The Coptic Orthodox hierarchs of North America, including our Bishop Mina, have published an important Pastoral Message concerning the heretical movement of Atef Aziz, who has taken shelter within the jurisdiction of the Orthodox Church in America.
Please read the statement and exercise caution against this new heresy.
Click . . . → Read More: Pastoral Message from the Bishops of the Coptic Orthodox Church of North America – May 2016
The 21 men of Libya are men of valor and courage. We need to respect them for who they are and what befall them. The 21 martyrs of Libya are to be commended for allowing those of all beliefs, nationalities, and political platforms to bear witness to instantaneous sainthood through . . . → Read More: The 21 Martyrs of Libya: Videotaped Instantaneous Sainthood
Whenever one tries to approach the Blessed Virgin Mary to understand the secrets behind her life, one’s mind gets boggled and baffled by them. For, while a lot of women and leaders of women’s movements fight to obtain rights and honor, this simple poor girl appeared on the scene of events to become . . . → Read More: The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Love of Honor
“Purify our bodies; wash us from our iniquities; make us worthy of the dwelling of Your Holy Spirit in our souls. Enlighten our minds that we may behold Your praiseworthiness. Purify our thoughts and mingle us with Your Glory…” (Fraction to the Son)
On the eleventh of Tobe, two weeks . . . → Read More: Baptism: Crowning Back into the Original Glory
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.
. . . → Read More: The Nayrouz and Christian Testimony
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 . . . → 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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