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Third Sunday of Paone | Curing of the Blind and Dumb

Written by Fr. Louka Sidarous on . Posted in Sunday Contemplations

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They brought to Him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb, and He healed him. Hence the blind and dumb, talked and saw, and those present were amazed… The Pharisees said that He healed the man with the leader of Satan. But Jesus knew their thoughts and said, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand, and if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you… Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit willl not be forgiven men.” (Matt. 12:25-31).

By the Spirit of God I cast out Satan

As darkness dissipates and disintegrates before the Light, then Satan, the defile spirit disintegrates before God’s Holy Spirit. The defile spirit, which resides in man, will corrupt and destroy him… It was said about the man who was possessed with a multitude of evil ones that he used to scream and cut himself with stones. He was tied with chains and bondage. But he used to break the chains and live among the graves. When the evil spirit resides in man it works on ruining and destroying him… Since the beginning of time, Satan was a killer. He always complained about our race and he is our enemy. When it resided in this man, he left him mad, blind and dumb… That means that the evil spirit was in control of his thoughts, his sight and his tongue.

Mad

When Satan controls the thoughts, he ruins it from being in God’s straight path, and from the wisdom and knowledge coming down from above… Man becomes mad… Satan might invade him with the thoughts of pride, so man becomes mad… Man could think of himself as something great, and forgets that he is but dust and ashes. He forgets that he is miserable and poor. He is nothing but dispersed dust and a non-existing entity.

  •  Satan struck Nebuchadnezaar… The Satan of self glorification, he said in his craziness of his self glorification, “Is not this great Babylon that I have built for the royal dwelling of my mighty power.” (Dan. 4:30). He forgot that God has power over all the rulers of the earth. So he immediately heard a voice from heaven saying, “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken; The kingdom has departed from you.
    And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen; and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses. That very hour the words were fulfilled concerning Nebuchadnezzar: he was driven from men, and ate grass like oxen, his body was wet with the dew of heaven.” (Dan. 4:31-33)
  •  Herod the king was also struck by the madness of self glorificationj. He arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration to them. And the people gave a shout, cry, “’The voice of a god and not of a man’. Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms, and died.” (Acts 12:21-23)… A lot of us are struck with the madness of self glorification of pride, selfishness and the false talk. Those who are blinded by it think that they are wise. In truth, whoever wants to be wise must first be ignorant.
  •  Others get struck with the craziness of desires and the love of the world.
  •  Others get struck with the craziness of the world, its philosophy and the so called infallible apostates.
  •  Others are in the craziness of denying the only master who is the only One who doesn’t die.

Blind

  •  This man is totally different than the other who was born blind… Births with, natural illness and defects are set into place, with purpose by God. Man has nothing to do with it. It shall all fade away for the glory of God, as the Lord said, “Neither has this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.” (John 9:3).
  •  But this human being is blind because the spirit of pride is dwelling within him. That is why when Jesus caste out Satan from him, by the power of the Holy Spirit, his eyes once more gained its sight, “And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” (John 1:5).
  •  Our eyes which were lit with the sight from baptism, which was given to us by the Son of God, is our most precious property. So brethren let us be conscious, so that the dark spirit would not enter into us and dim our sight.
  •  The Lord told the Pharisees, “If you were blind, you would have no sin, but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.” (John 9:41)
  •  He who sees the truth in front of him and closes his eyes, isn’t that a kind of spiritual blindness?
  •  He who sees the path of life with God, and closes his eyes from it, isn’t that a big danger?
  •  He, who sees the need of his brother and shunts against him, isn’t he blind and poor?
  •  He who doesn’t see the danger and defile of the sin, and doesn’t run away from it, as if it is a poisonous deadly serpent, isn’t he blind and poor?

He who doesn’t see his sins and the defile of his heart, make peace with his conscious, by being like the Pharisee, looking at the sins of others and judging them, isn’t he blind, short sighted who forgot the cleansing of sins? We are not addressing what we can see, but unseen ones. These that are seen are temporary, but the unseen are eternal.

This is the sight, which the Holy Spirit must daily review in us with repentance, in the church and in the sacraments, so that we can be aware of the gifts given to us by God according to His blessing and power.

