Crucifixion was an ancient form of capital punishment. It was degrading, humiliating, and caused agonizing pain. Ultimately the HOLY CROSS symbolized absolute failure and death. Due to its barbaric nature, crucifixion was reserved for the lowliest of criminals: the slaves’ death or the murderers’ punishment. Today, many still look upon the HOLY CROSS . . . → Read More: The Transformed Holy Cross
The word ‘Nauruz’ is a Persian derivative from the second century AD. It literally means new day, from nau new + ruz. The Persian New Year’s day is celebrated at the astronomical vernal equinox as a day of great festivity since it marks the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere.
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Two thousand years have passed since the time of our Lord Jesus Christ on earth leaving behind much room for intellectualization as well as speculations; but above all casting a perpetual illumination on the type of life our dear Mother of God had led and the duties carried out by those “humble hands”.
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To write about the virtue of Simplicity is to write about St. Mary. Although many virtues found residence with the Mother of God, yet when it comes to Simplicity, St. Mary immediately stands conspicuous and a sole source of inspiration and reference. In the book the Songs of Songs we read There are . . . → Read More: St. Mary: An Icon of Simplicity
March 17, 2012 is the day of Heavenly Departure of His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, the 117th Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark.
“As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the . . . → Read More: Pope Shenouda III: Lived His Eternity
“The true fast is that in which sins, anger, tongue, and instincts are under control.” — St. Basil the Great.
The Holy Great Fast is often referred to as “The Spring of Our Spiritual Life”. Spring being the most beautiful season of the year and a time of spiritual renewal.
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“Where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into Heaven, You are there; if I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me” (Psalm 139:7-10).
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“Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you” (John 16:7).
The Glorious Feast of the Pentecost lasts for one day . . . → Read More: The Holy Spirit, Sent to Strengthen
“And raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph 2:6).
Our Salvation was achieved by our Lord Jesus Christ’s death on the cross and accomplished by His resurrection and lifting up from this world into heaven. The fullness of Christ’s . . . → Read More: Raised Up to Sit in Heavenly Places
“Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him” (Matthew 2:13).
On the twenty-fourth of the blessed Coptic month of Pashons (June 1st), we commemorate the Lord Jesus Christs flight to . . . → Read More: Purposeful Tribulation – by Bishop Youssef