|Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 2:37AM
REMEMBER ME, O LORD, WHEN THOU
COMEST INTO THY KINGDOM!
O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, meddling, lust of power and idle talk. But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant. Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own sins and not to judge my brother, for Thou art blessed unto ages of ages. Amen. (The Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian)
Rejoicing at Release of
On the Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 9, 2014, multiple media outlets including a leading newspaper in Lebanon, The Daily Star, reported that the thirteen nuns held in captivity by Syrian rebels for over three months were freed late in the day, as a result of Lebanese and Qatari mediation. Officers from Lebanon's General Security received the nuns on the outskirts of the Lebanese town of Arsal.
An English translation of a statement from His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch, is being prepared by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East.
"Congratulations. The nuns are now in the custody of General Security and are on their way to Jdaidet Yabouss," General Security chief Major General Abbas Ibrahim announced, while accompanied by Hussein Makhlouf, the governor of rural Damascus. The nuns were kidnapped in early December from the ancient Monastery of St. Thecla (Mar Taqla) in Maaloula, a city north of Damascus that has been the scene of fierce fighting during Syria's civil war.
Second Sunday of Great Lent: Commemoration of Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica (March 16)
O Star of Orthodoxy, support of the Church and its teacher, O comeliness of ascetics, and incontestable champion of those who speak in theology, Gregory the wonder-worker, the pride of Thessalonica and preacher of grace, implore thou constantly for the salvation of our souls. (Apolytikion in Tone 8)
Venerable Theophanes the Confessor of Sigriane; Gregory the Dialogist, pope of Rome; Venerable Simeon the New Theologian; Righteous Phineas
"We know that prayer in and of itself cannot save us, but carrying it out before God can. For when the Lord's eyes are upon us He sanctifies us, as the sun warms everything upon which it shines." -- St. Gregory Palamas
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