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6 days ago
LITURGY IN ARABIC AND ALL-SOULS MEMORIAL: SATURDAY, FEB. 21
السبت، 21 فبراير\شباط، 10 صباحا،: القدّاس الالهي باللغة العربية: تذكار جميع الراقدين
All are invited to bring koliva and a list of the names of your departed to be remembered.
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7 days ago
Fr. Nabil's Message for Lent 2015:
BECOMING BLESSED SPIRITUAL ATHLETES
We have been both horrified and blessed this week, as we have seen images of 21 young Christian men beheaded in Libya, on the shore of the Mediterranean. Each of them was given an option: renounce Christ or be killed. One by one, they confessed Christ boldly. What courage and strength!
We recognize them already as blessed martyrs—witnesses to Christ—because they stayed faithful no matter what, even in the face of death. What strength! Even more, these 21 New Martyrs of Libya prayed for their executioners and maintained all the Christian attitudes of love for enemies, always blessing rather than cursing, when it counted most. They join the martyrs from the early centuries—like our own St. George—whom our Lord has crowned as “victorious athletes,” as our Church hymnography calls them.
Certainly we all would like to think we could be strong and do the same. Or, as “Peter said to … [Jesus], ‘Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you.’ And so said all the disciples’” (Matthew 26.35). With the exception of John, the disciples couldn’t; they denied Christ and ran off.
We can’t do the things we want to do without proper preparation. No matter what our natural, God-given talents, we can’t pass our exams without studying; we can’t bench press 500 pounds without training, and we can’t be strong in our faith, in the face of temptations, difficulties and sorrows without prayer and fasting. Even Jesus prepared for temptation and for His ministry—including death on a cross—with 40 days of total fasting. If He needed to fast, so do we!
Of course, after the Resurrection, the disciples also fasted. Through prayer and fasting, Peter and the others became pillars of strength and Pillars of the Church. They also witnessed to Christ through martyrdom (only John departed this life naturally). We honor them and celebrate the days of their martyrdoms as feasts, the days when they proved their strength in triumph over temptation and evil.
While we, here in America, thankfully do not face martyrdom, we nevertheless face many temptations. We are constantly bombarded with distractions and are pressured by society and friends to live a life that fails to live up to the fullness of our Christian life and morals. We get very self-centered, seeking our own comfort and to be seen as ‘cool’ by peers, but we also quickly lose our cool with impatience toward our spouses, children, etc. So we risk becoming gradually indistinguishable from non-Christians and shall then have denied Christ.
Our holy Mother, the Church, wants us to ‘grow up’ strong through the exercises of prayer and fasting. I look forward to growing with you as a better witness to Christ this Lent. ... See MoreSee Less
7 days ago
Prayer for Peace in Light of the Martyrdom of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya
O God and Master, Who showest mercy on Thy people out of Thy loving-kindness, but Who also turnest them back again to Thyself through afflictions and sorrows: Do Thou avert Thine anger, and change our sorrows into joy, granting victories against the adversaries.
We put not our hope in our weapons that they will save us, O Lord, but we entreat Thine almighty help, and having boldness in Thy power, we take up our weapons of peace against the enemy and, with faith, call upon Thy Name: With compunction we pray Thee, O Almighty Lord, mercifully hearken and have mercy.
We pray the international community will act in wisdom, correctly and efficiently in the war against terror and evil. We pray the churches of Egypt will comfort their sons and daughters, encouraging them to resist fear and hatred. We pray for the perpetrators of this terrible crime, that God would be merciful to them and change their hearts.
O Thou, Who didst take refuge in Egypt from Herod’s wrath, together with Thy holy Mother and Thy foster-father Joseph, by the prayers of St Mark the Evangelist and Apostle to Egypt, of Ss. Athanasius, Cyril and John the Merciful, Archbishops of Alexandria, of St. Nektarios, Metropolitan of Pentapolis, of the 21 New Martyrs of Libya:
1. Milad Makeen Zaky
2. Abanub Ayad Atiya
3. Maged Solaiman Shehata
4. Yusuf Shukry Yunan
5. Kirollos Shokry Fawzy
6. Bishoy Astafanus Kamel
7. Somaily Astafanus Kamel
8. Malak Ibrahim Sinweet
9. Tawadros Yusuf Tawadros
10. Girgis Milad Sinweet
11. Mina Fayez Aziz
12. Hany Abdelmesih Salib
13. Bishoy Adel Khalaf
14. Samuel Alham Wilson
15. Worker from Awr village
16. Ezat Bishri Naseef
17. Loqa Nagaty
18. Gaber Munir Adly
19. Esam Badir Samir
20. Malak Farag Abram
21. Sameh Salah Faruq
and of all the saints, grant rest to those who have perished in the Faith, and comfort their families. Do Thou Thyself once again make Egypt, Libya, the Holy Land, Syria, France, Belgium, and all Thy world a place where we might live in peace and godliness and glorify Thine all Holy Name, for unto Thee are due all glory, honor and worship, together with Thy Father, Who is without beginning and with Thine all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, always, now and ever and unto ages of ages. ... See MoreSee Less
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