Deacon Sabatino Carnazzo is ordained in the Melkite Greek-Catholic Church.
ather Sabatino Carnazzo bows his head after his ordination to the priesthood May 1.
Father Sabatino Carnazzo bows his head after his ordination to the priesthood May 1.
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Deacon Sabatino Carnazzo knelt at the corner of the altar, surrounded by lit candles, a wall of icons and several members of the clergy. Bishop Nicholas Samra of the Eparchy of Newton, Mass., placed a hand on Deacon Carnazzo’s head.

The congregation peered through the entrance of the holy doors, left open for the Easter season. In that space at Holy Transfiguration Church in McLean May 1, Sabatino Carnazzo was ordained a priest.

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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)

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

"Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching." (Proverbs 4:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Let us go forward with the heart completely attentive and the soul fully conscious. For if attentiveness and prayer are daily joined together, they become like Elias' fire-bearing chariot, raising us to heaven. What do I mean? A spiritual heaven, with sun, moon and stars, is formed in the blessed heart of one who has reach a state of watchfulness, or who strives to attain it.

St. Philotheus of Sinai