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May 11, 2014

Celebrating Motherhood

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Today, we celebrate motherhood, remembering and thanking our mothers for their loving self-sacrifice. We also remember the motherhood of the Holy Church, which is our home and the source of our nourishment. Finally, we remember the motherhood of the Most Holy Theotokos, who by her acceptance of God’s will and obedience, became the mother of all living. We thank God for this mystery of motherhood in every facet of our lives and pray that we …

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Tagged: Mother's Day, St. Mary, Theotokos, motherhood
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April 28, 2014

The Resurrection and the Commemoration of the Theotokos

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Today, with great joy, we continue to celebrate our Saviour’s Resurrection and the commemoration of His Mother, the Most Holy Theotokos St. Mary.In the context of the Resurrection, we remember that it was St. Mary’s consent and acceptance to the will of God in her life that led to the Resurrection and everything else in the Gospel. Without human consent, there is no salvation. Without her response to the angel, we would still be in …

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Tagged: Resurrection, St. Mary, Theotokos
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April 28, 2014

Mass Blinding by Television

Fr. Moses Samaan   ·   Quotes

Don’t glue yourselves before the television (or computer, smartphone, etc.). Don’t forget that the button is not only used to turn it on, but for us to turn it off, also. Guard yourselves from this means of mass blinding. – Elder Epiphanios

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April 25, 2014

Love v. Gossip

Fr. Moses Samaan   ·   Quotes

“Love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor” (Rom. 12:10), commands the apostle to those who cling to Christ. How can we say that we adhere to the meek and All-pure Christ, if we daily poison the air with tales about the sins and shortcomings of others? To conceal your own virtue and the shortcomings of others, this is the preeminent spiritual wisdom. – St. Nikolai Velimirović

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Tagged: Gossip, Love, Loving our Enemies
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April 24, 2014

The Resurrection Planted in our Flesh

Fr. Moses Samaan   ·   Quotes

‘Christ is risen!’ and ‘Truly He is risen!’ have been planted in our bones! Scholars may reject it, and expunge it from their theology, and demean it in their science, but to no avail–the Resurrection is planted in our flesh, in our blood and bones. Resurrection is not mere vision, contemplation, theory or logic: it is life. Resurrection, beloved, is the action of a new life in man. – Fr. Matta Al-Maskeen (Matthew the Poor)

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April 24, 2014

Why Palestinians Love St. George

Fr. Moses Samaan   ·   Links

This article from the BBC explains the popular piety of Palestinians (and most Middle-Easterners) towards the Holy Martyr, Prince George.

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Tagged: Piety, Spirituality, St. George
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April 19, 2014

The Conqueror of Death in the Tomb

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As we conclude our celebration of the Saturday of Light or Bright Saturday, commemorating our Savior’s entombment and descent into Hell, we recall that His tomb was only a short distance away from His Cross. As He hung on the Cross, He must have gazed on the tomb and remembered the words of the Righteous Job, “My spirit is wasted, my days are shortened, and only the grave remaineth for me” (Job 17:1).However, our Lord …

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April 11, 2014

The Power of Love over Death

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Today, we celebrate the Raising of Lazarus as a precursor to our celebration of our Savior’s victory over death next Saturday and His Resurrection next Sunday.We remember in these celebrations that the power of the Resurrection is not a separate power of God, but rather, it is the power of God’s love for mankind. God is Love and Love is Life. When Christ weeps at Lazarus’ grave, He weeps in His love for us as …

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Tagged: Death, Descent into Hades, Lazarus, Resurrection
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