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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 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.

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Feasts & Fasts

October

1 - Protection of the Mother of God
12 - Sunday of the Fathers of the Seventh Council
13 - Columbus Day (USA), Thanksgiving Day (Canada)

November

8 - Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers
9 - Veterans' Day (USA), Remembrance Day (Canada)
8 - Nativity of the Mother of God
15 - Nativity Fast
21 - The Entry of the Most Holy Mother of God into the Temple
27 - Thanksgiving Day

Exaltaton of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance. * Grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect your people by Your Cross. (Troparion)

Willing raised upon the Cross, O Christ God, * You bestow Your mercies upon a new people who are called by Your Name. *  May Your Church rejoice in Your strength. * Give her victory over every enemy. * May she have Your help as the weapon of peace, * the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion)

This Week's Scripture

October 26, 2014
Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: John 20:19-31 (Gospel 9)
- Liturgy: Galatians 1:11-19, Luke 16:19-31 (Slavs), Luke 8:26-39 (Greeks)

Twenty-First Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Philippians 4:10-23, Luke 10:22-24
- Tuesday: Colossians 1:1,2,7-11,Luke 11:1-10
- Wednesday: Colossians 1:18-23, Luke 11:9-13
- Thursday: Colossians 1:24-29, Luke 11:14-23
- Friday: Colossians 2:1-7, Luke 11:23-26
- Saturday: 2 Corinthians 3:12-18, Luke 8:16-21

November 2, 2014
Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: John 21:1-14 (Gospel 10)
- Liturgy: Galatians 2:16-20, Luke 8:26-39 (Slavs), Luke 8:41-46 (Greeks)

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Abbot Macarius was asked: "How should I pray?" The staretz answered: "There is no need to waste time with words; it is enough to hold out your hands and say: 'Lord, have mercy.'  If you are hard pressed in the struggle, say: 'Lord, save me!' He knows what is best for you, and he will have mercy on you."

Abbot Macarius, quoted in St. Gregory Palamas and Orthodox Spirituality, Meyendorff, 1974, SVS Press