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January 16, 2016

The Holy Prophet Elias: Going Up is Going Down

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This week, in addition to the Feast of our Lord’s Circumcision, the Holy Church commemorated the miraculous ascension of the Holy Prophet Elias the Thesbite to the heavens on a chariot of fire. He is one of two men who departed from this world without first tasting death, the other being the Righteous Enoch (Gen 5:21-24). Elias lived during the reign of the wicked monarchs of Israel, Ahab and Jezebel (874-853 B.C.), who encouraged the …

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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

July 21, 2015

The Life of Discipleship

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In your discipleship, you do not learn from the words of your teachers, but from their behaviour and way of life. Even when they say nothing, you still absorb their way of living, by absorbing the good qualities, standards and patterns which they demonstrate in their life. The ear is not the only means of learning, the eye is too. There is the story of Abba Sisoes who was so humble that he would not …

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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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January 1, 2015

A Message for the New Year

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As we conclude one year and begin another, it is fitting that we focus on our calling as Christians to a life of holiness, a calling that is especially pronounced for us as servants. Consider the words of the Holy Apostle Paul:But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we …

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Tagged: New Year, Service, Sojourners
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