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January 31, 2014

Christian Unity

Christian unity is an exalted goal that all faithful seek. We pray that God may grant His children to be united in faith. In order to achieve this unity, we must return to the Early Church, especially the Apostolic Era, to understand Christian unity. In the Book of Acts, we read, “Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as – …

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November 4, 2013

Dogma and Love

Lately, there has been a lot of talk about dogma and its connection to love.  Those, who adhere to the correct dogma, are attacked by some on the basis that they did not learn love and tolerance for others.  They believe that holding fast to the correct doctrine is a form of fanaticism, which does not agree with the atmosphere of love, which should be present amongst the Christians, especially in our present days.  Some – …

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October 29, 2013

Choosing a Shepherd

You must all exercise great diligence and fervent desire in this matter, that someone may be designated by the Holy Spirit to preside over you who will keep his eye fixed wholly on the things of God and will not allow his gaze to be distracted hither and thither by any of the things prized in this life. It was because of this danger, I think, that the levitical law gave to the Levite no – …

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September 14, 2010

The Martyr Portrays the Icon of the Resurrection

During these blessed and joyous weeks, we celebrate the The Feast of Nairouz and the beginning of another Coptic New Year. The Church chose the beginning of the reign of Emperor Diocletian in 284 A.D. to mark the beginning of the Church Calendar, because he was one of the cruelest emperors, who severely persecuted the Christians, especially in Egypt. The Coptic Orthodox Church offered thousands of martyrs during the reign of this emperor.When we celebrate – …

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November 30, 2009

Who is the Orthodox Servant?

On November 29, 2009, servants of the churches in the southern region of the Diocese gathered at St. Mary and St. Verena Coptic Orthodox Church in Anaheim for a Servants’ Meeting. His Grace Bishop Serapion opened the meeting with a prayer followed by a lecture entitled "Who is the Orthodox Servant?" This lecture addressed stereotypes concerning practices and attitudes in the service that are considered Orthodox and not Orthodox. His Grace taught the gathering that – …

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