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"They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword...." (Hebrews 11:37a)

Please lift up in prayer all those who are persecuted and deprived of liberty, everywhere in the world. Please especially remember the peoples of Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Niger - the whole Middle East and Africa - who are literal martyrs for Christ. Also the peoples of Ukraine. They are our brothers, for all are one in Christ.

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Feasts & Fasts

May

3 - Samaritan Women at the Well
10 - Man Born Blind
14 - Ascension of Our Lord
17 - Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
23 - Fifth All-Souls Saturay
24 - Pentecost
25 - Feast of the Holy Trinity, Memorial Day
31 - All Saints Sunday

June

1-28 - The Apostles' Fast
24 - Nativity of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John
29 - The Holy Glorious and All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter & Paul

Ascension

You ascended in glory, O Christ our God, * granting joy to Your disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit; * through this blessing they were assured * that You are the Son of God * the Redeemer of the world! (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.

When You fulfilled the divine plan of salvation for us * and united earth to heaven, * O Christ our God, You ascended in glory, * never leaving us but remaining ever-present. * Crying out to those who love You: “I am with you and no one can be against you.” (Kontakion - Tone 6)

This Week's Scripture

May 17, 2015
Seventh Sunday of Pascha: Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
- Vespers: Genesis 14:14-20, Deuteronomy 1:8-11, Deuteronomy 10:14-21
- Matins: John 21:1-14 (Gospel 10)
- Liturgy: Acts 20:16-18, 28-36, John 17:1-13

Seventh Week of Pascha
- Monday: Acts 21:8-14, John14:27-15:7
- Tuesday: Acts 21:26-32, John 16:2-13
- Wednesday: Acts 23:1-11, John 16:15-23
- Thursday: Acts 25:13-19, John 16:23-33
- Friday: Acts 27:1-44, John 17:18-26
- Saturday: Acts 28:1-31, John 21:15-25 (All Souls)

May 24, 2015
Pentecost - Feast of the Descent of the Holy Spirit
- Vespers: Numbers 11:16,17,24-29, Joel 2:23-32, Ezekiel 36:24-28
- Matins: John 20:19-23
- Liturgy: Acts 2:1-11, John 7:37-52; 8:12

First Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Ephesians 5:8b-19, Matthew 18:10-20 (Feast of the Holy Spirit)
- Tuesday: Romans 1:1-7,13-17, Mathew 4:25-5:13
- Wednesday: Romans 1:18-27, Matthew 5:20-26
- Thursday: Romans 1:28-2:9, Matthew 5:27-32
- Friday: Romans 2:14-29, Matthew 5:33-41
- Saturday: Romans 1:7-12, Matthew 5:42-48

May 31,2015
First Sunday After Pentecost: Sunday of All Saints
- Vespers: Isaiah 43:9-14, Wisdom 3:1-9;, Wisdom 5:15-6:3
- Matins: Matthew 28:16-20 (Gospel 1)
- Liturgy: Hebrews 11:33-12:2a; Matthew 10:32;33,37,38;19:27-30

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, "You are mad; you are not like us."