Monthly Archives: September 2012

Inner Stillness

Therefore just as the fish must need return to the sea so should we hasten to our cells, lest through lingering abroad we lose our inner watchfulness.” -Abba Anthony Continue reading

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Coptic Language History (2)

We will continue our study of the history of the Coptic Language in Egypt. This is part two which covers up to the 13th century. BEGIN (CE:604a-607a) COPTIC LANGUAGE, SPOKEN. With the Arab conquest of Egypt in the seventh century, … Continue reading

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The Monk and the Emperor

Another story on humility by abba Poemen: BEGIN 19.  (A longer version of V.xv.66) The blessed senior monk Poemen told the brothers the following account of a monk who lived in Constantinople in the time of the Emperor Theodosius. “He … Continue reading

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Coptic Language History (1)

The development of the Coptic language from the Hieroglyphic. Continue reading

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We continue our study on the Coptic calendar, today we read about the first month of the calendar known as “tho-out” in Coptic. Begin: (CE:438a-440a) The twelve months and the origins of their names are as follows: 1. Bohairic, ywout; … Continue reading

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Coptic Calendar

Today marks the beginning of the Coptic Year 1729 A.M. We will study the history of the Coptic calendar. Please note that the names of the Coptic months are written in Coptic in the article but it might not be viewed … Continue reading

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Abba Poemen and the Judge

“‘If the nobility are going to start coming to see me and pay me, respect,’ he thought to himself, ‘all sorts of other people will also want to come, and that will mean that the hidden quality of my life will be destroyed, and by the workings of the malignant devil I shall lose the grace of humility that with so much labour I have striven to cultivate, with the help of the Lord, from my youth up. Continue reading

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A Rule to Please God

V.i.1. When abba Antony was asked, “What rule should I keep in order to please God?”  the old man replied, “Follow this rule which I give you. Wherever you go, keep God continually before your eyes and apply the yardstick … Continue reading

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