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
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-44 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.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7 ESV)
Pray Without Ceasing
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Wisdom from the Church Fathers
Go and have pity on all, for through pity, one finds freedom of speech before God.