St. Athanasius at Nicaea

Christian Unity

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Christian unity is an exalted goal that all faithful seek. We pray that God may grant His children to be united in faith. In order to achieve this unity, we must return to the Early Church, especially the Apostolic Era, to understand Christian unity. In the Book of Acts, we read, “Now all who believed [...]

Holy Theotokos St. Mary

My Soul Magnifies the Lord

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On Sunday, the Church began the third week of the blessed Coptic month of Kiahk with the account of the blessed visit of the Holy Virgin St. Mary to her relative, St. Elizabeth. We heard how the Holy Virgin St. Mary arose quickly in the days after the annunciation of our Lord Jesus Christ and went [...]

Christ the Good Shepherd

Placing our Weaknesses before Christ

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In the Gospel reading of the Evening Raising of Incense for the Third Sunday of the blessed Coptic month of Hatour, we hear our Lord Jesus Christ speaking to us personally, saying, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn [...]

St. Paul

Dogma and Love

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Lately, there has been a lot of talk about dogma and its connection to love.  Those, who adhere to the correct dogma, are attacked by some on the basis that they did not learn love and tolerance for others.  They believe that holding fast to the correct doctrine is a form of fanaticism, which does [...]

Byzantine icon of Christ the High Priest

Choosing a Shepherd

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You must all exercise great diligence and fervent desire in this matter, that someone may be designated by the Holy Spirit to preside over you who will keep his eye fixed wholly on the things of God and will not allow his gaze to be distracted hither and thither by any of the things prized [...]

repentance

Five Ways of Repentance

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Let me describe to you five ways of repentance; each is different, but all point toward heaven. (1) Acknowledgement of Sins The first road is the acknowledgment of sins.  If you acknowledge your sins to God, He will forgive you; and this act of acknowledgment will help you stop sinning.  Let your conscience be your [...]

Icon of the Great Catch of Fish

The True Identity of Christ in our Lives

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In the Divine Liturgy on the Second Sunday of the blessed Coptic month of Babah, we heard the reading from the Gospel according to St. Luke 5:1-11, which spoke to us about our Savior, His disciples, and a great catch of fish. Our Lord Jesus Christ stood by the lake of Gennesaret and saw two [...]

RaisingSaints

Teaching Prayer to Children

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Today, we are talking about teaching prayer to children. We need to develop a vocabulary to communicate the significance of prayer in terms that they can understand and apply to their own spiritual lives. And then, we’ll need to offer them opportunities to put it into action. We should pray with them and encourage regular [...]