Why Jesus? Look throughout the major world religions and you'll find that Buddha, Muhammad, Confucius and Moses all identified themselves as teachers or prophets. None of them ever claimed to be equal to God. Surprisingly, Jesus did. That is what sets Jesus apart from all the others. He said God exists and you're looking at him. Though he talked about his Father in heaven, it was not from the position of separation, but of very close union, unique to all humankind.
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The following passage comes from the book "Jesus: A Dialogue With the Saviour" written by a monk of the Eastern Church:
"Blood flows from your forehead, from your hands, and from your scourged body (O Lord). It flows slowly in long streams. It is going to flow from your open side as though your heart were bursting under the pressure of Your suffering love.
Hey Guys St Shenouda’s Monastery is running a brilliant competition that focuses on composing new church hymns, based on the patristic writings dealing with the life of St Shenouda the Archmendrite.
So if you have any ability or God Given Talent in composing hymns, CLICK HERE for further details.
God wants us to be happy, and to find happiness in all of our endeavors. And yet it’s not uncommon to find anxiety standing in the way. Anxiety is an issue that can hold us back from living the life that God wants, which is why it is in your best interest to find a source of treatment that can help you live within the path He has set out for you.
But what is perhaps most interesting about anxiety treatments is that trust and faith in God can actually be all of the treatment you need. Yes, there are medicines and therapies available, and certainly talking to someone when you need a helpful ear can be advantageous, but the truth is that God’s love has also provided us with most of what we need to cope with our anxiety symptoms.
The Causes of Anxiety Read the rest of this entry »
By: Fr Anthony St Shenouda
When we speak of the church fathers we immediately think of St Athanasius, St Cyril, St John Chrysostom, Clement of Alexandria, and the many other well known patriarchs & deans of the School of Alexandria. Only recently have I come across a man who has been very influential in Coptic Church in the sixth century, yet virtually unknown to many Copts today. He was no patriarch, or a priest or even a monk, yet his theological, philosophical, and scientific, writings have been very influential in his time and only started to resonate its effect in the late 20th century in the scholarly field.
John Philoponus was born from Christian parents in Egypt around the year 490 A.D. He received his philosophical learning at the pagan school of Alexandria, which was rising to prominence over and against the declining school of Athens which shut down by an edict of Justinian in 529 A.D. He received his learning from Ammonius Hermeion a skilled pagan philosopher. John’s youth was not spent in barren academic learning but he belonged to a group of committed Christians in Egypt along with St. Severus of Antioch who later on become the non-Chalcidonian patriarch of Antioch. This group of Christians – like the first seven deacons in Acts – embarked on charitable works; building churches, and holding heated discussions with non-Christians. Read the rest of this entry »
The commentary of the Coptic Funeral Rite of the Patriarch spoken as if it was from the mouth of HH Pope Shenouda III.
Once again as much confusion has arisen this is NOT HH personal will rather it is the Commentary to be read at the funeral of every Patriarch!
The words I am going to say are the words from His Holiness Pope Shenouda talking to his children, these are words of comfort and condolences to you all
I am your father and teacher, all of you my children, listen to my commandments, for I ask you my beloved children, preserve and look after the faith of the Holy Trinity.
I ask my beloved children, love one another with a true love. Read the rest of this entry »
“Pray for those who persecute you”
A soldier made it his practice to end each day with Bible reading and Prayer. As the others gathered in their barracks and retired for the night, he’d kneel by his bunk. Some of them saw this and began to mock him. But one night, the abuse went beyond words. As he bowed down to pray, one soldier threw his boots and hit him in the face. The others jeered, looking for a fight but there was no retaliation. The next morning when the boot thrower woke up, he couldn’t believe what he saw. There at the front of his bed were his boots – polished and returned.
Imagine shining the boots that kick you! That calls for Read the rest of this entry »
It is hard to fathom why some people just get so upset over matters that really do not have any forbearance on their life or future. It amazes me how often people become so down trodden and depressed over very minor and usually insignificant grievances. This perhaps may be some sort of a coping mechanism, perhaps some sort of a way of getting sympathy and acknowledgement, perhaps a way of attaining respect and recognition, whatever it is, people who get overly upset for days, weeks and even years never seem to realise that the things they so much desire are taken away from them when they are upset!
As I have progressed through my own life I have realised there are two main groups of individuals in society, “The Forgiver” and the “Grudge Bearer”. The Forgiver tends to be Read the rest of this entry »
Fr Anthony St Shenouda has asked me to post this small survey regarding the establishment of an online Christian bookshop. It would be absolutely Fantastic if we can all get on board and fill it in. It shouldn’t take longer than a few minutes to complete.
