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"They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword...." (Hebrews 11:37a)

Please lift up in prayer all those who are persecuted and deprived of liberty, everywhere in the world. Please especially remember the peoples of Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Niger - the whole Middle East and Africa - who are literal martyrs for Christ. Also the peoples of Ukraine. They are our brothers, for all are one in Christ.

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Teachings of Christ

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-44 ESV)

Feasts & Fasts

January
1 - Circumcision of Our Lord, Feast of St. Basil the Great, New Year's Day
6 - Theophany of Our Lord
17 - Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
18 - Martin Luther King Day (USA)
22- March for Life 2016
24 - Sunday of the Prodigal Son
30 - Feast of Saints Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom, First All-Souls Saturday
31 - Sunday of the Second Coming of Christ (Meat-Fare)

February
2 - Feast of the Encounter
7 - Forgiveness Sunday (Cheese-Fare)
8 - Beginning of the Holy Forty Days Fast
14 - First Sunday of the Great Fast (Orthodoxy)
15 - Washington’s Birthday (President's Day) (USA)
20 - Second All-Souls Saturday
21 - Second Sunday of the Great Fast (St. Gregory Palamas)
27 - Third All Souls Saturday
28 - Third Sunday of the Great Fast (Veneration of the Cross)

Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

Instead, grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humility, patience, and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother. For You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

 

Encounter

Rejoice, O Mother of God, Virgin full of grace. * From you has risen the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, * shining upon those who are in darkness. * Rejoice also, you righteous Elder; * for you received in your arms the Deliverer of our souls, * Who has given us resurrection. (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.

O Christ God, through Your birth You sanctified the Virgin's womb; * and blessed, as it was proper, the hands of Simeon. * Now, having come, you saved us. * Give peace to Your commonwealth in times of war * and strengthen our civil authorities, whom You have loved, O You who alone loves mankind. (Kontakion, Tone 1)

Random Proverb

"Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching." (Proverbs 4:1,2 ESV)

This Week's Scripture

February 7, 2016
Forgiveness Sunday
- Matins: Luke 24:1-12 (Gospel 4)
- Liturgy: Romans 13:11b-14:4, Matthew 6:14-21

First Week of Great Lent
- Monday: Isaiah 1:1-20 (Sixth Hour) Genesis 1:1-13, Proverbs 1:1-20 (Vespers)
- Tuesday: Isaiah 1:19-2:3, Genesis 1:14-23, Proverbs 1:20-33
- Wednesday: Isaiah 2:3-11, Genesis 1:24-2:3, Proverbs 2:1-21
- Thursday: Isaiah 2:11-21, Genesis 2:4-19, Proverbs 3:1-19
- Friday: Isaiah 3:1-14, Genesis 2:20-3:20, Proverbs 3:19-34
- Saturday: Hebrews 1:1-12, Mark 2:23-3:5

February 14, 2016
First Sunday of Great Lent: Sunday of Orthodoxy
- Matins: Luke 24:12-35 (Gospel 5)
- Liturgy: Hebrews 11:24-26,32-12:2, John 1:43-51

Second Week of Great Lent
- Monday: Isaiah 4:2-6; 5:1-7 (Sixth Hour), Vespers: Genesis 3:21-4:7, Proverbs 3:34-4:22
- Tuesday: Isaiah 5:7-1, Genesis 4:8-15, Proverbs 5:1-15
- Wednesday: Isaiah 5:16-26, Genesis 4:16-26, Proverbs 5:15-6:3
- Thursday: Isaiah 6:1-12, Genesis 5:1-24, Proverbs 6:3-20
- Friday: Isaiah 7:1-14, Genesis 5:32-6:8, Proverbs 6:20-7:1
- Saturday: Hebrew 3:12-16, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 (All Souls), Mark 1:35-44, John 5:24-30 (All Souls)

February 21, 2016
Second Sunday of Great Lent: St. Gregory Palamas
- Matins: Luke 24:36-53 (Gospel 6)
- Liturgy: Hebrews 1:10-2:3 (Sunday), Hebrews 7:26-8:2 (St. Gregory), Mark 2:1-12 (Sunday), John 10:9-19 (St. Gregory)

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

While the Bridegroom tarried, they slumbered and slept: Give ear, ye prudent, to our Lord's parable, for it is all light. All of them slept, both the foolish and the wise -- Which signifies that the good and the wicked die until the resurrection. The same sleep comes upon the ten of them, which is as much as to say, That death is the same for all creation without distinction. One was the sleep of the wise and of the foolish, For one is death, both of the righteous and of sinners. The good die, as the wise virgins slept; And the bad die, as the foolish also slept. Behold, all creation looketh for the coming of the Bridegroom, Christ, Who cometh at the end with His angels. But since He hath tarried, all generations slumber and sleep with the sleep of death, while looking for when He cometh.

A Homily on the Ten Virgins by Mar Jacob, Bishop of Serugh