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Lamb of God

Lamb of God By Monica Gerges Although we celebrate the birth of Christ during the Feast of the Nativity, we can’t overlook the implications and ultimate purpose of Christ’s incarnation and birth because, just like many of the other major feasts, Christmas should serve to remind us of God’s humility, sacrifice and love for us. …

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Christians in Iraq

Christians in Iraq My Experience By Dr William Boctor It may be useful to record my experience in the Syrian Orthodox Church in Baghdad, Iraq, in the period 1974-1977. The priest in the picture is KHOURY Soliman Daoud who was a school Head Master before he became a priest. He showed great love to the …

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Interview with Abouna Tadros Malaty (by Fr Paul Fanous)

Interview with Abouna Tadros Malaty: (Interview from St George Youth Magazine – December 2007) Interview by (Father) Paul Fanous, marking the 45th anniversary of Fr Tadros ordination as parish priest of St George church in Sporting, Alexandria. 
He was ordained 26th of December by the late Metropolitan Isaac.   When were you were born? In 1937. …

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Loving Your Enemies

† Loving Your Enemies Sermon by: Johnny Sharkawi Article by: St Mark’s Youth What does it mean to be a Christian? What differentiates Christianity from any other religion? Simply – Love. “44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for …

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Our Relationship With God

 Our Relationship with God Sermon by Bishop David (Bishop of NY & NE, USA) Article by St Mark’s Youth If an Orthodox Christian were asked to name the most important thing regarding their spiritual life, the answer would be “my relationship with God”. How well we know God, through not only our personal but communal …

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The Unforgivable Sin

The Unforgivable Sin By Daniel Ishak “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be …

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Bears in Alaska

Bears in Alaska By: Christopher Nour I was 22 the first time I experienced ‘fear’. We can all say we’ve experienced fear at various stages in our lives. Whether it be the fear of failing an exam or subject, a fear of failure, a fear of breaking the law or general phobias such as a …

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Self Denial

Self-Denial By Fr Yacoub “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2 In many aspects of modern day life, there exists a clear disparity between the life Christians are called to lead, and the life lived with the influence of Western culture. This distinction …

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The Significance of Christ’s Tears

† The Significance of Christ’s Tears Article by David Beshara based on Sermon by Fr Mark Basily Link: http://www.stmark.com.au/sermons/sermons/the-significance-of-christs-tears/ After listening to Fr Mark’s sermon, it is incredible to see just how much meaning is contained within these two words “Jesus wept”. By sharing in our human emotion, Christ reveals an overarching message; He loves …

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Strength In Numbers

Strength in Numbers By Marc Bastawrous “If God seems far away, find someone to pray with and for you. You will experience His Presence and that will become your reassurance. He never, ever, leaves His children orphaned.” – Fr. Johannes Jacobse Only a short while ago while I was driving home, I noticed a large …

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Seeing Christ in Others

Seeing Christ in Others By: Sarah F Seeing Christ in others is an interesting ideology. Does it mean to perceive every individual that you come across as Christ? Is that even possible to see every individual as Christ? Some would say that there are individuals that represent the complete opposite of Christ! How then can …

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What is Hell?

Hell By: Shenouda Girgis Talking about hell is a touchy topic and one that many people don’t delve too far into. To be honest, I didn’t know much about it before preparing for this blog. The study of hell is quite difficult to initiate- its oppressive, innately negative and lacks the lustre of delving into …

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From Saul to Paul

From Saul to Paul God desires all souls to be part of His flock, regardless of how far they have strayed. He even yearns for the salvation of the wolves that devour His sheep. We see this in Saul who later confessed that he “persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy …

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Townsville Snapshot

Townsville Townsville, located in North Queensland, is currently home to 45 Coptic Orthodox students studying at James Cook University and 10 families. FOCUS JCU is a group that promotes fellowship and enables the youth to celebrate, cultivate and stay close to their Orthodox origins. The youth in Townsville gather for daily prayers as well as …

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The Ascension

Ascension By: Mina Shehata Little attention is given to the ascension of Christ. It is often overshadowed by the Incarnation, Death, and Resurrection of Christ, and eclipsed by the present workings and future Second Coming of Christ. Celebrated in our ravenous post-“seyami” (fasting) agenda after the Feast of the Resurrection, it typically comes and goes …

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Tools for Prayer

Tools for prayer By: Dina Abdelmalek When asked what virtue requires the greatest effort, one of the desert fathers answered and said “I think there is no labour greater than that of prayer to God. For every time a man wants to pray, his enemies, the demons, want to prevent him, for they know that …

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Whom are you Seeking?

