Deisis (Novogorod)

Patriarch Gregorios III celebrates Christmas in Egypt

Cairo, Egypt - His Beautitude, Patriarch Gregorios III traveled to Egypt to celebrate Christmas. Photo coverage is below.

 Melkite clergy assembled with His Beatitude and the Patriarchal Vicar, Georges Bakar at the Patriarchate
Melkite clergy assembled with His Beatitude and the Patriarchal Vicar, Georges Bakar at the Patriarchate


 Pope Tawadros II greeting His Beatitude for New Calendar Christmas
 Pope Tawadros II greeting His Beatitude for New Calendar Christmas
 His Beatitude during the Divine Liturgy on Christmas Night 24 December
 His Beatitude during the Divine Liturgy on Christmas Night 24 December
 Representatives of President Sisi and of the Egyptian Home Office greeting His Beatitude
 Representatives of President Sisi and of the Egyptian Home Office greeting His Beatitude
 His Beatitude during the Divine Liturgy of the Nativity, concelebrating with Priest Paul and another priest
 His Beatitude during the Divine Liturgy of the Nativity, concelebrating with Priest Paul and another priest

Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account." (Matthew 5:11 ESV)

Pentecost

Blessed are You, O Christ our God, * Who has shown the fishermen to be all wise, * by sending down to them the Holy Spirit, * and through them You have caught the whole world in Your net. * O Lover of Mankind, glory to You. (Troparion - Tone 8)

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

When the Most High descended, confusing tongues, * He divided the nations; * but when He distributed the tongues of fire, * He called all to unity; * and, with one voice, * we glorify the Most Holy Spirit. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

Random Proverb

"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom." (Proverbs 11:2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Even a pious person is not immune to spiritual sickness if he does not have a wise guide -- either a living person or a spiritual writer. This sickness is called _prelest_, or spiritual delusion, imagining oneself to be near to God and to the realm of the divine and supernatural. Even zealous ascetics in monasteries are sometimes subject to this delusion, but of course, laymen who are zealous in external struggles (podvigi) undergo it much more frequently. Surpassing their acquaintances in struggles of prayer and fasting, they imagine that they are seers of divine visions, or at least of dreams inspired by grace. In every event of their lives, they see special intentional directions from God or their guardian angel. And then they start imagining that they are God's elect, and often try to foretell the future. The Holy Fathers armed themselves against nothing so fiercely as against this sickness -- prelest.

Metropolitan Anthony Khrapovitsky