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🎓Congradulations to our 2017 High School Graduates. Enkwan Egziabehare lezi aderesachihu!! 🎓 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The final Graduation day for Christians�- There is that day when Christians receive not a black cap but a crown of righteousness “I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”�II Timothy 4:7-8 - On that day they will be given not a black gown but a heavenly white robe designed and made by the Lord. “Then a white robe was given to each of them;”�Revelation 6:11 ��Let's always strive to be true Christians so we can proudly stand to receive our reward on the final day!
The joy of the Holy Spirit is key to living a meaningful life. This inward joy, is not affected by circumstances; keeps us relaxed and stress-free, gives us the power to accept challenges, and enables us illuminate depressing surroundings. Let's draw support from this wave of joy that the Holy Spirit has put within us to always remain serene and cheerful even in the darkest days of our life.
ምዕዳን (Advice of the day): A Christian Always Prays
"The Christian prays while he walks, while he talks, while he rests, while he works or reads: and, when he meditates alone in the secret retreat of his own soul, and calls upon the Father with groans that are no less real because they are unspoken, the Father never fails to answer and draw near to him."
--St. Clement of Alexandria
ምዕዳን (Advice of the day): ‘What shall I give to the Lord in return for all His benefits towards me?’
“You should continually and unceasingly call to mind all the blessings which God in His love has bestowed on you in the past, and still bestows for the salvation of your soul. You must not let forgetfulness of evil or laziness make you grow unmindful of these many and great blessings, and so pass the rest of your life uselessly and ungratefully.
For this kind of continual recollection, pricking the heart like a spur, moves it constantly to confession and humility, to thanksgiving with a contrite soul, and to all forms of sincere effort, repaying God through its virtue and holiness. In this way the heart meditates constantly and conscientiously on the words from the Psalms: ‘What shall I give to the Lord in return for all His benefits towards me?’ (Psalm 116:12).”
— St. Mark the Ascetic--
Fwd: ምዕዳን ዘዘውትር (Advice of the day): We are Children of the Light we do NOT celebrate Halloween
“Abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:22)
Halloween originated from a pagan feast of the dead - Samhain
Virtually all present Halloween traditions can be traced to the ancient Celtic day of the dead and all rituals contradict Christianity
trick-or-treat => evolved from a tradition whereby people impersonated the spirits (Aos si), or the souls of the dead, and received offerings on their behalf
costumes => traditionally based on frightening supernatural beings or an attempt to disguise them by becoming like one of them
jack-o-lantern (pumpkin) => said to represent the spirits or supernatural beings, or used to keep harmful spirits out of one's home
divination (fortune telling) games => originated from the belief that on pagan holiday Samhain, the presence of the otherworldly spirits make it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future
pranks, haunted places - ghosts, witches, monsters, watching scary horror films => all the result of the pagan feast which focuses on darkness, death, and spirits
Abstain from evil. Involving in above listed things doesn't give glory to God. We shouldn't participate in any form in feasts that promote evil spirits. If living christian life means we won’t be fully accepted by society, this is a price we should gladly pay
“When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you. " (Deuteronomy 18:10)
ምዕዳን ዘዘውትር (Advice of the day): A new life according to God in the spirit
St Peter tells us that God gave us this new year:
1- so we "no longer should live the rest of our time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God."
2- "For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries."
3- so we "be serious and watchful" of our life as "the end of all things is at hand"
4- so we start a new life to "live according to God in the spirit"
[1 Peter 4:1-7]
Happy Ethiopian New Year!
But what is the true meaning of a NEW year? In what way this year differs from last year? Will there not be same interchange of days and nights?
This coming year will truly be new if we renew ourselves, as the Prophet Ezekiel said:
“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways,” says the Lord God.
“Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin.
Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.
For why should you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord God. “Therefore turn and live!”
ምዕዳን ዘዘውትር (Advice of the day): Early Fathers on Blessed St. Mary - Mother of God
"Come, let us wonder at the virgin most pure, wondrous in herself, unique in creation, she gave birth, yet knew no man; her pure soul with wonder was filled, daily her mind gave praise in joy at the twofold wonder: her virginity preserved, her child most dear. Blessed is He who shone forth from her!”
— St. Ephraim the Syrian
ምዕዳን ዘዘውትር (Advice of the day): Early Fathers on Blessed St. Mary - Mother of God
"Hail to you forever, you virgin Mother of God, our unceasing joy, for unto you do I again return. . . . Hail, you fount of the Son’s love for man. . . . Wherefore, we pray you, the most excellent among women, who boast in the confidence of your maternal honors, that you would unceasingly keep us in remembrance. O holy Mother of God, remember us, I say, who make our boast in you, and who in august hymns celebrate your memory, which will ever live, and never fade away"
St Methodius (A.D 305)
ምዕዳን (Advice of the day): Love Your Enemies
Exodus 23:4 -5
"If you meet your enemy’s ox or his donkey going astray, you shall surely bring it back to him again. If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying under its burden, and you would refrain from helping it, you shall surely help him with it."
