(Radio Poland) - The southwestern Polish city of Wrocław has collected PLN 1.1 million in funds as part of a campaign to benefit the Syrian town of Aleppo.

The funds, the equivalent of some USD 300,000, will go to provide medical equipment for the St. Louis Hospital in Aleppo.

The fundraiser, part of the Aleppo Relief campaign, was a joint ecumenical initiative by four different Christian denominations, the Roman Catholic Church, the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession, the Orthodox Church and the Byzantine Catholic Church, acting jointly with the local authorities and chambers of commerce.

The Bishop of Aleppo, Georges Loutfallah Abou Khazen, is due to visit Wrocław on November 5 and deliver thanksgiving homilies in the city’s St. John’s Cathedral and two other churches. (mk/gs)

Link: http://thenews.pl/1/11/Artykul/332980,Polish-city-raises-funds-for-Syria%E2%80%99s-Aleppo


Teachings of Christ

“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." (Matthew 6:33 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)

(November 21st)

Random Proverb

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. (Proverbs 3:9,10 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

No one has to be embarrassed over his sinful state. ‘There is no man who, while living, does not sin,’ and the more sinful the man, the stronger will be God’s help in leading him out of his sinful mire. But the help of God comes only when the sinner repents with heartfelt contrition and has the will to reform. Not seeing in himself enough strength of soul to break away from sinful deeds, he asks for God’s help. This is where the mercy of God, Who does not wish the death of the sinner but wants him to be converted and live, is often evident.… If the voice of conscience awakens in us a feeling of remorse or repentance, then we must pray fervently to the Guardian Angel of our human existence that he may keep us from corrupt downfalls and help us ‘serve God with fear and trembling.’

Elder Macarius of Optina