Saturday, September 10, 2016

I Am He: The themes of Sunday Liturgical Readings in the Co...

I Am He: The themes of Sunday Liturgical Readings in the Co...: Reading of Sundays Excerpted from many sermons by The V. Rev. Fr. Athanasius K. Farag Sunday reading aims to show us the work of the H...

The themes of Sunday Liturgical Readings in the Coptic Orthodox Church

Reading of Sundays

Excerpted from many sermons by The V. Rev. Fr. Athanasius K. Farag
Sunday reading aims to show us the work of the Holy Trinity in the creation, redemption and glorification  of the human, it is called the economia of the Holy Trinity.

Month of Tut

In the first month of Tut we read the love of God the Father who called all for repentance “who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” I Ti.2:4

Month of Babah

In the second month of Babah, the churches tells us “Who is this Saviour?” we see him through his work miracles of healing the paralyzed, casting out demons, raising the dead.

Month of Hatour

In Hatour we see who is the Saviour through His word which is planted in our hearts.

Month of Keyhak

      All from Luke chapter 1: the scenes which accompanied the Nativity season

Month of Toba

the incarnation of the Only Begotten Son who called us from darkness to the light, who walked on earth and we saw His glory.

Month of Amsheer

      First three weeks John 6 but in different order
      1st week ends by “them “[26] Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.
[27] Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you; for on him has God the Father set his seal."
      2nd week feeding the multitude
      3rd week Bread of Life
      Zeccheaus ( Repentance) Preparing for the Great lent

Month of Baramhat

      Most of it lies in the Great Lent or Holy Fifty

Month of Bashans

      Either it comes in the Holy Fifty or only part of it.

Month of Baouna

      Mostly comes in the Holy Fifty or the fast of the Apostles, all what the Father did to us through the Son, we receive it by the Holy Spirit.
      Same miracles Jesus did, the Apostles did as He gave them the power to do it through receiving the Holy Spirit.

Month of Apip

      Life of believers after receiving the Holy Spirit

Month of Mesra and the little month of Nasei

      Eschatological life (the life to come)

Summary of all Coptic Months

The love of God the Father (Tut) and the grace of the only begotten Son, our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ (Babah through the Holy fifty), and the communion and the gift of the Holy Spirit be with you all (After Holy Fifty till the end of the Coptic year)

Sundays of the Great lent

·         Pre-lent ( Giving, Prayer , fasting)
·         Treasures in Heaven
·         Temptation Sunday
·         The Prodigal Son
·         The Samaritan Woman
·         The Paralyzed Man
·         The Man Born Blind
·         Palm Sunday
·         Resurrection Sunday

Sundays of the Holy fifty

1-      New Sunday Octave Sunday ( the Eights Days after resurrection) which is called Thomas Sunday
2-      the Bread of Life,
3-      The Living Water
4-      the Light of the World
5-      Way, the Truth, and Life,
6-      Our Peace

7-      Pentecost 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Websites in Coptic Studies


Searchable Greek Inscriptions

Nag el-Hagar in Upper Egypt

Hisn al-Bab

Deir Anba Hadra & others

others numbers 63449,
Hagr Edfu, Egypt , Wadi Sarga

Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari
Yale Monastic Archaeology Project North (Wadi al-Natrun)

Minya, Bawit, Monastery of Apollo, Bahariya Tell Hanub Qasr al-Aguz



A Select Bibliography of the Archaeology of Karanis and the Graeco-Roman Fayum

Amheida in Egypt's Dakhleh Oasis

„The Asyut Project“: Feldarbeiten in Mittelägypten/Fieldwork in Middle Egypt

Hieratic Studies Online (HSO)

Association Égyptologique Reine Élisabeth
Coptic Documentary Papyri
Database and Dictionary of Greek Loanwords in Coptic (DDGLC)

Digital Edition and Translation of the Coptic-Sahidic Old Testament 

New Contexts for Old Texts: Unorthodox Texts and Monastic Manuscript Culture in Fourth- and Fifth-Century Egypt (NEWCONT)

Welcome to the website of the Institute for New Testament Textual Research


Monday, April 25, 2016

How to live Holy Pascha week, learning from Church reading in the Holy Pascha Week

“The person who cannot benefit from the Holy Pascha Week, will have a hard time to get that benefit other times in the year” HH Pope Shenouda III
In the Coptic rite the Pascha hour is composed of the following:
1-      Prophecies
2-      Homilies
3-      Doxology of “Thine is the Power …”
4-      Psalm prayed in a sad tone
5-      Gospel
6-      Exposition
7-      Litanies
Prophecies: When you read the prophecies, try to relate to this prophecy, e.g. reading a prophecy from Exodus 32:7-15 the story of the deviation of the Israelites from God’s way after He brought them out of Egypt. “they have made for themselves a calf, and worshipped it” relating to this prophecy is obvious , how God brought us out of the darkness to the light in our Baptism and how we went astray. The Church used to pray the prophecy in a tone so you could “park” the words in your mind and contemplate them.

