CWN - The Catholic bishops of Russia have issued a letter commemorating the 25th anniversary of St. John Paul II’s appointment of Latin-rite bishops in Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan following seven decades of Communist oppression.

On April 13, 1991, the Pontiff established the Apostolic Administration of European Russia (now the Archdiocese of the Mother of God at Moscow), the Apostolic Administration of Siberia (now the Diocese of the Transfiguration at Novosibirsk), the Apostolic Administration of Kazakhstan (now the Diocese of Karaganda), and the Archdiocese of Minsk-Mohilev, Belarus.

In their letter, Russia’s bishops invited the faithful to make a novena of thanksgiving “so that joy and gratitude do not leave our hearts.” They also recalled the violent persecution of the Church in the former Soviet Union.

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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)

Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple

Today is the prelude of the goodwill of God * and the heralding of the salvation of mankind; * the Virgin appears clearly in the temple of God * and foretells Christ to all. * Let us also with a mighty voice cry out to her: * “Rejoice, O Fulfillment of the Creator’s divine plan.” (Troparion - Tone 4)

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

The most pure Temple of the Savior, * the most precious Bridal-Chamber and Virgin, the sacred Treasury of the glory of God, * is brought today into the house of the Lord, * bringing with her the grace that is in the Divine Spirit. * The angels of God praise her in song: * “She is the heavenly tabernacle.” (Kontakion - Tone 4)

(November 21st)

Random Proverb

"He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself." (Proverbs 6:32 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

A greedy appetite for food is terminated by satiety and the pleasure of drinking ends when our thirst is quenched. And so it is with the other things. . . But the possession of virtue, once it is solidly achieved, cannot be measured by time nor limited by satiety. Rather, to those who are its disciples it always appears as something ever new and fresh.

St. Gregory of Nyssa