Fr. Moses Samaan Archive

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October 3, 2015

Cyprian, Justina, and our Relationship with Evil

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At the end of the month of October every year, many Americans celebrate Halloween, a holiday that is oftentimes associated with the dead and the powers of darkness. There are, of course, defenders of Halloween who claim that it is fundamentally a wholesome holiday involving family, friends, and kids in cute costumes, but the reality is quite different. One cannot, for example, ignore the vampires, werewolves, monsters, ghosts, ghouls, and other things from the occult …

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September 10, 2015

Bless the Crown of the Year

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As we prepare to celebrate the Feast of Nayrouz, which is the feast of the new year beginning on September 12 in the Coptic Orthodox Church, we cannot help but notice the phrase, “Bless the crown of the year with Your Goodness, O Lord,” which is repeated throughout the hymns of the Church. This phrase is actually a quotation from Psalm 64:12 (LXX; 65 in the Protestant Bible), which reads, “Thou shalt bless the crown of …

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Tagged: Feast of Nayrouz, New Year, Psalms, Seasons
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September 10, 2015

No More Christian Baby Names?

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When God blesses a married couple with a child, it is undoubtedly one of the most joyful moments of life leading up to intense preparation for the coming of the child. Among the many stressful activities involved in the preparation is choosing (or oftentimes agreeing upon) the name of the child. Many couples turn to the Internet for advice as to which name they should choose. In response, they may receive advice like this from FitPregnancy: …

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Tagged: Family Issues, Names, Parenting
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September 5, 2015

A Prayer for the Syrian Refugees

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By now, we have all seen the horrifying photo of the three-year-old boy whose lifeless body washed up in Turkey, a victim of humanity’s neglect of the hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of refugees who are trying to escape Syria and other places in the Middle East to seek basic human needs. Among the many things we can do for these refugees, by far the most important is to pray for them, as the Holy …

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Tagged: Prayer, Syria, Syrian Refugees
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September 3, 2015

The Power of the Priestly Cassock

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One of the most disturbing ideas I’ve heard in the recent push to “modernize” the Coptic Orthodox Church and make it more “attractive” to people in today’s society is the idea of priests putting aside their priestly cassocks in favor of pants, shirts, and collars, like other western clergy. The general arguments in favor of abandoning the priestly cassock essentially argue that it is too traditional to the point of alienating people in modern society. …

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August 19, 2015

She Said Yes!

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One of the signs of modern courtship is the growing trend of elaborate marriage proposals, which are oftentimes choreographed and shared on social media. We see them all the time: a young man invites a young woman to some sentimental place (oftentimes with a view of the ocean) and “pops the question” (oftentimes using candles, signs, and/or balloons) shortly before all of their family and friends come out of hiding to congratulate them and celebrate. …

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Tagged: Annunciation, Incarnation, St. Mary
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August 18, 2015

The Transfiguration: Our Past and Our Future

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The Early Fathers of the Church teach us that, when God created Adam and Eve, they were clothed in the Divine light of God Himself. Sadly, when they sinned, they lost the glory of God, and that’s when they realized they were naked. This is our past, which we lost because of sin. Through the lifegiving work of our Lord Jesus Christ, however, this is also our future. In Matthew 13:43, we hear from the …

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Tagged: Deification, Theosis, Transfiguration
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August 17, 2015

The Holy Virgin Mary and Women’s Rights

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In or around the first year of the Lord, a meeting took place that would forever change the course of history. There was in those days an older woman living in the hill country of Judea. At this particular time, she was hiding, because something wondrous had happened to her. Despite the old age of this woman and her husband, a Jewish priest, and despite the fact that she, as a woman, was unable to …

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August 5, 2015

The Holy Virgin Mary and the Ignorance of Evil

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In the account of the Annunciation of the Birth of our Savior, we read the following response of the Holy Virgin Mary to the Holy Archangel Gabriel’s announcement that she would miraculously conceive and give birth to the Savior of the world: “How can this be, since I know not a man?” (Lk 1:34). From this response, we learn the important lesson that, sometimes, there is value in ignorance. The Holy Virgin Mary’s response to …

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August 4, 2015

“I’m Alive and Well”… Or Am I?

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I once visited a Coptic Orthodox parish for a weekday meeting. Before the meeting began, a “praise and worship team” came into the church with their instruments and began singing a couple of Protestant songs. As odd and surreal as it was to hear these songs in a holy place in which mystical and spiritual hymns are chanted, this is not our present focus. [1. This is not directed at any particular parish, because these songs …

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