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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 - The Protection of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
12 - Columbus Day (USA), Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
18 - Sunday of the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

8 - Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers
11 - Veterans' Day (USA), Remembrance Day (Canada)
15 - Nativity Fast (Philip's Fast also known as Advent)
21 - The Entry of the Most Holy Mother of God into the Temple
26 - Thanksgiving Day (USA)

Protection of the Mother of God

Protected by your coming, O Mother of God, * the faithful people celebrate today with splendor, * and, gazing at your most pure image, * we say with compunction: * "Shield us with your precious veil * and deliver us from all evil * imploring your Son, Christ our God, to save our souls.” (Troparion - Tone 4)

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

Today the Virgin stands forth in the Church, * and with the choirs of saints she invisibly prays to God for us. * The Angels worship with the hierarchs, * and the apostles exult with the prophets, * because, in our behalf, the Mother of God entreats the pre-eternal God. (Kontakion - Tone 3)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God on October 1st.

Random Proverb

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. (Proverbs 3:9,10 ESV)

This Week's Scripture

October 4, 2015
Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: John 20:11-18 (Gospel 8)
- Liturgy: 2 Corinthians 11:31-12:9, Luke 6:31-36

Twentieth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Philippians 2:12-16, Luke 6:24-30
- Tuesday: Philippians 2:17-23, Luke 6:37-45
- Wednesday: Philippians 2:24-30, Luke 6:46-7:1
- Thursday: Philippians 3:1-8, Luke 7:17-30
- Friday: Philippians 3:8-19, Luke 7:31-35
- Saturday: 2 Corinthians 1:8-11, Luke 5:27-32

October 11, 2015
Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: John 20:19-31 (Gospel 9)
- Liturgy: Galatians 1:11-19, Luke 7:11-16

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, "You are mad; you are not like us."