Dumb

  •  The Holy Spirit renews our features and moves our tongue… It lets us utter new words and new praises. The Holy Spirit descended on the disciples as tongues of fire, declaring the witness of Jesus Christ and without hindrance. It talks with love to all the people. These tongues of fire resided on the church through all its generations.
  •  The Holy Spirit spoke through Peter the apostle, words that consists of salvation and witness for Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.
  •   The Holy Spirit spoke through Peter and John the apostles, who were ordinary illiterate men, with words full of grace; the leaders of the Rabies were not able to quite them.
  •  The Holy Spirit spoke through the mouth of Estaphnous, with wisdom, all opposing him and those steadfast were not able to resist or contradict him.
  •  The Holy Spirit gave Saint Paul the apostle the missionary word. When he opened his mouth, he spoke with the sacraments of the Spirit, church and Christ.

Without the Holy Spirit, men will remain dumb, and with incapable tongue, even if it utters a million words.

Blaspheme against the Holy Spirit

The group of Pharisees willingly refused the Word of God. They refused the work of God’s Holy Spirit and refused Him. This was blaspheme and ended with their destruction. Today the Holy Spirit wants to work in us. It needs to liberate our thoughts, lights our sights and releases our tongues. Do we abide by its advice? Do we submit ourselves obediently to its will so that it works in us with rejoice?!

  •  Everyday the Holy Spirit, wants to cast away from us the darkness and every thought of deficiency of belief. It reacts to utilize our thoughts, tongues and eyes. It wants us as vessels, blessing vessels… It is enough that we have been left like dumb, blind and mad without power, capability or effectiveness with respect to the faith and the life with God.
  •  Today is our chance to surrender ourselves to present our lives with prayers and pleading at the Lord Jesus’ feet. So that He can cast away from us, with the power of the Holy Spirit, every resisting spirit of the enemy and utilize our weakness for His Glory.

Sixth Sunday of Great Lent | The Man Bord Blind

Written by Fr. Louka Sidarous on . Posted in Fasts and Holy Pascha, Spirituality, Sunday Contemplations

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Who was at fault, him or his parents, for him to be born blind?

This is how the disciples asked the Lord Jesus. It is the nature of man to judge others and to reason all matters, though man is almost always wrong in his judgement… For who can get closer or predict God’s judgements, examination and means to conclude things… Our thoughts are so far from God’s thoughts, as heaven is from earth.

To reveal the Glory of God in him

This is how the Lord answered the inquiry of His disciples. God is capable of being glorified in those who are weak, in disasters, in those born deformed and in the incurable illnesses. God might have reasons beyond us in these matters… If we looked through the eyes of our Lord Jesus, we would have found that everything around us, no matter how difficult, they will lead to the glory of God…. When the Lord heard about the illness of Lazarus, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God.” (John 11:4). We hope that all matters would guide us to reach for the glory of God in our lives, and observe how God is glorified at the conclusions of all matters.

As long as I am in the world, then I am the light of the world

Jesus declares Himself for us… He came to declare to us Himself and for us to have unity with God. For the Lord revealed to us Jesus through His miracles, giving us the awareness and enjoyment of out rights. So Jesus in this miracle, He presents Himself to us, not as a cure for new eyes for a blind person, but presents Himself, even before doing the miracle… He is the light of the world… The blind, not by nature, but by the spirit, are those who sitting in darkness and the shadows of death. To know Jesus is to know the true Light, which lights for every person coming into the world. Whoever follows Jesus, will never walk in darkness, but with the light of Jesus, only then he will enjoy the Light… God who said let there be light from darkness, He is the one who lit into our hearts, to illuminate the knowledge of the glory of God in Jesus Christ.

After the Lord has pasted the eyes of the born blind with mud, He told him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.” (John 9:7). Here we are before a new creation, and the end of an old birth, according to the earthly body, the end of blindness, the wash with the spiritual water, and light that is rising for the first time. All of these matters indicate to us the idea of our experiences with baptism in our lives. One of the settings and teachings of the church is reading this same chapter of the Bible, when new souls are accepting the blessing of baptism, and acknowledging the secrets of God’s kingdom.

