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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

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)

6 - St Nicholas the Wonderworker and Archbishop of Myra in Lycia
9 - The Conception of the Most Holy Mother of God by the Righteous Anna
12 - Our Lady of Guadalupe
13 - Second Sunday Before Christmas (Holy Forefathers)
20 - Suday Before Christmas (Holy Fathers)
25 - The Nativity of our Lord God and Savior, Jesus Christ
26 - Synaxis of the Most Holy Mother of God
27 - First-Martyr and Archdeacon Stephen
27 - Sunday after the Nativity: Commemoration of the Holy Righteous David the King, Joseph the Betrothed, and James the Brother of the Lord
28 - 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia
29 - 14,000 Infants (the Holy Innocents) Slain by Herod at Bethlehem

Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple

Today is the prelude of the goodwill of God * and the heralding of the salvation of mankind; * the Virgin appears clearly in the temple of God * and foretells Christ to all. * Let us also with a mighty voice cry out to her: * “Rejoice, O Fulfillment of the Creator’s divine plan.” (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.

The most pure Temple of the Savior, * the most precious Bridal-Chamber and Virgin, the sacred Treasury of the glory of God, * is brought today into the house of the Lord, * bringing with her the grace that is in the Divine Spirit. * The angels of God praise her in song: * “She is the heavenly tabernacle.” (Kontakion - Tone 4)

Random Proverb

"My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you." (Proverbs 3:1,2 ESV)

This Week's Scripture

November 22, 2015
Twenty-Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Luke 24:1-12 (Gospel 4)
- Liturgy: Ephesians 5:9-19, Luke 12:16-21

Twenty-Sixth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: 1 Timothy 1:1-7, Luke 14:12-15
- Tuesday: 1 Timothy 1:8-14, Luke 14:25-35
- Wednesday: 1 Timothy 1:18-20; 2:8-15, Luke 15:1-10
- Thursday: 1 Timothy 3:1-13, Luke 16:1-9
- Friday: 1 Timothy 4:4-8, 16, Luke 16:15-18, 17:1-4
- Saturday: Galatians 3:8-12, Luke 9:57-62

November 29, 2015
Twenty-Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Luke 24:1-12 (Gospel 4)
- Liturgy: Ephesians 5:9-19, Luke 12:16-21

Twenty-Seventh Week After Pentecost
- Monday: 1 Timothy 5:1-10, Luke 17:20-25
- Tuesday: 1 Timothy 5:11-21, Luke 17:26-37 (& 18:8)
- Wednesday: 1 Timothy 5:22-6:11, Luke 18:15-17, 26-30
- Thursday: 1 Timothy 6:17-21, Luke 18:31-34
- Friday: 2 Timothy 1:1,2,8-18, Luke 19:12-28
- Saturday: Galatians 5:22-6:2, Luke 10:19-21

December 6, 2015
Twenty-Seventh Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Luke 24:12-35 (Gospel 5)
- Liturgy: Ephesians 6:10-17, Luke 13:10-17 (Slavs), Luke 18:18-27 (Greeks)

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The work of prayer belongs to the angels, and is, therefore, the special concern of the Church. Every other work, i.e., charity, nursing the brethren, visiting the sick, caring for prisoners, releasing captives, and other similar things, is done by the brethren in love and offered by them to God. Similarly, poverty, fasting, sleeping on the ground, prostrations, vigils, etc., are good and like a sacrifice to God, because they aim to subdue and humble the body so that we may be purified and approach God and become friends of God -- yet these things do not present us directly to God, whereas prayer does so and unites us with Him. A person praying acts towards God like a friend -- conversing, confiding, requesting -- and through this becomes one with our Maker Himself.

St. Symeon of Thessalonica