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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

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10 ESV)

Feasts & Fasts

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

December
6 - St Nicholas the Wonderworker and Archbishop of Myra in Lycia
9 (8) -  The Conception of the Most Holy Mother of God by the Righteous Anna
11 - Second Sunday Before Christmas (Holy Forefathers)
12 - Our Lady of Guadalupe
18 - 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,Commemoration of the Holy Righteous David the King, Joseph the Betrothed, and James the Brother of the Lord
26 - Boxing Day (Canada)
27 - First-Martyr and Archdeacon Stephen
28 - 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia
29 - 14,000 Infants (the Holy Innocents) Slain by Herod at Bethlehem

6 - St Nicholas the Wonderworker and Archbishop of Myra in Lycia
9 (8) -  The Conception of the Most Holy Mother of God by the Righteous Anna
11 - Second Sunday Before Christmas (Holy Forefathers)
12 - Our Lady of Guadalupe
18 - 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,Commemoration of the Holy Righteous David the King, Joseph the Betrothed, and James the Brother of the Lord
26 - Boxing Day (Canada)
27 - First-Martyr and Archdeacon Stephen
28 - 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia
29 - 14,000 Infants (the Holy Innocents) Slain by Herod at Bethlehem

The Weapon of Peace

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (Troparion, Tone 1)

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

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Random Proverb

"One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want." (Proverbs 11:24 ESV)

This Week's Scripture

November 27, 2016
Twenty-Eighth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Luke 24:36-53 (Matins Gospel 6)
- Liturgy: Colossians 1:12-18, Luke 13:10-17 (Slavs), Luke 18:18-27 (Greeks)

Twenty-Ninth Week After Pentecost
Monday: Hebrews 3:5-11, 17-19, Luke 19:37-44
Tuesday: Hebrews 4:1-13, Luke 19:45-48
Wednesday: Hebrews 5:11-6:8, Luke 20:1-8 (and for the Apostle Andrew: 1 Cor 4:9-16, Jn 1:35-51)
Thursday: Hebrews 7:1-6, Luke 20:9-18
Friday: Hebrews 7:18-25, Luke 20:19-26
Saturday: Ephesians 2:11-13, Luke 12:32-40

December 4, 2016
Twenty-Ninth Sunday After Pentecost
-Matins: John 20:1-10 (Matins Gospel 7)
-Liturgy: Colossians 3:12-16, Luke 17:12-19 (Slavs), Luke 13:10-17 (Greeks)

Thirtieth Week After Pentecost
Monday: Hebrews 8:7-13, Luke 20:27-44
Tuesday: Hebrews 9:8-10, 15-23, Luke 21:12-19
Wednesday: Hebrews 10:1-18, Luke 21:5-7, 10-11, 20-24
Thursday: Hebrews 10:35-11:7, Luke 21:28-33
Friday: Hebrews 11:8,11-16, Luke 21:27-22:8
Saturday: Ephesians 5:1-8, Luke 13:18-29

December 11, 2016
Sunday of the Forefathers
- Matins: John 20:11-18 (Gospel 8)
- Liturgy: Colossians 3:4-11, Luke 14:16-24

Thirty-First Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Hebrews 11:17, 27-31, Mark 8:11-21
- Tuesday: Hebrews 12:25-26, 13:22-25, Mark 8:22-26
- Wednesday: James 1:1-18, Mark 8:30-34
- Thursday: James 1:19-27, Mark 9:10-16
- Friday: James 2:1-13, Luke 14:1-11
- Saturday: Colossians 1:3-6, Luke 14:1-11

December 18, 2016
Sunday of the Holy Forefathers
- Matins: John 20:19-31 (Gospel 9)
- Liturgy: Hebrews 11:9-10, 32-40, Matthew 1:1-25

Thirty-Second Week After Pentecost
- Monday: James 2:14-26, Mark 9:42-10:1
- Tuesday: James 3:1-10, Mark 10:2-12
- Wednesday: James 3:11-4:6, Mark 10:11-16
- Thursday: James 4:7-5:9, Mark 10:17-27
- Friday: 1 Peter 1:1-2, 10-12, 2:6-10, Mark 10:23-32

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

We see the water of a river flowing uninterruptedly and passing away, and all that floats on its surface, rubbish or beams of trees, all pass by. Christian! So does our life. . . I was an infant, and that time has gone. I was an adolescent, and that too has passed. I was a young man, and that too is far behind me. The strong and mature man that I was is no more. My hair turns white, I succumb to age, but that too passes; I approach the end and will go the way of all flesh. I was born in order to die. I die that I may live. Remember me, O Lord, in Thy Kingdom!

St. Tikhon of Voronezh