(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

“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32 ESV)

Theophany

When You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (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.

You have appeared to the whole world today, * and Your light, O Lord, is signed upon us, * who with knowledge praise You in song: * "You have come, and You have appeared, O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Theophany is a Greek word meaning "manifestation or appearence of God".

Random Proverb

"Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her." (Proverbs 8:10,11 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Repentance is the renewal of baptism. Repentance is a contract with God for a second life. A penitent is a buyer of humility. Repentance is constant distrust of bodily comfort. Repentance is self-condemning reflection, and carefree self-care. Repentance is the daughter of hope and the renunciation of despair. A penitent is an undisgraced convict. Repentance is reconciliation with the Lord by the practice of good deeds contrary to the sins. Repentance is purification of conscience. Repentance is the voluntary endurance of all afflictions. A penitent is the inflicter of his own punishments. Repentance is a mighty persecution of the stomach, and a striking of the soul into vigorous awareness.

St. John of the Ladder