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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

“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

August
1-14 - Dormition Fast
6 - Transfiguration of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ
15 - The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
29 - The Beheading of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John

September
1 - Liturgical New Year (7525)
5 - Labor Day (USA & Canada)
8 - The Nativity of our Most Holy Lady, the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
14 - The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross

October
1 - The Protection of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
10 - Columbus Day (USA), Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
16 - Sunday of the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

Transfiguration

You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, * showing Your glory to Your Disciples as far as they were able to bear it. * Through the prayers of the Mother of God, * let Your everlasting Light shine also upon us sinners. * O Giver of Light, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 7)

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

Upon the mountain You were transfigured, O Christ God, * and Your Disciples beheld Your glory as far as they could receive it, * so that when they would see You crucified, * they would understand that You suffered willingly; * and they would preach to the world * that You are truly the radiance of the Father. (Kontakion, Tone 7)

Random Proverb

"Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live." (Proverbs 4:4 ESV)

This Week's Scripture

August 15, 2016
The Dormition of Our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
- Vespers: Genesis 28:10-17, Ezekiel 43:27-44:4, Proverbs 9:1-11
- Matins: Luke 1:39-49, 56
- Liturgy: Philippians 2:5-11, Luke 10:38-42; 11:27,28

Fourteenth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: 2 Corinthians 12:10-19, Mark 4:10-23
- Tuesday: 2 Corinthians 12:20-13:2, Mark 4:24-34
- Wednesday: 2 Corinthians 13:3-13, Mark 4:35-41
- Thursday: Galatians 1:1-10,20-24-2:5, Mark 5:1-20
- Friday: Galatians 2:6-10, Mark 5:22-24, 35-6:1
- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Matthew 23:1-12

August 21, 2016
Fourteenth Sunday: After Pentecost
- Matins: Mark 16:9-20 (Gospel 3)
- Liturgy: 2 Corinthians 1:21-2:4, Matthew 22:1-14

Fifteenth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Galatians 2:11-16, Mark 5:24-34
- Tuesday: Galatians 2:21-3:7, Mark 6:1-7
- Wednesday: Galatians 3:15-22, Mark 6:7-13
- Thursday: Galatians 3:23-4:5, Mark 6:30-45
- Friday: Galatians 4:8-21, Mark 6:45-53
- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 4:17-5:5, Matthew 24:1-13

August 28, 2016
Fifteenth Sunday: After Pentecost
- Matins: Luke 24:1-12 (Gospel 4)
- Liturgy: 2 Corinthians 4:6-15, Matthew 22:35-46

August 29, 2016
Beheading of John the Baptist
- Vespers: Isaiah 40, 41, 45, 48, 54, Malachi 3, 4, Wisdom of Solomon 4,5
- Matins: Matthew 14:1-13
- Liturgy: Acts 13:25-33, Mark 6:14-30

Sixteenth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Galatians 4:28-5:10, Mark 6:54-7:8
- Tuesday: Galatians 5:11-21, Mark 7:5-16
- Wednesday: Galatians 6:2-10, Mark 7:14-24
- Thursday: Ephesians 1:1-9, Mark 7:24-30
- Friday: Ephesians 1:7-17, Mark 8:1-10
- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 10:23-28, Matthew 24:34-44

September 4, 2016
Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Luke 24:12-35 (Gospel 5)
- Liturgy: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10, Matthew 25:14-30

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

What purposelessness, oh the deceit of life; truly in vain does each man vex himself, and truly blessed and thrice-blessed are those who have left everything for the Lord, that they may attain the good things announced in the Gospels. For what profit will it be for a man to enjoy the whole world, but lose his soul, to which the whole universe is not equivalent? All the splendor of man is like the blossom of grass. For the grass departs and the blossom dies, but the word of the Lord abideth for ever.

St. Nicon "Repent Ye"