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Metro Area: Tucson (AZ)
St Melany the Younger Byzantine (Ruthenian) Church
Status: ACTIVE CHURCH
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Metro Area: Phoenix (AZ)
St Stephen the Proto-Martyr Byzantine (Ruthenian) Cathedral
Status: ACTIVE CATHEDRAL
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Metro Area: Scranton - Wilkes-Barre - Hazleton (PA)
Ss Peter & Paul Byzantine (Ruthenian)
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Metro Area: Scranton - Wilkes-Barre - Hazleton (PA)
St Michael the Archangel Byzantine (Ruthenian) Church
Status: ACTIVE CHURCH
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Metro Area: Detroit (MI)
St Stephen Byzantine (Ruthenian) Church
Status: ACTIVE CHURCH
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Metro Area: Detroit (MI)
St Basil Byzantine (Ruthenian) Church
Status: ACTIVE CHURCH
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Teachings of Christ

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10 ESV)

Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple

Today is the prelude of the goodwill of God * and the heralding of the salvation of mankind; * the Virgin appears clearly in the temple of God * and foretells Christ to all. * Let us also with a mighty voice cry out to her: * “Rejoice, O Fulfillment of the Creator’s divine plan.” (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.

The most pure Temple of the Savior, * the most precious Bridal-Chamber and Virgin, the sacred Treasury of the glory of God, * is brought today into the house of the Lord, * bringing with her the grace that is in the Divine Spirit. * The angels of God praise her in song: * “She is the heavenly tabernacle.” (Kontakion - Tone 4)

(November 21st)

Random Proverb

"Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest." (Proverbs 6:6-8 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