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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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Leading Russian Orthodox official speaks of Ukrainian Catholics’ ‘enmity and hatred’ 2017-02-14
USCCB: prelates express solidarity with Middle East’s Christians, other religious minorities 2017-02-14
Cardinal Nichols raps UK restriction on Syrian refugees 2017-02-13
Fresh signs of life at Markham's Cathedral of the Transfiguration 2017-02-11
The Head of UGCC, "the Moscow Patriarchate has never been a universal arbiter even in the Orthodox world" 2017-02-11
Aleppo described as ‘post-apocalyptic’ 2017-02-11
Head of UGCC thanked Apostolic nuncio to Ukraine: “All over this rough time His Holiness supports people who suffer” 2017-02-08
Hungarian government gives grant to Russian churches 2017-02-08
Fight corruption, Romanian Orthodox Church urges 2017-02-08
Iraqi prelate: foreign troops, sectarian militias could endanger Iraq’s future 2017-02-06
Head of the UGCC will attend the reburial of Bishop Ivan (Marhitych) in Zakarpattya 2017-02-03
Leading Russian Orthodox official hopes Trump’s policies will help persecuted Christians 2017-02-03
Ukraine’s bishops urge prayers for peace 2017-02-03
Iraqi archbishop welcomes Trump order to help religious minorities 2017-02-03
Ukrainian Catholic leader meets with families of slain protestors 2017-02-03
Iraqi archbishop’s US visit postponed because of executive order 2017-02-03
Iraqi patriarch: Trump executive order harms the Middle East’s Christians 2017-02-01
Vatican envoy: Aleppo’s Christians are strong, hopeful for the future 2017-02-01
The Head of UGCC on the Feast of the Epiphany: "To realize our own dignity – is already a revolution" 2017-01-30
Chaldean Patriarch visits towns liberated from Islamic State 2017-01-30
Byzantine Catholic faithful bless Susquehanna River during service 2017-01-30
Shared suffering should bring Christians closer together, Pope tells ecumenical commission 2017-01-27
Iraqi patriarch: inciting violence against other religions should be a crime 2017-01-25
Catholic, Orthodox prelates discuss terrorism and Islam 2017-01-20
USCCB awards $2.3M to projects in Eastern Europe 2017-01-20
Syrian Catholic Archbishop: Iraqi Christians don’t want ‘humanitarian corridor’ 2017-01-18
Group has spent $45M to aid Middle East’s persecuted Christians 2017-01-17
Authorized representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Kyiv Patriarchate in search for solutions to Ukrainian Orthodoxy issue in Istanbul 2017-01-16
Russian cathedral, converted to ‘museum of atheism,’ returning to religious use 2017-01-13
Syrian prelate urges West to end sanctions and support for rebels 2017-01-12
Patriarch Kirill grateful for ‘resurrection of faith’ since Communism’s fall 2017-01-12
In Ethiopia, Church works against genital mutilation 2017-01-11
Egypt: Muslim leader visits Coptic cathedral 2017-01-11
Belarus may ban religious symbols in medical settings 2017-01-11
Egyptian President unveils plans for Coptic cathedral in Cairo 2017-01-10
President Obama offers Christmas greetings to Orthodox Christians 2017-01-10
Eastern Christian Publications Announces New and Featured Books and Videos 2017-01-07
Pastoral Message of the Ukrainian Catholic Hierarchy of the U.S.A. to our Clergy, Hieromonks and Brothers, Religious Sisters, Seminarians and Beloved Faithful 2017-01-05
Patriarch Kirill: commemorate Bolshevik revolution without celebrating it 2017-01-05
Maronite patriarch deplores conversions for sake of divorce 2017-01-05
Head of Church during the meeting with superiors of monastic orders of UGCC: “UGCC Monasticism is young and dynamic” 2017-01-03
Iraqi Patriarch Louis Sako sees ‘grass-roots revolt’ by Muslims against terrorists 2017-01-03
Moscow patriarch grateful for developments in Syria 2017-01-03
Aleppo’s Christian leaders pray for peace 2017-01-03
Syria’s President Assad pays Christmas visit to convent 2016-12-30
Eastern Catholic Patriarchs and Bishops of Alexandria meet in Maadi 2016-12-30
Patriarchs lament persecution of Middle East’s Christians 2016-12-30
Russian Orthodox Church sends Christmas message to Pope Francis, Protestant leaders 2016-12-30
Chaldean patriarch, in Christmas message, thanks Iraqi, Kurdish armies 2016-12-30
Vulnerable Ukrainians receive Pope's aid in time for Christmas 2016-12-30

Teachings of Christ

“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32 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)

Annunciation

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

"Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold." (Proverbs 3:13,14 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

“The legalization of the termination of pregnancy is none other than the authorization given to an adult, with the approval of an established law, to take the lives of children yet unborn and thus incapable of defending themselves. It is difficult to imagine a more unjust situation, and it is very difficult to speak of obsession in a matter such as this, where we are dealing with a fundamental imperative of every good conscience — the defense of the right to life of an innocent and defenseless human being.”

- Saint John Paul II