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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

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

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

Comforter

O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth,
Who are everywhere present and fill all things,
Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life,
come and dwell within us,
cleanse us of all stain,
and save our souls, O Good One.

Random Proverb

"One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want." (Proverbs 11:24 ESV)

This Week's Scripture

July 17, 2016
Ninth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: John 20:19-31 (Gospel 9)
- Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 3:9-17, Matthew 14:22-34

Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils
- Vespers: Genesis 17:15-17, 19; 18:11-14; 21:1-7, Judges 13:2-8, 13-14, Composite 19 (EOT)
- Liturgy: Hebrews 13:7-16, John 17:1-12

Tenth Week After Pentecost
- Monday:  1 Corinthians 15:12-19, Matthew 21:18-22
- Tuesday:  1 Corinthians 15:29-38, Matthew 21:23-27

July 20, 2016
Feast of the Holy Prophet Elias
- Vespers: 3 [1] Kings 17:1-23, 3 [1] Kings 18, 19, 3 [1] Kings 19:19, 20, 21; 4 [2] Kings 2:1,6-14
- Matins: Luke 4:22-30, James 5:10-20
- Liturgy: Luke 4:22-30

- Wednesday:  1 Corinthians 16:4-12, Matthew 21:28-32
- Thursday:  2 Corinthians 1:1-7, Matthew 21:43-46
- Friday:  2 Corinthians 1:12-20, Matthew 22:23-33
- Saturday:  Romans 15:30-33, Matthew 17:24-18:4

July 24, 2016
Tenth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: John 21:1-14 (Gospel 10)
- Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 4:9-16, Matthew 17:14-23

Eleventh Week After Pentecost
- Monday:  2 Corinthians 2:4-15, Matthew 23:13-22
- Tuesday:  2 Corinthians 2:14-3:3, Matthew 23:23-28
- Wednesday:  2 Corinthians 3:4-11, Matthew 23:29-39
- Thursday:  2 Corinthians 4:1-6, Matthew 24:13-28
- Friday:  2 Corinthians 4:13-18, Matthew 24:27-33,42-51
- Saturday:  1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Matthew 19:3-12

July 31, 2016
Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: John 21:15-25 (Gospel 11)
- Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 9:2-12, Matthew 18:23-35

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

For to despise the present age, not to love transitory things, unreservedly to stretch out the mind in humility to God and our neighbor, to preserve patience against offered insults and, with patience guarded, to repel the pain of malice from the heart, to give one's property to the poor, not to covet that of others, to esteem the friend in God, on God's account to love even those who are hostile, to mourn at the affliction of a neighbor, not to exult in the death of one who is an enemy, this is the new creature whom the Master of the nations seeks with watchful eye amid the other disciples, saying:"If, then, any be in Christ a new creature, the old things are passed away. Behold all things are made new" (2 Cor. 5:17). 

St. Gregory the Great