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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
Christ’s restored tomb inaugurated in Jerusalem 2017-03-24
Eritrean Catholic bishop visits diaspora, says too many migrants perish 2017-03-22
Archbishop: return to Aleppo 2017-03-21
Chaldean Catholic patriarchate says it cannot supply priests for ‘diaspora’ communities 2017-03-21
Pope Francis to visit Egypt in April 2017-03-21
Icon Blessing in Virginia 2017-03-18
Letter of H.B. Patriarch Gregorios III for Great and Holy Lent 2017 2017-03-17
Knights of Columbus calls on US government to assist persecuted Christians 2017-03-17
The Church That Stalin Couldn’t Kill: Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Thrives Seventy Years after Forced Reunification 2017-03-16
Pope Francis meets Lebanese president, promises a visit 2017-03-16
Catholic parish in Ankara, Turkey, will host Orthodox liturgies 2017-03-14
Mosul: Chaldean Catholic parish became office for ISIS authorities 2017-03-14
Catholics, Lutherans to mark Reformation March 14 at Pittsbugh Ruthenian Cathedral 2017-03-13
St. Patrick added to Russian Orthodox calendar 2017-03-13
Patriarch Louis Raphael I calls for redrafting of Iraqi constitution 2017-03-10
Prelates call on US, Europe to be more generous to refugees 2017-03-10
The Christians fleeing their homes after ISIS attacks in Egypt 2017-03-09
Ukraine asks UN to assess the situation with freedom of religion and belief in occupied Crimea 2017-03-09
Russia in the Hague accused of terror and discrimination in Crimea and funding terrorism in Donbas 2017-03-09
No news on Indian priest, a year after abduction 2017-03-09
No preferential treatment for persecuted Christians in revised executive order 2017-03-09
Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III: 80% of Syriac Catholics now live outside homeland 2017-03-09
After visit to Avdiyivka, UGCC bishop tells about the daunting daily life of frontline residents 2017-03-06
Egyptian official: jihadists threaten Islam as well as Christianity 2017-03-06
Egypt’s al Sisi says Muslims, Christians should be seen as equal citizens 2017-03-04
Russian Catholics hope for a new springtime for small Byzantine Church 2017-03-03
Archbishop Sviatoslav to Int'l Community: 'Stop war in Ukraine' 2017-03-03
Melkite Holy Synod Issues Press Release 2017-03-02
Christians Erect Giant Cross Outside Mosul to Mark Victory Over ISIS Jihadists 2017-03-02
Patriarch Kirill criticizes search for ‘likes’ on social media 2017-03-02
‘The monk who saves manuscripts from ISIS’ 2017-03-02
Iraq: patriarch blesses giant cross in liberated town 2017-02-28
Melkite Synod reachs agreement, end ‘open rebellion’ 2017-02-27
Hundreds of Copts in flight from Sinai peninsula after murders, threats 2017-02-27
Another Copt murdered; Christians begin to flee Sinai peninsula 2017-02-24
Pro-life cooperation between Orthodox, Catholics in Russia 2017-02-24
Leading Russian Orthodox official laments persecution, says ‘Islamic terrorism’ does not exist 2017-02-23
Coptic Christians murdered, Islamic group vows more attacks in Egypt 2017-02-23
Patriarch calls for Lenten prayer for peace in Iraq 2017-02-23
Vatican calls for adherence to ceasefire in Ukraine 2017-02-22
Egypt: road planned through ancient monastery’s land 2017-02-22
Flames of Faith 2017-02-20
Syrian Orthodox Church weighs special synod to address Patriarch’s gesture of respect for Qu’ran 2017-02-20
Pope prays for victims of violence in Congo, Pakistan, Iraq 2017-02-20
Pope recalls Saints Cyril and Methodius 2017-02-16
Historic cathedral transferred back to Russian Orthodox Church 2017-02-16
Syrian Orthodox bishops assail Patriarch for reverencing Qu’ran 2017-02-15
Cardinal Kurt Koch proposes to set up a commission to reconcile the UGCC and ROC 2017-02-14
Russian Orthodox clerics sees joint effort with Catholic Church to help persecuted Christians 2017-02-14
Georgian Orthodox priest accused in plot to poison Patriarch 2017-02-14

Teachings of Christ

“The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45 ESV)

Lenten 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)

Rather 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)


Today is the fountainhead of our salvation, * and the revelation of an eternal mystery: * The Son of God becomes the Son of a Virgin, * and Gabriel announces the good news of grace. * Therefore, let us also cry with him to the Mother of God: * "Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you!” (Troparion, Tone 4)

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

To you, O Mother of God, our leader and defender, * we, your servants, delivered from calamity, offer hymns of victory and thanksgiving. * So you, who have invincible might, * set us free from every peril * that we may cry to you: * "Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!" (Kontakion, Tone 8)

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

Why do you increase your bonds? Take hold of your life before your light grows dark and you seek help and do not find it. This life has been given to you for repentance; do not waste it in vain pursuits. 

St. Isaac the Syrian