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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 thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’" (John 7:37-38 ESV)

Feasts & Fasts

September
1 - Liturgical New Year (7525)
5 - Labor Day (USA & Canada)
8 - The Nativity of our Most Holy Lady, the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
14 - The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross

October
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

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

September 18, 2016
Sunday After the Exaltation of the Cross
Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: John 20:1-10 (Gospel 7)
- Liturgy: Galatians 2:16-20, Mark 8:34b-9:1

Nineteenth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Philippians 1:1-7, Luke 3:19-22
- Tuesday: Philippians 1:8-14, Luke 3:23-4:1
- Wednesday: Philippians 1:12-20, Luke Luke 4:1-15
- Thursday: Philippians 1:20-27, Luke 4:16-22
- Friday: Galatians 4:22-32, Luke 1:2-25 (Conception of the Forerunner)
- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 15:58-16:3, 4:32-36

September 25, 2016
Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: John 20:11-18 (Gospel 8)
- Liturgy: 2 Corinthians 11:31-12:9, Luke 5:1-11

Twentieth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Philippians 2:12-16, Luke 4:37-44 and 1 Jn 4:12-19, Jn 19:25-27 & 21:24-25 (Passing of Apostle-Evangelist John)
- Tuesday: Philippians 2:17-23, Luke 5:12-16
- Wednesday: Philippians 2:24-30, Luke 5:33-39
- Thursday: Philippians 3:1-8, Luke 6:12-19
- Friday: Philippians 3:8-19, Luke 6:17-23
- Saturday: 2 Corinthians 1:8-11, Luke 5:17-23

October 1, 2015
Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God
- Vespers: Genesis 28:10-17, Ezekiel 43:27-44:4, Proverbs 9:1-11
- Matins: Luke 1:39-49, 56
- Liturgy: Hebrews 9:1-7, Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28

October 2, 2015
Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: John 20:19-31 (Gospel 9)
- Liturgy: Galatians 1:11-19, Luke 6:31-26

Twenty-First Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Philippians 4:10-23, Luke 6:24-30
- Tuesday: Colossians 1:1,2,7-11, 6:37-45
- Wednesday: Colossians 1:18-23, Luke 6:46-7:1
- Thursday: Colossians 1:24-29, Luke 7:17-30
- Friday: Colossians 2:1-7, Luke 7:31-35
- Saturday: 2 Corinthians 3:12-18, Luke 5:27-32

October 9, 2016
Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: John 21:1-14 (Gospel 10)

 

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Why do you increase your bonds? Take hold of your life before your light grows dark and you seek help and do not find it. This life has been given to you for repentance; do not waste it in vain pursuits. 

St. Isaac the Syrian