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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

“Whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:33 ESV)

Feasts & Fasts

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

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

The Weapon of Peace

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (Troparion, Tone 1)

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

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Random Proverb

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7 ESV)

This Week's Scripture

September 18, 2016
Sunday After the Exaltation of the Cross
Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: John 20:1-10 (Gospel 7)
- Liturgy: Galatians 2:16-20, Mark 8:34b-9:1

Nineteenth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Philippians 1:1-7, Luke 3:19-22
- Tuesday: Philippians 1:8-14, Luke 3:23-4:1
- Wednesday: Philippians 1:12-20, Luke Luke 4:1-15
- Thursday: Philippians 1:20-27, Luke 4:16-22
- Friday: Galatians 4:22-32, Luke 1:2-25 (Conception of the Forerunner)
- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 15:58-16:3, 4:32-36

September 25, 2016
Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: John 20:11-18 (Gospel 8)
- Liturgy: 2 Corinthians 11:31-12:9, Luke 5:1-11

Twentieth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Philippians 2:12-16, Luke 4:37-44 and 1 Jn 4:12-19, Jn 19:25-27 & 21:24-25 (Passing of Apostle-Evangelist John)
- Tuesday: Philippians 2:17-23, Luke 5:12-16
- Wednesday: Philippians 2:24-30, Luke 5:33-39
- Thursday: Philippians 3:1-8, Luke 6:12-19
- Friday: Philippians 3:8-19, Luke 6:17-23
- Saturday: 2 Corinthians 1:8-11, Luke 5:17-23

October 1, 2015
Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God
- Vespers: Genesis 28:10-17, Ezekiel 43:27-44:4, Proverbs 9:1-11
- Matins: Luke 1:39-49, 56
- Liturgy: Hebrews 9:1-7, Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28

October 2, 2015
Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: John 20:19-31 (Gospel 9)
- Liturgy: Galatians 1:11-19, Luke 6:31-26

Twenty-First Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Philippians 4:10-23, Luke 6:24-30
- Tuesday: Colossians 1:1,2,7-11, 6:37-45
- Wednesday: Colossians 1:18-23, Luke 6:46-7:1
- Thursday: Colossians 1:24-29, Luke 7:17-30
- Friday: Colossians 2:1-7, Luke 7:31-35
- Saturday: 2 Corinthians 3:12-18, Luke 5:27-32

October 9, 2016
Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: John 21:1-14 (Gospel 10)


Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

BROTHER: What is purity of soul?

OLD MAN: Remoteness from anger and from the error of the remembrance of evil things, and being weaned from the bitter nature, and reconciliation with our enemies, and peace which is beyond troubling, and simplicity of love which is above this world; with these things is the inner man cleansed, and he puts on Christ and is redeemed.

E. A. Wallis Budge, "The Paradise of the Holy Fathers"