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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
Egyptian cleric cancels visit with Pope 2007-03-23
US bishops denounce works by pro-abortion theologian 2007-03-23
Peru Declares March 25 as "Day of the Unborn" 2007-03-23
Russia Gets Papal Condolences for Disasters 2007-03-23
To Be Credible, Respect Life, Pope Tells Doctors 2007-03-23
Austrian cardinal optimistic on Catholic-Orthodox accord 2007-03-22
Mexico Archdiocese Speaks Up on Abortion 2007-03-22
Reason Is Antidote to Relativism, Pope Says 2007-03-22
Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Feast of the Annunciation and Greek Independence Day 2007-03-21
Catholics and Jews Consider the Question of Religious Freedom 2007-03-21
Telegram for Two Disasters in Russia 2007-03-21
Justin: Christianity, Historical Manifestation of the Logos 2007-03-21
Journalists Honor Holocaust Hero 2007-03-21
Jews and Catholics Defend Conscience 2007-03-21
Crisis in Indonesia 2007-03-21
Russian City Getting Its 1st Catholic Church 2007-03-20
Youth Forum, Witnessing to Christ in the World of Work 2007-03-20
Church Needs the Contribution of the Blind 2007-03-20
Pope Visits a Youth Detention Center 2007-03-20
The Eucharist, The Source of Christian Joy 2007-03-20
A Conscience Decision 2007-03-19
Cardinal Sodano Speaks Up for Values 2007-03-19
Family Worth Defending, Says Symposium 2007-03-19
Obstacles Plague Religious Freedom, Experts Say 2007-03-19
Korean Orthodox Priests learn to lead Great Lenten services 2007-03-15
Pope Links Unity and Evangelization 2007-03-15
Pope Benedixt XVI on St. Ignatius of Antioch 2007-03-15
Ignatius of Antioch: Christian Unity Reflects Unity of God 2007-03-14
Communique on Visit of Russian President 2007-03-14
Orientale Lumen Conferences Announced for 2007 2007-03-14
Apostolic Exhortation "Sacramentum Caritatis" 2007-03-13
Benedict XVI Highlights 1st Century Papal Primacy 2007-03-09
Wednesday Audience: On St. Clement of Rome 2007-03-07
Clement: No Conflict between Laity and Church Hierarchy 2007-03-07
Responsibility towards the Mother Church of Jerusalem 2007-03-06
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

Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." (Matthew 5:9 ESV)


You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, * showing Your glory to Your Disciples as far as they were able to bear it. * Through the prayers of the Mother of God, * let Your everlasting Light shine also upon us sinners. * O Giver of Light, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 7)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Upon the mountain You were transfigured, O Christ God, * and Your Disciples beheld Your glory as far as they could receive it, * so that when they would see You crucified, * they would understand that You suffered willingly; * and they would preach to the world * that You are truly the radiance of the Father. (Kontakion, Tone 7)


O Mother of God, in giving birth you preserved virginity; * and in falling asleep you did not forsake the world. * You are the Mother of Life and have been transferred to life, * and through your prayers you deliver our souls from death. (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.

Neither the tomb nor death could detain the Mother of God, * who is unsleeping in her prayers and our unfailing hope in her intercession; * for He Who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb, * transferred to Life the Mother of Life. (Kontakion - Tone 2)

Random Proverb

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. (Proverbs 3:9,10 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The work of prayer belongs to the angels, and is, therefore, the special concern of the Church. Every other work, i.e., charity, nursing the brethren, visiting the sick, caring for prisoners, releasing captives, and other similar things, is done by the brethren in love and offered by them to God. Similarly, poverty, fasting, sleeping on the ground, prostrations, vigils, etc., are good and like a sacrifice to God, because they aim to subdue and humble the body so that we may be purified and approach God and become friends of God -- yet these things do not present us directly to God, whereas prayer does so and unites us with Him. A person praying acts towards God like a friend -- conversing, confiding, requesting -- and through this becomes one with our Maker Himself.

St. Symeon of Thessalonica