11
Albanian, Cypriot Orthodox leaders defend pan-Orthodox council 2016-06-11
Top Vatican ecumenical officials to attend Orthodox Council 2016-06-11
The international conference on ‘Lviv Sobor’ held in Vienna 2016-06-08
Ecumenical Patriarchate affirms: pan-Orthodox council will proceed 2016-06-08
Moscow Patriarchate calls emergency session, weighs withdrawal from Pan-Orthodox Council 2016-06-08
US Catholic, Orthodox bishops discuss Mideast persecution, pan-Orthodox council 2016-06-07
Chaldean Patriarch Louis Rapael I asks Iraqi Muslims to pray for peace during Ramadan 2016-06-07
Patriarchate of Antioch opts out of Pan-Orthodox Council 2016-06-07
Ecumenical Patriarchate releases pan-Orthodox council’s draft documents 2016-06-03
Statement from Patriarchate of Antioch raises new concerns about Pan-Orthodox Council 2016-06-03
Islamic informant claims evidence that priest kidnapped in Syria is still alive 2016-06-03
ISIS attacks have helped forge bonds of unity with Catholics, says Orthodox bishop 2016-06-02
Patriarch Kirill, President Putin visit Mount Athos 2016-06-01
Bulgarian Church withdraws from Pan-Orthodox Council 2016-06-01
UGCC Synod session begins in USA 2016-05-31
Archbishop Shevchuk on the 'silent war' no one cares about 2016-05-31
Patriarch hosts interfaith gathering for peace in Iraq 2016-05-31
Russian Orthodox Church welcomes new papal envoy to Moscow 2016-05-31
President of Belarus suggests Pope meet Russian Patriarch on Ukraine 2016-05-28
Patriarch Kirill: American, European de-Christianization is ‘apocalyptic’ 2016-05-27
Syrian bishop laments new ISIS attacks 2016-05-26

Teachings of Christ

“Whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:33 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, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge." (Proverbs 5:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

We should zealously cultivate watchfulness, my brethren; and when, our mind purified in Christ Jesus, we are exalted by the vision it confers, we should review our sins and our former life, so that shattered and humbled at the thought of them we may never lose the help of Jesus Christ our God in the invisible battle.

St. Hesychius the Presbyter