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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
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
Pope receives leading Russian Orthodox official 2016-09-16
Catholic-Orthodox dialogue focuses on synodality, primacy 2016-09-16
Patriarch Louis Raphael I: remove mines from Nineveh Plain 2016-09-16
New motu proprio on harmonizing codes of canon law: full English translation 2016-09-16
Mideast Christian leaders to explain plight to international community 2016-09-13
Patriarch Gregorios III sends greetings to Muslims for Eid ul-Adha 2016-09-09
Ukrainians present to Patriarch Bartholomew Petition for Autocephay for Orthodox Church in Ukraine 2016-09-09
Papal message to conference on Orthodoxy, martyrdom 2016-09-09
Speech of Patriarch Gregorios III to the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church 2016-09-08
Solidarity between Christians in the Middle East and Ukraine in a time of conflict and crisis 2016-09-08
Ecumenical Patriarch denies involvement in Turkish coup attempt 2016-09-08
Egypt, Coptic Orthodox Church agree to new law on church construction 2016-08-30
Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I calls upon Muslims to repudiate ISIS 2016-08-30
Pope appeals for peace in Ukraine 2016-08-25
Syria's Christian leaders urge end to international sanctions 2016-08-24

Teachings of Christ

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’" (John 7:37-38 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

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

"And when his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. And for three days he could not see." (Acts 9:9)

By no means would he [Saul] have been able to see well again unless he had first been fully blinded. Also, when he had rejected his own wisdom, which was confusing him, he could commit himself totally to faith. Since he had not believed that the Lord had conquered death by rising on the third day, he was now taught by his own experience of the replacement of three days of darkness by the return of the light.

Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles from the Venerable Bede