December 10, 2015

The Joy and Wonder of Kiahk

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During this holy month of Kiahk in the Coptic Orthodox Church, we commemorate the events that led to the transformation of the world through the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are called to be attentive and faithful during this time as we see the Feast of the Nativity on the horizon, rapidly approaching as each day passes. It is a time for us to prepare and wait for the feast which commemorates the …

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November 10, 2015

Is Christianity Found on a Cup?

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By now, most of us have heard about the recent controversy over Starbucks’ new solid red cups. It all began when Joshua Feurstein, an Evangelical pastor, posted a video about the new red cups, which he believes represents a war on Christ, Christianity, and Christmas. Prior cup designs featured Christmas themes, like snowflakes and reindeer, but this year’s cup is plain, which he finds problematic. His solution? Order a drink under the name “Merry Christmas” as …

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January 5, 2015

The Canticle (Praise) of the Holy Zacharias

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In the Gospel reading of the Fourth Sunday of the Holy Month of Koiak from Luke 1:56-80, we hear the words of the beautiful canticle (praise) uttered by the Holy Zacharias, the father of the Holy Forerunner, John the Baptist.We come across three amazing canticles at the beginning of the Gospel according to the Holy Evangelist Luke. All three speak of the blessedness of God and His great compassion in looking down upon us as …

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December 24, 2014

The Nativity Icon

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It was not until the bitter dispute over the Arian heresy that the Nativity of Christ was instituted as an independent Feast Day. The physical birth of our Lord becomes the principal issue in the controversy during the fourth and fifth centuries concerning the human and divine natures of Jesus. This thelogical opposition to the Church inspired artists to create imagery of Christ’s birth.It is surprising to see how the representation of the event of …

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December 24, 2014

Christmas and a Child’s Wonder

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Today, the world celebrates the birth of our Savior in the Gregorian calendar. How wonderful it is for one to be around children on this Feast, because Christ’s birth sanctified and blessed the birth of every human child. I am certain this is why children feel a sense of wonder during Christmas. It’s not simply about presents and parties. Instead, children feel an intimate connection with the Child Who was born in a cave in …

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December 24, 2014

The Life was made Manifest

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Who does not long passionately to know and experience this eternal life?It was this life that appeared incarnate when Christ was born in Bethlehem. Eternal life was revealed and seen and touched, after it had been concealed in the Father. But what is the value of this eternal life it is simply appeared once in Bethlehem two thousand years ago, and we look to it as a merely historical event? We must correct this view, …

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