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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 Patriarch points to areas of agreement with Pope 2016-12-02
Muslim Attack on Christians in Egyptian village 2016-12-02
Russian Orthodox Patriarch to dedicate new cathedral in Paris 2016-12-02
Canadian Parliament invites clergy of various denominations to honor Holodomor victims 2016-11-30
Greek and Roman Catholic bishops of Ukraine expressed solidarity and prayerful closeness on the Holodomor Remembrance Day 2016-11-30
Pope Francis sends greetings to Patriarch Bartholomew on patronal feast day 2016-11-30
Russian Orthodox Patriarch praises Castro’s legacy 2016-11-28
Vatican cardinal meets with Russian patriarch 2016-11-23
New Testament Codex 1424 Returned to the Care of the Ecumenical Patriarchate 2016-11-22
The Head of the UGCC to Ukrainian priests in Austria: "Our people are our biggest treasure, and our clergy is our strength" 2016-11-22
Patriarch Kirill: ROC will never agree to independence of Ukrainian Church 2016-11-22
Chaldean Bishop Frank (Kalabat) calls for prayer, advocacy for Iraqi Christians 2016-11-22
Syrian patriarch Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III: persecuted Christians hope Trump will help secure Mideast peace 2016-11-18
Homs Melkite archbishop hopes Trump, acting with Russia, can curb bloodshed in Syria 2016-11-18
Russian Orthodox official sees Trump victory as sign of hope 2016-11-18
Chaldean Archbishop Basar: Christians who fled ISIS likely to return to villages next summer 2016-11-18
Pope meets with leader of Assyrian Church of the East 2016-11-18
Icon of Mary, the Helper of Mothers visits Scranton throughout November 2016-11-16
Annual Holodomor Commemoration At St. Patrick Cathedral in New York 2016-11-16
Iraqi Christians discuss life under ISIS 2016-11-16
Bishop Milan (Shashik) participates in glorification of 38 blessed martyrs that suffered from communist rule 2016-11-11
Patiarch Kirill of Moscow congratulates President-Elect Trump 2016-11-10
Aleppo’s Christians feel abandoned, says Holy Land Custos 2016-11-10
Vatican foreign minister concludes trip to Cyprus 2016-11-09
Syrian Orthodox prelate wounded by gunfire in Aleppo 2016-11-09
Iraq: Syriac Catholics from liberated town fear what lies ahead 2016-11-08
Profile of Iraqi Christian town 2016-11-05
Maronite bishops welcome election of Lebanese president, breaking long impasse 2016-11-03
Prelates call for respect for rights of Christians in Iraq 2016-11-03
Romanian Orthodox look for unity after Crete meeting 2016-11-02
Ecumenical Patriarch marks 25th anniversary 2016-11-02
In city liberated from Islamic State, Iraqi bishop celebrates first Divine Liturgy in over two years 2016-10-31
In Crimea, Ukrainian Catholics and Orthodox excluded from religious council 2016-10-31
Final Press Release of the Assembly of Catholic Hierarchy in Syria 2016-10-30
‘There will always be Christians in Iraq,’ Patriarch Louis Raphael I (Sako) vows 2016-10-27
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

Teachings of Christ

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:27-30 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, 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

If you want, or rather intend, to take a splinter out of another person, then do not hack at it with a stick instead of a lancet, for you will only drive it in deeper. And this is a stick – rude speech and rough gestures. And this is a lancet – tempered instruction and patient reprimand. “Reprove,” says the Apostle, “rebuke, exhort,” but he did not say “beat” (2 Timothy 4:2). And if even this is required, do it rarely, and not with your own hand.

St. John Climacus, “The Ladder of Divine Ascent", Step 8, On Freedom From Anger and On Meekness