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The Patriarchal Commentary March 24, 2012

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After watching the funeral for His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, the wonderful commentary of the Coptic Funeral rite of the Coptic Patriach was read out.

Attached is the link for the words and video, on this Coptic Funeral Rite (found on Bishoy’s and Amanda’s Blog – Our Coptic Orthodox Faith), and I think it is inspiring to all.

http://bishoysblog.com/2012/03/22/the-patriarchal-commentary/#more-3006

Pope Shenouda March 18, 2012

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Just yesterday, His Holiness Pope Shenouda, Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church passed away at the age of 88. He was the Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church for just over 40 years.

There are countless positive qualities that His Holiness demonstrated throughout his lifetime. He was a tremendous leader in everything that he did.

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St Shenouda’s Leadership July 15, 2011

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St Shenouda was an abbot of the White Monastery of Atribe in the desert of Thebes for more than sixty five years during the fourth-fifth century. He is called Archimandrite for he used to practice the hermitic life from time to time, and encouraged some of his monks to withdraw to the desert after a few years of coenobitic life. Being a leader he was incredibly the head of 2200 monks and 1800 nuns.

Surely you must wonder how he possibly could have been such a successful leader of these monks and nuns. There must have been some very special characteristics in the life of St Shenouda.

Please note this article was originally taken from Pimonakhos, available at http://www.stshenoudamonastery.org.au/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Pimonakhos-Vol-5-Issue-7-A4.pdf. Much gratitude and thanks is given to Pimonakhos for this opportunity.

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St Macrina June 30, 2011

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St. Macrina (327-79) was the oldest of ten children. She was educated by her mother, who taught her to read. At the age of twelve she was betrothed, but her fiancé died suddenly. After this, although very beautiful, she refused all other suitors and devoted herself to a Christian life. Initially she educated her brothers and sisters St. Basil the Great, St. Peter of Sebastea, St. Gregory of Nyssa. They learned her contempt of the world, dread of its dangers, and application to prayer and the word of God. They also learned humility and St Peter called her ‘father, teacher, guide, mother, giver of good advice’. St Macrina joined the ascetic communal life through the work of St. Basil.

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Degrees of Sanctity July 26, 2010

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People may ask what the degrees of sanctity in the church are. Is there a ladder of saints based on sanctification?

I am not aware of a total consensus on this issue, but at least certainly there is a general consensus.

1. The church has taught us that the ladder of the saints starts with our Mother, the Virgin, whom the church calls “the mother of all saints”. She is full of grace on whom God’s spirit descended, purifying and sanctifying her, and making her an example to all the saints in virtue and a faithful intercessor for all humans.  (more…)

St Shenouda, a Powerful Christian July 8, 2010

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I was recently asked to write a spiritual article about St Shenouda. His feast day is 7th Abeeb or July 14. After reading a book about his life I decided to focus on the power of St Shenouda defending biblical truth. He embaressed Nestorious the impious patriach due to Christianity being powerful.

Click here: St Shenouda, a Powerful Christian for the full post

Please note that this article was originally published in Pimonakhos Vol 4 Issue 7 A4. Much gratitude and thanks goes to St Shenouda Monastery and the editor of Pimonakhos for this opportunity.

Anba Abraam June 14, 2010

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On the second day of the Coptic month of Baouna the church celebrates the departure of Anba Abraam. Anba Abraam was a saintly monk of the twentieth century. He would gain renown not only in Egypt but far beyond because of his great love for the Lord which was shown through his sanctity, spirituality, and intense compassion for all the needy. He truly was a great man.

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St Mary the Virgin June 8, 2010

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There is no woman about whom the prophets prophesied, and about whom the Holy Bible cared for, like the Virgin Mary. There are numerous symbols about her in the Old Testament. In the New Testament also, her biography, praise, and miracles are mentioned. But since different Churches differ on the greatness of the Virgin Mary, a short summary of the level of her greatness has been provided.

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