November 16, 2017

On the Remembrance of Death

Tonight, brothers and sisters in Christ, we offer our hearts and prayers in this Evening Raising of Incense service on the eve of the Fourth Sunday of the blessed Coptic month of Paope. Every day, our loving Mother, the Holy Church, nourishes us with different spiritual teachings through the Katamerous, or the daily readings, which […] The post On the Remembrance of Death appeared first on Become Orthodox.

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September 23, 2017

CK Gillebaard

So, here we are again, expressing sadness at the abrupt passing of a son, brother, friend, comrade, and energetic man. Christopher Kyrillos Gillebaard, known to all of us as CK, flew his way to the heavens. Unlike previous incidents, however. I actually knew CK. CK was actually one of, if not the first, youth that … Continue reading CK Gillebaard →

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January 5, 2017

Maro: a grief that can’t be spoken.

There’s a segment in Les Misérables, where Marius, after his close friends die in the revolution, sings: There’s a grief that can’t be spoken, There’s a pain goes on an on, Empty chairs at empty tables, Now my friends, are… (READ MORE)

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October 21, 2016

The Third Day Memorial: No More Clichés

As Orthodox Christians, our departed loved ones are never far from our minds and the consciousness of the Holy Church. From the very beginning, the Church established special prayers and memorials for the repose of their souls, a practice which stems from our faith that those who have departed continue to live in Christ and […] The post The Third Day Memorial: No More Clichés appeared first on Become Orthodox.

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November 8, 2015

The Beautiful Gate of Nain

On the Fourth Sunday of the blessed Coptic month of Paopi, our Mother, the Holy Church, nourished us with the story of the Raising of the Son of the Widow of Nain in Luke 7:11-17: “And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was – …

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October 6, 2015

The Right to Really Die

On October 5, the Governor of California, Jerry Brown, signed a new law that confers what is known as the “right to die” upon people living in this state. The media has done an exceptionally good job in distorting the meaning of this law for Christians. The Associated Press, for example, is careful to note that Gov. Brown is a “lifelong Catholic and former Jesuit seminarian” who signed the law after discussing the issue with – …

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September 5, 2015

‘NSync, Losses, and Memory Eternal…

Kareem Elgawly: February 1, 1992 – September 5, 2014 Bye Bye Bye, baby, bye bye bye! blasted on the sound system as I entered Vons a few hours ago. Yeah, it was ‘NSync, a boy band that I never really got into, but they had a couple of big hits that stuck with me throughout the years. That one and “This I promise you”. A strange melancholy gripped me right away, but not the bad gloom, it was – …

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May 27, 2015

Gabriel: announcing the good news.

+Christ is risen and ascended! This post may seem cliché, but it’s true in this present moment. My family welcomes to the world Gabriel Macarius. He comes just two years after the loss of his older brother, Anthony Paul. To express in words the happiness and joy at Gabriel’s arrival would trivialise the real meaningfulness within us. Sadness is more common than it ought to be. Stuff happens. Illness, disease, suffering, woundedness and yes, death – they all happen. – …

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April 10, 2015

Paschal Letter for the Feast of the Resurrection 2015

“Always Leads Us in Triumph in Christ” (2 Cor. 2:14) My Beloved, the Blessed Children of the Holy Church, Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! It is my pleasure to wish all of you the blessings of the Glorious Feast of the Resurrection, in which we celebrate the resurrection and victory of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ, as well as our liberation from the bondage to evil and death. During the feast of – …

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