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Please lift up in prayer all those who are persecuted and deprived of liberty, everywhere in the world. Please especially remember the peoples of 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.

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Feasts & Fasts

July

1 - Canada Day (Canada)
4 - Independence Day (USA)
13 - Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils
20 - Holy, Glorious Prophet Elijah

Troparion of the Resurrection

When You descended to death, O Immortal Life, * You slew Hades with the lightning of Your divinity. * And when You raised the dead from the depths of the earth, * all the heavenly Powers cried out: * “O Giver of Life, Christ our God, glory to You!” (Troparion)

This Week's Scripture

July 20, 2013
Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
Feast of the Holy Glorious Prophet Elias
    
- Vespers: Composite 12 - 3 [1] Kings 17:1-23, Composite 13 - 3 [1] Kings 18, 19, Composite 14 - 3 [1] Kings 19:19, 20, 21; 4 [2] Kings 2:1,6-14 (Feast)
- Matins: Luke 24:36-53 (Sunday), Luke 4:22-30 (Feast)
- Liturgy: Romans 12:6-14, Matthew 9:1-8 (Sunday), James 5:10-20, Luke 4:22-30 (Feast)

Seventh Week After Pentecost
- Monday: 1 Corinthians 5:9-6:11, Matthew 13:54-58
- Tuesday: 1 Corinthians 6:20-7:12, Matthew 14:1-13
- Wednesday: 1 Corinthians 7:12-24, Matthew 14:35-15:11
- Thursday: 1 Corinthians 7:24-35, Matthew 15:12-21
- Friday: 1 Corinthians 7:35-8:7, Matthew 15:29-31
- Saturday: Romans 12:1-3, Matthew 10:37-11:1

July 27,2014
Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

- Matins: John 20:1-10 (Gospel 7)
- Liturgy: Romans 15:1-7, Matthew 9:27-35

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The work of prayer belongs to the angels, and is, therefore, the special concern of the Church. Every other work, i.e., charity, nursing the brethren, visiting the sick, caring for prisoners, releasing captives, and other similar things, is done by the brethren in love and offered by them to God. Similarly, poverty, fasting, sleeping on the ground, prostrations, vigils, etc., are good and like a sacrifice to God, because they aim to subdue and humble the body so that we may be purified and approach God and become friends of God -- yet these things do not present us directly to God, whereas prayer does so and unites us with Him. A person praying acts towards God like a friend -- conversing, confiding, requesting -- and through this becomes one with our Maker Himself.

St. Symeon of Thessalonica