December 17, 2015

The Angel of the Lord and the Burning Bush

One of the most beloved Kiahk melodies in the Coptic Orthodox Church is the praise on the Thursday Theotokion known as “The Burning Bush.” The story of Moses and the burning bush is easily found in the Book of Exodus: And Moses was feeding the flock of Jothor his father-in-law, the priest of Madiam; and he brought the sheep nigh to the wilderness, and came to the mount of Choreb. And an Angel of the – …

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December 10, 2015

The Joy and Wonder of Kiahk

During this holy month of Kiahk in the Coptic Orthodox Church, we commemorate the events that led to the transformation of the world through the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are called to be attentive and faithful during this time as we see the Feast of the Nativity on the horizon, rapidly approaching as each day passes. It is a time for us to prepare and wait for the feast which commemorates the – …

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August 19, 2015

She Said Yes!

One of the signs of modern courtship is the growing trend of elaborate marriage proposals, which are oftentimes choreographed and shared on social media. We see them all the time: a young man invites a young woman to some sentimental place (oftentimes with a view of the ocean) and “pops the question” (oftentimes using candles, signs, and/or balloons) shortly before all of their family and friends come out of hiding to congratulate them and celebrate. – …

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November 25, 2013

Placing our Weaknesses before Christ

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 from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My – …

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April 9, 2009

Trinity, Incarnation and Redemption (Part 3)

In the name of the Fr., and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God, Amen. Is Christ God or The Son of God? Once a ten year old Sunday School girl came to me saying that in school they asked her, “Is Christ God or the Son of God? Sometimes you say He is the incarnate Word of God and sometimes you say the only begotten Son of God.” I asked her, “Is not – …

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April 9, 2009

“HE TOOK WHAT IS OURS AND GAVE US WHAT IS HIS”

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.” (2 Cor. 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 – …

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April 9, 2009

What Does the Incarnation Mean For Us Today?‎

It is true that the Incarnation of Christ is a historic event; he actually ‎appeared on earth as a man, and lived in a certain time period, but how are ‎we to benefit from this appearance? How do we benefit today from our ‎Lord’s Incarnation? Are we merely antique and history collectors in our ‎church, or do these events have an actual meaning for us?‎ When someone starts giving us information on a very high – …

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April 9, 2009

Trinity, Incarnation and Redemption (Part 1)

Is Christianity A Difficult Religion to Comprehend? The Lord Jesus Christ revealed to us that even young children could understand Christianity by saying, “I thank You, Fr., Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes” (Matt 11:25). He also said, “…no one knows the Son except the Fr.. Nor does anyone know the Fr. except the Son, and the one to – …

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April 9, 2009

Trinity, Incarnation and Redemption (Part 2)

In the name of the Fr., and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God, Amen. Concealing His Divinity: Consequently, our Lord Jesus Christ was determined to let Satan drink from the same chalice from which he forced man to drink. The only begotten Son of God, the Word of God, was incarnate and concealed His divinity from the devil. Coming in the image of man, He perplexed and bewildered the devil. Sometimes he was – …

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