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Walking by Faith

Walking by Faith: A Contemplation on the Man Born Blind Transcribed sermon by Marc Bastawrous Passage: John 9:1-38 When we read the story of the man born blind, we notice that Christ does something unusual compared to His other miracles. He puts the healing in the hands of the healed. He doesn’t immediately restore his …

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Love by the Foot

Love by the Foot by Michael Tadros An ominous darkness is ushered in when the doctor comes back with the latest MRI results. After weeks of testing, the results all point to cancer that will not stop spreading. Yesterday the pancreas, today the liver, tomorrow the lungs. She gathers your mother and loved ones around the hospital bed …

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Lord Teach Us To Pray Part 3

Lord, Teach Us To Pray  Part 3 by Andrew Boutros  We talked about the meaning of prayer and how to pray, so now I’d like to focus on enjoying prayer. We mentioned before that prayer is heart to heart conversation between you & God which requires examining the condition of our hearts and setting intentions and …

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Lord Teach Us To Pray Part 2

Lord Teach Us To Pray Part 2 by Andrew Boutros What is prayer? Prayer in its simplest form is heart to heart conversation between you & God. It’s easier said than done, right? If it’s just that easy than why are we all struggling to pray? Why are so many people having hard time listening …

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Magnifying the Lord

Magnifying the Lord Transcribed sermon by Fr Daniel Fanous Reference: Luke 1:39-56 Throughout the Coptic month of Kiahk, the church prepares us for the upcoming Nativity. After Archangel Gabriel announces to St Mary the birth of Christ, he tells her that Elizabeth, her cousin, will also conceive. Immediately, St Mary visits Elizabeth to help her …

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Find your Moment

Find your Moment Transcribed sermon by Fr Daniel Fanous Passage: Luke 1:5-20 Zechariah was an interesting figure. Our Lord Christ at another point in the gospel mentions somebody by the name of Zechariah the son of Berekiah who was murdered between the horns of the altar and the temple (Matthew 23:35). This was somebody that was …

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The Rich Young Ruler

The Rich Young Ruler Adapted from a sermon by Fr Sam Fanous Passage: Matthew 19:16-22 “Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.””– Matthew 19:21 In the eyes of the community, this rich, …

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My Strength

My Strength by Marcus Mikhail If God is for me who can be against me? I know I can trust Him in every difficulty With life and all its ups and downs, I rely on Him and His strength through all my hours Life is hard; I need to be tough But God makes it …

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David’s Secret

David’s Secret by Marcus Mikhail What was your secret, David? Where was your peace? What gave you comfort in distress, so your joy would only increase? Where is this peace that you found? I long to have it as you did I long for the darkest times of my life to be over and have …

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Peace

Peace by Mark Anton Peace – no, we’re not talking about throwing up those deuces, but the “My peace I leave with you” and the “in the world you will have tribulation but take heart for I have overcome the world” kind of peace. In other words, we’re talking about the true and lasting peace …

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Self Control

Self Control by Marc Bastawrous There was once a city in a land surrounded by a number of smaller cities and kingdoms. It was a city of wide avenues and little, quiet places to sit and eat. A city to stop and relax as people passed through during their travels across this vast land. There …

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Gentleness

Gentleness by Natalie Hanna Holding a newborn is not an easy task. If it’s your first time the mother will likely serve you a set of instructions and special conditions, if she could, she definitely would make you sign a liability contract- but somehow, someway, just by instinct, even the clueless know you have to …

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Faithfulness

Faithfulness by Meray Shehata Yesterday I walked on water, but today I held Peter’s hand as we both started to drown. Yesterday I slaughtered the lion, but today I cowered next to Samson as we betrayed You. Yesterday I watched as Goliath fell, but today nothing could have prepared me for how low I was …

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Goodness

Goodness by Samira Hannaniah The word “good” will be uttered by an individual hundreds to thousands of times in one whole day, either to express how they feel, describe how a sandwich tastes or even to encourage others on the quality of their work. The word “good” can be used in countless different contexts and …

