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April 1, 2015

Why We Don’t Celebrate the Eucharist on Great Friday

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On Holy and Great Friday we do not celebrate the full Liturgy, because the Lord, Who on the eve of Friday instituted the Mysteries in memory of His passion, on Friday itself endured the voluntary suf­ fering and offered Himself voluntarily on the Cross as a sacrifice to the Father, as is said: He gave Himself up… Since in His divine Body through the suffering a sacrifice was then offered, on Great Friday there is …

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Tagged: Great Friday, Holy Pascha
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March 11, 2015

On Having a Resolute and Sustained Purpose

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If you wish to save your soul and win eternal life, arise from your lethargy, make the sign of the Cross and say:In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.Faith comes not through pondering but through action. Not words and speculation but experience teaches us what God is. To let in fresh air we have to open a window; to get tanned we must go out into …

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Tagged: Prodigal Son, Resolutions, Spirituality
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February 23, 2015

The Priest Who Couldn’t Forgive

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In the first centuries of Christianity when the followers of Christ were cruelly persecuted by the authorities, a priest by the name of Sapricius and a layman by the name of Nicephorus lived in the city of Antioch.  The other people considered them to be natural brothers because they loved each other so much.  They lived with sincere love for a long time until the devil, being very jealous of their harmonious life, succeeded in …

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Tagged: Forgiveness, Martyrdom
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January 26, 2015

The Feast of our Mother’s Dormition

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On Thursday, 27 January (21 Tuba), faithful in the Coptic Orthodox Church celebrate the Feast of the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos Mary. In this blessed Feast, we remember the falling asleep of the Mother of God to the cares of this world. Her beloved Son came with the hosts of the heavenly powers to escort her pure soul into the heavenly habitations while her body was entrusted to the Holy Apostles for burial in …

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January 21, 2015

Our Lord’s First Miracle at Cana of Galilee

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Today, we celebrate with great joy the Feast of the Miracle at the Wedding of Cana of Galilee and the Feast of the pure martyrs, St. Demiana and the forty virgins. I wish you all joy and blessings today and pray that God may grant you many happy returns.Our gospel reading this morning, which came from the Gospel according to St. John 2:1-11, spoke to us about the first miracle that our Lord performed in …

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January 19, 2015

Homily on the Holy Theophany

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January 15, 2015

The Eternal Joy of Tribulations

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A certain brother was troubled and disturbed by some person, but he did not say anything and endured the temptation joyfully for the sake of the Lord (Jas 1:2). Being a man and wearing flesh, however, he slowly began to be troubled by thoughts and sorrow. So he sneaked away to a hidden place and prayed to God from the depths of his heart with sadness and bitterness, wetting the ground with his tears, and …

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January 9, 2015

Orthodox Worship and the Senses

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While reading a wonderful book entitled The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection, a 17th c. spiritual classic, I happened upon the following quote from the Introduction by Doris Day:We have to leap into faith through the senses — from the natural to the supernatural — and I was drawn to the Church in my youth because it appealed to the senses. The music speaking to the ear, the incense …

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January 9, 2015

Can I Pray for Anything I Want?

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Q. Is it okay to ask God for our preferences, yet praying for His ultimate will in the situation? I just want to be genuine in my heart and in front of God.A. In every aspect of our lives, we must seek the grace and help of God. Our Lord says, “Without Me, ye can do nothing” (Jn 15:5). In His love for us, God both commands us to pray and ask of Him every good …

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January 5, 2015

The Canticle (Praise) of the Holy Zacharias

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In the Gospel reading of the Fourth Sunday of the Holy Month of Koiak from Luke 1:56-80, we hear the words of the beautiful canticle (praise) uttered by the Holy Zacharias, the father of the Holy Forerunner, John the Baptist.We come across three amazing canticles at the beginning of the Gospel according to the Holy Evangelist Luke. All three speak of the blessedness of God and His great compassion in looking down upon us as …

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