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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
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
Archbishop Sviatoslav: Oligarchs are destroying the State 2016-05-25
Patriarch criticizes Vatican’s ‘bureaucratic interference’ 2016-05-12
Pope Francis: Catholics, Copts can offer joint witness to dignity of life, marriage, creation 2016-05-09
Chaldean Patriarch urges priests in US to examine consciences about unauthorized flights from Iraq 2016-05-09
Called to the priesthood 2016-05-08
Holy Father Accepts Resignation of Bishop John (Kudrick), Retirement of Bishop Gerald (Dino) 2016-05-07
Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Bishop John M. Kudrick and Bishop Gerald N. Dino 2016-05-07
Aleppo’s bishops: our suffering is not in vain when united to Christ’s Passion 2016-05-04
Aleppo prelate saw resurgence of faith around Easter 2016-05-02
Obama rues persecution of Orthodox Christians 2016-05-02
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew issues Easter encyclical 2016-04-29
Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo laments heavy fighting in Aleppo 2016-04-29
Pro-life Easter signature campaign at Russian Orthodox churches 2016-04-28
Egypt's Copts resume travel to Jerusalem after years of boycott 2016-04-26
Aleppo's Armenian districts bombarded on anniversary of genocide 2016-04-26
Bishop Borys Gudziak: the Pope is trying to save Ukraine 2016-04-26
Metropolitan Hilarion criticizes pan-Orthodox council’s documents, procedure 2016-04-23
Patriarch Gregorios III: We cannot forget abducted bishops 2016-04-21
Papal appeal for Ukraine 2016-04-20
Do not be indifferent to refugees, Pope Francis and Orthodox leaders plead 2016-04-18
Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma (USA) Conducted Youth Ministry Training Seminar in North Carolina 2016-04-17
Some Syrian Christians returning home from Europe 2016-04-15
Program announced for papal trip to Lesbos 2016-04-15
Greek bishop fears violence in face of migrant crisis 2016-04-15
Together on the margins: Lesbos trip to be ecumenical sign of service 2016-04-13
Russia: joint Catholic-Orthodox initiative to assist Syria’s Christians 2016-04-13
Chaldean Patriarch: priests should not promote Christian exodus from Iraq 2016-04-13
Papal appeal for prayers for visit to Greek island 2016-04-13
Russian bishops recall St. John Paul’s restoration of hierarchy 2016-04-13
Pope to visit 3 Caucasus nations 2016-04-11
Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II: ISIS murdered Christians in Syrian town 2016-04-11
Patriarch Kirill calls for peace in Caucasus 2016-04-08
Patriarchate confirms papal visit to Greek island in ‘near future’ 2016-04-07
Pakistan: Christian, Muslim clergy mourn victims of Easter attack 2016-04-06
Chaldean bishops welcome progress against ISIS, say Iraq is at ‘dangerous crossroads’ 2016-04-06
Saint's relics discovered intact in rubble of Syrian monastery destroyed by Islamic State 2016-04-05
Pope may visit Greece to meet with migrants facing return to Turkey 2016-04-05

Teachings of Christ

“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32 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)

 

 

Random Proverb

"My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live." (Proverbs 7:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Even a pious person is not immune to spiritual sickness if he does not have a wise guide -- either a living person or a spiritual writer. This sickness is called _prelest_, or spiritual delusion, imagining oneself to be near to God and to the realm of the divine and supernatural. Even zealous ascetics in monasteries are sometimes subject to this delusion, but of course, laymen who are zealous in external struggles (podvigi) undergo it much more frequently. Surpassing their acquaintances in struggles of prayer and fasting, they imagine that they are seers of divine visions, or at least of dreams inspired by grace. In every event of their lives, they see special intentional directions from God or their guardian angel. And then they start imagining that they are God's elect, and often try to foretell the future. The Holy Fathers armed themselves against nothing so fiercely as against this sickness -- prelest.

Metropolitan Anthony Khrapovitsky