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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.

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UGCC head Sviatoslav Shevchuk and President Poroshenko met on Saturday 2015-03-04
Coptic Patriarch meets with families of Libyan martyrs 2015-03-04
Islamic State releases some captives in Syria 2015-03-04
Pope Francis: pray for persecuted Christians of Syria and Iraq 2015-03-04
Pastoral Letter of His Beatitude Sviatoslav for Lent 2015 2015-03-27
The Recent Attack on Al-Hasakah villages 2015-02-27
Thoughts of Patriarch Gregorios III at the end of the fourth and beginning of the fifth year Of the Syrian Crisis or War on Syria 2015-02-27
Syrian Christians feel abandoned, papal nuncio reports 2015-02-26
Jerusalem: Orthodox seminary torched, Jewish extremists suspected 2015-02-27
Leading Russian Orthodox official sees Russia as ‘only center of non-enslaved civilization’ 2015-02-26
Ukrainian Catholic leader: Ukrainians ‘hurt’ by Pope’s description of war 2015-02-26
Islamic State begins killing hostages; 5,000 Christians flee in Syria 2015-02-26
Ukrainian Catholic leader pays tribute to slain Euromaidan protestors 2015-02-25
Thousands of Egyptians flee Libya 2015-02-25
Report: Islamic State burns down 4 Syrian churches 2015-02-24
Islamic State destroys public library in Mosul 2015-02-24
Coptic Church mobilizing to evacuate Egyptians from Libya 2015-02-24
Letter of His Beatitude Patriarch Gregorios III for Great and Holy Lent 2015 2015-02-24
At least 100 Christians seized in Syria after Islamic State offensive 2015-02-24
Ukraine’s leading Latin-rite prelate discusses meeting with Pope 2015-02-24
Iraqi Patriarch: Libyan conflict is a 'trap;' Europe should stay out 2015-02-23
Ukrainian Church leader: 'we expect the whole Christian world to take our side' 2015-02-23
Egyptians returning from Libya report forced labor, torture by Islamic militants 2015-02-23
Armenian saint named Doctor of the Church 2015-02-23
Syrian Orthodox priest released 2015-02-23
Egypt’s leading Muslim cleric condemns killing of Christians 2015-02-23
Poverty, Ukraine, among topics of meeting between Pope, Merkel 2015-02-23
Coptic Catholics, remembering martyrs in Libya, dedicate new church in Sinai 2015-02-20
Pope backs peace in Ukraine, avoids criticism of Russia, in meeting with country's bishops 2015-02-20
Prelate emphasizes: Ukraine conflict is invasion, not civil war 2015-02-20
Ecumenical Patriarch: Orthodoxy is the ‘green Church par excellence’ 2015-02-20
Prelate emphasizes: Ukraine is not in midst of civil war 2015-02-20
Christians in Middle East living the Way of the Cross, Melkite Patriarch says 2015-02-19
Rival Ukrainian Orthodox groups at odds over government's battle with separatists 2015-02-19
Nuncio: Russian annexation of Crimea is ‘gross violation’ of law 2015-02-19
Islamic State harvesting human organs for revenue? 2015-02-18
Chaldean Patriarch asks Iraq's Muslims to join Christians in Lenten prayers for peace 2015-02-18
Copts died in Libya with the name of Jesus on their lips, bishop testifies 2015-02-18
Pope pleads for peace in Libya, Ukraine 2015-02-18
Catholic aid group commits $2.8 million to help Christians in Syria 2015-02-18
Pope prays for Christians slain in Libya 2015-02-18
Ukrainian Greek Catholic Bishops in United States issue pastoral for the Great Fast 2015 2015-02-18
As Islamic State advances in Libya, bishop vows to stay 2015-02-17
Slain Copts hailed as martyrs for Christ 2015-02-16
Ukrainian Orthodox leader backs truce, asks prayers, decries conflicts among Christians 2015-02-13
Islamic State announces killing of 21 kidnapped Egyptian Christians 2015-02-13
Palestinian Christian mayors travel to Vatican, discuss Cremisan Valley wall 2015-02-13
Syriac Catholic patriarch encourages Christians to stay in Middle East 2015-02-13
Vatican does not recognize officially the annexation of Crimea, Roman Catholic Bihsop in Ukraine 2015-02-12
UGCC Leader appeals to the priests about the pastoral care in the condition of war 2015-02-11

Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

Instead, grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humility, patience, and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother. For You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

 

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The Holy Eucharist is the first, most important, and greatest miracle of Christ. All the other Gospel miracles are secondary. How could we not call the greatest miracle the fact that simple bread and wine were once transformed by the Lord into His very Body and His very Blood, and then have continued to be transformed for nearly two thousand years by the prayers of priests, who are but simple human beings? And what is more, this mystery has continued to effect a miraculous change in those people who communicate of the Divine Mysteries with faith and humility. 

St. Ambrose of Optina