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This week’s proverb marks the last Bible study of the Spring 2024 which shall be resumed in September. As we were led into looking at the impact of wisdom on a wise man’s life. Proverb 10 continues on by showing how a wise son makes his parents glad. Who is the wise son but one who takes all types of lustful temptations and turns them into chances …
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Fr. Kyrillos gives the sermon on Wednesday Eve of Pascha, he speaks about the parable of the 5 wise and 5 foolish virgins and relates it to the life of prayer. He speaks about what prayer is, its necessity in the life of repentance, and our obstacles to it.By Saint Mary Coptic Orthodox Church, East Brunswick, NJ
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The proverb starts off by stating that Wisdom has slaughtered her meat and mixed her wine. What is the meat or blood if they are not the very body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ? Who has prepared for us a meal of love, that we may enter into the eternal heavenly Kingdom with Him. Fr. Mina emphasizes that those who await their entrance into eter…
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Wisdom existed before all ages. How then can we see Wisdom? God places us inside of His heart, mind, and thoughts throughout every prayer we offer, Wisdom invites us to have a very intimate relationship with the Holy Trinity and says, "Come, I will show you the economy of salvation of my love for you." The same love with which the Father loves Me a…
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We are embarking on a journey to uncover God's Wisdom this week. King Solomon began the new proverb by saying that wisdom vies for the heart while lust vies for the external appearance. King Solomon had just concluded preaching against the practices of the immoral. As wisdom screams out from the top of the hills, inviting all of us who were found s…
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This week we are taken on a trip through the lens of Proverbs 7 which shows us the way that leads to the chambers of death. King Solomon shows us an example of a man who is lured down the path of iniquity. Not knowing that it would cost him his life. Sin here is represented by the immoral woman who seduces the simple to go with her and enjoy the lu…
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Fr. Mina begins with Proverbs 6:20, where it is urgently urged that we retain God's commandment in our minds. According to Fr. Mina, until we temporarily live without God's commands, we are unable to fully appreciate their significance. The proverb then goes on to discuss living an immoral lifestyle outside of marriage, highlighting how many lives …
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This week's Bible study continues with a discussion on the value of work in one's life. According to what the Bible says, a person who does not labor should not eat. The work of God is not distinct from our occupations or our studies! God hastened us to subdue the earth during creation; every minute we spend studying or working at a job is a kind o…
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Fr. Mina continues by discussing the virtues of marriage in chapter 5 of the book of Proverbs, which states: "There is newness in marriage." Lust is there all around us and at the tips of our fingers. However, the holy mystery of marriage offers an opportunity to encounter a new kind of love—an unfathomably selfless love. This is the "running water…
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Fr. Mina continues with lectures 6 and 7 of Proverbs. King Solomon teaches us about growing in wisdom and accepting advice that the quality of our lives may improve. Fr. Mina then explains how the way of wisdom is one but there are many paths. Fr. Mina then expounds on not opening the door to sin and the harm this causes to an individual, especiall…
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Fr. Mina continues Song of Songs bible study with the beginning of chapter 7, where God praises all the traits he finds beautiful in his beloved. Starting from the most insignificant features to the greatest, the Lord describes what characteristics he wants to build in his beloved, and the potential that he sees in the soul that she may not see in …
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Fr. Mina continues chapter 6 by discussing the different seasons of the spiritual life represented by the different gardens mentioned throughout the book. The four seasons he discusses are spring, a period of grace; summer, a period where the consolations from God lessen; autumn, a period of suffering and humble submission; and winter, a period of …
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Fr. Mina begins chapter 6 by continuing his explanation of the different stages that the soul goes through in its marriage to God, including the period wherein the soul is seeking God but cannot find him. Fr. Mina notes that despite her fall, after the soul reunites with her beloved, she is met with the same praise as before as if nothing had chang…
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Fr. Mina continues with the rest of chapter 5 of the Song of Songs by discussing how the human soul begins to describe God at the invitation of the saints. Thus, the soul is encouraged to focus on the characteristics of God, who he is, and what he has done rather than itself, which is the remedy for her lukewarmness.…
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Fr. Mina continues his study of the book of Song of Songs with the discussion of lukewarmness. In this state, the soul lacks commitment and love for God and prevents it from hearing the Lord’s voice. After lukewarmness when the soul ignites, the saints respond, “Tell us more about your beloved” which in turn begs the question from our Lord Jesus Ch…
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The 4th and final lecture of the 2023 Graduate Youth Retreat. The theme of the retreat was "The Hidden Person of the Heart" (1 Peter 3:4), Fr. Kyrillos gave the final lecture on Inner Poverty, Meekness, and Modesty and gave beautiful definitions and steps we can take to attain these great virtues.By Saint Mary Coptic Orthodox Church, East Brunswick, NJ
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The 2nd lecture of the 2023 Graduate Youth Retreat. The theme of the retreat was "The Hidden Person of the Heart" (1 Peter 3:4), Fr. Kyrillos gave the second lecture on Interior Silence. He goes through 12 different types of silence and expounds on how one can go about each type.By Saint Mary Coptic Orthodox Church, East Brunswick, NJ
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The third lecture of the 2023 Graduate Youth Retreat. The theme of the retreat was "The Hidden Person of the Heart" (1 Peter 3:4), Fr. Kyrillos gave the third lecture on Receptivity and Capacity for Divine Life. He goes through the capacity we have and how one can become more receptive for Divine life.…
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The 1st lecture of the 2023 Graduate Youth Retreat. The theme of the retreat was "The Hidden Person of the Heart" (1 Peter 3:4), Fr. Kyrillos gave the first lecture on the concepts of Hiddenness, Solitude, and Newness. He gave beautiful definitions for each concept as well as how we can go about living each one.…
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Fr. Mina continues with chapter 4 of the Song of Songs by discussing what happens after the marriage of the soul to God and its commitment to him when the soul becomes lukewarm and leaves her husband at midnight. At the most intimate time, the soul leaves the Lord knocking at the door to remain in her comfort. Although we are in need of Him, God se…
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Fr Mina continues his bible study with Song of Songs chapter 4 with more of the story of the souls marriage to God. Like a true lover, God describes to us the details of what he loves about us. Fr. Mina delves into the symbolism behind all beloved’s features that capture the lover’s heart, and how the love and word of God makes the beloved even mor…
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In this week's bible study, Fr Mina discusses the next stage of the soul’s journey with God by describing our marriage to God and how we can enter into the eternal Trinitarian love with the thermometer of our love to God being suffering. As much as the human soul praises God in heaven, God praises the human soul in a perfect requited love.…
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