August 20, 2015

The Story of the Blessed Mary, who was called Marina (the Ascetic)

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Glory and praise and adoration to God the Lover of men. He whose door is opened at all times to the repentant; and to him who does not enter the hindrance is in himself. For God doth not reject men, as Peter also, the chief of the Apostles, saith: Of a truth I have perceived that God is no respecter of persons, but in all nations he who feareth Him and worketh righteousness, is accepted …

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July 27, 2015

The Humility of God the Son

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The Son has invited us to learn humility from Him and said: “Learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart” (Matt. 11:29), and thus the most important thing that we learn from Him is humility. (1) The first thing we mention in His humility is His Incarnation In this, the Apostle Saint Paul says about Christ our Lord: “who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be …

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July 27, 2015

The Humility of God the Father

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The greatest example of humility, the truest form of humility, is the humility of God, blessed be His Name. How can the Almighty God manifest humility? Because He is the Only Highest, who condescends down from his uppermost position. As for man, who is dust and ashes (Gen. 18:27), and who was dust before he existed, man who is all sin and iniquity, what is the meaning of humility as regards him? He is not …

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July 23, 2015

What is Love?

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Love is to be directed first to GodIf we wish to understand love in its true scriptural foundations, we must set before us (and understand) the following truth:Love should be directed to God, before anyone or anything else This is what God revealed to us in the Book of Deutoronomy: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength” (Dt 6:5).So then, if this …

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Tagged: His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, Love, Lust
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July 21, 2015

The Life of Discipleship

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In your discipleship, you do not learn from the words of your teachers, but from their behaviour and way of life. Even when they say nothing, you still absorb their way of living, by absorbing the good qualities, standards and patterns which they demonstrate in their life. The ear is not the only means of learning, the eye is too. There is the story of Abba Sisoes who was so humble that he would not …

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July 21, 2015

Holy Days and Holy Times

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Although all life should be holy, God has appointed for us holy days and times. If we are trained to keep these days holy, we will take them as examples for the rest of the days… Because man perhaps cannot practically be permanently cautious or in steady enthusiasm all the days of his life, God laid stress on certain days. He said in the Book of Leviticus that they are the proclaimed day of the …

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Tagged: Prayer, Spiritual Life, Time Management
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July 21, 2015

A Brief Life of St. Mark the Holy Apostle, Evangelist, and Martyr

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John Mark, also called Mark, was born in Cyrene to Aristobulus, a disciple of Christ, and Mary. She is mentioned in Acts 12:12 as the matron of the home where the early Christians gathered for prayer, where the Last Supper took place, and where the Christians met to pray for the Apostle Peter when he was in prison. According to Egyptian Christian tradition, Mark is the individual recounted in Acts 12:25 as accompanying the Apostles …

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July 17, 2015

Communal and Individual Worship

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During these difficult days, we are increasingly called upon to worship as a community in unity of Spirit, in one voice. What is communal worship, and how does it differ from individual worship? What is the Biblical basis for communal worship in the body of the the Church? The Differences Between Communal and Individual Worship In prayer, for example, there is individual prayer; you pray in your room to your Father who sees in secret. …

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Tagged: Church, Ecclesiology, Fasting, Prayer
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July 8, 2015

The Sanctification of Time

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Beloved Orthodox Christian! Have you ever wondered why it is the Orthodox Church has an annual cycle of feasts and fasts? What about the monthly commemorations in the Coptic Calendar? Why do we commemorate the betrayal and crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ by fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays? Why is Christ’s Resurrection commemorated every Sunday on what we call the Lord’s Day? Why are certain hours of the day set aside for prayer according …

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Tagged: Holiness, Liturgical Cycle, Prayer, Time
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July 8, 2015

On the Veneration and Intercession of the Saints

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Beloved reader, our ultimate goal in life is union with the Holy Trinity. This union has been made possible by the Incarnation, Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. By His life-giving works, our Savior has revealed to us His Truth, brought us to the true knowledge of God and man, granted us through Himself victory over our passions, redeemed us from our sins, abolished death and raised us with Him to sit at …

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