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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
Assembly of the Catholic Hierarchs in Syria: Closing Statement of November Meeting 2015-11-24
His Beatitude Patriarch Gregorios III (Laham) on Lebanese Independence Day 2015-11-22
Patriarch Gregorios III on the Paris Attacks of 13 November 2015 2015-11-15
Attack on Beirut’s Southern Suburbs 2015-11-15
EWTN to Provide Live Broadcast of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy to be celebrated by His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk 2015-11-13
The smallest church in Frankfurt 2015-11-12
“The Church is close to people” - Interview with Gregorios III Laham 2015-11-12
Exodus: Syrian Patriarch criticizes German asylum policy 2015-11-11
As Islamic State advances, Christians gather to defend town 2015-11-11
Orthodox prelate praises Russia's 'peacemaker' role in Syria 2015-11-10
37 kidnapped Christians released in Syria 2015-11-10
Maronite bishops decry proposed division of Syria 2015-11-10
Ecumenical Patriarch: ‘Creation care and ecological justice’ 2015-11-09
Islamic State threatens key Syrian Christian center; thousands flee 2015-11-06
Russian patriarch: don’t forget positive achievements of Lenin, Stalin eras 2015-11-05
Historic Shenandoah Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Being Renovated 2015-11-04
Orthodox, Anglican leaders pray for refugees, environment 2015-11-04
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow laments Halloween parties during national mourning 2015-11-04
Macedonian president meets with Pope 2015-11-02
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow criticizes US secularization, same-sex marriage 2015-10-30
Kidnapped Syrian priest speaks about captivity under the Islamic State 2015-10-29
Turkey: Christian leaders publish ‘Basic Principles of Christianity’ for Muslim readers 2015-10-28
Syrian church hit by mortar shell; several injuries 2015-10-27
Papal message to Ecumenical Patriarch 2015-10-27
Biden receives Greek Orthodox human rights award 2015-10-23
Jerusalem patriarchate to hold special prayers for peace in all parishes 2015-10-23
Metropolitan Hilarion meets with Pope Francis 2015-10-22
Appeal from Patriarch Gregorios III for Peace in Syria, Iraq, Palestine and the Whole Middle East 2015-10-24
In fiery speech, Russian Orthodox representative urges Synod to battle secular ideology 2015-10-21
Orthodox churches approve two documents, disagree on one at preconciliar meeting 2015-10-20
Israeli security wall disfigures Jerusalem, Patriarch says 2015-10-19
Islamic State releases 50 Christian hostages in Syria 2015-10-16
Orthodox, Protestant delegates address Synod 2015-10-16
Palestinian protestors set fire to Joseph’s tomb 2015-10-20
Egypt: church dedicated to slain Coptic Christians 2015-10-16
New report highlights persecution of Christians in 22 nations 2015-10-16
Dangerous to see Russian involvement in Syria as 'holy war,' archbishop says 2015-10-14
Syrian prelate says US involvement harms, Russian strikes help against Islamic State 2015-10-09
Pope appeals for peace in Middle East 2015-10-09
Syrian prelate welcomes Russian airstrikes 2015-10-09
Latin Patriarchate pleads for calm in Jerusalem 2015-10-09
Syrian Catholic Patriarch Patriarch Ignace Youssif III rips Western indifference 2015-10-08
Jerusalem patriarchate urges new Israeli-Palestinian talks as new violence flares 2015-10-07
Syrian Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III decries US policy toward Syria 2015-10-07
Russian Orthodox Church: Oregon shootings manifest anti-Christian hatred 2015-10-07
Patriarch Sviatoslav calls for greater Vatican efforts on behalf of Ukraine 2015-10-06
Syrian archbishop rips US support for Islamic rebels 2015-10-02
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow backs nation’s military intervention in Syria 2015-10-01
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow meets with Abbas 2015-09-29
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow: sanctions against Russia promote self-sufficiency 2015-09-23

Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." (Matthew 5:6 ESV)

Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple

Today is the prelude of the goodwill of God * and the heralding of the salvation of mankind; * the Virgin appears clearly in the temple of God * and foretells Christ to all. * Let us also with a mighty voice cry out to her: * “Rejoice, O Fulfillment of the Creator’s divine plan.” (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.

The most pure Temple of the Savior, * the most precious Bridal-Chamber and Virgin, the sacred Treasury of the glory of God, * is brought today into the house of the Lord, * bringing with her the grace that is in the Divine Spirit. * The angels of God praise her in song: * “She is the heavenly tabernacle.” (Kontakion - Tone 4)

Random Proverb

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Monasticism itself is a perpetual labor of conquering passions and uprooting them in order that, being in a pure and immaculate state, one may preserve oneself before the face of God. This, then, is your task! Give your attention to it, and direct all your powers towards it.

St. Theophan the Recluse