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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
‘We will not give in to injustice’: Iraqi, Syrian prelates issue Christmas letters 2015-12-24
Orthodox Patriarch: plight of child refugees is 'disgrace for the entire human race' 2015-12-23
Syrian President Assad visits Catholic parish 2015-12-21
Lebanon: Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai raps lawmakers for stalemate preventing election of new president 2015-12-17
Jerusalem Latin Patriarch issues Christmas message 2015-12-17
Orthodox leader: cooperate with Catholics to help persecuted Christians 2015-12-15
Letter of His Beatitude Gregorios III Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, of Alexandria and of Jerusalem of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church on the occasion of the Feast of the Nativity - 25 December 2015 2015-12-15
Syria: 17 churches have been destroyed by Islamic extremists 2015-12-14
Assembly of the Catholic Hierarchs in Syria: Closing Statement of November Meeting 2015-11-24
His Beatitude Patriarch Gregorios III (Laham) on Lebanese Independence Day 2015-11-22
Patriarch Gregorios III on the Paris Attacks of 13 November 2015 2015-11-15
Attack on Beirut’s Southern Suburbs 2015-11-15
EWTN to Provide Live Broadcast of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy to be celebrated by His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk 2015-11-13
The smallest church in Frankfurt 2015-11-12
“The Church is close to people” - Interview with Gregorios III Laham 2015-11-12
Exodus: Syrian Patriarch criticizes German asylum policy 2015-11-11
As Islamic State advances, Christians gather to defend town 2015-11-11
Orthodox prelate praises Russia's 'peacemaker' role in Syria 2015-11-10
37 kidnapped Christians released in Syria 2015-11-10
Maronite bishops decry proposed division of Syria 2015-11-10
Ecumenical Patriarch: ‘Creation care and ecological justice’ 2015-11-09
Islamic State threatens key Syrian Christian center; thousands flee 2015-11-06
Russian patriarch: don’t forget positive achievements of Lenin, Stalin eras 2015-11-05
Historic Shenandoah Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Being Renovated 2015-11-04
Orthodox, Anglican leaders pray for refugees, environment 2015-11-04
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow laments Halloween parties during national mourning 2015-11-04
Macedonian president meets with Pope 2015-11-02
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow criticizes US secularization, same-sex marriage 2015-10-30
Kidnapped Syrian priest speaks about captivity under the Islamic State 2015-10-29
Turkey: Christian leaders publish ‘Basic Principles of Christianity’ for Muslim readers 2015-10-28
Papal message to Ecumenical Patriarch 2015-10-27
Syrian church hit by mortar shell; several injuries 2015-10-27
Appeal from Patriarch Gregorios III for Peace in Syria, Iraq, Palestine and the Whole Middle East 2015-10-24
Biden receives Greek Orthodox human rights award 2015-10-23
Jerusalem patriarchate to hold special prayers for peace in all parishes 2015-10-23
Metropolitan Hilarion meets with Pope Francis 2015-10-22
In fiery speech, Russian Orthodox representative urges Synod to battle secular ideology 2015-10-21
Orthodox churches approve two documents, disagree on one at preconciliar meeting 2015-10-20
Palestinian protestors set fire to Joseph’s tomb 2015-10-20
Israeli security wall disfigures Jerusalem, Patriarch says 2015-10-19
Islamic State releases 50 Christian hostages in Syria 2015-10-16
Orthodox, Protestant delegates address Synod 2015-10-16
Egypt: church dedicated to slain Coptic Christians 2015-10-16
New report highlights persecution of Christians in 22 nations 2015-10-16
Dangerous to see Russian involvement in Syria as 'holy war,' archbishop says 2015-10-14
Syrian prelate says US involvement harms, Russian strikes help against Islamic State 2015-10-09
Pope appeals for peace in Middle East 2015-10-09
Syrian prelate welcomes Russian airstrikes 2015-10-09
Latin Patriarchate pleads for calm in Jerusalem 2015-10-09
Syrian Catholic Patriarch Patriarch Ignace Youssif III rips Western indifference 2015-10-08

Teachings of Christ

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-44 ESV)

A LIght to Enlighten

Rejoice, O Mother of God, Virgin full of grace. * From you has risen the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, * shining upon those who are in darkness. * Rejoice also, you righteous Elder; * for you received in your arms the Deliverer of our souls, * Who has given us resurrection. (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.

O Christ God, through Your birth You sanctified the Virgin's womb; * and blessed, as it was proper, the hands of Simeon. * Now, having come, you saved us. * Give peace to Your commonwealth in times of war * and strengthen our civil authorities, whom You have loved, O You who alone loves mankind. (Kontakion, Tone 1)

Random Proverb

"Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you." (Proverbs 3:28 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Why do you trouble yourself in a house that is not your own? Let the sight of a dead man be a teacher for you concerning your departure from hence.

St. Isaac the Syrian