April 14, 2015

Honor the Body of Christ in the Poor

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Would you do honor to Christ’s Body? Neglect Him not when naked; do not while here thou honorest Him with silken garments, neglect Him perishing without of cold and nakedness. For He that said, “This is my body,” and by His word confirmed the fact, his same said, “Ye saw me an hungered, and fed me not;” and, “Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not …

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April 13, 2015

Why the Resurrection after Three Days?

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The death on the Cross, then, for us has proved seemly and fitting, and its cause has been shown to be reasonable in every respect; and it may justly be argued that in no other way than by the Cross was it right for the salvation of all to take place. For not even thus—not even on the Cross—did He leave Himself concealed; but far otherwise, while He made creation witness to the presence of …

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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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April 1, 2015

Why We Don’t Celebrate the Eucharist on Great Friday

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On Holy and Great Friday we do not celebrate the full Liturgy, because the Lord, Who on the eve of Friday instituted the Mysteries in memory of His passion, on Friday itself endured the voluntary suf­ fering and offered Himself voluntarily on the Cross as a sacrifice to the Father, as is said: He gave Himself up… Since in His divine Body through the suffering a sacrifice was then offered, on Great Friday there is …

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Tagged: Great Friday, Holy Pascha
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March 11, 2015

On Having a Resolute and Sustained Purpose

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If you wish to save your soul and win eternal life, arise from your lethargy, make the sign of the Cross and say:In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.Faith comes not through pondering but through action. Not words and speculation but experience teaches us what God is. To let in fresh air we have to open a window; to get tanned we must go out into …

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Tagged: Prodigal Son, Resolutions, Spirituality
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February 23, 2015

The Priest Who Couldn’t Forgive

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In the first centuries of Christianity when the followers of Christ were cruelly persecuted by the authorities, a priest by the name of Sapricius and a layman by the name of Nicephorus lived in the city of Antioch.  The other people considered them to be natural brothers because they loved each other so much.  They lived with sincere love for a long time until the devil, being very jealous of their harmonious life, succeeded in …

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Tagged: Forgiveness, Martyrdom
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January 26, 2015

The Feast of our Mother’s Dormition

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On Thursday, 27 January (21 Tuba), faithful in the Coptic Orthodox Church celebrate the Feast of the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos Mary. In this blessed Feast, we remember the falling asleep of the Mother of God to the cares of this world. Her beloved Son came with the hosts of the heavenly powers to escort her pure soul into the heavenly habitations while her body was entrusted to the Holy Apostles for burial in …

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January 21, 2015

Our Lord’s First Miracle at Cana of Galilee

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Today, we celebrate with great joy the Feast of the Miracle at the Wedding of Cana of Galilee and the Feast of the pure martyrs, St. Demiana and the forty virgins. I wish you all joy and blessings today and pray that God may grant you many happy returns.Our gospel reading this morning, which came from the Gospel according to St. John 2:1-11, spoke to us about the first miracle that our Lord performed in …

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January 15, 2015

The Eternal Joy of Tribulations

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A certain brother was troubled and disturbed by some person, but he did not say anything and endured the temptation joyfully for the sake of the Lord (Jas 1:2). Being a man and wearing flesh, however, he slowly began to be troubled by thoughts and sorrow. So he sneaked away to a hidden place and prayed to God from the depths of his heart with sadness and bitterness, wetting the ground with his tears, and …

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January 9, 2015

Orthodox Worship and the Senses

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While reading a wonderful book entitled The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection, a 17th c. spiritual classic, I happened upon the following quote from the Introduction by Doris Day:We have to leap into faith through the senses — from the natural to the supernatural — and I was drawn to the Church in my youth because it appealed to the senses. The music speaking to the ear, the incense …

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