Homilies: Every day we have two homilies in the first and the eleventh hour, it is the lesson the church wants to teach us in our day, so take the lesson and apply it. On Monday the first homily is from St. Shenouda the Archimandrite, saying every Christian is accompanied by a guardian angel, who gives account of what you have done in your day before God, so he urges us to examine ourselves before we sleep.

Doxology: The doxology of “Thine is the power, the glory, the blessings, and the majesty forever.” Taken from Isaiah 12:2, Matt. 6:13, Rev. 5:12. We are boldly pray this hymn with the heavenly hosts as by His Cross he reconciled us with the heavenly hosts.

We pray the above doxology 12 times, after each we pray the Lord’s Prayer. Try to pray it slowly and let the words go deep, when you say “Our Father” is He really our Father? Or did we exchange him, because of our desires and lusts?

Psalm: In the same way you relate yourself to the prophecy, the psalm could be your “arrow prayer”-- short prayers during the day, “Look on me, hearken to me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep in death; lest at any time mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him.”

The Gospel reading: Whenever you read scribes and Pharisees or a rebuke, ask yourself am I doing that? When the Lord says “Woe to you,” am I the one who deserve this Woe?

Exposition: Explaining what the gospel said, always end with a lesson learned. When he talks about the temple the Lord left for them desolate, the exposition says “The place of forgiveness became a place to sin. The house of prayer and supplication became a den of thieves and a market place for cattle.”

The Litanies, we can expand each litany, when we are talking about the captives we remember the two metropolitan and the Coptic monk Fr. Gabriel El Antony who was kidnapped last week in Sudan. When we talk about those who are sick remember those whom you know and those whom you do not know. When we pray for Church Hierarchs, pray that God give them wisdom, power, and fruits of the spirit.

When you pray “Lord have mercy” and do metanoia give thanks to everything God gave you, put your weakness before Him, and so.

Last, please use every second in this week, make it as a rehearsal to how you are going to spend the Holy 50 days after the feast of Resurrection. Start the way of piety from now. Read books related to this season, listen to the hymns of the Holy Pascha week, listen to sermons, visit the sick etc.
HH Pope Shenouda used to have a piece of paper in his pocket and pencil to write any beautiful meditation, or prayer comes in his head. Try it, it is a good practice.

Pascha Book online
 under Coptic presentation

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Clement of Alexandria sees the Church as the mother who feeds milk to her children

Clement is firmly convinced that there is only one universal Church as there is only one God the Father, one divine Word and one Holy Spirit. He calls this church the virgin mother who feeds her children with the milk of the divine Word:

O wondrous mystery! One is the father of all, one also the Logos of all, and the Holy spirit is one and the same everywhere and there is only one Virgin Mother; I love to call her the Church. This mother alone had no milk, because she alone did not become woman, but she is both virgin and mother, being undefiled as a virgin and loving as a mother; and calling her children to her she nurses them with holy milk, the Logos for the children (Paed.1,6,42,1).

"O graduates of His blessed tutorship! Let us [by our presence] make complete the fair countenance of the Church, and let us as children run to our good Mother. and when we have become hearers of the Word, let us extol the blessed dispensation by which man is brought up and sanctified as a child of God, and being trained on earth attains to citizenship in heaven and there receives his Father, whom he learns to know on earth" (Paed. 3,12, 99, 1). 
This reminds me of the story of His Grace Bishop Macarius the General Bishop in El Minia  (a Governorate in Upper Egypt) in August14, 2013 when the churches were burned after the ousting of the Muslim Brotherhood regime, one child came to the church and kissed one burned stone from the church, so His Grace was amazed by the child's action, but then he continued by saying, no surprise this child was baptized in this church, so the church is his mother, so the child was weeping to see his mother was burned. 

Every time we go to the Liturgy we are eating from the spiritual milk of our church that is the Word of God, we take it by hearing then we eat His Body and drink His Blood. Thank you my true mother the Church.