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Long Suffering

Long Suffering by Demiana Salib The fire you threaten me with cannot go on burning for very long; after a while it goes out. But what you are unaware of are the flames of future judgement and everlasting torment which in store for the ungodly. Why do you go on wasting time? Bring out whatever …

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Joy

Joy by Shery Abdelmalak A heart full of love and servitude for God’s children can only emulate joy. Think of events that have made you feel joyful. Do you think of adventure, travel, fun? Is it things that make you happy; the temporal kind? For Saint Mary, it was the news, that at the age …

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Love

Love by Steven Attalla I would like to start off with a question. How do you define love? Before you continue reading, take a few moments to really think about it. The word ‘love’ is used so much in the world and it is generally linked with some sort of worldly or materialistic act. For …

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Set Yourself Apart

Set Yourself Apart by Catherine Gerges What is faith? Faith is defined as a complete trust or confidence in someone or something or, strong belief in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual conviction rather than proof. Based on these definitions we can look at faith in a faithless society from two different perspectives. …

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Strength through Weakness

Strength Through Weakness A poem by Joshua Shehata Let my eyes be shed to tears before Your Majesty, My service to You and everything around You is the source of blessing magnifying my life, As I bow down, You transform my many sorrows to a masterpiece, From simple favours to life changing decisions And yet, …

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Five Minutes

Five Minutes by Marc Bastawrous “If you had just 5 minutes with God, what would you say to Him? What would you do?” That was the silly question posed to me by a close friend of mine once; a question I admit I paid very little attention to on the basis that it was extremely …

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Forsake the World

Forsake the World by Monica Gerges To forsake the world is a difficult feat – the struggle is real and constant. Our thoughts and decisions either reflect the values of the world we live in or reflect the values that Christ teaches us and so every thought we have and every decision we make either …

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Reigniting the Truth

Reigniting the Truth by Natalie Hanna If you ask an average person walking down the street if the sun will rise tomorrow, the most likely response would be an obvious “yes!”, with a rather peculiar facial expression attached. If you call upon child and ask what they know about truth, they will likely tell you …

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God’s Paintbrush

God’s Paintbrush by Steven Attalla When the sun sets on a summers evening, it highlights the sky with numerous colours that generally create jaw dropping moments. When the moon makes an appearance amongst the bright stars, it illuminates the night sky and keeps us staring until our necks become stiff. Putting aside the biblical concept …

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Being Favoured by God

Being Favoured by God by Fr Daniel Fanous And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favoured one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” (Luke 1:26-28) “Rejoice highly favoured one,” or later it says about St Mary that “you have found favour with God.” (Luke 1:30) What does …

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The Relevance of Orthodoxy

The Relevance of Orthodoxy by Marc Bastawrous It’s one of my earliest childhood memories. It’s a Saturday night and the whole family is together when my Dad asks those words us kids always dreaded hearing, “why don’t we all go and get dinner?” Family dinner nights meant sitting around at some restaurant arguing with my …

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Iron Sharpens Iron

Iron Sharpens Iron by Amy Saleam “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another…” 1 John 1:6 (NKJV). Fellowship is one of the most commonly used words in Christianity and is pivotal to Christian living. When we hear that term, it reminds us of hanging out …

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The Sweeter Song

The Sweeter Song by Nancy Gwany Once upon a time in a faraway land, there lived a King and His two daughters, Restriction and Devotion. The King loved His daughters very much and could not go a day without seeing them. Despite all His responsibilities over the Kingdom, He ensured that every day they walked together …

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Humus

Barriers to Repentance 6/7 Humus by Shery Abdelmalak How long O’ Lord, will you forget me forever? How long will my enemies triumph over me? (Ps 13:1)When will the pain stop?  I have cried out night and day before You. My soul is full of trouble and my life is drawing near to the grave (Ps …

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In the Tomb

Lead me to the Cross In the Tomb by Andrew Massiha So you’ve probably just came out of the Good Friday service, ready to smash down anything you can get your hands on after not eating the whole day. The holiest week has come down to this. Abouna leaves us with the final psalm, “I lay down …

