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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
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
Syrian Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III decries US policy toward Syria 2015-10-07
Russian Orthodox Church: Oregon shootings manifest anti-Christian hatred 2015-10-07
Jerusalem patriarchate urges new Israeli-Palestinian talks as new violence flares 2015-10-07
Patriarch Sviatoslav calls for greater Vatican efforts on behalf of Ukraine 2015-10-06
Syrian archbishop rips US support for Islamic rebels 2015-10-02
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow backs nation’s military intervention in Syria 2015-10-01
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow meets with Abbas 2015-09-29
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow: sanctions against Russia promote self-sufficiency 2015-09-23
Report documents human rights violations in Crimea under Russian rule 2015-09-23
Papal message to new head of Assyrian Church of the East 2015-09-21
Moscow patriarch praises Russian PM 2015-09-21
Report: Pope Francis, Palestinian president speak about Jerusalem violence 2015-09-18

Teachings of Christ

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12 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

"The woman Folly is loud; she is seductive and knows nothing." (Proverbs 9:13 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The perfection of the Christian life -- and I mean that life which is the only one the name of Christ is used to designate -- is that in which we participate not only by our mind and soul but in all the actions of our lives, so that our holiness may be complete, in accordance with the blessing pronounced by Paul, in our 'whole body and soul and spirit' (I Thess. 5:23), constantly guarded from all admixture with evil.

St. Gregory of Nyssa, From Glory to Glory