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His Grace Bishop Anba Mettaous together with the fathers, monks of the monastery extends their sincere greetings and heartfelt congratulations for the holy occasion of the Holy resurrection feast of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is risen and He became “the first risen from the dead”4so what is the meaning of this, for many others rose from the dead before Him?

The saying that “He is the first Risen” which described the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ bears two meanings:

Frist, that He rose from the dead and will not die once more as the case with all those who rose from the dead before Him, died once again and awaits the mass resurrection.

Second, our Lord Jesus Christ rose with a glorified body that was able to enter the Attic despite of the locked doors and He granted us a similar glorified resurrection that which is explained by St. Paul, the apostle, that Jesus “shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto himself” (Phil. 3:21)/ Thus, through this glorified resurrection (granted to us by our Lord) we shall be in a better status than that of the man even before his fall. That’s why the fathers of the church rejoiced in the resurrection and the afterlife following it. They even yearn to this life and look forward to the eternal; life for “a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Heb. 9:10) “they desire a better country, a heavenly one” (Heb. 11:16)

May God grant us all to enjoy the joys of His resurrection wishing you many happy returns and you all are in good health growing fruitfully spiritually for the glory of Jesus Christ.

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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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Bashans 20, 1731 - May 28, 2015, Thursday of the Seventh week of the Holy Fifty Days

Vespers

Psalms 132:4-5

4 I will not give sleep to my eyes Or slumber to my eyelids, 5 Until I find a place for the Lord, A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob. [NKJV] Alleluia

Luke 8:22-25

22 Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, Let us cross over to the other side of the lake. And they launched out. 23 But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. 24 And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, Master, Master, we are perishing! Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 But He said to them, Where is your faith? And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!. [NKJV] Glory is due to our God to the age of all ages. Amen

Matins

Psalms 91:13-14

13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. 14 Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. [NKJV] Alleluia

Luke 8:1-3

8:1 Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him, 2 and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities--Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons, 3 and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance. [NKJV] Glory is due to our God to the age of all ages. Amen

Liturgy

1 Corinthians 14:5-11

5 I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification. 6 But now, brethren, if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you unless I speak to you either by revelation, by knowledge, by prophesying, or by teaching? 7 Even things without life, whether flute or harp, when they make a sound, unless they make a distinction in the sounds, how will it be known what is piped or played? 8 For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself for battle? 9 So likewise you, unless you utter by the tongue words easy to understand, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air. 10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of languages in the world, and none of them is without significance. 11 Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a foreigner to him who speaks, and he who speaks will be a foreigner to me. [NKJV] The Grace of God the Father be with you all. Amen

3 John 1:10-14

10 Therefore, if I come, I will call to mind his deeds which he does, prating against us with malicious words. And not content with that, he himself does not receive the brethren, and forbids those who wish to, putting them out of the church. 11 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God. 12 Demetrius has a good testimony from all, and from the truth itself. And we also bear witness, and you know that our testimony is true. 13 I had many things to write, but I do not wish to write to you with pen and ink; 14 but I hope to see you shortly, and we shall speak face to face. Peace to you. Our friends greet you. Greet the friends by name. [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 15:7-12

7 And when there had been much dispute, Peter rose up and said to them: Men and brethren, you know that a good while ago God chose among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. 8 So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us, 9 and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. 10 Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? 11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they. 12 Then all the multitude kept silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul declaring how many miracles and wonders God had worked through them among the Gentiles. [NKJV] The word of the Lord shall grow, multiply, be mighty and be confirmed in the holy church of God. Amen

Psalms 31:16-17

16 Make Your face shine upon Your servant; Save me for Your mercies' sake. 17 Do not let me be ashamed, O Lord, for I have called upon You. [NKJV] Alleluia

John 15:17-25

17 These things I command you, that you love one another. 18 If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, `A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He who hates Me hates My Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. 25 But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, `They hated Me without a cause.'. [NKJV] Glory is due to our God to the age of all ages. Amen

 

 

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Newly Released

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The Monastery has recently published the sixth book on the miracles that glorify the Lord through His saints on the intercession of Archpriest Faltaous Al-Souryani (the intercessor for the impossible).

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The Monastery has recently published a book on the life of the departed monk Archpriest Tawadros Al-Souriani, prepared by the Monastery’s monks.

 

كتاب الشهيد فيلوثاؤس

The Monastery has recently published a book on the life of the spiritually mighty, martyr Philotheos the young man. The book was prepared by Bishop Metaos, the Monastery’s bishop and abbot.

 

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