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Good Friday

Lead me to the Cross Good Friday by Bethany Kaldas ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.’ Genesis 2:24 When we think of Good Friday, we do not tend to think of it as…well, good. The closest we come is in acknowledging …

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Covenant Thursday

Lead me to the Cross Covenant Thursday by Marc Eskander So He said to him, “What is your name?” He said, “Jacob.”  And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” Genesis 32:27-28  Wrestling. It’s one of the oldest documented …

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Holy Wednesday

Lead me to the Cross Holy Wednesday by Kirollos Roman On Holy Wednesday of Pascha week, we generally remember two characters. The character of Judas Iscariot, and conversely, the character of the woman who poured the fragrant oil on the head of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. A stranger who pleased the Lord on the same the …

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Holy Tuesday

Lead me to the Cross Holy Tuesday by Rebecca Kozman Today the Church focuses on the Lord as our Bridegroom, so that we may have hearts that desire Him and imitate the five wise virgins who were prepared and ready for their Bridegroom. The readings of this great and holy day surround two major themes – …

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Holy Monday

Lead me to the Cross Holy Monday by Meray Shehata Where are my fruits? Think of the fig tree. One of God’s creations planted as a seed as all the other trees were, cared for and given water. Jesus expected great things from this plant as He gave it the perfect environment to thrive and flourish.  …

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Palm Sunday

Lead me to the Cross Palm Sunday by Amy Saleam  Here we are, the first day of Holy Week – Palm Sunday. Palm branches have claimed the name of today but they are merely what make it unique. The Gospels paint a picture of a crowd lined along the road as Jesus entered Jerusalem. Riding on …

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Why are you here?

Why are you here? by Bethany Kaldas  ‘Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.’ ~ Matthew 5:16 Before you start reading this, I want you to look around. Take note of where you are, who you are with, and how you got there. Keeping …

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How to Control Your Thoughts

How to Control Your Thoughts by Fr Anthony Messeh Reposted from http://www.franthony.com/blog/how-to-control-your-thoughts Fr Anthony Messeh is an American Coptic Orthodox Christian living in Arlington, VA. The aim of his blog is to spread the message of a real, relevant and rewarding God. _______________________________________________________________________________________ That title is a bit misleading (but it sure is catchy isn’t …

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Searching for Hope

Searching for Hope by Fr Anthony Messeh Reposted from http://www.franthony.com/blog/searching-for-hope Fr Anthony Messeh is an American Coptic Orthodox Christian living in Arlington, VA. The aim of his blog is to spread the message of a real, relevant and rewarding God. HOPE.  What is it?  Where do I find it?  How do I get it?  And if I …

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Confidence in Humility

Confidence in Humility by Bethany Kaldas ‘He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.’ ~Micah 6:8 I always used to think that humility and confidence contradicted each other. After all, confidence seemed far …

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True Prayer

True Prayer A reflection of Metropolitan Anthony Bloom’s “Living Prayer” by St Athanasius’ Book Fellowship Who are you praying to? Do you pray to God, or do you pray for your will to be done through God? While we’d all love to say that we pray to God and for His will to be done, …

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Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap by Anthony Zaccariotto  When I look back on my own spiritual health, the practice of inventory is one that I cannot emphasize the importance of enough. Through inventory, we examine our lives, our weakness and in turn, our source of strength in Christ becomes pivotal. I write this blog from personal experience in …

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Love (Ardent Series)

Love (Ardent Series) By Fr Michael Sorial Gifts are very prevalent in the new testament. In the new testament, you hear the word “gift” 50 times. However, there’s two different words for the word “gift” in the new testament.The first one is “charisma” and the second one is “doron,” and so, we’ve been talking about these …

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21

21 by Monica Said “When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of all who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held.” Revelations 6:9 05/02/2015 I can hear the waves crashing against the shore and a tranquillity fills me. I breathe in …

