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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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Patriarch Gregorios III: Appeal to Syria’s young people 2015-08-26
The Head of the UGCC: “Those who do not love their Motherland will always be strangers and exiles in this land” 2015-08-26
Priest: Christians share longing for Arab unity 2015-08-25
Islamic State destroys ancient monastery, desecrates saint’s tomb 2015-08-24
Papal appeal for peace in Ukraine 2015-08-24
UGCC is the only Church that preserved continuity of Kyivan tradition, Archbishop Ihor (Isichenko) says 2015-08-22
Prelate: Muslim refugees place future of Lebanon’s Christians in jeopardy 2015-08-22
After 4 decades, church reopens in Turkish-occupied Cyprus 2015-08-22
Vatican newspaper highlights Orthodox prelate’s reflections on marriage 2015-08-22
Egypt: Church spokesman praises, US criticizes new anti-terrorism legislation 2015-08-20
Kidnapped Syrian clergy are released 2015-08-18
Ukrainian Church emphasizes vibrant parishes 2015-08-18
Enthronement of new Armenian Catholic patriarch 2015-08-17
Danbury church destroyed by fire starts new chapter 2015-08-15
Orthodox leaders at odds on topics for proposed Pan-Orthodox Council 2015-08-14
Church in France to pray for persecuted Eastern Christians 2015-08-14
Jerusalem bishop urges pilgrimages to Holy Land 2015-08-14
Increasing fear among Syria’s Christians, says priest 2015-08-14
Soviet influence still haunts Ukraine, cardinal says 2015-08-14
Leading Russian Orthodox official: the ‘kingdom of freedom’ enslaves people 2015-08-13
Ukraine: Catholic, Orthodox leaders speak out against gay pride parade 2015-08-13
South Sudan’s Christian leaders renew plea for peace 2015-08-13
Islamic State releases 22 Christian hostages 2015-08-13
Iraqi archbishop: ‘our vibrant Church life is dissolving before our eyes’ 2015-08-13
Melkite Patriarchate opens cause for beatification and canonization of Boutros Wadih Kassab of Upper Egypt 2015-08-12
Syria: Christians kidnapped, in flight as Islamic State advances 2015-08-11
Bishop slain during Assyrian genocide declared a martyr 2015-08-11
Maronite bishops to lawmakers: elect president or Lebanon may collapse 2015-08-11
Melkite patriarch criticizes Western policies, vows to remain in Syria 2015-08-10
Cardinal Sandri inaugurates Greek Melkite Co-cathedral in Los Angeles 2015-08-09
‘Christ’s love transcends the evil committed by the Islamic State,’ says Iraqi prelate 2015-08-07
Europe should have compassion on Eritrean refugees, say priest, religious 2015-08-07
Video of Divine Liturgy celebrated at the 133rd Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus 2015-08-07
Pope Francis laments persecution of Middle East’s Christians 2015-08-07
Syrian, Iraqi prelates charge US discriminates against Christian refugees in visa process 2015-08-07
Iraqi Christian refugees fear Turkish bombing 2015-08-07
Serbian patriarch laments final battle of War of Croatian Independence 2015-08-07
New Armenian Catholic Patriarch was retired before election 2015-08-04
German Protestants deplore destruction of images 2015-07-31
Patriarch, Putin recall 1000th anniversary of St. Vladimir's death 2015-07-31
Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako: pray for Iraq's Christians on August 7 2015-07-30
Ukraine: Orthodox priest, nun are murder victims 2015-07-30
Protests over detention of Iraqi Christian refugees in San Diego 2015-07-30
President of Ukraine promotes single Orthodox Church 2015-07-29
Patriarch John X of Antioch pleads for peace in Middle East 2015-07-29
New Armenian Catholic patriarch elected 2015-07-27
Prelate reiterates Pope's concern for Iraq's Christians 2015-07-27
Pakistani priest: 130 Christians are now facing blasphemy charges 2015-07-27
Chaldean Patriarch repeats plea for papal visit to Iraq 2015-07-27
Syria: prelate confirms priest's abduction 2015-07-20

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)

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

"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

The soul that really loves God and Christ, though it may do ten thousand righteousnesses, esteems itself as having wrought nothing, by reason of its insatiable aspiration after God. Though it should exhaust the body with fastings, with watchings, its attitude towards the virtues is as if it had not yet even begun to labour for them.

St. Macarius the Great