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The Devil Emigrating to Canada

The Egyptian poet Ali Slama wrote this sarcastic poem (in Arabic) lamenting the widespread corruption and lack of morals rampant in Egypt today.  I translated it for those who do not know Arabic. For those who know Arabic, I have attached the original.


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Modern Sons of the Pharaohs

This is a nice book about the Coptic Church written by an Englishman. Chapter VI is about Abba Abraam bishop of Fayum (Feast day is today)
Modern sons of the Pharaohs [Electronic Edition]

And His Repose Shall be Glorious

The Fathers of the Church interpreted the Bible in the "Spirit which gives life" unlike modern interpreters who interpret in "the letter that kills."


AND HIS REPOSE SHALL BE GLORIOUS

Isaiah 11:10 in the Septuagint version (the only version of the Old Testament that our church recognizes) tells us: “And His repose shall be glorious.” 

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The Acceptable Year of the Lord

On the occasion of the New Year of our Lord 2009

The acceptable year of the Lord, again, is this present time, in which those who believe Him are called by Him, and become acceptable to God--that is, the whole time from His advent onwards to the consummation [of all things], during which He acquires to Himself as fruits [of the scheme of mercy] those who are saved. 

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In Praise of the Virgin

Tremendous, verily, is the mystery connected with thee, O virgin mother, thou spiritual throne, glorified and made worthy of God. Thou hast brought forth, before the eyes of those in heaven and earth, a pre-eminent wonder. 

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On the Annunciation to the Holy Virgin Mary

Again have we the glad tidings of joy, again the announcements of liberty, again the restoration, again the return, again the promise of gladness, again the release from slavery. An angel talks with the Virgin, in order that the serpent may no more have converse with the woman.

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Meditations on the Psalms of Koiak II

 

Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.  Send down Thine hand from on high: Rescue me and deliver me. (Second Sunday, Evening Psalm, translated from coptic)

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Meditations on the Psalms of Koiak

 

Until when, then, O Lord, wilt Thou forget me,? for ever? Until when, then, wilt Thou turn away Thy face from me? Behold and hear me, O Lord my God: enlighten my eyes. (First Sunday, Evening Psalm, translated from the Coptic)

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St. Peter the Iberian

On the occasion of the feast of Saint Peter the Iberian (December 10 [Kohiak 1], according to the Coptic Synaxarion) 

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St. Peter the Seal of the Martyrs

 

On the occasion of the Feast of St. Peter, Seal of the martyrs (December 8 according to the Coptic Synaxarion)
 
Were all the limbs of my body to be turned into tongues, and all the joints of my limbs to utter articulate sounds, it would noways be sufficient to express who, how great and how good, was our most blessed Father Peter, Archbishop of Alexandria.

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