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Please pray!

"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

“Whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:33 ESV)

Feasts & Fasts

May 23 - June 28 - The Apostles' Fast

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

July
1 - Canada Day (Canada)
4 - Independence Day (USA)
17 - Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils
20 - Holy, Glorious Prophet Elijah

August
1-14 - Dormition Fast
6 - Transfiguration of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ
15 - The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
29 - The Beheading of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John

Comforter

O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth,
Who are everywhere present and fill all things,
Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life,
come and dwell within us,
cleanse us of all stain,
and save our souls, O Good One.

Random Proverb

"Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her." (Proverbs 8:10,11 ESV)

This Week's Scripture

June 19, 2016
Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Luke 24:12-35 (Gospel  5)
- Liturgy: Romans 10:1-10, Matthew 8:28-9:1

Sixth Week After Pentecost
- Monday:  Romans 16:17-24, Matthew 13:10-23
- Tuesday:  1 Corinthians 1:1-9, Matthew 13:24-30
- Wednesday:  1 Corinthians 2:9-3:8, Matthew 13:31-36
- Thursday:  1 Corinthians 3:18-23, Matthew 13:36-43

June 24, 2016
Nativity of Saint John the Baptist
- Vespers: Genesis 17:15-17, 19; 18:11-14; 21:1-8, Judges 13:2-8, 13-14, 17-18, 21, Isaiah 40, 41, 45, 48, 54
- Matins: Luke 1:24-25, 57-68, 76, 80
- Liturgy: Romans 13:11-14:4, Luke 1:1-25, 57-68, 76, 80

- Saturday:  Romans 9:1-5, Matthew 9:18-26

June 26, 2016
Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins:  Luke 24:36-53 (Gospel 6)
- Liturgy: Romans 12:6-14, Matthew 9:1-8

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Wrath is a reminder of hidden hatred, that is to say, remembrance of wrongs. Wrath is a desire for the injury of the one who has provoked you. Irascibility is the untimely blazing up of the heart. Bitterness is a movement of displeasure seated in the soul. Anger is an easily changeable movement of one’s disposition and disfiguration of soul.

St. John Climacus, “The Ladder of Divine Ascent"