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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
Celebrating Christ's Nativity in China 2007-01-12
Papal Message to Catholics in Mideast 2007-01-11
Christmas Message of Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia 2007-01-09
Christian College and a Seminary Leave Baghdad 2007-01-08
Results of Russian Poll on Attitudes Toward Religion Viewed 2007-01-07
Archpastoral Letter for the March for Life 2007 2007-01-05
Archpastoral Letter of Metropolitan Nicholas (ACROD) for Christmas 2006 2007-01-03
New Eparchy of Mavelikara for the Syro-Malankars 2007-01-02
Christmas Pastoral Letter of the Apostolic Visitor of the UGCC in Spain, Italy and Ireland 2007-01-02
2006 Nativity Message from His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius IV 2006-12-31
Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios of America for the Feast of Saint Basil and the New Year 2006-12-29
The Chaldean Liturgical Reform: Time Ripe for Implementation 2006-12-28
Holy Father's Christmas Message: The Savior Knows That We Need Him 2006-12-25
Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios of America for the Nativity of Christ 2006 2006-12-25
Patriarchial Proclaimation on the Feast of the Nativity 2006-12-20
Ecclesial Communion for New Coptic Catholic Patriarch 2006-12-19
Iraqi Patriarch Urges Fasting for Peace 2006-12-19
Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue as Witness 2006-12-19
Orthodox/Catholic Consultation Prokopis 2007 Grant Will Underwrite 2006-12-19
Christmas Pastoral of Bishop John of Parma 2006-12-19
Pope Praises The Spirituality Of The Alexandrian Tradition 2006-12-15
The Ecumenical Patriarch's Homily at the Divine Liturgy of the Feast Day of St. Andrew the Apostle 2006-12-14
Joint Declaration of Pope and His Beatitude Christodoulus 2006-12-14
Spiritual Contribution of Catholics and Orthodox 2006-12-14
Summary of Joint Declaration by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Benedict XVI 2006-12-13
Pope Benedict XVI and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Sign Significant Common Declaration 2006-12-12
Meeting of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew with Pope Benedict XVI Comes to Hope-Filled Conclusion 2006-12-12
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Pays Historic Visit to Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit 2006-12-12
Common Declaration by Pope Benedict XVI and Patriarch Bartholomew I 2006-12-12
Apostolic Journey of His Holiness Benedict XVI to Turkey 2006-12-11
Christmas Greeting of His Beatitude Lubomyr 2006-12-05
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Welcomes Pope Benedict XVI at Istanbul International Airport 2006-11-29
Canonical Establishment of Holy Theophany Monastery 2006-11-26
Eastern Catholic Churches gather together and focus on Evangelization 2006-11-20
Communiqué of the Joint International Commission for the Theological Dialogue 2006-11-16
Statement by the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation On the Papal Visit 2006-11-02
Act of Canonical Communion 2006-11-01
Summation of the Joint Work of ROCOR and the MP 2006-11-01

Teachings of Christ

“Whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:33 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 wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked to sin." (Proverbs 10:10 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

In two things then was Abraham victorious: that he killed his son although he did not kill him and that he believed that after Isaac died he would be raised up again and would go back down with him. For Abraham was firmly convinced that He Who said to him, 'through Isaac shall your descendants be named,' was not lying.

St. Ephrem the Syrian, Commentary on Genesis