The baptism is seeing the Light

“And we know that the Son of God has come and have given us understanding, that we may know Him who is true.” (1 John 5:20). This is how the beloved St. John teaches us in his first letter. He makes the connection between the birth from God, the light and the love of the brethren. This is the eternal life, in which the church lives as a whole, and was also as recorded by the early fathers, who dwelt in the light.

The new sight, which God offered us with the new creation, is being cleansed in the holy water of baptism. We could say that we don’t look to the temporary things, but to the eternal ones.
The spiritual sight could accept the work of God in secret without argument or debate. For it would be as if the scales have fallen from our eyes as with Saul, and the darkness departed from it. The darkness of ignorance, without faith, when Ananias placed his hands on Saul. God sent Ananias for this, for immediately his sight was restored, Saul got up and was baptized.

The spiritual sight can see the illuminant angelic army, fighting on our behalf, while the world’s forces of evil surround us. We become full of confidence, and shout out saying, “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” (2 Kings 6:16). As Elisha the prophet said to his disciple, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” (2 Kings 6:17).

The spiritual sight sees with faith in fulfilling God’s commandments, His obedience and love, until the offering of the only begotten Son, like our great father Abraham. It sees beyond the natural senses and crosses all barriers. It can even see God’s ability to raise the dead.
It becomes stronger in faith, to the extent of seeing God. Even Abraham called that place “The-Lord-Will-Provide.” (Gen. 22:14). That is Abraham saw the Lord, he examined His cross, His sacrifice and his resurrection through the sacrifice of love, when he presented Isaac on the altar.

The spiritual sight that we received in baptism; through it we can clearly see the Lord … So we can say with good faith to others about the Lord Jesus, that we saw Him and observed Him with our own eyes. Then we can understand what was written to the Galatians, “Before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified.” (Gal. 3:1).

If we ignore the spiritual sight which we received in baptism then we will fall in the world with its desires, and defile, then this will make our sight weaker, and fatigue will cover our eyes. Therefore we could not be sure of seeing God any more. As the Lord told to the angel of the church of Laodiceans, “Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’ – and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked -.” (Rev. 3:17). Here is the weakness of sight, so one couldn’t identify himself and the truth of his condition. And the Lord said, “Anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.” (Rev. 3:18). This is the repentance through scolding and divine correctives, the tears of regret and the return to God. The tears of repentance are our repetitive baptism, through which we regain our sight to know God, to know ourselves as well as our activities.

“After you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings: partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations.” (Heb. 10:32, 33). Paul the apostle told this to the Hebrews. Because after they accepted the faith and entered into the inheritance of the saints in the Light, they were enlightened in the Holy Spirit, and were subjected to reproaches and tribulations. This is clear when we observe the story of the born blind. For after the Lord opened his eyes, the Pharisees as well as the Jewish leaders subjected him to harsh resistance, and prosecution. Wasn’t that the state of the people in the past, after they went through the sea of baptism, they had to fight Amalek. Therefore, Satan watches our movements as an enemy, since the first instant the Lord opened our eyes through baptism, or by cleansing through tears of repentance… From this instance, Satan stood stirring up storms around us, and stirring up the people against us as if we are strangers in the community.

Do you believe in the Son of God? Lord, I believe! And he worshiped Him

It was not difficult for the human to utter the faith, like Peter, when the Lord opened his sight and he said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matt.16:16). For Jesus, through His word purifies the heart and cleanse the interior. “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.” (John 15:3). The purity of the heart enables us to see God, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matt. 5:8).

Fourth Sunday of Great Lent | The Samaritan Woman

Written by Fr. Louka Sidarous on . Posted in Fasts and Holy Pascha, Sunday Contemplations

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But He needed to go through Samaria

His meeting with the Samaritan woman, at the Sychar well, was within the Lord’s mission. It was a laborious journey that took 6 hours to walk and with extreme endurance of the elements, until the sixth hour of the day (12 noon). The Lord endured all of that just for the joy of gaining the subject placed before Him, for the sake of wining the soul of the Samaritan woman.

