No one on this earth can avoid affliction; and although the afflictions which the Lord sends are not great men imagine them beyond their strength and are crushed by them. This is because they will not humble their souls and commit themselves to the will of God. But the Lord Himself guides with His grace those who are given over to God's will, and they bear all things with fortitude for the sake of God Whom they have so loved and with Whom they are glorified for ever. It is impossible to escape tribulation in this world but the man who is giver over to the will of God bears tribulation easily, seeing it but putting his trust in the Lord, and so his tribulations pass.
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Teachings of Christ
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34-35 ESV)
April 15, 2018 Third Sunday of Pascha: Myrrh-bearing Women - Matins: Mark 16:9-20 (Gospel 3) - Liturgy: Acts 6:1-7, Mark 15:43-16:8
Third Week of Pascha - Monday: Acts 6:8-7:5, 47-60, John 4:46-54 - Tuesday: Acts 8:5-17, John 6:27-33 - Wednesday: Acts 8:28-25, John 6:35-39 - Thursday: Acts 8:26-39, John 6:40-44 - Friday: Acts 8:40-9:19, John 6:48-54 - Saturday: Acts 9:19-31, John 15:17-16:2
April 22, 1018 Fourth Sunday of Pascha: Paralytic - Matins: Luke 24:1-12 (Gospel 4) - Liturgy: Acts 9:32-42, John 5:1-15
Fourth Week of Pascha - Monday: Acts 10:1-16, John 6:56-69 - Tuesday: Acts 10:21-33, John 7:1-13 - Wednesday: (Mid-Pentecost) Acts 14:6-18, John 7:14-30 - Thursday: Acts 10:34-43, John 8:12-20 - Friday: Acts 10:44-11:10, John 8:21-30 - Saturday: Acts 12:1-11, John 8:31-42
April 29, 2018 Fifth Sunday of Pascha: Samaritan Woman - Matins: John 20:1-10 (Gospel 7) - Liturgy: Acts 11:15-26, 29-30, John 4:5-4:2
Fifth Week of Pascha - Monday: Acts 12:12-17, John 8:42-51 - Tuesday: Acts 12:25-13:12, John 8:51-59 - Wednesday: Acts 13:13-24, John 6:5-14 - Thursday: Acts 14:20-27, John 9:39-10:9 - Friday: Acts 15:5-34, John 10:17-28 - Saturday: Acts 15:35-41, John 10:27-38
May 6, 2018 Sixth Sunday of Pascha: Blind Man - Matins: John 20:11-18 (Gospel 8) - Liturgy: Acts 16:16-34, John 9:1-38
Feasts & Fasts
April 1 - Pascha - Feast of the Resurrection of Christ (Easter Sunday) 1-8 - Bright Week 8 - Second Sunday of Pascha (Apostle Thomas) 15 - Third Sunday of Pascha (Myrrh-Bearing Women) 22 - Fourth Sunday of Pascha (Healing of the Paralytic) 25 - Mid-Pentecost 29 - Fifth Sunday of Pascha (Samaritan Women at the Well)
"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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Christ is risen from the dead * trampling down Death by death, * and upon 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)
"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
I saw the snares that the enemy spreads out over the world and I said groaning, "What can get through from such snares?" Then I heard a voice saying to me, "Humility."