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February 1, 2016

On Modern Wedding Receptions among Orthodox Christians

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In the Holy Orthodox Church, marriage is a divine Mystery that culminates in two people being transformed into a one-flesh unity through the work of the Holy Spirit. The ultimate goal of this one-flesh unity is the salvation of the husband, wife, and any children the Lord grants to the couple. Orthodox Christian marriage, therefore, is a path towards holiness. Today, this beautiful reality of marriage is oftentimes overshadowed by the dark cloud of the …

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January 16, 2016

The Holy Prophet Elias: Going Up is Going Down

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This week, in addition to the Feast of our Lord’s Circumcision, the Holy Church commemorated the miraculous ascension of the Holy Prophet Elias the Thesbite to the heavens on a chariot of fire. He is one of two men who departed from this world without first tasting death, the other being the Righteous Enoch (Gen 5:21-24). Elias lived during the reign of the wicked monarchs of Israel, Ahab and Jezebel (874-853 B.C.), who encouraged the …

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January 13, 2016

How a Faithful Husband Sees His Wife

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On the joyful day a man and woman are crowned and married in the Orthodox Church, an inseparable bond develops between them. No longer are they two individuals serving their own egos and self-wills, but rather, they become one flesh in a sublime mystery. This reality is made abundantly clear in the marriage of the first husband and wife described at the end of Genesis 2. When Adam awoke from the deep sleep into which …

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Tagged: Husbands, Marriage, One-Flesh Unity, Wives
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January 11, 2016

Don’t Hold Grievances

Fr. Moses Samaan   ·   Quotes

Don’t hold a grievance against anybody, even if they’re wicked, because otherwise your prayer won’t be heard by God. Defeat evil with good! Remain a sheep, and with the power of Christ you’ll overcome the wolves.

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January 6, 2016

God Dwells with Us Forever

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As we prepare to celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, it is good to meditate on some of the types and symbols of His Birth in the Old Testament. One of the most beautiful foreshadowings of the birth of Christ can be found in 3 Kingdoms 8:26-30 (LXX). [1. Also known as 1 Kings 8:26-30 in the Protestant Bible] In this passage, the Holy Prophet-King Solomon, the son of the …

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January 5, 2016

He Became Man for You

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Believe that the Son of God, the Word before the ages, begotten from the Father apart from time and without body, has in the last days also become for you Son of a human being, coming forth from the Virgin Mary ineffably and in an undefiled manner… He is a whole human being, and is also God… that salvation may be granted to the whole of you, destroying the whole condemnation of sin. He is …

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Tagged: Nativity, Nativity of Christ, Quotes, Theosis
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December 31, 2015

Sermon for New Year’s Day

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We see, beloved Brethren, that you have come together to-day as for a feast and that for this day you have gathered here in greater numbers than usual. We urge you to remember what you sang a moment ago; otherwise it will only mean that your tongue made some noise while your heart remained still. The sounds you have produced in each other’s ears, these it is for your love to reproduce with loud voice …

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December 28, 2015

Self-Pride in the Service

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It befalls to the spiritual leader not to give way to self-pride by the fact of his leadership, or else he would shift himself from the blessing of the saints to the rule of Satan. He has to keep in mind that caring for the group comes up to enslave himself for them in the same way as serving the wounded ones and cleaning their infected wounds. He has to search for the appropriate remedy …

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December 17, 2015

The Angel of the Lord and the Burning Bush

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One of the most beloved Kiahk melodies in the Coptic Orthodox Church is the praise on the Thursday Theotokion known as “The Burning Bush.” The story of Moses and the burning bush is easily found in the Book of Exodus: And Moses was feeding the flock of Jothor his father-in-law, the priest of Madiam; and he brought the sheep nigh to the wilderness, and came to the mount of Choreb. And an Angel of the …

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December 16, 2015

The Holy Theotokos as the Living Temple

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Last Sunday, faithful in the Coptic Orthodox Church celebrated with great joy the Feast of the Entry of the Holy Theotokos Mary into the temple. Although this event is not mentioned in the Holy Scripture, it is firmly rooted in the Holy Tradition of the Church, especially from a book known as the Protoevangelium of James, which offers details concerning the early life of the Holy Theotokos. When the Holy Theotokos was only three-years-old, her …

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