Therefore, our meeting with Jesus is not accomplished with friendship, or conditional… For Jesus doesn’t abide to conditions, or changes. The meeting is a premeditated and divinely arranged. Our Lord Jesus places this obligation “MUST” for our salvation. As He told Zacchaeus, “For today I must stay at your house.” (Luke 19:5). Jesus came for our salvation. Therefore He must go by us, and nothing in this world should prevent us from meeting with Jesus. Therefore, every time we enter the church we do it to meet Jesus, every time we stand when the Bible is read, and every time we hear His voice, when God deals with us, we confident that these meetings with God were prearranged for us, and they were fulfilled according to Him.

And it was the sixth hour

This is the same time, the Lord was nailed to the cross for the life of the world… There (on the cross) He also met the thief… This is the same time when Phillip met the Ethiopian eunuch. It was the same time when God met Abraham in the past. God meets us at high noon, when we are tested by heat… Here Jesus meets us, and offers us the spring of life, He is willing to give it, if we ask for. But conditionally, we have to acknowledge our sin, the abandonment of the old sack, and the change of all the ways of our life.

The dialog with Jesus

It is not strange to observe that the Lord Jesus is the initiator of the dialog with Samaritan woman, as this is the nature of God in all ages. He is the source of every blessing, the fountain of life giving and the finite gift. We love Him, because He first loved us… He first initiated with His incarnation to lift us towards Him. He first talked to those He called upon to be with Him… The Lord Jesus starts His dialog as if He needs us, “Give Me to drink.” (John 4:7). If we answer His call, then He will give us living water… The Bible didn’t mention that the woman gave Him water to drink, for Jesus doesn’t thirst for water. He thirsts for our souls and for our salvation… For when His disciples returned, and they told Him, “Master eat. He said to them. I have food to eat of which you do not know.” (John 4:31, 32). Therefore He was not thirsty for water, but thirsty for something else, as He said on the cross, “I thirst.” (John 19:28). But when they lifted the hyssop to Him, He didn’t want to drink. He thirsts for the soul of the thief, and He thirsts to fill us… Whoever interacts with Him will quench His thirst and simultaneously takes from His ‘living water’.

The gift of God

The Lord told the Samarian woman, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is who says to you…” (John 4:10). The soul in its journey with God is not aware of the gift of God… And, the One who is talking to it… Jesus dawns on the soul to know the extent of the gift, then it says: Master, give me. But first, the soul goes into an earthly comparison and similarities of the gift, “Where then do You get that living water?” (John 4:11). But Jesus lifts our souls to the level of spiritual worship and truth, after He frees the soul from the limits of the letter and old believes.

A dialog about worship

It is strange that the Samaritan woman talks about worship and prostrate, “Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” (John 4:20). O, what an evasion and mistake in her sinful life, is she attempting to discuss the faith, the worship and the approach to God. Isn’t that the attitude of many individuals to have, ‘numerous questions, information, inquiries, worship details, discussions, limitations, in their lives’. A lot of souls live with many sins bound to the world, with five husbands, and a life so distant from God. But if the occasion brings them, among spiritual individuals or in a religious setting, they quickly ask a lot of questions, inquires and explanations concerning a discussion about worship and belief in which they are stead fast. But there is a large partition between the talk and living with God. They discuss everything as if they are religious. But they are as it was said, “These people honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.” (Matt.15:8). “Brood of vipers! How can you, being so evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Matt.12:34).

The worship with the spirit

Let us notice, that Jesus doesn’t contradict the Samaritan woman during their long discussion and with evasion of words. He directly transfers her to the spiritual worship, not by word or falsehood but in truth. For as long as our lives are stained with sin, then our worship is worthless. It is true what the Lord said, “Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer you gift.” (Matt. 5:23, 24). Those worshipers are the ones the Father is asking for. The Father doesn’t rejoice with us because we of what we know or discuss. But He rejoices with the spiritual fruit within us, and the worship of God in the Holy Spirit. There is a large gap between the spirit of Jesus and the spirit of hollow dialog, slander and stupid discussions….

