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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.

Our Lord's Body and Blood

St. Jacob of Serug (Yaakoub el Serougy) was born 451, the year the Council of Chalcedon met. He became bishop of Serug on the border of Iraq and Turkey in 519. He opposed the Council of Chalcedon,  wrote more than 600 homilies and reposed in the Lord November 29, 521. 

Third Century Pentecostals

 

Asterius Urbanus gives us this fascinating description of the sect of the Montanists or Phrygians which flourished in the early third century and which was declared heretic by the Church Universal.

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The One Incarnate Nature of the Word

 

“Since your Perfection enquires whether or not one ought to admit that there are two natures in Christ, I thought it necessary to address this point.” Thus does Saint Cyril define the reason of writing his First Letter to Succensus, bishop of Diocaesarea in Asia Minor (Turkey). Succensus was an orthodox and a good theologian, friendly to Saint Cyril, who alerted him to the views of the “Eastern bishops”, mostly sympathizers of Nestorius, and asked him to write refutations to what they propagated. Here is how this letter starts:

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The Two Goats and the Two Birds

 

And he shall take of the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats for a sin offering, … And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

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Can God Suffer II?

We say that He both suffered, and rose again, not meaning that the Word of God suffered in His own nature .... but in so far as that which had become His own body suffered, then He Himself is said to suffer these things, for our sake, because the Impassible One was in the suffering body.1


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On Halloween

With regard to our non-participation in the pagan festival of Halloween, we will be strengthened by an understanding of the spiritual danger and history of this anti-Christian feast.

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