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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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July 3, 2015

Overcoming Your Ego

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The First Counsel Never rely on your own wisdom or might or on human strength in any of your works. Otherwise, your mind will become dim and your insight blurred, thus blocking the way for grace to enter you and show you the way of God. You will thus be led astray from truth and fall into the enemy’s trap. At the end, you will be enslaved to your own ego and to the desires …

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July 3, 2015

The Divine Foundation upon which Coptic Monasticism was Built

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Monasticism began with Saint Antony in response to the commandment of the Gospel, which says, “Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me” (Mark 10:21.) When Saint Antony personally carried out this mandate and set out for the wilderness, being so sincere in his obedience, he embodied in the desert a live, human, personal entity of obedience to the commandment. This live …

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Tagged: Abba Makarios, Asceticism, Hermit, Monasticism
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July 3, 2015

Sheheet, the Weighing of Hearts

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A beautiful letter to monks and contemplation on the name and place of the Desert of Sheheet, where the Coptic Orthodox Monastery of Saint Macarius resides, by the Spiritual Father of the monastery, Father Matta El Maskeen (also known in as Father Matthew the Poor.) God offered us the grace of calling and accepting us in the sacred wilderness, i.e., the wilderness of Sheheet, the wilderness of “the weighing scale of hearts.” With its name …

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July 3, 2015

Feminism and the Role of Women

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Feminism is one of the aspects and factors which works to distance many of us from God. As science makes us doubt the Bible, as humanism makes us doubt the existence of God, as modernism makes us doubt the power of God, as postmodernism makes us doubt the existent morality and ethics, feminism makes us doubt both the Bible and the Church and its structures. We have to understand what feminism is. There is a …

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Tagged: Feminism, St. Mary, Women
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July 3, 2015

The Body and its Parts

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As the “body of Christ”, the Church is strength to each of its members, and as sons and daughters of the Lord, we all belong to this One “Body”. People often ask why God does not bless them, or why they do not feel His grace in their lives. The answer is always the same, because there is no communication. God is perfect and remains constant, and thus the difference must be in us. When …

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Tagged: Ecclesiology, agape, community, fellowship
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July 2, 2015

Jesus Christ: Son of Man, Son of God, and Lord

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Christ’s linking the Son of man with the forgiveness of sins (Mk 2:5-10) and with the coming judgment (“He has given him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of man” Jn 5:27) greatly enhances the importance of the Son of man, since judgment is attributed to Him as if He is greater than it. It is given to Him because He is the Son of man, or, as we say, because He …

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