Friday Mass, the Conclusion of the Fast

FRIDAY CONCLUSION OF THE LENT-12
 
تحتفل الكنيسة اليوم بجمعة ختام الصوم المقدس : هى نهاية رحلة الصوم الاربعينى وبداية رحلة اسبوع البصخة المقدسة . وقبل بدء القداس يقام سر مسحة المرضى “قنديل عام” لجميع المؤمنين ويدهنون بالزيت لشفائهم من امرض النفس والجسد وكل سنة وانتم طيبين. Today, The Church performs a Friday Mass, the conclusion of the fast. Before the beginning of the mass, the sacrament of anointing the sick is held, a “general Latrine” for all believers, and they are anointed with oil to heal their mental and physical health what they have suffered from fatigue during. Good News


Tribute to Prince Philip 1921-2021

Abouna Angelous and the congregation of St Michael and St Bishoy Coptic Orthodox Church Margate extend their deepest condolences to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and her family on the death of her husband and the family patriarch, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The Duke dedicated his adult life to supporting and sustaining her Majesty in her life role as Queen and in so doing also gave support and leadership to many organisations within the United Kingdom and the greater Commonwealth over decades of public service. He was particularly interested in the youth within the Commonwealth and initiated the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme in the 1950s whose sole aim is to develop and maximise the potential of all young irrespective of background.
After a life of dedication and service may the Duke now rest in eternal peace with all the Angels and Saints.



The second Sunday of Kiahk


On the second Sunday of Koyahk, we read the chapter about the good news delivered by the Angel to the Virgin Mary about the birth of the Lord JESUS. As we read the chapters of the Annunciation of the Birth of John the Baptist, after 6 months the Arch Angel Gabriel came to preach the Virgin Mary the greatest good news that mankind has heard since the creation of our first parents, which is the good news of the birth of the Saviour. Something that the LORD has prepared for a thousand years, and many prophecies have been made about it since Isaiah’s prophecy “Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” And also the prophet Isaiah said, “Isa 53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?”


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Heaven

 
If you can remember what we were talking about last Sunday, we were talking about the rich young man who asked the LORD JESUS “Mar 10:17, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” Each of us loves to have a share in the Eternal life, and he loves to treasure his treasures in heaven because the LORD JESUS has said “Mat 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Man is originally a heavenly creature and he is the only creature that looks up. To Heaven since Heaven is the promised homeland.

Heavens to the Jews are three. The sky of birds and then the sky that contains the stars and planets, and the third sky, which is Paradise, a place for the righteous to wait. And we know in Christianity the heaven of the heavens, where the throne of GOD is surrounded by the angels and the ring of heaven and the Heaven of the heavens is the home of the righteous after the glorious resurrection.


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Inherit Eternal Life

The Gospel of today in the Liturgy from St. Mark when the rich young man came to the LORD JESUS and asked HIM “Mar 10:17 Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” HE told him that when you put the word in your heart the seed will yield fruit; the young man asked what the commandments are? The word of GOD is the seed of life when you put it in your heart it yields in you the fruits of the Eternal life, HE said to him don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, honour your father and mother……..the young man said that all these I have kept since my childhood, and this is exactly our situation. We attend the Church, listen to the word of GOD in the Church and at home and keeping it, the same as the young man, but this young man still felt that he is far from the Kingdom of GOD and this is why he came to ask the LORD what to do. I listen to the word of GOD and keeping it, so the seed is there in my heart, but I can’t feel the


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The Nativity Fast 2020

The Nativity Fast has started on Wednesday the 25th of November for a duration of 43 days. 40 days fasted by Moses the prophet after which he received the Word of the LORD GOD almighty engraved on two stone tablets, we also fast 40 days to receive the incarnated Word of the LORD GOD almighty engraved in our hearts and not a stone tablet. The Church added for these 40 days another 3 days in remembrance of the three days fasted by the Church in the tenth century AD so as to remember the mighty work of the LORD GOD almighty with HIS people when they endured the great temptation during the days of HH Pope Ava Abram Ben Zarah and the and the Caliph Al-Muizz for the Fatimid, who ordered the

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Parable of the Farmer

Today we are on the first Sunday of the month of Hatour. The first and second Sundays of Hatour is the season of cultivation in Egypt; they used to seed the seeds at the beginning of Hatour. The church arranged that these chapters should be read on the first and second Sunday, and our fathers, the leaders of the church, were keen to transmit the mind of man as he practices his normal life from the earthly to the heavenly bodies. All of them are farmers, and they are all planted, and Sunday is a holy day, and no one will work on it, so they go to Church where they hear these readings and thus their thoughts are changed from the handy work in the farm all the week to the heavenly thoughts.

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Miracle of bringing back to life the son of if the widow of Nain

 

 
The Gospel of Saint Luke today, chapter 7, speaks to us about the miracle of raising the son of the widow of Nain, and Nain is a city and its meaning is pleasure, but unfortunately, the name does not apply to the status of the city. Our LORD JESUS entered the city of Nain, which is a pleasure, but HE found a funeral procession, far from you. And the funeral was for the only son for his mother, who is a widow. A woman, her husband, died years ago, and her only son has now also died. A difficult situation, no one can feel it except the one who lives it. All doors closed in front of her and so she is wishing for nothing but to die because her life partner has left her and her only son is now on the way to the cemetery……. The whole world blackened in front of her. Who is the one who came with a light, the one who wipes tears, no one but the person of the LORD JESUS CHRIST. He is yours and you are mine. The first word HE said to her was (Luke 7:13)”Do not weep.”.” How came that she could not weep when she is a widow and now her only son, the candle of her life is now extinguished, the son in whom she sees the picture of his lost father is now also dead.

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Healing of the possessed blind and dumb

 

Today’s Gospel from Saint Matthew chapter12 about the miracle of healing a man who is insane, blind and mute.

It was said about Satan that He was a murderer from the beginning. That is his job. His characteristic is ruthless, so if someone falls into his hand, he will not be merciful.

The one who was presented to the LORD JESUS in the Gospel today, it was said about him “Mat 12:22 possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb” If someone loses his mind then he will be doing any unbelievable acts, and if he is blind things are even worse and if he is dumb, then what else is left for him.


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JESUS and the Disciples fishing

 
The Gospel for today is from the Gospel according to St Luke chapter 5, and it talks to us about the fishing of a large number of fishes by the Disciples in the lake of Gennesaret.  There was by the lake 4 fishermen, Saint Peter and his brother Andrew. James and his brother John were cleaning and folding their nets after trying all night without catching a single fish and thus they were very depressed.  The LORD JESUS was by the lakeside surrounded by a great multitude of people who gathered around HIM to listen to the words of GOD.  The LORD JESUS showed HIMSELF to be in need for

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