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My Coming to Faith

My Coming to Faith by Anthony Zaccariotto  I come from an Italian Catholic background, was baptised at birth by my parents and  received Holy Communion when I was 8 or 9 years old. It may have been as a means of pleasing my grandparents and keeping tradition but, after this, I never learnt about Christ or …

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Peace, Be Still

Peace, Be Still by Samuel Saeed The year 2018 was meant to be the best year of my life. Graduated from school, getting my license, starting university and even moving out of my own home and living with my friends. Ultimately, this was the year of freedom for me, the year where I would finally have …

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My Perfect Self

My Perfect Self by Senote Keriakes I am writing this to share something which I have personally experienced, in the hope that someone might benefit from it. I aim to keep this reflective, and hopefully not in any way didactic. For a very long time I thought that my barrier to living a fulfilling, God fearing …

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Faith or Feelings

Faith or Feelings by Shery Abdelmalek Faith = the belief in the unseen. A belief that is unwavering through trials and external circumstances. Feelings = ever changing and temperamental. While having no comparison, when feelings are confused for faith, turmoil naturally results. We begin praying only when we feel like it and as a result, we …

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You Can’t Leave Me

You Can’t Leave Me by John Boules I’m the type of person that is very dependent on others. I get really happy when I’m at church with friends, I love it when we drive to church together as a family, I speak to my friends everyday, and I don’t really like being alone. I was thinking …

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Parental Controls Guide

Online Safety & Smart Devices Configuration Device controls can cover a variety of functions. Usually, they restrict access to specific features and functions that exist on the device. You can control whether your child downloads new apps, or prevent them from purchasing something in the Apple iTunes and Google Play App Store. In general, device …

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The Love of a Parent

THE LOVE OF A PARENT By Shery Abdelmalak  “Honour your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.” – Exodus 20:12 We know this verse like the back of our hands. Yet how often do we practice this? When you go to confession, is …

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Psalm 23

Psalm 23 By Senote Keriakes Cranial nerves, Cavity preparation and mental breakdowns come to mind when I reflect on my first year of uni, which was overwhelming to say the very least. Through my struggles, the beauty King David crafted into psalm 23 became undeniable. I truly believe that the words of this psalm carried …

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Thomas Sunday

THOMAS SUNDAY By Shery Abdelmalek  What do we know about St Thomas? He’s the one that doubted that Christ rose from the dead, but what else? St Thomas was a brave and great saint He preached in India, China and Africa. When the king asked him about his achievements his response was, “The palaces that …

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The Man Born Blind

The Man Born Blind by Meray Mansour TEXT: John 9:1-41 Let’s set the scene for this week. There was a man, not important enough for people to call him by his name. He was well known to his community…but only as a blind beggar. Clearly, this nameless man imagined his life to begin and end …

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The Paralytic Man

The Paralytic Man by Shery Abdelmalak TEXT: John 5:1-18 Ready, kids? This one is HUGE. We have seen Jesus that loves beyond our comprehension. We have seen love that can turn sinners into saints. Now, we get a glimpse into the miracles God bestows upon us, His children, through His grace. Our story is set in …

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The Samaritan Woman

The Samaritan Woman by Shery Abdelmalak TEXT: JOHN 4:1-42 27 days into Lent. You’ve made in halfway. Things start to get a bit tough here. Or worse, you forget why you’re even fasting. Lent is a marathon of a fast and so, it is vital that you keep focused on the reasons why we fast, and …

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New Year New Me

NEW YEAR, NEW ME by Shery Abdelmalak Oh man, this is definitely going to be my year, I can feel it! *Slightest of inconveniences* Nah, it’s done, this year will be the worst year, EVER. Why do we let a point of time determine the quality of our lives? St James warns us of a life …

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God Became Man

God Became Man by Anthony Bebawi We again find ourselves approaching the time of year in which we celebrate the Incarnation of the Son of God, the Logos, who came and took on the form of His creation to achieve for us the salvation we could not hope to gain ourselves. Looking back, I wonder …

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The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer Inspired from a Sermon by Father Elijah When the disciples stopped Jesus, they asked him: “Lord teach us to pray.” There is one really amazing book by St Cyril of Alexander called “On the Lord’s prayer.” St Cyril talks in detail about the Lord’s prayer. Before we get into it, it is interesting …

