July 28, 2015

The Slow Death of Iconography in the Coptic Orthodox Church

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The beautiful and sacred art of iconography in the Coptic Orthodox Church is dying before our eyes.Without realizing it, we have been witnessing its death on social media, especially on Facebook. Its death is manifested when our News Feed becomes filled with images like this:To be honest, I don’t know what this image is supposed to mean, but it must mean something to many Copts, because these types of images are flooding the social media …

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July 27, 2015

The Humility of God the Son

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The Son has invited us to learn humility from Him and said: “Learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart” (Matt. 11:29), and thus the most important thing that we learn from Him is humility. (1) The first thing we mention in His humility is His Incarnation In this, the Apostle Saint Paul says about Christ our Lord: “who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be …

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Tagged: Incarnation, Jesus Christ, humility, pride
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July 27, 2015

The Humility of God the Father

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The greatest example of humility, the truest form of humility, is the humility of God, blessed be His Name. How can the Almighty God manifest humility? Because He is the Only Highest, who condescends down from his uppermost position. As for man, who is dust and ashes (Gen. 18:27), and who was dust before he existed, man who is all sin and iniquity, what is the meaning of humility as regards him? He is not …

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Tagged: humility, pride
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July 26, 2015

The Deserted Place within Us

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Today, our Mother, the Holy Church, nourished us with a passage from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke 9:10-17, which contains the story of the Miraculous Feeding, that great miracle in which our Savior multiplied five loaves and two fish in order to feed a hungry crowd of at least 5,000 in a deserted place. The Holy Apostles were concerned for this multitude, because they were in a deserted place, “in the middle of …

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July 23, 2015

What’s the Topic? Who’s the Priest? Who’s Gonna be There?

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Lately, I’ve noticed a dangerous trend growing among Coptic Orthodox faithful: we treat Church services and events as though they are products that we consume, i.e., things that we are free to accept, reject, or even modify. For example, let’s say a parish has a weekly meeting for parents of young children. The idea is that, every week, these parents will come to the Church and hear the Voice of God in this service. What …

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Tagged: Service, humility
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July 23, 2015

What is Love?

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Love is to be directed first to GodIf we wish to understand love in its true scriptural foundations, we must set before us (and understand) the following truth:Love should be directed to God, before anyone or anything else This is what God revealed to us in the Book of Deutoronomy: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength” (Dt 6:5).So then, if this …

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Tagged: His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, Love, Lust
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July 21, 2015

The Life of Discipleship

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In your discipleship, you do not learn from the words of your teachers, but from their behaviour and way of life. Even when they say nothing, you still absorb their way of living, by absorbing the good qualities, standards and patterns which they demonstrate in their life. The ear is not the only means of learning, the eye is too. There is the story of Abba Sisoes who was so humble that he would not …

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July 21, 2015

Holy Days and Holy Times

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Although all life should be holy, God has appointed for us holy days and times. If we are trained to keep these days holy, we will take them as examples for the rest of the days… Because man perhaps cannot practically be permanently cautious or in steady enthusiasm all the days of his life, God laid stress on certain days. He said in the Book of Leviticus that they are the proclaimed day of the …

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Tagged: Prayer, Spiritual Life, Time Management
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July 21, 2015

A Brief Life of St. Mark the Holy Apostle, Evangelist, and Martyr

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John Mark, also called Mark, was born in Cyrene to Aristobulus, a disciple of Christ, and Mary. She is mentioned in Acts 12:12 as the matron of the home where the early Christians gathered for prayer, where the Last Supper took place, and where the Christians met to pray for the Apostle Peter when he was in prison. According to Egyptian Christian tradition, Mark is the individual recounted in Acts 12:25 as accompanying the Apostles …

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July 21, 2015

The Dangers of Gluttony

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Those who love pleasure, keeping their appetites hot and humid, are indeed sitting by the flesh-pots; for gluttony engenders love of pleasure and many other passions as well. It is the root from which the rest of the passions spring up in vigorous growth, little by little developing as suckers alongside the mother tree, and putting out branches of evil that reach up to the sky. Avarice, anger and dejection are all offshoots of gluttony. …

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Tagged: Gluttony, Passions, Pleasure
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