Whom are you Seeking? By: Andro Bosse You have been serving the house of the Lord for a long time. But have you been serving the Lord of the house? Christianity is a faith characterised by preaching, but you can say it was spread more through role-models than sermons and teachings. Growing up in the …

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The Forgotten Medicine

The Forgotten Medicine By Mary Girgis The sacrament of Confession, is one of the most important spiritual practices of the Christian faith because it is a necessary requirement for entry into the Kingdom of Heaven. And yet, it is the one that is most often forgotten. St Augustine, the prototypical confessor, explains the gravity of …

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Turn it Up

Turn it Up By Mina Iskander “There is no doubt that the sounds of music, at the Lord’s command or with His permission, have unleashed great forces.” St Gregory of Nyssa. I may not realise it or want to admit it, but music affects me. A song with a fast beat makes me drive a …

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A Servant in Poetry

A Servant in Poetry Depending on which church you go to you’re called a “servant” after you graduate from a preservants course, which could take one to several years to complete. But is that really what makes us servants? Now if you would care to invest your time, let us consider this topic with a …

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Attaining Godly Love

Attaining Godly love Sermon: Fr Michael Fanous Blog: Anthony Bebawi Bible reference- Luke 14: 25-35 “Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot …

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On The Psalms

On the Psalms “Singing Psalms is medicine for healing the soul” – St. Athanasius If you open the Bible right in the middle you will find the book of Psalms. In fact, the middle chapter in the whole Bible is Psalm 118. The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119 and the shortest chapter …

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HG Bishop Daniel’s Message for the Feast of Theophany 2016

10 Tuba, 1732AM Tuesday 19th January 2016 Our Ref: B.D.02.295.14.2016 No. of Pages: 2 Bishop’s Office Coptic Orthodox of Alexandria, Diocese of Sydney & Affiliated Regions Message for the Feast of Theophany 2016. My beloved the Reverend Fathers the Priests, my beloved the congregation of the blessed Diocese of Sydney & its Affiliated Regions, I …

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Baptism

Baptism By: Dr Adel Magdy Of all the practices of the Church, the sacrament of Baptism is perhaps the most misunderstood. Baptism has been given various names by the Early Fathers of the Church, including the ‘new birth’, ‘sanctification’, ‘washing’, ‘seal’ and ‘illumination’. But what is it? Is baptism just the dipping of our flesh …

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Africa 2015

By Martina Bastawrous The youth from our church have been blessed with the opportunity to visit and serve in Kenya multiple times. They are led by the encouragement of Bishop Paul, serving and living in Kenya for over 20 years, as well as the leadership of Father Augustinous, giving up his time to look after …

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Is it Syami?

By: Fr Mark Basily “The true fast is that in which sins, anger, tongue, and instincts are under control” – St Basil the Great During these most holy days of Lent, one of the most common questions asked when deciding what to purchase from the supermarket is: “Is it syami (is it fasting)”? You quickly …

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St John Chrysostom

By Daniel Mawad 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” St John Chrysostom ( 347-407) Feast day November 13 St. John was born to a high …

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Gentleness

Gentleness by Father Yacoub A requirement of Christianity! Have you ever heard of a Saint who was not gentle? Surely not! How about our Lord Jesus Christ, was he gentle? Most definitely! Christs Gentleness: The Bible is full of examples of Christs Gentle nature: When the Paralysed man was lowered from the roof by his …

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The Life of Giving

‘God loves a cheerful giver’ In the life of Our Lord Jesus Christ, we see that one of the beautiful virtues that he constantly displays is giving. It is in His nature to constantly give and expect nothing in return. This is clear from the beginning of time, where God created the Earth and it’s …

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