NEW YORK - Archbishop Demetrios of America received His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the Head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department of External Relations, at the Archdiocese Headquarters, Aug. 30. The Metropolitan had requested a meeting with the Archbishop, and this was his first visit to the Archdiocese.

After praying in the Archdiocesan Chapel of St. Paul, and viewing the few surviving remains of the St. Nicholas Church destroyed on 9/11 which are kept in the Chapel, the Metropolitan spent 90 minutes with the Archbishop, discussing the recent Episcopal Assembly of North and Central America (May 26-28, 2010), as well as issues of common interest for inter-Orthodox relations in the United States. The discussions were characterized by a spirit of common interest and desire for the promotion of the Orthodox message in the United States and internationally.

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Teachings of Christ

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’" (Matthew 7:21-23 ESV)

Dormition

O Mother of God, in giving birth you preserved virginity; * and in falling asleep you did not forsake the world. * You are the Mother of Life and have been transferred to life, * and through your prayers you deliver our souls from death. (Troparion - Tone 1)

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

Neither the tomb nor death could detain the Mother of God, * who is unsleeping in her prayers and our unfailing hope in her intercession; * for He Who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb, * transferred to Life the Mother of Life. (Kontakion - Tone 2)

Random Proverb

"The wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked to sin." (Proverbs 10:10 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

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