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8 Posts tagged Monasticism

April 9, 2009

Egyptian Monasticism

Fr. Moses Samaan

Transcript of a Speech Delivered at the Opening of the Exhibit, “A Still, Small Voice: Sixteen Centuries of Egyptian Monasticism,” at the Washington National Cathedral, March 15, 1992. I want to tell you now about Coptic monasticism. Egypt is considere …

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April 9, 2009

The Monastery of Saint Antony the Great

Fr. Moses Samaan

Born in the Upper Egypt town of Coma near Heracleopolis in the year 251 A.D, St. Antony the Great, when orphaned at the age of 18, became a hermit and thus lived to 105 years old. He lived as an Anchorite, as still exists in Egypt, and it is said that …

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Tagged: Monasticism
April 9, 2009

A Letter to the Disciples of Saint Antony

Fr. Moses Samaan

At the end of his life, St. Antony gave two sheepskin coats to his two closest disciples—‎both were bishops and became ‎saints: St. Serapion, the bishop of Thmuis; and St. ‎Athanasius, the Archbishop of ‎Alexandria. This letter is addressed to ‎the dis …

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Tagged: Monasticism
April 9, 2009

The Story of Abba Moses the Strong

Fr. Moses Samaan

Chapter Ten: The Triumph of the Disciple of an Old Man in the Desert Now there was a certain man whose name was Moses, who was by race an Indian (i.e., an Ethiopian), and his flesh was black, and he was the slave of a man in high authority, and because …

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April 9, 2009

Sayings of the Strong Saint Abba Moses

Fr. Moses Samaan

The Gates of Heaven ‎ ‎+ Abba Poemen said: Abba Moses asked Abba Zechariah a question when he was about to die, saying, "Fr. is it ‎good that we should hold our peace?" And Zechariah said to him, "Yes, my son, hold your peace …

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April 9, 2009

The Famous 38 Sayings

Fr. Moses Samaan

1. When the holy Abba Anthony lived in the desert he was beset by ‘accidie’ – lethargy – , and attacked by many sinful thoughts. He said to God, ‘Lord, I want to be saved, but these thoughts will not leave me alone. What shall I do in my affliction? Ho …

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April 9, 2009

Asceticism

Fr. Moses Samaan

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.” ; “A …

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April 9, 2009

The Life of Saint Antony the Great (Part I)

Fr. Moses Samaan

From Athanasius of Alexandria, “The Life of St. Anthony,” in A Select Library of Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church. Second Series. P. Schaff and H. Wace, eds., vol. 4(New York: Scribners, 1890), pp. 195-221. ++++ You have entered u …

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