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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

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’" (Matthew 7:21-23 ESV)

Feasts & Fasts

March
27 - Pascha

April
3 - Sunday of Saint Thomas
10 - Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women
17 - Sunday of the Healing of the Paralytic, Saint Cyril & Methodius
20 - Mid-Pentecost
24 - Sunday of the Samaritan Woman at the Well

May
1 - Sunday of the Man Born Blind
5 - Ascension
8 - Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
14 - Fifth All Souls Saturday
15 - Pentecost
16 - Feast of the Holy Trinity
22 - All Saints Sunday
23 - Beginning of the Apostles Fast
23 - Victoria Day (Canada)
30 - Memorial Day (USA)

Resurrection

Christ is risen from the dead * trampling down Death by death, * and to those in the tombs bestowing life! (Troparion)

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

Although You descended into the tomb, O Immortal One, * You destroyed the power of Hades; * You arose as the victor, O Christ God, * proclaiming to the myrrh-bearing women: “Rejoice!” * And granting peace to Your Apostles, * O, You, Who gives resurrection to the fallen. (Kontakion)

Random Proverb

"Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live." (Proverbs 4:4 ESV)

This Week's Scripture

Fifth Sunday Pascha - Man Born Blind
- Matins: John 20:11:18
- Liturgy: Acts 16:16:34, John 9:1:38

Sixth Week of Pascha
- Monday: Acts 17:1:15, John 11:47:57
- Tuesday: Acts 17:19:28, John 12:19:36
- Wednesday: Acts 18:22:28, John 12:36:47
 
Ascension of Our Lord
- Vespers: Isaiah 2:1:3, Isaiah 62:10:63:9, Zechariah 14:1,4,8:11
- Matins: Mark 16:9:20
- Liturgy: Acts 1:1:12, Luke 24:36:53

- Friday: Acts 19:1:8, John 14:1:11
- Saturday: Acts 20:7:12, John 14:10:21

Sunday, May 8, 2016
Seventh Sunday of Pascha - Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
- Vespers: Genesis 14:14-20, Deuteronomy 1:8-11, Deuteronomy 10:14-21
- Matins: John 21:1-14 (Gospel 10)
- Liturgy: Acts 20:16-18, 28-36, John 17:1-13

 

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Our distresses are notorious, even though we leave them untold, for now their sound has gone out into all the world. The doctrines of the Fathers are despised; apostolic traditions are set at nought; the devices of innovators are in vogue in the Churches; now men are rather contrivers of cunning systems than theologians; the wisdom of this world wins the highest prizes and has rejected the glory of the cross. Shepherds are banished, and in their places are introduced grievous wolves hurrying the flock of Christ. Houses of prayer have none to assemble in them; desert places are full of lamenting crowds. The elders lament when they compare the present with the past. The younger are yet more to be compassionated, for they do not know of what they have been deprived. All this is enough to stir the pity of men who have learnt the love of Christ; but, compared with the actual state of things, words fall very far short....

Saint Basil the Great
(Letter 90)