“To eat and drink with thanksgiving to God all that is served up or prepared for one is not in any way opposed to the rule of knowledge. For everything is very good (Genesis 1.31). But voluntarily to abstain from what is agreeable and abundant is a sign of great discernment and higher knowledge. We... Continue Reading →
The Lord’s Entrance Into Egypt: The Healing of Death and Sin
Hades is fallen, death is abolished, the tyranny of Egypt is overthrown.
He Who Sustains All Came to Birth
"The lofty one become like a little child, yet hidden in Him wasa treasure of wisdom that suffices for all. He was lofty but he sucked Mary's milk, and from His blessings all creation sucks. He is the Living breast of living breath; by His life the dead were suckled, and they revived.Without the breath... Continue Reading →
Peace on Earth
"Thus, as peace began to be [established], the angels proclaimed, 'Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth (Luke 2.14).' When lower beings received [peace] from superior beings, they cried, 'Glory on earth and peace in the heavens (Luke 19.38).' At that time when the divinity came down and was clothed in humanity,... Continue Reading →
Christ’s Descent and The Destruction of Death
"Since death was unable to devour Him without a body, or Sheol to swallow Him without flesh, He came to a virgin to provide Himself with a means to Sheol... And with a body from a virgin He entered Sheol, broke into its vaults, and carried off its treasures... When death came confidently, as usual,... Continue Reading →
God Saves His People
The human problem is not that we need to be removed from the yoke of Caesar as the Jews of Christ’s time would say, it is not that we have offended and angered God as some of our time have said, no, it is our sin that is killing us.
The Paradox of The Incarnation
From the pen of our father St. Philoxenos of Mabbug: "The Ancient of days became a child; the Most High became an infant in the womb, and God became man in the womb. The Spiritual One became corporeal; the Invisible One was seen; the Intangible One was handled... Invisible, we see Him; not tangible, we... Continue Reading →
Christ is Born! Glorify Him!
Christ is born, glorify ye Him. Christ from heaven, go ye out to meet Him. Christ on earth; be ye exalted. Sing unto the Lord all the whole earth; and that I may join both in one word, Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad, for Him Who is of heaven and... Continue Reading →
How Can This Be?
St. Jacob of Serugh narrates the experience of the Virgin Mary as the archangel Gabriel gives an answer to her question, “How can this be, since I do not know a man? (Luke 1.34)” “The Holy Spirit will come to you in a holy manner and the power of the Exalted One will abide upon... Continue Reading →