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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

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?" (Mark 8:34-37 ESV)

Feasts & Fasts

1 - The Protection of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
10 - Columbus Day (USA), Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
16 - 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 - 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)

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

"Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest." (Proverbs 6:6-8 ESV)

This Week's Scripture

October 16, 2016
Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost
Sunday of the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council
- Matins: John 21:15-25 (Gospel 11)
- Liturgy: Galatians 6:11-18, Luke 8:8:5-15 (and for the Council Fathers: Hebrews 13:7-16, John 17:1-13)

Twenty-Third Week After Pentecost
- Monday: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5, Luke 9:18-22
- Tuesday: 1 Thessalonians 1:6-10, Luke 19:23-27
- Wednesday: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Luke 9:44-50
- Thursday: 1 Thessalonians 2:9-14, Luke 9:49-56
- Friday: 1 Thessalonians 2:14-19, Luke 10:1-15
- Saturday: 2 Corinthians 8:1-5, Luke 7:1-10

October 23, 2016
Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Matthew 28:16-20 (Gospel 1)
- Liturgy: Ephesians 2:4-10, Luke 16:19-31 (Slavs), Luke 8:27-39 (Greeks)

Twenty-Fourth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: 1 Thessalonians 2:20-3:8, Luke 10:22-25
- Tuesday: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 11:1-10
- Wednesday: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12, Luke 11:9-13 (and for Saint Demetrius, 2 Timothy 2:1-10, John 15:17-16:2)
- Thursday: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-8, Luke 11:14-23
- Friday: 1 Thessalonians 5:9-13,24-28, Luke 11:23-36
- Saturday: 2 Corinthians 11:1-6, Luke 8:16-21

October 30, 2016
Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost
-Matins: Mark 16:1-8 (Gospel 2)
-Liturgy: Ephesians 2:4-22, Luke 8:41-56 (Slavs), Luke 16:19-31 (Greeks)
Twenty-Fifth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Luke 11:29-33
- Tuesday: 2 Thessalonians 1:10-2:2, Luke 11:34-41 (SS Cosmas and Damian, 1 Corinthians 12:27-31; 13:1-7, Matthew 10:1;5-8)
- Wednesday: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, Luke 11:42-46
- Thursday: 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5, Luke 11:47-12:1
- Friday: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-18, Luke 12:2-12
- Saturday: Galatians 1:3-10, Luke 9:1-6

Novmber 6, 2016
Twenty-Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Mark 16:9-20 (Gospel 3)
- Liturgy: Ephesians 4:1-6, Luke 8:41-46

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

If you want, or rather intend, to take a splinter out of another person, then do not hack at it with a stick instead of a lancet, for you will only drive it in deeper. And this is a stick – rude speech and rough gestures. And this is a lancet – tempered instruction and patient reprimand. “Reprove,” says the Apostle, “rebuke, exhort,” but he did not say “beat” (2 Timothy 4:2). And if even this is required, do it rarely, and not with your own hand.

St. John Climacus, “The Ladder of Divine Ascent", Step 8, On Freedom From Anger and On Meekness