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55 Posts in Season of the church

July 25, 2011

Feast of the Cross

Fr. Moses Samaan

In early Christianity, the Holy Cross was very revered. It signified protection, holiness, worship, and blessing to believers everywhere (even before Empress Helen discovered it). In this feast, the churchfocuses on the Holy Cross and how through …

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June 13, 2011

The Apostles' Fast

Fr. Moses Samaan

The Pentecost, descent of the Holy Spirit, is immediately followed by the Apostle’s fast which lasts from the Monday after Pentecost to July 12th (Abib 5th). The apostles started preaching after the reception of the Holy Spirit. The book of Acts does n …

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June 2, 2011

The Glorious Feast of our Lord's Ascension

Fr. Moses Samaan

On the Feast of Ascension, we commemorate the last day of the physical presence of the risen Christ amongst His disciples and His ascension to the heaven. It may seem like a parting, a separation, and that after it, our Lord is not with us in quite the …

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April 23, 2011

Glorious Feast of the Resurrection and the Holy Fifty Days

Fr. Moses Samaan

The Coptic Orthodox Church brings to mind the present reality of the power of Christ’s resurrection from the dead on the third day. By His death, Christ has trampled death and has bestowed eternal life to those in the tombs. The Lord of Glory raised Hi …

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April 11, 2011

Sixth Sunday of the Great Lent

Fr. Moses Samaan

The last Sunday in Lent is the Sunday of Baptism, during which we read the gospel reading of the man born blind. “I was blind and now I see.” This is our everlasting experience as children of the Heavenly Father. We were blind and He opened our sight s …

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April 4, 2011

Fifth Sunday of the Great Lent

Fr. Moses Samaan

The gospel of the fifth Sunday talks about Bethsaida which symbolizes Baptism. We, the crowds of Christians, were beside it sick, lame, blind and paralyzed, suffering every spiritual sickness. The Angel that moves the water symbolizes the Holy Spirit W …

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March 21, 2011

The Third Sunday of the Great Lent

Fr. Moses Samaan

Repentance in Christianity is different from any other repentance. It is the return of the son to his Father and the Father falling on the neck of His son to embrace him and kiss him (Lk. 15:20). This is the gospel reading of the third Sunday of the Gr …

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March 14, 2011

Second Sunday of the Great Lent

Fr. Moses Samaan

The gospel of the Second Sunday deals with the temptation of doubting God’s paternity toward us, “If you are the son of God, why does He leave you hungry? Why does God allow the presence of disease, failure and the death of His beloved?” Practice: It i …

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March 7, 2011

The First Sunday of the Great Lent

Fr. Moses Samaan

The gospel of the first Sunday of Lent calls for the surrender of life to the Father. “Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat…nor yet for the body, what you shall wear…do not worry about tomorrow.” The reason for not worrying is that, “your …

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February 24, 2011

Preparatory Week of the Great Lent

Fr. Moses Samaan

The Great Lent is considered the holiest fast because our Lord Jesus Christ fasted it Himself. Therefore, during the Great Lent we follow the example set by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who fasted on our behalf forty days and forty nights (Mt. 4:2). Also, du …

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February 18, 2011

The Departure of Saint Severus the Patriarch of Antioch

Fr. Moses Samaan

On this day of the year 538 A.D., 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 Ort …

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February 10, 2011

The Fast of Jonah

Fr. Moses Samaan

On Monday, February 14, 2011, the Coptic Orthodox Church begins the Fast of Jonah, a three-day fast that commemorates the fast of Jonah the Prophet while he was in the belly of the great fish. In the Christian tradition, these three days are type (a sy …

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