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 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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June 10, 2015

Martin Luther’s Confession of Orthodox Christianity

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In July 1519, Martin Luther, the founder of the Reformation which would ultimately give rise to what we call the Protestant churches, engaged in a debate with a famous Roman Catholic apologist named Johann Eck in Leipzig… and he confessed the truth of Orthodox Christianity!

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June 4, 2015

How the Lord Chose His Twelve Apostles

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Our Lord Jesus Christ spent the night in prayer, conversing with His Father and God in heaven in a way indescribable and beyond our powers of understanding, a way which is solely known to Himself. He thus makes Himself an example to us of that which is necessary for salvation, for He taught us in what way we too may rightly and blamelessly offer our prayers. He then came down from the mountain, and appointed …

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June 3, 2015

A Story from the Travels of the Apostle Thomas

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In light of the Feast of the Holy Apostle Thomas, which we celebrate today, we offer this beautiful story of how Thomas began to bring many Indians to the knowledge of God. It comes from the First Book of the Evergetinos. The great Apostle Thomas was placed by the Lord in the service of a businessman, Abban, as one very able in the art of construction. Together with the businessman Abban, St. Thomas arrived in …

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May 25, 2015

Two Miracles of the Holy Epiphanios, Bishop of Cyprus

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On this day, the Coptic Orthodox Church would have celebrated the Feast of the Holy Epiphanios, Bishop of Cyprus. Of course, our focus is on the celebration of the Resurrection of our Savior, so we do not remember him liturgically, but it is nonetheless meet to learn from his life insofar as we are able.The following is an excerpt from the Early Church historian Sozomen’s account of Epiphanios’ miracles.The Miracles of EpiphaniosEpiphanios was at this …

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