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Please pray!

"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

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12 ESV)

Feasts & Fasts

December
6 - St Nicholas the Wonderworker and Archbishop of Myra in Lycia
9 (8) -  The Conception of the Most Holy Mother of God by the Righteous Anna
11 - Second Sunday Before Christmas (Holy Forefathers)
12 - Our Lady of Guadalupe
18 - 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,Commemoration of the Holy Righteous David the King, Joseph the Betrothed, and James the Brother of the Lord
26 - Boxing Day (Canada)
27 - First-Martyr and Archdeacon Stephen
28 - 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia
29 - 14,000 Infants (the Holy Innocents) Slain by Herod at Bethlehem

Prince of Peace

Your Nativity, O Christ our God, * has dawned upon the world the light of knowledge. * for through it, those who served the stars * were taught by a star to worship You, the Sun of Righteousness * and to know You, the Dawn from on high. * Glory to You, O Lord! (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.

Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, * and the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One. * Angels and shepherds sing His glory; * Wise Men journey with a star * for there is born for us an infant Child, the God Who is before all ages. (Kontakion, Tone 3)

Random Proverb

"Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold." (Proverbs 3:13,14 ESV)

This Week's Scripture

December 4, 2016
Twenty-Ninth Sunday After Pentecost
-Matins: John 20:1-10 (Matins Gospel 7)
-Liturgy: Colossians 3:12-16, Luke 17:12-19 (Slavs), Luke 13:10-17 (Greeks)

Thirtieth Week After Pentecost
Monday: Hebrews 8:7-13, Luke 20:27-44
Tuesday: Hebrews 9:8-10, 15-23, Luke 21:12-19
Wednesday: Hebrews 10:1-18, Luke 21:5-7, 10-11, 20-24
Thursday: Hebrews 10:35-11:7, Luke 21:28-33
Friday: Hebrews 11:8,11-16, Luke 21:27-22:8
Saturday: Ephesians 5:1-8, Luke 13:18-29

December 11, 2016
Sunday of the Forefathers
- Matins: John 20:11-18 (Gospel 8)
- Liturgy: Colossians 3:4-11, Luke 14:16-24

Thirty-First Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Hebrews 11:17, 27-31, Mark 8:11-21
- Tuesday: Hebrews 12:25-26, 13:22-25, Mark 8:22-26
- Wednesday: James 1:1-18, Mark 8:30-34
- Thursday: James 1:19-27, Mark 9:10-16
- Friday: James 2:1-13, Luke 14:1-11
- Saturday: Colossians 1:3-6, Luke 14:1-11

December 18, 2016
Sunday of the Holy Forefathers
- Matins: John 20:19-31 (Gospel 9)
- Liturgy: Hebrews 11:9-10, 32-40, Matthew 1:1-25

Thirty-Second Week After Pentecost
- Monday: James 2:14-26, Mark 9:42-10:1
- Tuesday: James 3:1-10, Mark 10:2-12
- Wednesday: James 3:11-4:6, Mark 10:11-16
- Thursday: James 4:7-5:9, Mark 10:17-27
- Friday: 1 Peter 1:1-2, 10-12, 2:6-10, Mark 10:23-32

Pray Without Ceasing

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

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