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Every year our OrthodoxChurch observes Jonah’s Fast a fortnight prior to the commencement of the Great Fast (Lent) resurrecting and directing our hearts to offer true repentance. This year the focus of our contemplation is the following verse:
What do you mean sleeper” (Jonah 1:6).
In other words, “How can you sleep?” It is directed from the chief of the crew to Jonah, the fleeing prophet. He was amazed how can anyone sleep while such a terrible storm raged? How can he sleep when his life is threatened with death? How can he sleep among the screams of terror and the loud prayers of the mariners to their gods? No doubt it was a strange sleep described in the Bible as a deep sleep (1:5)! In fact, it was the sleep of the conscience and disobedience of the command of the Lord to Jonah to go to Nineveh and warn it from destruction. It was the sleep that resulted from stubbornness and indifference while hundreds of thousands were going to perish unless he goes on this mission. Thus we pray daily with David saying, “Enlighten my eyes lest I sleep the sleep of death.” (Psalm 13:3).
HH Pope Tawadros II 2015 English Christmas Papal Message.
HH Pope Tawadros II 2015 English and Arabic Christmas Papal Message.
The Papal Encyclical for the Glorious Feast of Nativity 2015
In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit One God. Amen.
I congratulate you my beloved for the Glorious Nativity feast and the beginning of the New Year 2015. I hope you to have a new year full of blessings, goodness, love, joy and peace. In fact, I am so happy to communicate with you through this message to the all the beloved at every Coptic Orthodox Church all over the world, every family, all youth, all servants, the board of the church, all children and all brethren.
When God created humanity, He intended them to be in continuous communication. He wanted them to be the crown of creation. After creating all things first, He created the king of all creation on earth. Man, having the breath of God, was the great creation of God. But sin came and humiliated him and cast him away from what God planned for him. Since the sin of Adam and Eve, our first parents, humanity came into struggle with all aspects of sin in their lives.
Incarnation Of the Logos
“On the Incarnation” - By Saint Athanasius
For the solitary of mankind is such that, by virtue of the Logos’indwelling in a single human body, the corruption which goes with death has lost its power over all. You know how it is when a great king enters a large city and dwells in one of its houses. Because of his dwelling in that single house, the whole city is honoured and enemies and robbers cease to bother it. Even so is it with the King of us all. He has come into our country and dwelt in one body amidst the many. In consequence, the enemy’s plans against mankind have been foiled and the corruption of death, which formerly held them in its power, has simply ceased to be. For the human race would have completely perished if the Lord and Saviour of us all, the Son of God, had not come among us to put an end to death.
THE SPIRITUALITY OF FASTING
BY H.H. POPE SHENOUDA III
On the mount of transfiguration the three people, who stood in radiance and glorious light on the Mount of Transfiguration, were people who brought fasting to perfection. For every one of them fasted for forty days and forty nights: Our Lord Jesus Christ (Matt 4:2), Moses (Ex 34:28), and Elijah (1 Kings 19:8). This magnificent scene, conceal behind it an important message that is, by conquering the body through fasting, the spirit becomes manifest and the body is transfigured