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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

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40 ESV)

Feasts & Fasts

July
1 - Canada Day (Canada)
4 - Independence Day (USA)
17 - Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils
20 - Holy, Glorious Prophet Elijah

August
1-14 - Dormition Fast
6 - Transfiguration of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ
15 - The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
29 - The Beheading of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John

Comforter

O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth,
Who are everywhere present and fill all things,
Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life,
come and dwell within us,
cleanse us of all stain,
and save our souls, O Good One.

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

July 17, 2016
Ninth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: John 20:19-31 (Gospel 9)
- Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 3:9-17, Matthew 14:22-34

Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils
- Vespers: Genesis 17:15-17, 19; 18:11-14; 21:1-7, Judges 13:2-8, 13-14, Composite 19 (EOT)
- Liturgy: Hebrews 13:7-16, John 17:1-12

Tenth Week After Pentecost
- Monday:  1 Corinthians 15:12-19, Matthew 21:18-22
- Tuesday:  1 Corinthians 15:29-38, Matthew 21:23-27

July 20, 2016
Feast of the Holy Prophet Elias
- Vespers: 3 [1] Kings 17:1-23, 3 [1] Kings 18, 19, 3 [1] Kings 19:19, 20, 21; 4 [2] Kings 2:1,6-14
- Matins: Luke 4:22-30, James 5:10-20
- Liturgy: Luke 4:22-30

- Wednesday:  1 Corinthians 16:4-12, Matthew 21:28-32
- Thursday:  2 Corinthians 1:1-7, Matthew 21:43-46
- Friday:  2 Corinthians 1:12-20, Matthew 22:23-33
- Saturday:  Romans 15:30-33, Matthew 17:24-18:4

July 24, 2016
Tenth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: John 21:1-14 (Gospel 10)
- Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 4:9-16, Matthew 17:14-23

Eleventh Week After Pentecost
- Monday:  2 Corinthians 2:4-15, Matthew 23:13-22
- Tuesday:  2 Corinthians 2:14-3:3, Matthew 23:23-28
- Wednesday:  2 Corinthians 3:4-11, Matthew 23:29-39
- Thursday:  2 Corinthians 4:1-6, Matthew 24:13-28
- Friday:  2 Corinthians 4:13-18, Matthew 24:27-33,42-51
- Saturday:  1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Matthew 19:3-12

July 31, 2016
Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: John 21:15-25 (Gospel 11)
- Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 9:2-12, Matthew 18:23-35

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

According to the text, `We are the body of Christ and each of us is one of its members' (cf. 1 Cor. 12:27), we are said to be the body of Christ. We do not become this body through the loss of our own bodies; nor again because Christ's Body passes into us hypostatically or is divided into members; but rather because we conform to the likeness of the Lord's flesh by shaking off the corruption of sin. For just as Christ in His manhood was sinless by nature both in flesh and in soul, so we too who believe in Him, and have clothed ourselves in Him through the Spirit, can be without sin to Him if we so choose.

St. Maximus the Confessor, Second Century on Theology, Philokalia, V. 2