CWNews.com - The Synod of Bishops met on October 21 in a plenary session, to hear a list of propositions that had been developed by the relator general as a proposed summary of the Synod discussions. The Synod fathers then met in small groups, arranged by language, to discuss the propositions.

The propositions—developed by the relator general in consultation with the appointed representatives of the different language groups—will now be discussed, debated, and amended as necessary to gain the approval of the Synod. As the meeting moves toward its conclusion this weekend, the participants will vote on the propositions and finally present them to the Pope as the basis for his apostolic exhortation on the Middle East.

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Protection of the Mother of God

Protected by your coming, O Mother of God, * the faithful people celebrate today with splendor, * and, gazing at your most pure image, * we say with compunction: * "Shield us with your precious veil * and deliver us from all evil * imploring your Son, Christ our God, to save our souls.” (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.

Today the Virgin stands forth in the Church, * and with the choirs of saints she invisibly prays to God for us. * The Angels worship with the hierarchs, * and the apostles exult with the prophets, * because, in our behalf, the Mother of God entreats the pre-eternal God. (Kontakion - Tone 3)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God on October 1st.