St. Abanoub’s Martyrdom

July 31, 2014

Epep 24, 1730

For the dead, the remembrance performed by the saints (i.e. believers) during their lifetime is beneficial.
ST. EPHRAIM THE SYRIAN

On this day, St. Apanoub (Abba Nob) was martyred. He was born in the city of Nehisa (District of Talkha). His parents were pure and merciful and they reared him in the fear of God. When Diocletian incited the persecution against the Christian, St. Apanoub was twelve years old, and he desired to shed his blood for the Name of Christ. One day he went to the church, and he heard the priest teaching the believers, strengthening them in the Faith, warning them from worshipping the idols, and encouraging them to deliver themselves over to death for the sake of the Lord Christ. He returned to his house, and set before him all what his father had left him of gold, silver, and apparels and told himself it is written, ‘The world is passing away, and the lust of it.’ (I John 2:17) Straightway he rose up, and gave all his money to the poor and needy, then went to Samanoud, walking along the river bank. He confessed the Name of the Lord Christ before Lucianus the governor, who tortured him severely. Then he hung him up upon the mast of his ship head downwards. The governor sat down to eat and to drink, and the vessel which was in his hand became a stone. The angel of the Lord came down from heaven, released the saint, and wiped up the blood that was running down from his nose and mouth. The governor and his soldiers were greatly disturbed. Strong winds blew, that made the ship to sail fast to Athribis. When they arrived, the soldiers unfastened their belts, and cast them before the governor, then confessed the Lord Christ and they received the crown of martyrdom. The governor of Athribis tortured St. Apanoub (Abba Nob) severely, then sent him to the city of Alexandria. There, he was tortured until he delivered up his pure soul and received the crown of martyrdom. St. Julius El-Akfahsi was present, he wrote the biography of St. Apanoub, took his body and sent it with some of his men to his hometown Nehisa. Many churches were built in his name. Many signs and miracles were manifested from his body which is now located in his church in the city of Samanoud.
May his prayers be with us. Amen.

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St. John Chrysostom

St. John Chrysostom: [W]hen you are about to pass over the threshold of the gateway . . .

Icon of St. John Chrysostom. . . [W]hen you are about to pass over the threshold of the gateway, say this word first: I leave your ranks, Satan, and your pomp, and your service, and I join the ranks of Christ. And never go forth without this word. This shall be a staff to you, this your armor, this an impregnable fortress, and accompany this word with the sign of the cross on your forehead. For thus not only a man who meets you, but even the devil himself, will be unable to hurt you at all, when he sees you everywhere appearing with these weapons; and discipline yourself by these means henceforth, in order that when you receive the seal you may be a well-equipped soldier, and planting your trophy against the devil, may receive the crown of righteousness, which may it be the lot of us all to obtain, through the grace and loving, kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ, with whom be glory to the Father and to the Holy Spirit for ever and ever— Amen.

Sayings of the Early Church Fathers

عوننا باسم الرب الصانع السموات والأرض مزمور 124: 8

Our help is in the name of the Lord, 
Who made heaven and earth. 
Psalm 124: 8

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لا تكن قلقاً ولا تيأس، لئلا يصير رجاؤك باطلاً
القديس يوحنا ذهبي الفم


Never be worried nor in despair
lest your hope becomes in vain. 
St. John Chrysostom

St. Bishoy’s Feast

A life of TRUE submission means living in complete obedience to the Holy Spirit. A person of TRUE submission accepts gladly whatever happens in their life and with thanksgiving, knowing that it was for their well being, whether in appearance or thought it is perceived as good or bad.

Anba Bishoy’s mother modeled submission during his childhood. An Angel of the Lord appeared to his humble mother and told her, “The Lord wants one of your sons to serve him forever,” and the angel pointed to young Bishoy. The mother asked the angel, “Can you please choose another, this son is the weakest of them all.” “He is weak,” the angel replied, “but the strength of the Lord will always be with him.” She then was submissive to the Angel of the Lord.

Sayings of Fathers

Sayings of Fathers
Turn us again, O Lord God of Hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.” For wherever the soul of man turns itself, unless toward thee, it is enmeshed in sorrows

(St. Augustine)

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من أقوال الأباء

يا إله الفضائل أملنا اليك وأرنا وجهك فنخلص، أجل
حيثما تتجه نفس الانسان تلق ألما الا اذا استقرت فيك

(القديس أغسطينوس)

Serve one another humbly in love

“Serve one another humbly in love” Galatians 5:13

Our Coptic Church was blessed by the idea and efforts of Archdeacon Habib Guirguis who started Sunday school and spiritual meetings at churches back in the last century with the help and support of great fathers and Councillors who dedicated their life to service. Since then, most churches are hosting wonderful programs for mostly all age groups. Teaching became abundantly available through books, CD’s and media which create a wonderful picture of the Church.

This picture could be completed when teaching matches behavior. The bible tells us “serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:13. In other translations; “enslave yourself to one another” or “let love make you serve one another”. So, teaching should lead us to love and serve one another in meekness. There is no room for pride or showing off in the church as actions speak louder than words.

Our Lord Jesus Christ said “And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two” Matthew 5:41 as the first mile is out of the duty of humbleness and the second mile is out of the duty of love. At the end of days, all our deeds are going to be evaluated by how much love they have been done with. “Yes, says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.” Revelations 14:13. Just wondering how many deeds may follow us to heaven!

By the Ascension of the Lord, we mean His bodily Ascension.

Ascension05Because in His divinity, He is everywhere, He does not ascend nor descend. Therefore, in the Liturgy of St. Gregory we say “And You ascended into the heavens in the body…” This ascension is evidence that His Glorified Body is not subject to the earth’s gravitational laws. It is also evidence of His Divinity. He ascended before His disciples as they were looking. This scene strengthened their faith because the Lord not only resurrected using His Divine power, but He also ascended into heaven in Fathernt of them.

In His ascension to Heaven, He did not leave His church alone on Earth.

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Chapel Construction Update – June 2014

Here are some of the new pictures taken showing the development with constructions of the Chapel. More to come…

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