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December 24, 2022

Festal Message for the Feast of the Nativity – January 7, 2023

My Beloved, the Blessed Children of the Holy Church, On this great joyous occasion of the Feast of the Nativity, it is my pleasure to wish you all the blessings of the Mystery of the Incarnation. Our celebration of the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ is a celebration of the wondrous Mystery of the Incarnation, which reveals God’s love for us. He accepted to come to our world and assume complete human nature with – …

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November 29, 2016

This was from Me

In the Gospel reading for the Third Sunday of Hatour, our Savior declared, “And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple” (Lk 14:27). From these divine words, we learn that suffering and tribulations in this world are part of the cost of discipleship and requirements for those who […] The post This was from Me appeared first on Become Orthodox.

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August 4, 2015

“I’m Alive and Well”… Or Am I?

I once visited a Coptic Orthodox parish for a weekday meeting. Before the meeting began, a “praise and worship team” came into the church with their instruments and began singing a couple of Protestant songs. As odd and surreal as it was to hear these songs in a holy place in which mystical and spiritual hymns are chanted, this is not our present focus. 1 Rather, it is the song that was chosen, a song entitled – …

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