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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

“The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45 ESV)

Feasts & Fasts

January
1 - Circumcision of Our Lord, Feast of St. Basil the Great, New Year's Day
6 - Theophany of Our Lord
17 - Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
18 - Martin Luther King Day (USA)
22- March for Life 2016
24 - Sunday of the Prodigal Son
30 - Feast of Saints Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom, First All-Souls Saturday
31 - Sunday of the Second Coming of Christ (Meat-Fare)

February
2 - Feast of the Encounter
7 - Forgiveness Sunday (Cheese-Fare)
8 - Beginning of the Holy Forty Days Fast
14 - First Sunday of the Great Fast (Orthodoxy)
15 - Washington’s Birthday (President's Day) (USA)
20 - Second All-Souls Saturday
21 - Second Sunday of the Great Fast (St. Gregory Palamas)
27 - Third All Souls Saturday
28 - Third Sunday of the Great Fast (Veneration of the Cross)

Encounter

Rejoice, O Mother of God, Virgin full of grace. * From you has risen the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, * shining upon those who are in darkness. * Rejoice also, you righteous Elder; * for you received in your arms the Deliverer of our souls, * Who has given us resurrection. (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.

O Christ God, through Your birth You sanctified the Virgin's womb; * and blessed, as it was proper, the hands of Simeon. * Now, having come, you saved us. * Give peace to Your commonwealth in times of war * and strengthen our civil authorities, whom You have loved, O You who alone loves mankind. (Kontakion, Tone 1)

Random Proverb

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6 ESV)

This Week's Scripture

January 24, 2016
Sunday of the Prodigal Son
- Matins: Mark 16:1-8 (Gospel 2)
- Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, Luke 15:11-32
    
Meat Fare Week
- Monday: 1 John 2:18-3:10, Mark 11:1-11
- Tuesday: 1 John 3:11-20, Mark 14:10-42
- Wednesday: 1 John 3:21-4:6, Mark 14:43-15:1
- Thursday: 1 John 4:20-5:21, Mark 15:1-15
- Friday: 2 John 1:1-13, Mark 15:22-25,33-41
- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 10:23-28, Luke 21:8,9,25-27,33-36 (Saturday), 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, John 5:24-30 (All Souls)

January 31, 2016
Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meat Fare)
- Matins: Mark 16:9-20 (Gospel 3)
- Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 8:8-9:2, Matthew 25:31-46

Cheese Fare Week
- Monday: 3 John 1:1-14, Luke 19:29-40; 22:7-39

February 2, 2015
Meeting of Our Lord with Simeon and Anna
- Vespers: Exodus 12:51-13:3, 10-12, 14-16, 22-29, Leviticus 12:1-4, 6-8 and Numbers 8:16,17 (Composite Reading), Isaiah 6:1-12, Isaiah 19:1-5, 12, 16, 19-21
- Matins: Luke 2:25-32
- Liturgy: Hebrews 7:7-17, Luke 2:22-40

- Wednesday: Joel 2:12-26, Joel 3:12-21
- Thursday: Jude 11-25, Luke 23:2-34, 44-56
- Friday: Zechariah 8:7-14, Zechariah 8:19-23
- Saturday: Romans 14:19-23, 16:25-27, Matthew 6:1-13 (Saturday) Galatians 5:22-6:2, Matthew 11:27-30 (Ascetics)

February 7, 2016
Forgiveness Sunday
- Matins: Luke 24:1-12 (Gospel 4)
- Liturgy: Romans 13:11b-14:4, Matthew 6:14-21

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

“It is necessary most of all for one who is fasting to curb anger, to accustom himself to meekness and condescension, to have a contrite heart, to repulse impure thoughts and desires, to examine his conscience, to put his mind to the test and to verify what good has been done by us in this or any other week, and which deficiency we have corrected in ourselves in the present week. This is true fasting.”

Saint John Chrysostom