This is not to be practiced without consultation with your spiritual father. Lent, 2019 Dear all, “Behold, my brethren, how much a fast can do, and in what manner the law commands us to fast. It is required that not only with the body should we fast, but with the soul. Now the soul is … Continue reading Lent program, 2019 → The post Lent program, 2019 appeared first on Canamorthodox: Finding Freedom in Christianity..
Sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly. Gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land to the house of the Lord your God; and cry to the Lord. (Joel 1:14) Lent is here! It’s a special season, and this verse above helps us capture the spirit of this time. The “call of this … Continue reading Sanctify a fast! → The post Sanctify a fast! appeared first on Canamorthodox: Finding Freedom in Christianity..
+ I thought long and hard about writing about our beloved “Tunt Samira” (Doherty), and I have refrained for a long time because I do not believe it is my story to tell. The closest to her spiritually, without any doubt, was our beloved Abouna Kyrillos Ibrahim, who I’ve dubbed “the beloved of the Saints” … Continue reading Remembering Tunt Samira →
Download the PDF (English and Arabic) “Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him” (Lk 24:31) My Beloved, the Blessed Children of the Holy Church, Christ is Risen Truly He is Risen It is my pleasure to wish you the blessings of the glorious Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ. The Resurrection of Christ is a revealing light that enlightens our eyes, so we can see our living – …
On both sides, beloved, reap the utmost gain, and avoid the imitation of Adam knowing how many ills are begotten of laziness and imitate the piety of Job, learning how many glorious things spring from earnestness. Consider him, the conqueror throughout, and you shall have much consolation in all pain and peril. For as it […] The post Job’s Suffering as Consolation appeared first on Become Orthodox.
In this series, we will read the Holy Scripture with the Church through the lens of the Holy Fathers who lived the Scripture and bequeathed their inspired interpretations to later generations for their edification and spiritual growth. Isaiah 1:19–2:3 And if ye be willing, and hearken unto me, ye shall eat the good things of […] The post Treasures of the Fathers: Prophecies of Tuesday of the First Week of the Great Fast appeared first – …
Let us examine a unique aspect of the genealogy of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Gospel according to St. Matthew: the inclusion of several women. The historical reality is that, in Biblical genealogies, women are not typically included. A person’s lineage was defined primarily by his or her male’s ancestors. But in Christ’s genealogy, […] The post The Women in the Genealogy of Christ appeared first on Become Orthodox.
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.
Tonight, dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we offer our prayers through the raising of incense on the eve of the Third Sunday of the blessed Coptic month of Paope. Our Mother, the Holy Church, nourished us with a passage from the Gospel according to St. Mark 4:35-41, which described how our Lord Jesus Christ […] The post Christ Calms the Raging Sea appeared first on Become Orthodox.
Christ our Lord was in Capernaum, the city that hosted Him during much of His earthly ministry, residing in one of the houses along with His disciples. St. Peter, however, was outside this house when certain tax collectors came and asked him whether our Lord paid something called the “temple tax.” Peter responded, “Yes,” and […] The post Christ Above the Temple Tax appeared first on Become Orthodox.
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 →
We humans, have become very mean. I think meaner than I remember as a kid. We yell a lot. We pontificate a lot. We let others know how we feel about things, invited or uninvited. Who of us has not felt the sting of hurt? I imagine the question is rhetorical, because the only person … Continue reading Hurting people. →