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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
Latin Catholic Patriarch of Jerusalem: US finding of genocide against Christians comes too late 2016-03-22
Pope May Visit Armenia in June, Vatican Says 2016-03-22
Syrian prelate: US helped create ‘jihadist monster’ 2016-03-22
Patriarch Bartholomew underlines importance of worldwide Synod 2016-03-21
Israel: Christians concerned by government restrictions on Easter Vigil 2016-03-21
The Council of Kharkiv-Poltava Eparchy of UAOC (renewed) to determine ways of reuniting the Orthodox and Greek Catholics 2016-03-19
Ecumenical patriarch: struggle against materialism during Lent 2016-03-19
Paschal Message 2016 of Bishop NICHOLAS (SAMRA) 2016-03-19
80% of Syrian Christians support Assad, says bishop 2016-03-17
Iraqi president: Christians are nation’s ‘original members’ 2016-03-16
Chaldean Catholic Patriarch disavows Christian militia 2016-03-15
Ukrainian Orthodox body says Soviets suppressed Catholics for supporting Nazis 2016-03-14
Syrian Orthodox Patriarch hopeful that refugees will retain Orthodox culture 2016-03-12
Russian Orthodox official says major differences with Vatican remain 2016-03-12
Greece legalizes cremation despite Orthodox opposition 2016-03-12
Kyiv Patriarchate on Lviv Pseudo Synod of 1946: We are well aware of our brothers’ pain 2016-03-11
Poroshenko discussed with Bartholomew the establishment of one united Ukrainian Orthodox Church 2016-03-11
Prelate laments US Catholic silence on Middle East wars 2016-03-11
Bishop Hlib (Lonchyna): Rome does not understand Eastern Catholic perspective 2016-03-10
The Orthodox Appeal for recognition of the 1946 lviv ‘synod’ as a sham 2016-03-08
Pope pays tribute to Ukrainian Catholics’ loyalty as hierarchy reaffirms communion 2016-03-08
Ukrainian Greek Catholic bishops to have private audience with pope Francis in Rome 2016-03-05
Ukrainian historian compared the liquidation of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church with the hybrid war waged againts Ukraine today 2016-03-05
"We would like to be the voice of the suffering Ukraine", Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk about the visit to Rome 2016-03-05
Not rivals, but brothers: Russian Orthodox official reflects on recent joint declaration 2016-03-05
Archbishop Sviatoslav: we are more than an ‘ecclesial community’ 2016-03-02
Mob ransacks parish center, clinic in Ethiopia 2016-03-01
Romania: 2 million support constitutional amendment to protect marriage 2016-03-01
The blood of martyrs is the seed of Christian unity, Pope tells Ethiopian patriarch 2016-02-29
Russian patriarch ‘very frustrated’ by Ukrainian Catholic criticism of statement 2016-02-26
Orthodox patriarchs to meet to resolve jurisdictional dispute 2016-02-25
Patriarch Kirill calls on Orthodox, Catholics to oppose de-Christianitization, persecution 2016-02-25
Georgian Orthodox Church rejects ecumenical document for worldwide Orthodox council 2016-02-25
Patriarch Kirill: 'powerful forces' opposed meeting with Pope 2016-02-24
Ukrainian Catholic leader renews criticism of statement by Pope, Russian patriarch 2016-02-24
The bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the USA Meet With the Ecumenical Patriarch 2016-02-23
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

Teachings of Christ

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." (Matthew 7:7,8 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)


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

"He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself." (Proverbs 6:32 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Self-accusation before God is something that is very necessary for us; and humility of heart is extremely advantageous in our lives, above all at the time of prayer. For prayer requires great attention and needs a proper awareness, otherwise it will turn out to be unacceptable and rejected, and 'it will be turned back empty' to our bosom.

Martyrius of Edessa