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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

While the Bridegroom tarried, they slumbered and slept: Give ear, ye prudent, to our Lord's parable, for it is all light. All of them slept, both the foolish and the wise -- Which signifies that the good and the wicked die until the resurrection. The same sleep comes upon the ten of them, which is as much as to say, That death is the same for all creation without distinction. One was the sleep of the wise and of the foolish, For one is death, both of the righteous and of sinners. The good die, as the wise virgins slept; And the bad die, as the foolish also slept. Behold, all creation looketh for the coming of the Bridegroom, Christ, Who cometh at the end with His angels. But since He hath tarried, all generations slumber and sleep with the sleep of death, while looking for when He cometh.

A Homily on the Ten Virgins by Mar Jacob, Bishop of Serugh