Self-accusation before God is something that is very necessary for us; and humility of heart is extremely advantageous in our lives, above all at the time of prayer. For prayer requires great attention and needs a proper awareness, otherwise it will turn out to be unacceptable and rejected, and 'it will be turned back empty' to our bosom.
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Teachings of Christ
“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14 ESV)
October 21, 2018 Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost - Matins: John 21:15-25 (Gospel 11) - Liturgy: Galatians 6:11-18, Luke 16:19-31 (Slavs), Luke 8:26-39 (Greeks)
Twenty-Third Week After Pentecost - Monday: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5, Luke 10:22-24 - Tuesday: 1 Thessalonians 1:6-10, Luke 11:1-10 - Wednesday: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Luke 11:9-13 - Thursday: 1 Thessalonians 2:9-14, Luke 11:14-23 - Friday: 1 Thessalonians 2:14-19, Luke 11:23-26 - Saturday: 2 Corinthians 8:1-5, Luke 8:16-21
October 28, 2018 Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost - Matins: Matthew 28:16-20 (Gospel 1) - Liturgy: Ephesians 2.4-10, Luke 8:26-39 (Slavs), Luke 8:41-46 (Greeks)
Twenty-Fourth Week After Pentecost - Monday: 1 Thessalonians 2:20-3:8, Luke 11:29-33 - Tuesday: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 11:34-41 - Wednesday: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12, Luke 11:42-46 - Thursday: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-8, Luke 11:47-12:1 - Friday: 1 Thessalonians 5:9-13,24-28, Luke 12:2-12 - Saturday: 2 Corinthians 11:1-6, Luke 9:1-6
November 4, 2018 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)
Feasts & Fasts
November 8 - Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers 11 - Veterans' Day (USA), Remembrance Day (Canada) 15 - Nativity Fast (Philip's Fast also known as Advent) 21 - The Entry of the Most Holy Mother of God into the Temple 22 - Thanksgiving Day (USA)
"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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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)
The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.
"One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want." (Proverbs 11:24 ESV)
Pray Without Ceasing
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Wisdom from the Church Fathers
Prayer is grace. God gives it when there exists zeal and humility…. Let Christ not be missing from your heart.