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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
Bishop Richard Stephen (Seminack) of Chicago Falls Asleep in the Lord 2016-08-18
New Biographic Sketch Published on Patriarch Maximos III Mazlum 2016-08-15
Travels of Patriarch Gregorios III (Summer 2016) 2016-08-15
Russian Patriarch Kirill: no contradiction between religion, science 2016-08-11
Constantinople denies plan to create new Orthodox jurisdiction in Ukraine 2016-08-10
Coptic Orthodox leader distances himself from demonstrations in US 2016-08-10
Chaldean prelate looks forward to rebuilding Iraq after defeat of Islamic State 2016-08-05
Syriac Patriarch Ignatius III raps Western indifference to persecution of Christians in Middle East 2016-08-04
Moscow rips Ukrainian Catholic Church; Constantinople differs 2016-08-04
Syrian bishop: 'moderate' Syrian rebel force does not exist 2016-08-01
Patriarch Gregorios III: Call to Prayer and Fasting for the Dormition 2016-07-29
Syriac Catholic patriarch decries actions of Western leaders, European prelates 2016-07-28
Coptic Pope suspends audience as religious strife escalates in Egypt 2016-07-25
Syria: patriarch blasts Western efforts to remove Assad 2016-07-22
Bishop: Turkey’s Catholics are safe because they stay out of politics 2016-07-22
Orthodox Patriarch left Turkey just before coup, sparking rumors 2016-07-20
Rebel rockets rain down on Christian quarter in Aleppo 2016-07-20
Patriarch Bartholomew foresees significant ecumenical progress in coming years 2016-07-20
Russian Orthodox Church: recent council in Crete was ‘important’ but ‘not pan-Orthodox’ 2016-07-19
Iraqi bishop laments conditions in refugee camps 2016-07-18
“Russia should realize: war will be equally terrible for everyone,” Liubomyr (Husar) 2016-07-13
Joint Orthodox-Catholic commission begins study on Cardinal Stepanic 2016-07-13
Ukraine made its choice in favor of European family of nations as early as in Prince Volodymyr’s times - Patriarch Sviatoslav 2016-07-13
Cardinal suggests new meeting between Pope, Russian patriarch 2016-07-13
Church halts all non-sacramental activities in besieged Syrian city 2016-07-13
Prelate: non-Catholic Armenians see Pope as ‘true universal pastor’ 2016-07-11
Interview with Syrian Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III 2016-07-08
‘SAVE MY PEOPLE’ - An interview with a Chaldean Catholic priest from Iraq 2016-07-07
Maronite Patriarch: don’t encourage Christians to leave the Middle East 2016-07-07
Coptic nun killed by stray bullet in shoot-out in Egypt 2016-07-06
First Muslim call to prayer inside Hagia Sophia since 1931 2016-07-05
Patriarch Gregorios III: Greetings for Eid ul-Fitr 2016-07-03
Pan-Orthodox council pulled back from blessing marriages of Orthodox, non-Orthodox Christians 2016-07-01
Catholics, Orthodox gather in Antioch to recall St. Peter 2016-07-01
Coptic priest killed in Egypt; Islamic State suspected 2016-06-30
Long-term goal must be repatriation for refugees, Maronite Patriarch says 2016-06-29
Pope Francis calls on Catholics, Orthodox to abandon ‘rivalry, mistrust, and rancor’ 2016-06-28
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, in letter to Pope, reflects on solidarity, Europe’s Christian roots 2016-06-28
The Holy and Great Council concludes its work 2016-06-27
Pope visits Armenian Genocide memorial 2016-06-27
Arriving in Armenia, Pope invokes the term: genocide 2016-06-25
Syrian archbishop agrees: suffering of Christians is not 'genocide' 2016-06-25
Pan-Orthodox council discusses regional bishops’ assemblies 2016-06-25
Pan-Orthodox council discusses document on mission 2016-06-23
Pope Francis: Armenian Genocide among the worst sufferings in history 2016-06-23
Melkite synod postponed; Patriarch decries bishops' 'open rebellion' 2016-06-22
Cardinal Parolin backs Ukraine’s territorial integrity, says migrant crisis is ‘really scary’ 2016-06-22
Maronite bishops reject calls to partition Syria 2016-06-22
Jewish extremists harass Orthodox worshippers in Jerusalem 2016-06-22
Attack on Christians in Egypt 2016-06-22

Teachings of Christ

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

Transfiguration

You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, * showing Your glory to Your Disciples as far as they were able to bear it. * Through the prayers of the Mother of God, * let Your everlasting Light shine also upon us sinners. * O Giver of Light, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 7)

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

Upon the mountain You were transfigured, O Christ God, * and Your Disciples beheld Your glory as far as they could receive it, * so that when they would see You crucified, * they would understand that You suffered willingly; * and they would preach to the world * that You are truly the radiance of the Father. (Kontakion, Tone 7)

Random Proverb

"Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live." (Proverbs 4:4 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

We honor the relics of the martyrs, that we may adore Him whose martyrs they are. We honor the servants that their honor may be reflected upon their Lord who Himself says: "He that receives you receives me."

St. Jerome, Epistle 109:1, NPNF II, 6:212