On this occasion of the Great Lent Fast 2015, i would like to share with you the prayer of St Ephraim the Syrian for Lent. O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, faint-heartedness, lust of power, and idle talk. (+) But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility,… Continue reading The Prayer of St Ephraim the Syrian
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…
Hey everyone, today’s post comes from Ryan Rivera, who has become the sites newest contributor, Enjoy the Read! 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… Continue reading How to Use God’s Love to Treat Anxiety!
Last Saturday Amanda gave me the following story from her Grandma! “Pray for those who persecute you” Matt 5:44 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… Continue reading A night in the barracks!
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” 2 Timothy… Continue reading RIP HH POPE SHENOUDA III
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By Maria Sawiris 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… Continue reading Painful Love!
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Hey Guys As Some of you have realised over the last few days – my blog has been unfortunately hacked by an unknown hacker which has taken the website completely off the internet. This has led me to redo the whole blog by deleting the initial database and transfer the blog over to a new… Continue reading An Apology & An Update!
My Beloved Brethren, Peace and grace. The Great Fast is a season of repentance and return to God. Through the intercessions of St. Mary and the cloud of witnesses, I pray that this fast will be different in the depth of its spirituality and how you experience God. At the end of it, I hope… Continue reading Call To Action!
During prayer there sometimes occur moments of deadly darkness and spiritual anguish arising from unbelief of the heart (for unbelief is darkness). Do not let your heart fail you at such moments, but remember that if the Divine light has been cut off from you, it always shines in all its splendour and greatness in… Continue reading Hinderance in Prayer!
My Child, You may not know me, but I know everything about you. Psalm 139:1 I know when you sit down and when you rise up. Psalm 139:2 I am familiar with all your ways. Psalm 139:3 Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. Matthew 10:29-31 For you were made in my image.… Continue reading Fathers Love Letter!
You may recall that on new years’s day this year, a Coptic church in Alexandria was bombed as the worshippers were leaving mass, and 21 people were killed. The Alexandrian governor accused al-Qaida of being responsible, though no group has claimed responsibility. Since January 25th, Egypt has been in a complex progress of rapid political… Continue reading Fr Shenouda Mansour – On ABC Radio!
In the past 24-48 hours the Egyptian Army, the force that is supposed to unite the people has showed its clear intention against the Coptic Christians. In the aftermath of the January 25th revolution, prisoners were released into the wadi natroun desert where several Coptic Monasteries are present. Following orders from the police force and… Continue reading A Sad Day For Copts *GRAPHIC FOOTAGE*
The holy father St. Severus, Patriarch of Antioch, departed. He was from Asia Minor. His grandfather, whose name was also Severus, saw in a vision someone telling him, “The child who is for your son will strengthen Orthodoxy, and his name will be after your name.” When his son had this saint, he called him… Continue reading Severus of Antioch
In response to the tragic terrorist attack against Coptic Orthodox Christians at al-Qideseen Church in Alexandria during New Year’s Eve prayers, the United States Senate has passed Senate Resolution 22. According to its sponsor, Senator Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey), the resolution “condemns the New Year’s Day attack; calls on Mubarak to identify, locate, and prosecute… Continue reading US Senate Condems Jan 1 Attacks
On 15 February 2011 Pope Shenouda met with a small committee of the Holy Synod that released the following statement: The Coptic Church praises Egypt’s honest youth, the Youth of 25 January who led Egypt in a resilient white revolution and sacrificed precious blood, the blood of the nation’s martyrs who were hailed by Egypt’s… Continue reading Pope Shenouda's Statement On The Egyptian Revolution!
When a man leaves on a journey, he must know where he is going. Thus with Lent. Above all, Lent is a spiritual journey and its destination is Easter, “the Feast of Feasts.” It is the preparation for the “fulfillment of Pascha, the true Revelation.” We must begin, therefore, by trying to understand this connection… Continue reading Getting Ready For Lent!
Today the coptic church commences Jonahs Fast which lasts for 3days. Jonah was an eighth century BC famous prophet from Gath-helper, a small Galilean town near Nazareth. Jonah the Prophet is famous for the well-known story about him and the diverse ways in which the Lord spoke to him. Most often, Jonah was spoken to… Continue reading Subtly, God Spoke to Jonah!
Since, again, some who are reckoned among the orthodox go beyond the pre-arranged plan for the exaltation of the just, and are ignorant of the methods by which they are disciplined beforehand for incorruption, they thus entertain heretical opinions. For the heretics, despising the handiwork of God, and not admitting the salvation of their flesh,… Continue reading Will Our Bodies Ascend?
Our knowledge of St. Cyril’s childhood education and early upbringing is quite meager. According to St. Isidore of Pelusium and church historian Socrates, St. Cyril was born in Alexandria around the year 380. However, others rely on to the chronicles of John, Bishop of Nikiu in seventh century, who states that St. Cyril’s mother and… Continue reading Biography: Cyril Of Alexandria!
Asceticism is to live with satisfaction on your minimal needs without experiencing delight and getting away from materialism,. St. Paul the Apostle reminded his disciple Timothy in his first epistle, “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” ; “And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.” and “But those who desire to… Continue reading Asceticism!