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July 7, 2015

Homily on the Feast of our Lord’s Entry into Jerusalem

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Today we celebrate the feast of Palm Sunday, or the Triumphant Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem. It is one of the seven major feasts of our Church and one that we celebrate with great joy and excitement. We take great pleasure in decorating the Church with palm branches, the tune of the festive hymns is joyful, and the processions around the Church are very uplifting. Truly it is one of the favorite times of …

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July 7, 2015

Homily on the Nativity of St. John the Baptist

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Among the Church’s feasts, there are three in honor of God’s saint which in their significance stand out from the others devoted to the saints and are numbered among the great feasts of the Church of Christ. These feasts glorify the economy of God for our salvation. These three feasts are the Nativity of St. John the Forerunner, his Beheading, and the feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul. The apparition of the holy …

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July 6, 2015

The Catechetical School of Alexandria

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Long before the establishment of Christianity in Alexandria, this city was famous for its various schools. By far, the largest school of all was the “Museum”, which was founded by Ptolemy and became the most famous school in the East. Its huge library contained between two hundred thousands and half million of books and manuscripts in the days of Ptolemy I. That in addition to the “Serapeum” and the numerous Jewish schools which scattered everywhere. …

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July 6, 2015

The Canonization of Holy Scripture

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The Old Testament Today, it is very common to know the list of Bible books “down pat” among Evangelicals – our kids sing songs in Bible School, etc. Every Bible keeps the books in the same order, and divides the OT nicely into “the Law,” “The Prophets,” and ‘The Writings,” or sometimes, “the Law,” “History,” “Poetry/Writings,” and “Prophets.” However, this neatly tied up little package was NOT that neat in Apostolic days. In fact, at …

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July 5, 2015

The Motives of Martyrdom in Christianity

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We cannot understand martyrdom in Christianity, or estimate its sanctity, unless we know the motives that led those holy ones to their death as if it were an enjoyable journey. Early Christians believed in spiritual principles which changed their outlook on life. We may mention some of them in the following. The Transitory Nature of this Life This world is temporary compared with eternal life: There are many divine sayings encourage that feeling, such as …

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July 4, 2015

On Giving and Stewardship

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The Farmer One day some people from a church visited a rich farmer to ask him to make his pledge for the coming year. The farmer filled in an amount that was pitifully low, much less than the poorest member of the congregation would give. One of the visitors looked at the farmer and said, “We really thought you would be able to do better than this.” The farmer was astonished. He stood up as …

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July 3, 2015

The Liturgy of Praise in the Book of Revelation and in the Church Today

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Anyone who reads the Book of Revelation carefully finds before him a detailed heavenly picture of all the different kinds of liturgical rites that accompany the prayers and praises offered in the church every day, along with the eucharistic mystery. He sees white robes, censors, incense, and a burning coal on the altar, golden crowns, candlesticks, an altar and “a lamb as it had been slain,” cherubim, archangels, angels, heavenly powers, twenty-four elders and the …

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July 3, 2015

The Heavenly Host in the Coptic Tradition

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Within the context of the theology and piety of the Copts the heavenly host occupies an important place. There are the seven archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Suriel, Zedekiel, Serathiel, and Ananiel. They are the seven spirits of God (Rev. 4:5). Furthermore, the Holy Scriptures mention the Seraphim with their six wings who filled the house with smoke (Is. 6:2 f) and the herubim that provide the throne for the Lord (Ps. 99:1). The angels represent …

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July 3, 2015

Among the Copts

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An informative and interesting overview about the Coptic Orthodox Church from the perspective of an outsider. James Gaffney, professor of religious studies at Loyola University in New Orleans, wrote this article after studying and travelling Egypt in the summer of 1992 under a fellowship from the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. A long walk or short ride from the center of modern Cairo lies that city’s old Coptic Quarter, strangely combining monumental grandeur and contemporary …

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July 3, 2015

“Do This in Remembrance of Me”

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Christ’s suffering and death separated His existence in the flesh from His existence in the Spirit. It was not a separation of time or from His presence, but between the visible witnessing and the spiritual witnessing of the glory of His Divine Being. The Mystical Supper was a farewell illustration of the fact that Christ would be physically absent but at the same time would remain with His disicples forever: “And lo, I am with you …

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