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July 7, 2015

Homily on the Nativity of St. John the Baptist

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Among the Church’s feasts, there are three in honor of God’s saint which in their significance stand out from the others devoted to the saints and are numbered among the great feasts of the Church of Christ. These feasts glorify the economy of God for our salvation. These three feasts are the Nativity of St. John the Forerunner, his Beheading, and the feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul. The apparition of the holy …

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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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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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January 4, 2015

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

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The birth of St. John the Baptist, the last and greatest of the Old Testament Prophets, was the result of a miracle. As Holy Scripture tells us, in the days of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances …

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