Many times at night, when chanting the Psalmody and particularly when commemorating the saints, Tamav would find the cell expanding and filled with light. Then there would appear all the martyrs and saints headed by the Mother of God. They would continue chanting the Psalmody with her until the very end of it. We used… Continue reading The kingdom of heaven is within you
His Grace Bishop Makarios' diocese was one of the largest; in fact, after his departure it was divided into 4 dioceses. But despite how large the diocese was, HG still managed to visit each member of his congregation, house by house, once a year for the 25 years that he was a bishop. He never… Continue reading Bishop Makarios’ endless love for his congregation
Fr. Faltaous tells us, ‘After my return from St. Mina’s Monastery, during Pope Cyril VI life in the flesh, he used to visit me in spirit on a regular basis. He wanted to check up on me and to encourage me to continue to persevere throughout my monastic life. He also came to guide and… Continue reading Why we honour the saints and martyrs?
Author: Bishop Makarios of Qena This sermon was taken from HG Bishop Makarios’ personal diary. To be read on the Eve of the first Sunday of the month of Baba of the Coptic Calendar.The miracle of feeding the five thousand with five loaves and two fish occupies a prominent place in the four Gospels among… Continue reading Sermon on the Miracle of Feeding the Five Thousand
Two days before the beginning of the fasting of Christmas - which coincided with the eve of the feast of St. Mena the wonder worker - I felt very exhausted as I was having a hypotension. On the following day, I was supposed to go for my kidney dialysis session. So at noon I phoned my mother, who lives in Shoubra Al-Khaima, and asked her to come over to my house in Al- Amereya to help me in some domestic work.
Just as our Lord Jesus Christ took three of his disciples, Peter, James and John for retreat and prayer to the top of Mount Tabor, and there He was transfigured and seen in the uncreated light, so did a similar phenomena occur in the life of the venerable abbess, Mother Erini. In September 1996, Mother… Continue reading The transfiguration of Mother Erene
In one of the small streets of Old Cairo, stands the convent of St. Mercurius or St Abu Seifein (The Saint with the two Swords). Many simple nuns, who have left their homes and their families for the sole purpose of praying and praising God, live there. They all wear veils as a sign of… Continue reading Mother Kereia Wassef: The nun who memorized the entire bible
Author: Mother Erene Serve without expecting anything in returnWhen we serve others, we should not await for anything in return. I should say i am doing this for the sake of God; otherwise, I won't be rewarded in heaven. This may be a bit tiring and difficult for me, but so what? As long as… Continue reading Another 10 points of spiritual instructions by Mother Erene
Author: Mother EreneTrue love involves being merciful and supporting people in their troublesPerforming mercy means love. It means standing by any person in trouble. Whoever has mercy on others, God will have mercy on him. In the Agpeya, in the Midnight hour we read, ‘There will be no mercy on those who were not merciful’...… Continue reading 10 points of spiritual instructions by Mother Erene
Author: Pope Shenouda III The Scriptures, too, helps us build the inner work by contemplating on verses. I am very surprised at and impressed by Joshua, the son of Nun, who came after Moses and was the leader of the army. He led the people into the Promised Land. This means that he was the… Continue reading The importance of meditating on scripture