A Letter Written
By: Pope Shenouda III
In an attempt from president Sadat to split the church he passed a decree in parliament stripping Pope Shenouda III from his Papacy and sending him to the monastery under house arrest. He then allocated a group of Bishops to run the affairs of the church. His plane…
St Moses the Ethiopian by Palladius (Audiobook)
In commemoration of the Feast of St Moses the Ethiopian (also known as St Moses the Mighty/Black), we have shared his amazing story via audiobook (so you don't have to read 😉).
Icon of St Moses the Ethiopian
St Moses was the leader of a robber band and driver of…
What method should be taken to find yourself?
In this day and age, we are bombarded by a lot of noise. The world tells us what we do, how we should do it, and ultimately, that becomes our label.
However, Rebecca reiterates that we are to constantly told to live a life of repentance.…
Orthodox Christian Bookstore | Saint Stories for Children
Often parents ask, how do we share the lessons we learn from the Saints with our children? Well thankfully, St Shenouda Press has recognised the intense concentration required when listening during the Synaxarium and has put forth a collection of Orthodox Saint stories aimed at children…
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With this song we praise our Lord Jesus Christ during Holy Week, following Him step by step. Our Lord Jesus Christ left Jerusalem to Bethany, and we follow Him saying, “To You is the Power.” The Chief priests were annoyed when the Lord cleansed the Temple, and they planned to kill Him. But we object…
Monastic life above everything is a life of continuous prayer. A layman can do everything that a monk does, except continuous prayer. This is the major difference between a monk and a layman because continuous prayer involves no distractions and laymen do not have this luxury. The monk’s entire life is dedicated to God. Laymen…
Monastic Principles By Fr. Raphael El Baramousy, St Shenouda Monastery Publications
As I flicked through the pages of ‘Monastic Principles,’ it occurred to me that the book is addressing those living the monastic life. But after reading the first chapter, it was clear that writing to that audience was most beneficial to me.
A Self Account:
Proper confession accompanied with repentance and regret needs preparation; which is called self account. Be strict and accurate with yourself. Compare God’s kind and good dealings with your denial and harshness towards Him. Compare your life with the lifes of saints. Remember St. Peter’s words, “If the righteous one is scarcely saved,…
Reading, in general, gathers the mind from its wandering and leads it to concentrate on the subject of the reading. When the topic of reading changes, the kind of thoughts will change also. St. Mar Isaac said, "Remembering virtuous people renews in us the desire of virtue. Therefore, spiritual reading does not gather the mind…
Why did the church choose the Psalms of David the Prophet and organise them into an Agbia? I do not want to answer this question with my own words but I want you to hear what St John Chrysostom says, “We read the Books of the Old Testament once a year with an effort; we…
There are people who are humble by nature and there are those who obtained humility through spiritual struggle and much spiritual training. We do not deny that it is a difficult road but it is the same narrow road leading to the City of Joy. It is a long road and needs continuous training, subduing…
As has been said fasting is the beginning of the spiritual life, thus it is considered the pavement on which virtues are obtained; it opens the door for virtue and it ornaments the soul. St Filoxinus says: “The more ascetic the body is, the stronger the Spirit. Little food makes the body light and subdues…
Two eminent phenomena distinguished the Christians of the early generations of Christianity, these are the desire for martyrdom and the love of chastity and virginity. We find the dominance of these two phenomena over the believers an ordinary matter which keeps pace with the deep spirituality they enjoyed and the wonderful sublimity they attained by…