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  • Did not God destroy Sodom and Gomorrah for less than this? From Luke 9: 51 Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, 52 and sent messengers before His face. And as t…
  • The New Testament certainly undermines it, especially St. Paul. He reminds masters that they are equally slaves to an even greater Master, considered kidnappers (some translations call this slave traders) not going to enter the Kingdom, and twisted…
  • The “ibn el ta3a” proverb has become quite the catchphrase these past few decades. Some people might think it’s a verbatim bible verse.
  • Remember the hymn: He took what is ours and gave us what is His. When you read the WHOLE gospel of John, think of this hymn, which is based on the exchange formula: God became man so that man might become god. What is His? The fact that He is t…
  • Dear ophadeece, I'm not sure I follow your arguments here. Granted, I may have reacted rashly and compared the removal of PiePnevma to the removal of parts of the Creed, but I do believe the Creed carries the function of a statement of faith, and no…
  • Chrismation restores the human person to what he originally was, which was prophet, priest, and king. To be chrismated is to be “christed”, to literally be Christ. The oil that was used for the three separate functions in the Old Testament have be…
  • I always like to emphasize the priesthood begins in our chrismation. Being given the authority to consecrate the sacraments begins in the presbyterate.
  • “Now, the main reason for my opinion is this: Pi-epnevma is a hymn of the dwelling of the Holy Spirit that first time, and not the calling for Him to fulfill the mystery. So, think of the dwelling of the Holy Spirit on the disciples on Pentecost; th…
  • I think Mina is looking for the old thread so that he doesn’t repeat himself :) In the meantime, why do you think we can cut the Creed at certain points? I think we need to recognize the way “time” is experience in the liturgy, as opposed to the l…
  • Isn’t it also said in the welcoming ceremony of a newly ordained presbyter? And another question perhaps one can ask, as I am thinking for this question, why do we chant PiEpnevma in the wedding? What message is the Church telling us in chanting t…
  • Hogwash! Reminds me of the time when we used to cut the Nicene Creed, but then thankfully the Synod rejected this. So same principle should apply.
  • Probably to join other churches we were in communion with to celebrate the same day with them.
  • There’s a bunch of things with VA...first there’s the case of Anba Michael, then there’s the issue with Abouna Bishoy, and then there’s also the nagging possibility that it has to do with neither, but that it is associated with the capital of the Un…
  • I was born in the US. I refuse to get a wrist tattoo. I prefer to tattoo the cross in my heart, as the culture in the US will see it nothing more than bodily decoration. In Egypt, it’s a defiance against the Islamic culture that Christianity is p…
  • +1
  • Just a side note:  The Maqar does not have "controversial departures".  All departures I'm aware of have been "promotions" for the service they offered, Anba Angelos included.
  • =(( That’s it! I’m moving to NYC
  • So according to the US-International Coptic Media Center Facebook page, he went back to Egypt for his R-1 Visa to continue his service in the US. AT THE SAME TIME, North Shubra congregation and clergy requested that he be their bishop again. The P…
  • If he goes back to North Shubra, I will be sad...i miss him already
  • You misunderstood me brother! I meant challenge what you read in a nice way. Make sure you are comfortable with what you believe in.
  • I understand. At that point, then yes, read as much as you can. Ask as much as you can. Challenge as much as you can (we can take the challenge). Until you are able to find a safe haven for you to practice what you read. You are in my prayers b…
  • The underlying message of what is communicated is important.  So who Christ is and what He does in Himself and how He does it all matter.  These are some of the questions that have been asked and attempted to answer.  When the fog clears, you might …
  • I know it is a little difficult to comprehend, but the Orthodox Church (and the Catholic Church) values the Church herself, that is the relationship humans have with Christ, communion with Him, and being raised into His glory.  The writings are SECO…
  • https://copticliterature.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/the-oldest-icon-of-st-dioscorus-i-patriarch-of-the-coptic-church-from-the-13th-century/ My favorite icon of St. Dioscorus. All modern neo-Coptic representations of him I have not really appreciated…
  • St. John Climacus I think
  • First we have to ask, who is allowed in the altar?  I think anything lower than a full deacon was not allowed, with subdeacons entering as an exception. I'm glad to see we are ordaining more deacons lately so that we can fully understand and appreci…
  • It seems to me most deacon responses are done in Greek and the Presbyter/Bishop prays in Coptic.  Furthermore, deacons tend to represent different things depending on who you ask.  St. Ignatius believed they represented Christ Himself.  I think the …
  • You should see how Armenians do the Kiss of Peace.  It's true they stay within their ranks, but there is a crossover of one rank to the other, who will then spread that reconciliation to those within the ranks.  It's a very systematic and organized …
  • What I think Severus meant by “stronger”, is he believed women exercise it better than men in his experience, especially within a married couple. It’s like a muscle. Some people are stronger than others by “working out” more. For the story of St.…
  • If I may add, according to the research by Robin Darling Young on the cathedral homilies of St. Severus of Antioch confirms the idea that male and female are equal in regards to the image of God, but even further St. Severus takes the position that …