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Purity and Oysters

Purity and Oysters by: David Ibrahim Let me start by asking a question. True or false; every single jewel is made from the earth? The answer… false. Every jewel is made from the earth, except one. One jewel alone is made from a living creature. Any idea which one? Yep, it is in fact… the pearl. …

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Living in the Moment

Living in the moment Adapted from a sermon by: Fr Anthony Messeh Everyone has aspirations and goals in life. You may want your marriage to be stronger. You may want your careers to reach higher. You may want your friendships to be deeper. No matter what your aspirations may be, you will not achieve these …

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Social Media

Social Media by: Monica Gerges Social media has quickly become a major part of the way we as a society and a community, communicate and spread goodness, positivity, love and oddly enough grow in unity. It has a great capacity for good, but in saying that, it has an even greater capacity for destruction if we …

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Feelings of Doubt

Feelings of Doubt Adapted from a sermon by Fr Lazareth el Antony I continued being an atheist until my mother died. I suffered from my own doubts and fears. I suffered externally and internally. God was not a presence in my life. I suffered 4 years and I never found consolation. I read a lot …

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Apostles Fast

Apostles Fast by Shery Abdelmalek Why do we fast the Apostles’ Fast? Isn’t that only for Priests? I know you’ve heard that one before. But where did it come from and why do we so readily use that excuse when chances are we don’t even know its true purpose? For many, this excuse is accepted because …

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Trusting in Him

Trusting in Him Adapted from a sermon by Fr Jonathan Ishak There are many temptations that plague youth, but the church provides a safe haven for their protection. Through life’s difficulties, why should we trust in God? The Lord specifically asked us to trust in Him. He is honest in this and promises that we …

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Drawing Closer to God

Drawing Closer to God   By: Anthony Zaccariotto Someone once asked me in church how they can draw closer to God, to be a better follower and introduce Christ more into their life. I get a lot of questions from boys and girls on how they can draw closer to God. Often times we experience ups and …

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I Rescued the Fatherless

I Rescued The Fatherless by: Virgin Mary Youth “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you…” John 14:18 “I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to assist them.” – Job 29:12 There are a couple of areas in the Holy Bible where our Lord Jesus Christ mentions widows and orphans, and how …

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Fr Mark Basily – 103.2 Interview (Palm Sunday Bombings)

Blog Originally Posted on Hope 103.2 website. View the original at: http://hope1032.com.au/stories/life/news/2017/please-pray-egypts-christians-attackers-says-coptic-priest/#.WOyH7W8VxRE.facebook Listen: Father Mark Basili from St Marks Coptic Church in Arncliffe, Sydney, reflects on centuries of persecution of Coptic Christians. Australia’s Egyptian Christians have rallied to prayer for their brothers and sisters in faith, after the ISIS attacks on two churches in Egypt …

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Sacrament of Unction

Sacrament of Unction By St Mark’s Youth Join us as we contemplate on the Unction of the Sick! Read the following Bible passages as you come across them below, to supplement the blog! Mark 6 James 5 Luke 10 Psalm 23 Joel 2 The Sacrament of the Unction of the Sick is one of the holy …

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Spear in Your Side

Spear in Your Side by: St Mark Youth Every time. Every time… I tend to ignore your wounds, your sores. I pick the spear, yet I’ve been there before. I hide from your face as I run to my shame Yet the next day your goodness I always proclaim Bowing down I utter your name Praying …

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Recommended Reading List

Recommended Readings Spiritual Conferences (John Cassian) The Crucified Jesus (Fr. Manasseh Youhanna) On Marriage and Family life (St. John Chrysostom) On Wealth and Poverty (St. John Chrysostom) The Arena (Bishop Ignatius) The Ladder of divine ascent (John Climacus) The Screwtape Letters (C.S. Lewis) Jesus a dialogue with the Savious (Lev Gillet) Practical Spirituality (Fr. Athanasius …

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