St. Anthony’s Feast

Orthodox Societies: Saint Anthony The Great - Father of the Monks

 

Be humble so that God guards and strengthens you, because God looks to the humble. Be humble so that God fills you with wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, because it is written that He guides the humble and teaches His ways to the meek. Be humble in order to be joyful, because joy goes hand in hand with humility.
St. Pachomius

Happy Epiphany

Holy Baptism was imparted to us by our Lord Jesus Christ through word and deed. Through deed by receiving Baptism from John in the Jordon; through word by charging his own disciples to go forth and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Patriarch Jeremias of Constantinople
... of the Epiphany - St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church | Los Angeles, CA

 

Jonah’s Fast

The church celebrates Jonah’ fast on February 2, 3 & 4, 2015.

“Jonah, according to Hebrew tradition, was the son of the widow, whom Elijah, the prophet, raised from the dead at Zarephath of Sidon (II Kings 17:10-24). He was a prophet in the Northern Kingdom of Israel around 825-784 BC. Therefore, Jonah prophesied during the reign of Jeroboam II, the King of Samaria (II Kings 14:25).

The Holy Book of Jonah in the Old Testament tells the familiar story of Jonah, the fleeing prophet. Forty-eight verses comprise the entire story. This is a story of a legendary character with a nature similar to our own. Jonah, a contemporary of the prophet Amos, had faults, shortcomings, and weaknesses” (Bishop Youssef, 2015). Read more from Suscopts.com

Jonah Service schedule:

  • Monday Feb 2, 2015: Liturgy 10:30 AM – 1 PM
  • Tuesday Feb 2, 2015: Liturgy 10:30 AM – 1 PM – Prayers Meeting: 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015: Liturgy 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM – English Bible Study: 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Thursday, Feb 5, 2015: Liturgy 9:00 AM- 11:30 AM followed by Seniors Outing
  • Friday, Feb 6, 2015: Liturgy 5:00 AM – 7:30 AM – Hymn Class: 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Middle, High School, & University meetings starts at 8:30 PM.
  • Saturday, Feb 7, 2015: Vesper Prayers 7:00 PM followed by bible study and kids activities
  • Sunday, Feb 8, 2015: Liturgy 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM followed by Sunday Schools and Servants Meeting

 

 

St. John Chrysostom

St. John Chrysostom: Wherefore, if you desire to become equal to the apostles, there is nothing to hinder you. . . .

Icon of St. John ChrysostomWherefore, if you desire to become equal to the apostles, there is nothing to hinder you. For to have arrived at this virtue only suffices for your not at all falling short of them. Let no one therefore wait for miracles. For though the evil spirit is grieved, when he is driven out of a body, yet much more so, when he sees a soul delivered from sin. For indeed this is his great power. [Acts 8:10] This power caused Christ to die, that He might put an end to it. Yea, for this brought in death; by reason of this all things have been turned upside down. If then thou remove this, you have cut out the nerves of the devil, you have bruised his head, you have put an end to all his might, you have scattered his host, you have exhibited a sign greater than all signs.

The saying is not mine, but the blessed Paul’s. For when he had said, Covet earnestly the best gifts, and yet show I unto you a more excellent way; [1 Corinthians 12:31] he did not speak next of a sign, but of charity, the root of all our good things. If then we practice this, and all the self-denial that flows from it, we shall have no need of signs; even as on the other hand, if we do not practice it, we shall gain nothing by the signs.

Bearing in mind then all this, let us imitate those things whereby the apostles became great. And whereby did they become great? Hear Peter, saying, Behold we have forsaken all, and followed You; what shall we have therefore? [Matthew 19:27] Hear also Christ saying to them, ‘You shall sit upon twelve thrones, and, every one that has forsaken houses, or brethren, or father, or mother, shall receive an hundredfold in this world, and shall inherit everlasting life.’ From all worldly things, therefore, let us withdraw ourselves, and dedicate ourselves to Christ, that we may both be made equal to the apostles according to His declaration, and may enjoy eternal life; unto which may we all attain, by the grace and love towards man of our Lord Jesus Christ to whom be glory and might forever and ever. Amen.

+ St. John Chrysostom, Homily 46 on Matthew

St. John Chrysostom

St. John Chrysostom: [W]hen you are about to pass over the threshold of the gateway . . .

Icon of St. John Chrysostom. . . [W]hen you are about to pass over the threshold of the gateway, say this word first: I leave your ranks, Satan, and your pomp, and your service, and I join the ranks of Christ. And never go forth without this word. This shall be a staff to you, this your armor, this an impregnable fortress, and accompany this word with the sign of the cross on your forehead. For thus not only a man who meets you, but even the devil himself, will be unable to hurt you at all, when he sees you everywhere appearing with these weapons; and discipline yourself by these means henceforth, in order that when you receive the seal you may be a well-equipped soldier, and planting your trophy against the devil, may receive the crown of righteousness, which may it be the lot of us all to obtain, through the grace and loving, kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ, with whom be glory to the Father and to the Holy Spirit for ever and ever— Amen.

Sermon By H.G. Bishop Dimetrius from Suscopts Website

Holy_Family_flight_to_EgyptThe Coptic Church is celebrating this week a Great Feast, considered among the Lord’s minor feasts. It is the commemoration of the journey of the Holy Family to Egypt.The entry of our Lord Jesus Christ into the land of Egypt is an opportunity for rejoicing and delighting for the many blessings that his entry has impacted upon Egypt. The Church is aware of how important this event has been. And this is the reason it is one of the Lord’s feasts.There are several symbols and spiritual meanings that are indicated by the coming of the Lord Christ into Egypt. God’s plan for Christ’s entering the land of Egypt contains, as far as we can assume, four spiritual meanings that indicate the benefit for us from this divine plan.

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