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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
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
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

Teachings of Christ

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26 ESV)

Resurrection

Christ is risen from the dead * trampling down Death by death, * and to those in the tombs bestowing life! (Troparion)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Although You descended into the tomb, O Immortal One, * You destroyed the power of Hades; * You arose as the victor, O Christ God, * proclaiming to the myrrh-bearing women: “Rejoice!” * And granting peace to Your Apostles, * O, You, Who gives resurrection to the fallen. (Kontakion)

Random Proverb

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. (Proverbs 3:9,10 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

We ought to learn the virtues through practicing them, not merely through talking about them, so that by acquiring the habit of them we do not forget what is of benefit to us. 'The kingdom of God', St. Paul says, 'resides not in words but in power' (I Cor. 4:20). For he who tries to discover things through actual practice will come to understand what gain or loss lies in any activity that he pursues..."

St. Peter of Damaskos (Book 1:A Treasury of Divine Knowledge, The Philokalia Vol. 3 pg. 183)