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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.

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10,000 children among Syria's war casualties 2016-02-22
Christians are determined to remain in Syria, says prelate 2016-02-22
Pope Francis: I understand the feelings of the Ukrainians 2016-02-20
Moscow Patriarchate renews criticism of Ukrainian Catholic Church 2016-02-19
Moscow patriarch visits Antarctica 2016-02-19
Aleppo bishop says ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels are killing civilians 2016-02-18
Patriarch Kirill: Russia, other nations should work jointly against terrorists in Syria 2016-02-17
Prayer for Divine Mercy to accompany the Peace Efforts for Syria 2016-02-16
Coptic bishops mark anniversary of Libya beheadings 2016-02-16
Russian patriarch: meeting with Pope was of great historical significance 2016-02-16
Iraqi prelate: ‘our diocese is at its end’ 2016-02-16
Ukrainian Catholic leader: many feel ‘betrayed’ by joint statement of Pope, Russian patriarch 2016-02-15
Rev Peter Galadza on joint Francis-Kirill statement: Ukrainians worldwide will be very disappointed 2016-02-14
Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill 2016-02-13
In historic statement, Pope and Russian Patriarch speak for persecuted Christians, defense of family 2016-02-12
Syrian bishop pleased that Pope-Patriarch meeting will focus on suffering Christians 2016-02-12
Russian Patriarch responded to Pope's open invitation, says Cardinal Koch 2016-02-10
Christians boycott Iraqi parliament's 'peaceful coexistence' conference, saying talk produces no action 2016-02-09
Russian Orthodox bishops emphasize that doctrine cannot be changed 2016-02-09
Maronite Patriarch sees Lebanon empty presidency pushing Lebanon toward collapse 2016-02-08
Patriarchs call for prayer, fasting for suffering Church in Syria, Iraq 2016-02-08
Papal appeals for Syria, respect for human life from conception to natural death 2016-02-08
Pope, Russian Orthodox Patriarch schedule unpredecented meeting 2016-02-05
Leading Orthodox theologian: forthcoming council is ‘extraordinary and exceptional event’ 2016-02-04
Letter of His Beatitude Patriarch Gregorios III on the Occasion of Great and Holy Lent 2016 2016-02-01
Syrian Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III grateful to Russia for military intervention in Syria 2016-01-29
Patriarchs demand Syriac seats in Lebanon’s parliament 2016-01-28
World Orthodox assembly set for Crete, probably in June 2016-01-25
Joint Catholic-Orthodox statement on sanctity of life 2016-01-21
Oldest monastery in Iraq destroyed 2016-01-20
Russians plunge into icy waters to celebrate Epiphany 2016-01-20
Serbian Orthodox delegation meets with Pope 2016-01-19
Patriarch laments plight of Syrian town whose residents are starving 2016-01-14
Russian Orthodox official, dismissed in December shake-up, reports media blackout on his views 2016-01-13
Ukrainian Catholic leader decries abortion, gender ideology 2016-01-13
Chaldean Patriarch encourages pre-Lenten fast for peace, security in Middle East 2016-01-12
‘Human stupidity’ is at heart of Middle East conflicts, says Coptic Orthodox leader 2016-01-12
Coptic pope issues encyclical; Egyptian leader attends Christmas liturgy 2016-01-08
Pope Francis establishes Syrian Catholic exarchate in Canada 2016-01-08
Syrian Catholic exarchate established in Canada 2016-01-07
‘Russia comes first,’ says Serbian Orthodox leader 2016-01-07
Chaldean Catholic Church grows in California 2016-01-07
Russian Orthodox Church will lose Ukrainian faithful, journalist predicts 2016-01-06
Moscow Patriarch Kirill issues Christmas message 2016-01-06
Kidnapped priest released in Syria 2016-01-05
‘Global situation is disastrous,’ says Jerusalem patriarch 2016-01-05
Chaldean patriarchate welcomes liberation of Ramadi 2016-01-05
Pope Francis erects new Syro Malankara Eparchy in USA, Canada 2016-01-04
Egyptian group charges Copts support anti-Islamic ideology 2016-01-04
Syrian patriarch decries Obama administration policy in Middle East 2015-12-31

Teachings of Christ

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?" (Mark 8:34-37 ESV)

Lamb and Redeemer

When You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (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.

You have appeared to the whole world today, * and Your light, O Lord, is signed upon us, * who with knowledge praise You in song: * "You have come, and You have appeared, O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Random Proverb

"Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold." (Proverbs 3:13,14 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Seek God daily. But seek Him in your heart, not outside it. And when you find Him, stand with fear and trembling, like the Cherubim and Seraphim, for your heart has become a throne of God. But in order to find God, become humble as dust before the Lord, for the Lord abhors the proud; whereas He visits those that are humble in heart, wherefore He says: “To whom will I look, but to the one who is meek and humble in heart?”

St. Nectarius of Aegina