The Christ

The woman said, “I know that Messiah is coming (who is called Christ). When He comes He will tell us all things.” (John 4:25). Then Jesus told her, “I who speak to you am He.” (John 4:26). Here we discover something about the woman. Deep within her, she was searching for the Christ, for she knows that He is coming. She is in a state of waiting and internal observation for the salvation of Israel. O what a marvel, that the depth of the Samaritan woman’s heart was quite different from her exterior appearance. She was observed as a sinful woman drowned in evil. But from within she was waiting for the Christ, the Savior. You can compare her to a very precious stone thrown in the mud of the earth, and mixed with the defile of desire. If handled by a jeweler, he cleanses it, removes the dirt and exposes its precious value. We wish not to question a lot of souls, and judge them according to the neglect that stuck to them, and the dirt that covered their beauty. They brought these souls to Christ to a simple meeting at the well at high noon. Observe when Christ brings forth a preacher in His name, as He brought forth Matthew the apostle from the tax office, Matt.(9:9), and Paul the Apostle on the way to Damascus, Acts (9:3).

The Lord Jesus calls on us to work

Look, even with just a spiritual view, at the souls around you. You will see them as white fields ready for harvest without labor…. Others labor, and we entered accordingly without labor. There are souls that only require a simple word to be gathered in the Father’s bosom. Ripe souls are just waiting, for our hands to do the spiritual work, not to miss the chance to harvest. O, brethren let us do the work of the Lord in His fields, to gather and harvest for the church. Let us collect the fruits of eternal life, to rejoice with those who planted the seed of the Word, in the old and New Testament, and to receive the wages of harvest from the Lord’s hands.

Preparation Sunday for the Great Lent

Written by Fr. Louka Sidarous on . Posted in Fasts and Holy Pascha, Sunday Contemplations

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Today’s reading is part of the sermon that Jesus gave on the mountain. In His sermon, the Lord highlights one of the dangerous subjects. These subjects that we encounter during the beginning of lent, during prayers and during charitable deeds. He sets our objective towards the Father and warns us from forging the spiritual work and falling in the devil’s tricks.

Every spiritual work should be directed to the Father

In all, the Lord’s sermon concerning our spiritual work in charity, fasting or praying, directs our sights towards the Father. He warns us, ‘your Father who sees in secret’. We have known the Father in Jesus Christ. In fact this is the foundation of our Christian belief, “Now we are children of God.” (1 John 3:2). Our son-ship for God must be very clear in all of our lives and our communication with God. The son-ship is the foundation of prayers. That is why when we pray we say, “Our Father in heaven.” (Matt.6:9). In our fasting we present it to our heavenly Father… Our fasting and prays are not obligations, we are not enslaved by our Creator or because we fear His punishment or we are greedy for a reward… We pray to God our Father. We want Jesus to live within us, we want to be the sons of our Father in heaven because He is Holy.
Therefore the holy lent is for the Father and is not a punishment or guilt. It is not to subdue the soul, to deprive it, or suppress it and so forth… of those negative meanings. The fasting is the love of the Father, who loved us and sacrificed His only begotten Son for us. The fasting is a partnership for our love for Jesus, who fasted for us for forty days and forty nights. The fasting is the selection of the leadership of the Holy Spirit to guide our lives in Jesus. Similarly Jesus was lead with the Spirit in the wilderness of the holy fast.

  1. Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men:This is how the Lord warns us, from these entities that are dangerous and a threat to our spiritual lives, in the beginning of lent. It corrupts every spiritual work, from charity, to fasting and prayer… These dangerous enemies are: hypocrisy, the false appearance, asking for the praise of men, the forged wage (which is taken from the people)… Beware of these, ‘So that you would be characterized with virtue, but you deceive its power’. Be caucious and enlighten so that your secret is not revealed, and your treasure is exposed before the enemy. One should strife to work in concealment. Your left (yourself) doesn’t know what your right (your spirit) is doing.Hide the spiritual and work of piety, even from yourself, so that you would not praise yourself, and then you lose your wages… But if we have done all the virtues, we should still say we are worthless slaves.
  2. When you pray:
    Enter into your chambers, close your door and pray to your Father. This is how one should pray as our Lord Jesus taught us… It is the continuous presence in the bosom of the Father, behind closed doors… God’s men, the saints, they are the ones, who knew their ways to the chamber of prayers. They succeeded in closing their doors from the world, and prevented the world from entering, and they rushed towards the Father unhindered…

The Virtuous Noah: He entered into the chamber of the ark and the Lord closed the door, the ark’s door. The church in our chamber, our place of rest. There the Lord holds us within His bosoms, so that the world’s flood doesn’t enter. In the church there is an opening for the dove (the Holy Spirit) to enter, to comfort us and give us tidings of peace.

