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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
Bishop Hilarion Alfeev on Music as Prayer 2007-03-05
Interconfessional Panel Is Reactivated 2007-03-05
Christian Conscience on the Critical List 2007-03-05
UOC-KP and UOC-MP Orthodox Dispute Poltava Church 2007-03-05
UOC-MP and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Discuss UOC-KP 2007-03-05
Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Bishops Ask UOC-KP Head to Resign 2007-03-05
Ukrainian Greek Catholic Synod Meets in Argentina 2007-03-05
Meeting of representatives of Christian Churches and communities in the CIS and Baltic countries 2007-03-05
Russian Orthodox leader sees positive change under Benedict XVI 2007-03-05
Prayer does not mean Evading Reality and Responsibility 2007-03-05
Metropolitan Nicholas on the Lost Tomb of Jesus 2007-03-05
Prayer a Life-and-Death Matter, Says Pope 2007-03-04
Angelus: On the Transfiguration 2007-03-04
Bishop Fisher on Conscience and Authority 2007-03-03
Putin to Attend to Ecumenical Matters 2007-03-02
Ukrainian Orthodox (UOC-KP) Synod Ready to Cooperate with UOC of USA 2007-03-02
Few Russians follow strict Orthodox fast in Lent 2007-03-02
Russian prelate to accompany Putin to meeting with Pope? 2007-03-02
Iraqi Catholics Losing Hope, Says Priest 2007-03-01
Russian bishop sees chance for Pope-Patriarch summit 2007-03-01
Official Tells of Goal of Church Charities 2007-02-28
Pakistani Bishop Target of Death Threats 2007-02-28
Iraqis Add Lenten Sacrifices to Daily Trials 2007-02-28
In Christ is True Freedom 2007-02-28
Catechetical Homily of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the Beginning of Holy and Great Lent 2007-02-28
SCOBA Letter for the Sunday of Orthodoxy 2007-02-28
Metropolitan Nicholas of Johnstown Archpastoral Letter for the Fast 2007 2007-02-28
Synod Organizers Marvel at Church Growth in Africa 2007-02-28
Concert Aims for a Note of Christian Unity 2007-02-28
Holy-Land Bishops Counsel Neocatechumenate 2007-02-28
In Beijing's Russian Embassy Red Fangzi the first week of Lenten Services took place 2007-02-25
Alexy II Congratulates a Catholic Charity 2007-02-24
Address of Papal Theologian on Natural Moral Law 2007-02-24
Greek Catholics in Russia Need Separate Church Structure, Ukrainian Bishop Agrees 2007-02-20
Report of Catholic-Oriental Orthodox Commission 2007-02-12
Pope Benedict Homily at the Conclusion of Prayer for Christian Unity 2007-02-01
His Holiness Patriarch Alexy meets with representatives of the Russian Church Outside of Russia 2007-01-31
New Bishop Named for Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton 2007-01-25
Pontiff Recalls Key Ecumenical Events of '06 2007-01-24
"Horizontalism … Does Damage to Catholic Faith and Worship" 2007-01-20
Bishops Urge Christian Presence in Holy Land 2007-01-19
Courage Is Needed to Forge Unity, Says Pope 2007-01-19
Statement of Bishops Visiting the Holy Land 2007-01-19
Convincing Testimony to the Truths of the Gospel 2007-01-19
Catholics Committed to the Common Good in Turkey 2007-01-19
Briefing on the Current Situation of Ecumenism 2007-01-18
Follow Path to Christian Unity without Discouragement 2007-01-17
Cardinal Kasper Promoting Spiritual Ecumenism 2007-01-16
Christian College and a Seminary Reopen in Iraq 2007-01-16
2007 Sanctity of Life message of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman 2007-01-14

Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account." (Matthew 5:11 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

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