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Photo: Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople embraces newly enthroned Pope Francis after his inaugural Mass in Rome on March 19, 2013.

Title Created Date
Aleppo prelate saw resurgence of faith around Easter 2016-05-02
Obama rues persecution of Orthodox Christians 2016-05-02
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew issues Easter encyclical 2016-04-29
Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo laments heavy fighting in Aleppo 2016-04-29
Pro-life Easter signature campaign at Russian Orthodox churches 2016-04-28
Egypt's Copts resume travel to Jerusalem after years of boycott 2016-04-26
Aleppo's Armenian districts bombarded on anniversary of genocide 2016-04-26
Bishop Borys Gudziak: the Pope is trying to save Ukraine 2016-04-26
Metropolitan Hilarion criticizes pan-Orthodox council’s documents, procedure 2016-04-23
Patriarch Gregorios III: We cannot forget abducted bishops 2016-04-21
Papal appeal for Ukraine 2016-04-20
Do not be indifferent to refugees, Pope Francis and Orthodox leaders plead 2016-04-18
Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma (USA) Conducted Youth Ministry Training Seminar in North Carolina 2016-04-17
Some Syrian Christians returning home from Europe 2016-04-15
Program announced for papal trip to Lesbos 2016-04-15
Greek bishop fears violence in face of migrant crisis 2016-04-15
Chaldean Patriarch: priests should not promote Christian exodus from Iraq 2016-04-13
Papal appeal for prayers for visit to Greek island 2016-04-13
Russian bishops recall St. John Paul’s restoration of hierarchy 2016-04-13
Together on the margins: Lesbos trip to be ecumenical sign of service 2016-04-13
Russia: joint Catholic-Orthodox initiative to assist Syria’s Christians 2016-04-13
Pope to visit 3 Caucasus nations 2016-04-11
Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II: ISIS murdered Christians in Syrian town 2016-04-11
Patriarch Kirill calls for peace in Caucasus 2016-04-08
Patriarchate confirms papal visit to Greek island in ‘near future’ 2016-04-07
Pakistan: Christian, Muslim clergy mourn victims of Easter attack 2016-04-06
Chaldean bishops welcome progress against ISIS, say Iraq is at ‘dangerous crossroads’ 2016-04-06
Saint's relics discovered intact in rubble of Syrian monastery destroyed by Islamic State 2016-04-05
Pope may visit Greece to meet with migrants facing return to Turkey 2016-04-05
Ukrainian Greek Catholics welcome statement on 1946 ‘synod’ 2016-04-05
Palestinian police arrest Syrian Orthodox prelate 2016-04-04
Pope announces special collection for Ukraine 2016-04-04
Moscow Patriarchate to host international conference on persecution of Christians 2016-03-31
Lord Sacks decries 'ethnic cleansing' of Christians in Middle East 2016-03-30
Bishop Borys (Gudziak) about attacks in Belgium 2016-03-24
The Head of the UGCC on Sunday of Orthodoxy: “Great Fasting is a time of an open heaven” 2016-03-24
Patriarch Louis Raphael I: Iraqis must unite against ISIS 2016-03-24
Convert to Christianity murdered in Bangladesh; ISIS claims responsibility 2016-03-24
Russian Orthodox Patriarch condemns 'heresy' of a right to sinful behavior 2016-03-23
Saudis nurture Islamic radicals in Europe, Syrian bishop warns 2016-03-23
2016 Paschal Letter of Patriarch Gregorios III 2016-03-23
Latin Catholic Patriarch of Jerusalem: US finding of genocide against Christians comes too late 2016-03-22
Pope May Visit Armenia in June, Vatican Says 2016-03-22
Syrian prelate: US helped create ‘jihadist monster’ 2016-03-22
Patriarch Bartholomew underlines importance of worldwide Synod 2016-03-21
Israel: Christians concerned by government restrictions on Easter Vigil 2016-03-21
The Council of Kharkiv-Poltava Eparchy of UAOC (renewed) to determine ways of reuniting the Orthodox and Greek Catholics 2016-03-19
Ecumenical patriarch: struggle against materialism during Lent 2016-03-19
Paschal Message 2016 of Bishop NICHOLAS (SAMRA) 2016-03-19
80% of Syrian Christians support Assad, says bishop 2016-03-17

Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account." (Matthew 5:11 ESV)

Resurrection

Christ is risen from the dead * trampling down Death by death, * and to those in the tombs bestowing life! (Troparion)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Although You descended into the tomb, O Immortal One, * You destroyed the power of Hades; * You arose as the victor, O Christ God, * proclaiming to the myrrh-bearing women: “Rejoice!” * And granting peace to Your Apostles, * O, You, Who gives resurrection to the fallen. (Kontakion)

Random Proverb

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. (Proverbs 3:9,10 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

"'And [Naaman] dipped himself . . . seven times in the Jordan' [2 Kgs. 5:14]. It was not for nothing that Naaman of old, when suffering from leprosy, was purified upon his being baptized, but [this served] as an indication to us. For as we are lepers in sin, we are made clean, by means of the sacred water and the invocation of the Lord, from our old transgressions, being spiritually regenerated as new-born babes, even as the Lord has declared: `Except a man be born again through water and the Spirit, he shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.'"

St. Irenaeus of Lyons (190 AD), Fragment 34