Our Condolences to our sister
Church the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and most of all to the families of
the 30 Ethiopian Orthodox brethren who were brutally shot and
slaughtered at the hands of the Islamic terrorist group "IS" in Libya
because they refused to convert to Islam. Heaven is celebrating the
arrival of those martyrs and receiving them in great honour with the
rank of heavenly saints.
Ethiopian and Coptic Orthodox Churches are sisters in
every way through the Orthodox faith, and now they are bound by the
shared blood of theirs sons, the 30 Ethiopian Orthodox and the 21 Coptic
Orthodox martyrs who preceded them not so long ago.
Let us lift up our hearts in prayers for their families for the loss of
their sons, may the Lord repose the souls of the martyrs and comfort
their families and grant them peace.
the resurrection, when our bodies will be reunited to our souls, they
will be incorruptible; and the carnal passions which disturb us now will
not be present in those bodies; we shall enjoy a peaceful equilibrium
in which the prudence of the flesh will not make war upon the soul; and
there will no longer be that internal warfare wherein sinful passions
fight against the law of the mind, conquering the soul and taking it
captive by sin.
Our nature then will be purified of
all these tendencies, and one spirit will be in both, I mean in the
flesh and in the spirit, and every corporeal affection will be banished
from our nature.
Now they all feared the attacks of the
Jews, but Thomas above the rest; wherefore also he said, ‘Let us go,
that we also may die with Him’ [John 11:16]. Some say that he desired
himself to die; but it is not so; the expression is rather one of
cowardice. Yet he was not rebuked, for Christ as yet supported his
weakness, but afterwards he became stronger than all, and invincible.
For the wonderful thing is this; that we see one who was so weak before the Crucifixion,
become after the Crucifixion, and after having believed in the
Resurrection, more zealous than any. So great was the power of Christ.
The very man who dared not go in company with Christ to Bethany, the
same while not seeing Christ ran well nigh through the inhabited world,
and dwelt in the midst of nations that were full of murder, and desirous
to kill him.
Orthodox Christians celebrate Palm Sunday, when Christ was received in Jerusalem with olive branches and palm tree leaves.
On that day Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and his fame as a teacher has
astonished many people, as well as his miracles and healing of the
sick, resuscitating the dead and casting out devils, doing what no one
has done before.
Moreover, being known as a huge public leader had gathered around him many hearts with love and admiration.