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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
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
Ukrainian Greek Catholics welcome statement on 1946 ‘synod’ 2016-04-05
Palestinian police arrest Syrian Orthodox prelate 2016-04-04
Pope announces special collection for Ukraine 2016-04-04
Moscow Patriarchate to host international conference on persecution of Christians 2016-03-31
Lord Sacks decries 'ethnic cleansing' of Christians in Middle East 2016-03-30
Bishop Borys (Gudziak) about attacks in Belgium 2016-03-24
The Head of the UGCC on Sunday of Orthodoxy: “Great Fasting is a time of an open heaven” 2016-03-24
Patriarch Louis Raphael I: Iraqis must unite against ISIS 2016-03-24
Convert to Christianity murdered in Bangladesh; ISIS claims responsibility 2016-03-24
Russian Orthodox Patriarch condemns 'heresy' of a right to sinful behavior 2016-03-23
Saudis nurture Islamic radicals in Europe, Syrian bishop warns 2016-03-23
2016 Paschal Letter of Patriarch Gregorios III 2016-03-23

Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." (Matthew 5:6 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, 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

The "principal characteristics" of the zealot according to knowledge are the following: "fervent love for God and neighbor, gentleness, religious tolerance, forbearance, graciousness of manner."