May 19, 2017

Homily 67 on John 14:1-3

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Let not your heart be troubled:1 believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you, that I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I come again, and will receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also (Jn 14:1–3). We must lift ourselves up, my …

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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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July 7, 2015

On the Nativity of St. John the Baptist

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Today we are celebrating the Nativity of St. John, dearest brethren, something which we read has never been granted to any of the other saints. Only the Nativity of our Lord and that of Blessed John [the Baptist] are celebrated and honored throughout the world. [1.The cycle of John the Baptist is an early Palestinian rite that serves as the model for the Mariological cycle. It includes the feasts of conception, nativity, and martyrdom. In the Coptic …

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April 2, 2015

Against the Western Concept of Justification

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But what is the meaning of ‘made righteous in His Blood?” What power is there in this Blood, I demand, that believers are made righteous in it? And what of ‘reconciled through the death of His Son’? Is it really the case that, when God saw the Father was angry with us, He saw the death of His Son for us, and was appeased?…Can we suppose that the Father would have given His own Son …

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