To complete the survey CLICK HERE
By Bishoy Marcus
Traversing the oceans in a cruseship, does no justice to the creative wonder of God. The water is an azure blue, panning from east to west, north to south, with no limit, evenly level, with ripples of waves breaking through the surface and the occasional splash of a large fish or dolphin the only glimpses of what lies beneath.
Today I had the wonderful opportunity of scuba diving, in one of Gods incredible master pieces known as the Great Barrier Reef off the Queensland coast in Australia. It was my first diving experience and my only tangible understanding of what lied beneath before this dive came from vibrant images found in marine biology textbooks.
But it didn’t take long for awe to fill my heart, and wonder to fill Read the rest of this entry »
She wrapped in swaddling-clothes Him who is covered with light as with a garment. She wrapped in swaddling-clothes Him who made every creature. She laid in a manger Him who sits above the cherubim, and is praised by myriads of angels. In the manger set apart for dumb brutes did the Logos of God repose, in order that He might impart to men, who are really irrational by free choice, the perceptions of true reason.
In the board from which cattle eat was laid the heavenly Bread, in order that He might provide participation in spiritual nourishment for men who live like the beasts of the earth. Nor was there even room for Him in the inn. He found no place, Who by His word established heaven and earth; Read the rest of this entry »
By Saint John Chrysostom.
I behold a new and wondrous mystery! My ears resound to the shepherd’s song, piping no soft melody, but loudly chanting a heavenly hymn! The cherubim resound their joyful praise! The seraphim exalt His glory!
All join to praise this holy feast, beholding the Godhead here on earth and man in heaven. He who is above now, for our salvation, dwells here below; and we, who were lowly, are exalted by divine mercy.
Today Bethlehem resembles heaven, hearing from the stars the singing of angelic voices and, in the place f the sun, witnessing the rising of the Sun of Justice!
Ask now how this was accomplished, for where God wills the order of nature is overturned. For He willed He has the power. He descended. He saved. All things move in obedience to God. Read the rest of this entry »
He took what was ours to be His very own so that we might have all that was His. “He was rich but He became poor for our sake, so that we might be enriched by His poverty.” [2Cor.8:9]. When they say that the Logos of God did not become flesh, or rather did not undergo birth from a woman according to the flesh, they bankrupt the economy of salvation. For if He who was rich did not impoverish Himself, abasing Himself to our condition out of tender love, then we have not gained Hs riches but are still in our poverty, still enslaved by sin and death, because the Logos becoming flesh is the undoing and the abolition of all that fell upon human nature as our curse and punishment.
If the Logos has not become flesh then neither has the dominion of death been overthrown, and in no way has sin been abolished, and we are still held captive in the transgressions of the first man, Read the rest of this entry »
The following Orthodox Christian patristic quote recently featured as a status on my Facebook wall:
“Set your mind on following the path of saints. Prefer a simple style of life. Wear unremarkable clothes. Eat simple food. Behave in an unaffected manner. Don’t strut around as if you were important. Speak from your heart.” (Abba Philemon)
A protestant friend of mine (whose father is a protestant minister, and whose Greek-Cypriot grandfather founded the first Greek-speaking protestant congregation in Sydney), responded to the above by stating in a typical American Southern Baptist style “That ain’t biblical.” Unfortunately, this third-generation protestant is so blinded by his “Bible-based Christianity” that he only identifies the Bible as the letter of the law. His soul is so foreign to the Holy Spirit, that he cannot even recognise the Spirit of the Law. Alas, this is the case of Protestantism, which is simply the “Christian” version of a Jewish sect that existed in the time of Christ, known as the “Saducees,” who only accepted the written law and refused to accept the oral tradition or the Spirit of the Law of God. Read the rest of this entry »
A young boy sat in his dark bare room, attempting to do his homework for the second time, hoping that for once he would get a compliment from his father. Only a few minutes ago he’d just been beaten up by his father because he had gotten a few questions wrong in his homework. The pain and swelling had not yet faded, but that was no concern for the 7-year-old boy. To him, the physical pain was nothing compared to the enormous shame and guilt that tore his insides, twisting them into knots and clumps.
His hand was shaking as he held the pen and began to write. With every motion pain shot throughout his entire being like a bullet. I don’t care if this kills me, as long as I see a smile on his face. That will make all the pain better he thought. After completing his homework for the second time, he staggered and limped across the house to the lounge where his father was watching a TV show. As he approached his father, the young boy was startled by the amount of empty beer bottles scattered on the ground. The air stank of alcohol and cigarette smoke. He almost choked with every breath he took in. Read the rest of this entry »