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St. Ardina Malika Youssef (1992): Om al Ghalaba – the mother of the poor

Lifestory Born in 1910 in Souhag, Om Abdel Sayed manifested spiritual maturity at an early age. She lost her mother early and her father was harsh on her. When she was 7 years old she used to ran away a far distance to pray. She trained herself at an early age to fast for all… Continue reading St. Ardina Malika Youssef (1992): Om al Ghalaba – the mother of the poor

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Fr Petronios St Mary (2014) – Quick to respond

English version also found here Contents Childhood Education and Career Postgraduate studies Relationship with the saints Internal struggle before entering the monastery Entering the monastery His service in the monastery Simplicity of heart Humility and kindness Daily visit to cemetry tafoos Metanio to workers Foreknowledge of his departure time The last moments Heavenly testimonies Miracles… Continue reading Fr Petronios St Mary (2014) – Quick to respond

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Fr Sidarose Akhnoukh: The priest ordained by Christ Himself

Sadek Akhnoukh was born in the year 1890 in the village of Al Biyadiya, of the Minya Governorate. He grew to become a successful business man and glorified the Lord through his honesty and good works in the workplace. He was nominated for the priesthood several times, but refused. On one night, as Sadek was falling… Continue reading Fr Sidarose Akhnoukh: The priest ordained by Christ Himself

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Random pieces about St Kyrillos VI

  Short account of his life 9 March 2019 The Departed, His Holines Pope Kyrillos (Cyri) VI. The 115th Successor to St. Mark the Evangelist (1902-1971) His Holiness Pope Kyrillos (Cyril) VI (Atta) of Alexandria (transliterated Kyrellos, or Kirellos), born Azer Atta (August 2, 1902 – March 9, 1971), was Coptic Orthodox Pope from 1959… Continue reading Random pieces about St Kyrillos VI

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10 great saint quotes about humility

1) St Makarios the Great  This is the mark of Christianity—however much a man toils, and however many righteousnesses he performs, to feel that he has done nothing, and in fasting to say, "This is not fasting," and in praying, "This is not prayer," and in perseverance at prayer, "I have shown no perseverance; I… Continue reading 10 great saint quotes about humility

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Extracts from “Thoughts for each day of the year” by St Theophan the Recluse

Contents The future life Beware of false prophets The fear of God Fasting Prayer and fasting Idle speech Be brave in temptations Be careful what influences you The purpose of life Do not stop repenting How to benefit from the liturgy Be inwardly attentive and vigilant   All of these are extracted from this book below.… Continue reading Extracts from “Thoughts for each day of the year” by St Theophan the Recluse

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10 passages about music and its effect on the spiritual life

1) The purpose of church hymns by St Theopan the Recluse ‘Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody In your heart to the Lord’  (Eph. V. 19). How should we Interpret these words? Do they mean that when you are filled with the Spirit, you should then sing… Continue reading 10 passages about music and its effect on the spiritual life

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The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary

"Day and night She spent her time in prayer. The Most Holy Theotokos went often to the Holy Sepulchre of the Lord, and here She offered up fevent prayer. More than once, enemies of the Savior sought to hinder Her from visiting her holy place, and they asked the High Priest for a guard to watch over the Grave of the Lord. The Holy Virgin continued to pray right in front of them, yet "unseen by anyone.

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I’ve read tonnes of spiritual things, here are some of the best explanations about fasting that exist

Alas the Great Lent is upon us. This week began the holiest and strictest fast of the church calender. This Monday the Coptic Church began a 55 day long fast (and I believe most other Orthodox families have begun their Lent too) to help direct our minds and hearts towards the crucified Christ, to lift our spirits and thoughts to heaven and to teach us to the spurn the vain and boring and fruitless pleasures of the world.