CWN - Pope Francis met on November 17 with Mar Gewargis III, the head of the Assyrian Church of the East, and joined him in a prayer for peace, especially in Syria and Iraq.

The faithful in Syria and Iraq “walk the way of the Cross” every day, the Pope said. He cited these embattled Christians as models for others, living out their faith in adversity.

Mar Gewargis was visiting the Vatican for the first time since his selection last year to head the Assyrian Church of the East. The Assyrian Church of the East, which is not affiliated with either Orthodox or Catholic churches, is centered in the region most affected by the current bloodshed in the Middle East.

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Teachings of Christ

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." (Matthew 7:7,8 ESV)

Saint Nicholas of Myra

The truth of your deeds has revealed you to your flock, * as a rule of faith, an image of meekness, and a teacher of abstinence. * Therefore, you attained the heights through humility, * and riches through poverty. * O Father and Hierarch Nicholas, * pray to Christ God that our souls may be saved. (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.

In Myra, You were shown to be a servant of the sacred things, O Holy Nicholas, * for, fulfilling the Gospel of Christ, you, O Venerable, laid down your life for your people, * and saved the innocent from death. * Therefore, you were sanctified as a great initiate of the grace of God. (Kontakion, Tone 3)

Random Proverb

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

“Only one sin is nowadays severely punished: the attentive observance of the traditions of our Fathers. For that reason the good ones are thrown out of their places and brought to the desert.” (ep. 243)