Deisis (Novogorod)

Welcome!

Welcome to byzcath.org. Here you will find news and general information about the Byzantine Catholic (Greek Catholic) and other Eastern Christian Churches.

Please pray!

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, 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.

Join Our Community

Check out The Byzantine Forum, a discussion community focusing on everything Eastern Christian. Here you can share your faith, ask questions, request prayers and offer prayers. It's a cross between a panel of experts and a cyber coffee hour. Believers and non-believers welcome!

Feasts & Fasts

December

6 - St Nicholas the Wonderworker and Archbishop of Myra in Lycia
9 - The Conception of the Most Holy Mother of God by the Righteous Anna
14 - Second Sunday Before Christmas (Holy Forefathers)
21 - Suday Before Christmas (Holy Fathers)
25 - The Nativity of our Lord God and Savior, Jesus Christ
26 - Synaxis of the Most Holy Mother of God
28 - Sunday after the Nativity: Commemoration of the Holy Righteous David the King, Joseph the Betrothed, and James the Brother of the Lord

 

Hoy Fathers

Great are the accomplishmets of faith: * three holy youths rejoiced in the source of the flame * as though on the waters of refreshment; * and the Prophet Daniel appeared to be a shepherd of the lions, as of sheep. * Through their prayers, O Christ God, save our souls. (Troparion, Tone 2)

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

You did not honor a hand-depicted image, O thrice-blessed ones, * but, defended by the undepicted Being, you were glorified in a trial by fire. * And, standing in the midst of unbearable flame, you called upon God: * “Hasten, O Compassionate One, and speed to our help, * for You are merciful and You can do whatever you will.” (Kontakion, Tone 6)

This Week's Scripture

December 14, 2014
Second Sunday Before Christmas
- Matins: Luke 24:12-35 (Gospel 5)
- Liturgy: Colossians 3:4-11, Luke 14:16-24

Twenty-Eighth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: 2 Tim 2:20-26, Mark 8:11-21
- Tuesday: 2 Tim 3:16-4:4, Mark 8:22-26
- Wednesday: 2 Tim 4:9-22, Mark 8:30-34
- Thursday: Titus 1:5-2:1, Mark 9:10-16
- Friday: Titus 1:15-2:10, Mark 8:33-41
- Saturday: Galatians 3:8-12, Luke 14:18-29

December 21, 2014
Sunday Before Nativity: Holy Fathers
- Matins: Luke 25:36-53 (Gospel 6)
- Liturgy: Hebrews 11:9-10, 17-23, 32-40, Matthew 1:1-25

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

We truly love God and keep His commandments if we restrain ourselves from our pleasures. For he who still abandons himself to unlawful desires certainly does not love God, since he contradicts Him in his own intentions. . . Therefore, he loves God truly, whose mind is not conquered by consent to evil delight. For the more one takes pleasure in lower things, the more he is separated from heavenly love.

St. Gregory the Great