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On Saturday, 18/10/2014 a delegation of foreign diplomats visited the monastery: Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Cairo, Consul of the Republic of Croatia, Political Advisor to the Swiss Federal Republic, Political Advisor of the Federal Republic of Germany, attaché of the Polish Republic and attaché of the Italian Republic.

Some other diplomats and politicians accompanied them. The monk priest Ikladius El Souriani received them. They enjoyed the explanation of the attractions of the monastery, the murals and the archaeological discoveries. At the end of the explanation they expressed their admiration of the monastic life.

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Essential conditions to spend a spiritual retreat in the monastery

To carry a legal proof of personality.

To be not less than 16 years of age.

To carry a letter from the recognition father directed to the Abbot or the father responsible for the retreat house.

To be punctual to the timings of the prayers, work and retreats in the retreat house.

The retreat period does not exceed three days.

Between a retreat and another, there should be a minimum period of 2 months.

Not to visit the Abbot or the monks fathers except with a permission from the father responsible for the retreat house.

To be calm in order to maintain and respect the sanctity of the place.

 

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Babah 12, 1731 – October 22, 2014, Wednesday

Vespers

Psalms 22:22-23

22 I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will praise You. 23 You who fear the Lord, praise Him! All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him. [NKJV] Alleluia

Matthew 9:9-13

9 As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, Follow Me. So he arose and followed Him. 10 Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners? 12 When Jesus heard that, He said to them, Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: `I desire mercy and not sacrifice.' For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance. [NKJV] Glory is due to our God to the age of all ages. Amen

Matins

Psalms 40:9-10

9 I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness In the great assembly; Indeed, I do not restrain my lips, O Lord, You Yourself know. 10 I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation; I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth From the great assembly. [NKJV] Alleluia

Mark 2:13-17

13 Then He went out again by the sea; and all the multitude came to Him, and He taught them. 14 As He passed by, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, Follow Me. So he arose and followed Him. 15 Now it happened, as He was dining in Levi's house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many, and they followed Him. 16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners? 17 When Jesus heard it, He said to them, Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance. [NKJV] Glory is due to our God to the age of all ages. Amen

Liturgy

Ephesians 4:11-19

11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head--Christ-- 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. 17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. [NKJV] The Grace of God the Father be with you all. Amen

1 Peter 1:3-12

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith--the salvation of your souls. 10 Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, 11 searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. 12 To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven--things which angels desire to look into. [NKJV] Do not love the world, nor the things which are in the world. The world shall pass away and all its desires; but he who does the will of God shall abide forever. Amen

Acts 5:12-18

12 And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon's Porch. 13 Yet none of the rest dared join them, but the people esteemed them highly. 14 And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, 15 so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. 16 Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed. 17 Then the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with indignation, 18 and laid their hands on the apostles and put them in the common prison. [NKJV] The word of the Lord shall grow, multiply, be mighty and be confirmed in the holy church of God. Amen

Psalms 68:11-12

11 The Lord gave the word; Great was the company of those who proclaimed it: 12 Kings of armies flee, they flee, And she who remains at home divides the spoil. [NKJV] Alleluia

Luke 5:27-32

27 After these things He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, Follow Me. 28 So he left all, rose up, and followed Him. 29 Then Levi gave Him a great feast in his own house. And there were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them. 30 And their scribes and the Pharisees complained against His disciples, saying, Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners? 31 Jesus answered and said to them, Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance. [NKJV] Glory is due to our God to the age of all ages. Amen

Newly Released

Newly released: a book named “a brother asked a greybeard “. It is a book the simplify the book named “Monk’s Orchard “in a question and an answer written by the departure monk St. Marfiloksinous

Newly released: the fifth book for the miracles of father Falteous Al-Souriani named “the merciful heart “

Newly released: a book about the explication of the psalms for Anthimous, bishop of Jerusalem - prepared by Anba Metaos.

Monks Miracles

 

Miracles for Father Filtaos

 

Firstly: Miracles that occurred during his life time

 

Spiritual Reflections

Babah 12, 1731 – October 22, 2014, Wednesday (The Divine power with us)

Oh Lord how great is Your power that you may grant it to your children in their road,

no matter the wrath of rivers and seas You with your beauty and strength over come it ,

All their works are done by You because You strong in them and You grant them authority,

With You they defeat fiery serpents and wild beasts,

With You as children carrying the yoke of meekness and humility and defeat the pride of the enemies,

They rest in Your arms and filled from the mighty power of love,

And in Thy name the demons escape and the forces of evil,

With the spirit of sojourning they behave with pragmatism and the union of love,

And with the spirit of purity trample on the impurity of the nations.

Lord Jesus Christ.. Fill me with Your power because the enemies’ evils and defeat them in me... Oh Lover of mankind.