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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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December 10, 2015

The Joy and Wonder of Kiahk

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During this holy month of Kiahk in the Coptic Orthodox Church, we commemorate the events that led to the transformation of the world through the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are called to be attentive and faithful during this time as we see the Feast of the Nativity on the horizon, rapidly approaching as each day passes. It is a time for us to prepare and wait for the feast which commemorates the …

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December 6, 2015

Tell the Physician Your Pain

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The Creator of mankind prefers men to count over their sins to Him rather than their good works. For God is a physician, who comes up to the bed on which each one of us is lying, and asks: “Where is the pain?” The man who makes use of the physician’s presence to tell him about all his pain and weakness is wise, and the man who, concealing his pain, boasts of his health to …

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December 4, 2015

A Prayer for Peace and the Turning Away of Violence

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On Wednesday, a married couple full of violence and hatred attacked a group of government employees in San Bernardino. On Thursday, many secular lawmakers and journalists attacked prayer as the proper response, preferring to place their faith in man-made gun control legislation rather than in the power of prayer to God. Faithful Christians, however, know that prayer is more fundamental to human life than air, food, and water. As the Holy Apostle wrote, we are …

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December 3, 2015

The Ultimate Powerlessness of Violence

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In the wake of yesterday’s tragic violence in San Bernardino, let us be reminded of a powerful passage in the Holy Gospel that teaches us about the ultimate powerlessness of violence. We join our Savior as He is about to be arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane by the command of the wicked Jewish leaders aided by Judas the Betrayer: Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, …

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December 2, 2015

How to Acquire Peace in this World

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Live as members of one body, as children of God, in love, harmony, tranquility and above all in peace, esteeming one another, being indulgent to one another, as the Lord is indulgent to us. Do not be proud, do not envy, do not bear ill will, do not be slothful in prayer, begin and end the day with fervent prayer to God, to the Virgin Mary and the Saints and pray for all as yourself, …

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December 1, 2015

Holy Tradition: Divine, Apostolic, and Patriarchal

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Tradition is, basically, the spiritual teaching we have inherited from the Holy Apostles and Church Fathers. Tradition is divine, apostolic or patriarchal. Divine tradition is that teaching given by Jesus Christ directly and by word of mouth to the Holy Apostles. It was not recorded in a book until later through the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit. [1. Patriarch Ephrem Barsoum I, Alhak Alkanoni, chps. 22 & 23. Art. 112-120.] It includes the …

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