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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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Teachings of Christ

'Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day." (John 6:53-54 ESV)

Feasts & Fasts

September
1 - Liturgical New Year (7526)
4 - Labor Day (USA, Canada)
8 - The Nativity of our Most Holy Lady, the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
14 - The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross

October
1 - The Protection of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
9 - Columbus Day (USA), Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
15 - Sunday of the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (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.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Random Proverb

"Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you." (Proverbs 3:28 ESV)

This Week's Scripture

September 3, 2017
Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Mark 16:1-8 (Gospel 2)
- Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 16:13-24, Matthew 21:33-42

Fourteenth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: 2 Corinthians 12:10-19, Mark 4:10-23
- Tuesday: 2 Corinthians 12:20-13:2, Mark 4:24-34
- Wednesday: 2 Corinthians 13:3-13, Mark 4:35-41
- Thursday: Galatians 1:1-10,20-24-2:5, Mark 5:1-20
- Friday: Galatians 2:6-10, Mark 5:22-24, 35-6:1
- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Matthew 23:1-12 and for the Saturday before the Exaltation 1 Corinthians 2:6-9, Matthew 10:37-11:1

September 10, 2017
Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Mark 16:9-20 (Gospel 3)
- Liturgy: Galatians 6:11-18, John 3:13-17 (Sun before Exalation), 2 Corinthians 1:21-2:4, Matthew 22:1-14

Fifteenth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Galatians 2:11-16, Mark 5:24-34
- Tuesday: Galatians 2:21-3:7, Mark 6:1-7
- Wednesday: Galatians 3:15-22, Mark 6:7-13

September 14, 2017
Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross
- Vespers: Exodus 15:22-27, Proverbs 3:11-18, Isaiah 60:11-16
- Matins: John 12:28-36
- Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 1:18-24, John 19:6-11,13-20,25-28,30-35

- Thursday: Galatians 3:23-4:5, Mark 6:30-45
- Friday: Galatians 4:8-21, Mark 6:45-53
- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 4:17-5:5, Matthew 24:1-13 (Sat), 1 Corinthians 1:26-29, John 8:21-30 (Sat after Exaltation)

September 17, 2017
Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Sunday After the Exaltation
- Matins: Luke 24:1-12 (Gospel 4)
- Liturgy: 2 Corinthians 4:6-15, Matthew 22:35-46 (15th), Galatians 2:16-20, Mark 8:34b-9:1 (Sun after Ex)

Sixteenth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Galatians 4:28-5:10, Mark 6:54-7:8
- Tuesday: Galatians 5:11-21, Mark 7:5-16
- Wednesday: Galatians 6:2-10, Mark 7:14-24
- Thursday: Ephesians 1:1-9, Mark 7:24-30
- Friday: Ephesians 1:7-17, Mark 8:1-10
- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 10:23-28, Matthew 24:34-44

September 24, 2014
Sixteenth Sunday: After Pentecost
- Matins: Luke 24:12-35 (Gospel 5)
- Liturgy: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10, Matthew 25:14-30

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

For to despise the present age, not to love transitory things, unreservedly to stretch out the mind in humility to God and our neighbor, to preserve patience against offered insults and, with patience guarded, to repel the pain of malice from the heart, to give one's property to the poor, not to covet that of others, to esteem the friend in God, on God's account to love even those who are hostile, to mourn at the affliction of a neighbor, not to exult in the death of one who is an enemy, this is the new creature whom the Master of the nations seeks with watchful eye amid the other disciples, saying: "If, then, any be in Christ a new creature, the old things are passed away. Behold all things are made new" (2Cor. 5:17).

The Homilies of St. Gregory the Great On the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel