Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I Am He: No Parties for Priests and Bishops

I Am He: No Parties for Priests and Bishops: Pope Francis wrote to the 19 men who are chosen to be elevated to the rank of Cardinals, the following  (Source  http://uk.reuters.com...

No Parties for Priests and Bishops

Pope Francis wrote to the 19 men who are chosen to be elevated to the rank of Cardinals, the following 

(Source http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/01/13/uk-pope-cardinals-idUKBREA0C10L20140113?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews) 

LETTER OF POPE FRANCIS
TO THOSE WHO WILL BE CREATED CARDINALS 
AT THE UPCOMING CONSISTORY OF 22 FEBRUARY

Dear Brother,
On this the day on which your designation to take part in the College of Cardinals is made public, I would like to send you my warm greeting as well as the assurance of my closeness and of my prayer. I hope that, as a member of the Church of Rome, “clothed in the virtue and sentiments of the Lord Jesus (cf. Rom 13:14), you may help me with fraternal efficacy in my service to the Universal Church.
The Cardinalate does not signify a promotion, an honour nor a decoration: it is simply a service that demands a broader vision and a bigger heart. And, although it seems a paradox, this ability to look further and love more universally with greater intensity can be acquired only by following the way of the Lord: the way of lowliness and of humility, taking the form of a servant (cf. Phil 2:5-8). Therefore, I ask you, please, to receive this appointment with a simple and humble heart. And, while you ought to do this with gladness and joy, do so in a way that this sentiment is far from any kind of expression of worldliness, from any celebration alien to the evangelical spirit of austerity, moderation and poverty.
We will see each other, then, on 20 February, when we will begin two days of reflection on the family. I am at your service and, please I ask you to pray, and ask for your prayers for me.
May Jesus bless you and may the Holy Virgin protect you.
Fraternally,
From the Vatican, 12 January 2014
http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/letters/2014/documents/papa-francesco_20140112_nuovi-cardinali_en.html
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Pope Tawadros the II the pope of The Coptic Orthodox Church Alexandria and the See of St. Mark , when he was elevated to the rank of papacy asked the Metropolitan and Bishops to do not send congratulations in any news. Moreover, he refused the people from doing a worldly celebration for his first year anniversary for His elevation.

Our Job as Priests or Bishops is the Job of douloV servants, under the feet of our congregation. Our Job is to be good conductor of God’s love and God’s compassionate heart on His Creation. Nevertheless protecting God’s people from any strange dogma or thoughts.

The more we are planning for parties as a type of worldly celebration, the more He will say “your house is forsaken and desolate.” Matt. 23:38

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

I Am He: On the Thanksgiving

I Am He: On the Thanksgiving: Coptic Christians in the US talking much about eating turkey in the Thanksgiving, as they started already the Nativity fast. The issue i...

On the Thanksgiving


Coptic Christians in the US talking much about eating turkey in the Thanksgiving, as they started already the Nativity fast. The issue is not about a day off from the fast. The issue is more deep. Do we know what we do? I believe if I asked St. Athanasius or St. Cyril what do you think about that? They would say This was not the Christianity which we defended it or even exiled for its sake. Do we as Christians understand the mystery of Incarnation, do we really understand “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Jn.3:16.

The whole issue needs to be revisited. Why we are Christians? What our practices reflect from our faith? What is our relationship to the season in which the church is enjoying? Are our homes a sanctuary for God? Is the Name of God mentioned in our homes?

Abanoub Aziz Narouz, 14 years 

While we are debating about eating the Glorious turkey, Abanoub Aziz Narouz, 14 years is witnessing for Christ today after his parents  found his body killed and tortured severely as He committed a crime of being “ A Christian” God Have mercy upon us and forgive us our sins. Thank you o Lord for allowing us to carry your name, in which we are not worthy. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

I Am He: Your Crown is the Crown of Thorns, O Patriarch

I Am He: Your Crown is the Crown of Thorns, O Patriarch: On the first year anniversary of HH Pope Tawadros the II the pope of Our Coptic Orthodox Church  we say remember how the Church celebrates ...

Your Crown is the Crown of Thorns, O Patriarch

On the first year anniversary of HH Pope Tawadros the II the pope of Our Coptic Orthodox Church  we say remember how the Church celebrates the ordination of the Patriarch by the hymn o Monogense to remind the Pope that your new service's crown is the crown of the thorns of Our lord Jesus Christ whom "...the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all." Is 53:6 so the Patriarch will carry the cross of serving His people as from hands God will ask the blood of all flock. ( inspirations with additions from the book of Holy Pascha by Dr Youhanna N Youssef) In this hymn we say (hymn copied from 
http://tasbeha.org/hymn_library/view/149)

"O only-begotten Son, the eternal and immortal Word of God; who for our salvation did will to be incarnate of the holy Theotokos (and ever Virgin Mary) (said 2 times .

Who without change became man and was crucified, the Christ God. Trampled down death by death. One of the Holy Trinity, who is glorified with the Father and the Holy Spirit, save us.

Holy God, who being God, for our sake, became man without change.

Holy Mighty, who by weakness showed forth what is greater than power.

Holy Immortal, who was crucified for our sake, and endured death in His flesh, the Eternal and Immortal.

O Holy Trinity, have mercy on us."


 Saydena May God empowers your holiness to serve us in purity and righteousness

The link from minutes  1:02:00 to 1:21:00 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_Bhgumm__o

Monday, November 11, 2013

I Am He: “Love your enemies” By Pope Shenouda

I Am He: “Love your enemies” By Pope Shenouda: “Love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44) Pope Shenouda Translated by Fr. Bishoy Lamie, edited by Jessica Ryder-Khalil    HH the Late P...