Fr. Moses Samaan Archive

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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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July 29, 2015

Young Women and St. Marina

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Today, the Coptic Orthodox Church celebrates the martyrdom of St. Marina the Holy Martyr of Antioch, a wonderful role model especially for young women. She was raised as an unbeliever by her parents until her mother died. Afterwards, she believed in our Lord Jesus Christ and vowed to remain a virgin for Him, but her father disowned her because of her faith, which ultimately resulted in her martyrdom. She shunned marriage, pleasure, fame, wealth, family, …

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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 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 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 5, 2015

Did #LoveWin?

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Today, on the Fourth Sunday of the blessed Coptic month of Paouna, our Mother, the Holy Church, nourished us with a passage from the Gospel according to Luke 6:27-38 in which our Lord Jesus Christ spoke to us about love, and especially the love of our enemies.Perhaps no word is used more in the language of the modern world than “love,” but in what way? After the United States Supreme Court’s sad decision legalizing same-sex …

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Tagged: Love, Same-Sex Marriage
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June 30, 2015

The World Needs Abba Moses

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Since the tragic ruling of five judges on the United States Supreme Court this past Friday, I’ve observed many Christians living in something like a daze. Although the decision wasn’t unexpected, it’s now real and a part of everyone’s life whether they wanted it or not. People are anxious, wondering what the decision means for their parishes, their childrens’ education, and even their own job security.In the midst of the anxiety, God, Who is always …

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