Parable of the Virgins

On the Five Wise and the Five Foolish Virgins

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The five wise virgins, watchful and alert, had taken oil in the vessels of their heart. That oil, not part of their own nature, means the grace of the Spirit. They were enabled to enter with the Bridegroom into the heavenly bridal chamber. The other five virgins, however, were content with their own nature. They [...]

Schedule of Services for the Coptic New Year (Feast of Nayrouz)

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On 11 September, 2014, which corresponds to 1 Thout, 1731 A.M. in our Coptic calendar, the Holy Church celebrates the Feast of the New Year (also known as the Feast of Nayrouz). Our schedule for this joyful feast will be as follows: Wednesday, September 10 Evening Raising of Incense from 7:00-8:00 pm Thursday, September 11 [...]

Holy Prophet Malachi

On the Holy Prophet Malachi

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The Holy Prophet Malachi, whose name means “messenger” in Hebrew, was the last of the Old Testament prophets. As such, he is called the “Seal of Prophets.” He exercised the gift of prophecy 475 years before the Advent of Christ. From the Book of Malachi it is apparent that in the prophet’s lifetime the Temple had already [...]

Parousia

On the Second Coming of Christ and the End of this World

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As we approach the end of the ecclesiastical year, our Mother, the Holy Church, reminds us of our Lord Jesus Christ’s Second Coming in glory to judge the living and the dead. In the readings from the Katameros during these few weeks, Christ is presented as our Judge. For example, In Mt 24:30, 31, He [...]