  •  Daniel the Prophet: He held onto the chambers of prayer… He placed in his heart not to be defiled, and he grew stronger in the chamber. His window opened towards Jerusalem (the heaven, wishing for eternal life, with which he subdued the devil’s power and silenced the months of the lions).
  •  Ezekiel the Prophet: The Lord told him, “Go, shut yourself inside your house.” (Ezek. 3:24) so that he would be filled with the Holy Spirit, then go out to speak to the people with words of life and God’s warnings.
  •  All those who closed the door of the earthly chamber, a heavenly door was opened for them, and they enjoyed the grace of God. Let this lent be a change for new experiences in prayer, lifting of our hearts and minds towards God… The lent without prayer, is like hot charcoal without incense … Mix the toil of the body and the sacrifice of the lent, with the thanks of prayer and the heat of worship. So you would return from the land of lent, full of power to work God’s deeds.

3. “When you fast, anoint your head and worth your face.” (Matt. 6:17).
The fasting, according to the Christian understanding, seems difficult. Even the people of the world see it impossible … How Jesus could go out into the wilderness, fasting for forty days and forty nights without food or water. If this is acceptable with respect to Jesus, as the capable Lord, then how can mankind endure it, for he is weak? How can man fast with all those world requirements and responsibilities?

Go Out with Jesus

Jesus Christ says, “For without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5). Therefore, our unity with Jesus is that He who was in the past, is today and is forever.

We do not fast by ourselves. We could not endure the fasting in the wilderness, not even for a single day without Jesus. We could not stop the attacks of the enemy and his temptations in the wilderness of fasting… So be assured my beloved one, that you are fasting in Jesus and with His help. Before you go out to the wilderness of fasting, place your hand in His hand. You quickly went out with Him, and within your heart, you are fasting for Him. With Him you live, and therefore you can face Jesus. The wilderness of fasting is converted into paradise and the existence with God. He will be your thirst. What is impossible for man is possible in Jesus. This is the reason behind the daily liturgy in the church during lent, because the church gives us Jesus as our daily bread, to fill us in our fasting.

Therefore during the true fasting, we wash our faces with the tears of repentance. We wipe our head with oil of blessing. We approach the Father who sees what is within us. He knows every single heart and He judges each one accordingly. He gives us the body of His Son and fills us everyday with the cup of His blood.

Training Suitable for Lent

  1. Choose for yourself (with guidance from your confession father) sections from the Holy Bible, to read during lent days, and schedule it over several days.
  2. Set up time for reading. It should be during the prime time of the day. Don’t give the Lord what you don’t want or what you can live without… Give the Lord from the best of your times and the prime of your abilities and power. Read with contemplation and humility. Try diligently to study and live what you read in the Bible. Keep it in your daily life. Look how God keeps His times with you. Diligently keep His commandments, implementing what you read in your daily life.
  3. Don’t fast with water and salt while you indulge in others affairs.

Ordination of Fr. Cyril Gorgy

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Ordination of Fr. Cyril Gorgy

With great joy, the Diocese announces the ordination of a new priest on Sunday, January 15, 2012 to serve in the Diocese at St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Los Angeles.

Emad Gorgy was ordained as Deacon Cyril on Saturday, January 14, 2012 and was ordained presbyter on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church through the laying of hands by His Grace Bishop Serapion.

He will spend his 40 days of fasting and preparation for the service at St. Pishoy Monastery in Wadi El Natroun, Egypt.

We pray that the Lord may grant the new presbyter the gift of the Holy Spirit and bless his service for many years.

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