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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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Gluttony

 

Saint Clement of Alexandria was born 150 ad. He became a disciple of Pantaenus, whom he succeeded as dean of the famous School of Alexandria. His most famous disciple was Origen, who succeeded him as head of the School of Alexandria. Others include Alexander bishop of Jerusalem, and possibly, Hippolytus.

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St. Gregory the Wonder Worker

On the occasion of the feast of Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus (November 30, Athor 21, according to the Coptic Synaxarion)

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Saint Martin Bishop of Tours

On the occasion of the feast of Saint Martin, bishop of Tours (November 23, Tubah 14 according to the Coptic Synaxarion)


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The Epistle of Mathetes

 

This early Christian writer, who calls himself Mathetes (Greek for disciple), does not tell us anything about himself except that he was "a disciple of the Apostles". Probably, a disciple of St. Paul, whom he quotes (last paragraph), and like whom he calls himself "a teacher of the Gentiles." His epistle gives us this most uplifting portrait of the life of the first generation of the Christians.

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The Earnest of the Spirit

Saint Irenaeus was born 130 ad and became bishop of Lyons (France) 177 ad. He was a disciple of St. Polycarp, who himself was a disciple of St. John the Evangelist. St. Polycarp is the "angel of the church in Smyrna" mentioned in  Revelation 2:8-11. Saint Irenaeus died as a martyr 202 ad. He wrote his book "Against Heresies" circa 180 ad.