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"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

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God." (John 3:16-18 ESV)

Feasts & Fasts

August

1-14 - Dormition Fast
6 - Transiguration of our Lord
15 - Dormition of the Mother of God
29 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist

September

1 - Liturgical New Year (7522)
7 - Labor Day (USA), Labour Day (Canada)
8 - The Nativity of the Mother of God
14 - Exaltation of the Cross

Beheading

The memory of the righteous is celebrated with hymns of praise, * but for you, O Forerunner, the Lord's testimony is enough, * for you were shown to be truly more honorable than the prophets, * in that you were deemed worthy to baptize in the currents the Lord whom you had proclaimed. * Wherefore, having struggled with joy for the truth, * even to those in Hades you proclaimed God, Who had appeared in flesh, * Who takes away the sin of the world * and grants us great mercy. (Troparion - Tone 2)

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

The glorious beheading of the Forerunner was part of God's divine plan * that he might proclaim the coming of the Savior even to those in Hades. * So let Herodius weep for having demanded a lawless murder; * for she loved neither God's Law nor eternal life,* but only this false and fleeting life. (Kontakion - Tone 2)

Random Proverb

"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom." (Proverbs 11:2 ESV)

This Week's Scripture

August 23, 2015
Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Mark 16:1-8 (Gospel 2)
- Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 16:13-24, Matthew 21:33-42

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

August 29, 2015
Beheading of John the Baptist
- Vespers: Isaiah 40:1-3,9,41:17,18; 45:8;48:20,21;54:1, Malachi 3:1-3,5-7,12,18; 4:4-6, Wisdom 4:7,16,17,19,20,5:1-7
- Matins:  Matthew 14:1-13
- Liturgy: Acts 13:25-32, Mark 6:14-30

- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Matthew 23:1-12

August 30, 2015
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

September 6, 2015
Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Luke 24:1-12 (Gospel 4)
- Liturgy: 2 Corinthians 4:6-15, Matthew 22:35-46

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

As a pilot calls on winds and a storm-tossed mariner looks homeward, so the times call on you to win your way to God. As God's athlete, be sober; the stake is immortality and eternal life.

St. Ignatius the God-bearer