ምዕዳን (Advice of the day): Love Your Enemies
Our Lord Jesus Christ said in Matthew 5:43-48
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies"
He then teaches us the three things we need to do to practice this life
1- "bless those who curse you"
2- "do good to those who hate you" and
3- "pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you"
And then He tells us why we need to love our enemies
"that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors[j] do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. "
ምዕዳን (Advice of the day): Prayer of St Ephrem the Syrian
"O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth (laziness), meddling (interfering in someone's affair), lust of power, and idle talk. But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to your servant. Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own sins and not to judge my brother; for You are blessed unto ages of ages. Amen."
-- St. Ephrem the Syrian
(On this day we commemorate the venerated saint Ephrem the Syrian. On this day, of the year 379 A.D., this holy father, departed.)
ምዕዳን (Advice of the day): Reading from the Holy Scriptures on a daily basis is the key to avoiding sin.
"Just as those who are deprived of light cannot walk straight, so also those who do not behold the ray of the Holy Scriptures must necessarily sin, since they walk in the deepest darkness."
--St. John Chrysostom
Yesterday, June 30 2016, The DHKR youth volunteered at Northern Virginia Family Service Hunger Resource Center. We helped stock the warehouse with the food they collected for donation. Thank you to all who participated.
ምዕዳን (Advice of the day): Personal Experience Matters
"As it is impossible to verbally describe the sweetness of honey to one who has never tasted honey, so the goodness of God cannot be clearly communicated by way of teaching if we ourselves are not able to penetrate into the goodness of the Lord by our own experience."
-- St. Basil the Great
ምዕዳን (Advice of the day): God's Love
"God loves us more than a father, mother, friend, or any else could love, and even more than we are able to love ourselves."
-- St. John Chrysostom
ምዕዳን (Advice of the day): The fire that consumes the thorns of sins
Last Sunday we celebrated the feast of Pentecost - the Descent of the Holy Spirit. Read Acts Chapter 2. Here is a quote from St. Cyril about this holy day.
"And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit' (Acts 2:3-4). They partook of fire, not of burning but of saving fire; of fire which consumes the thorns of sins, but gives luster to the soul. This is now coming upon you also, and that to strip away and consume your sins which are like thorns, and to brighten yet more that precious possession of your souls, and to give you grace; for He gave it then to the Apostles. And He sat upon them in the form of fiery tongues, that they might crown themselves with new and spiritual diadems by fiery tongues upon their heads. A fiery sword barred of old the gates of Paradise; a fiery tongue which brought salvation restored the gift. "
--St. Cyril of Jerusalem
Have a place in your heart for this Holy Spirit to dwell in you so He can give you His grace to strip away your sins and brighten your life.
🎓Congradulations to our 2016 High School Graduates.
Bereket, Bezawit (not pictured), Kidest, Lidya, Meaza and Mihret!!
Enkwan Egziabehare lezi abrachihu!! 🎓
"As bodily food fattens the body, so fasting strengthens the soul; imparting it an easy flight, it makes it able to ascend on high, to contemplate lofty things and to put the heavenly higher than the pleasant and pleasurable things of life."
-- St Basil The Great
Yesterday we started one of the 7 required fasting - Tsome Hawareyat. We had a lot of food past 50 days. Now it's time to give nourishment to the soul.
"The perfect person does not only try to avoid evil. Nor does he do good for fear of punishment, still less in order to qualify for the hope of a promised reward.
The perfect person does good through love.
His actions are not motivated by desire for personal benefit, so he does not have personal advantage as his aim. But as soon as he has realized the beauty of doing good, he does it with all his energies and in all that he does.
He is not interested in fame, or a good reputation, or a human or divine reward.
The rule of life for a perfect person is to be in the image and likeness of God."
—St. Clement of Alexandria
Enkwan Lebrehane Ergetu Aderesen!!
"On this day, the Thursday of the sixth week of Pascha, we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ.
After His Resurrection, Jesus remained on earth for forty days, appearing to His Disciples in various places. He ate, drank and conversed with them, verifying and assuring His Resurrection. On the fortieth day after Pascha, Jesus appeared to His Disciples in Jerusalem. He gave them His last commandment, to go forth and preach in His Name to all the nations. At the same time, He told them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait until they were clothed with the power from on high by the descent of the Holy Spirit upon them.
Having said this, Jesus led His Disciples to the Mount of Olives. Then He lifted up His hands and blessed them. And as He was speaking to them with words of fatherly blessing, Jesus departed from them and ascended into Heaven, being received by a shining cloud, indicating His divine majesty. He gradually disappeared from the sight of the Disciples as they gazed at Him. And as they stood thus, two angels in brilliant white robes appeared to them in the form of men and said to them: Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into Heaven? This same Jesus, Who is taken from you into Heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into Heaven.
After our Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled all His great dispensation for us, He ascended in glory into Heaven, and sat on the right hand of God the Father. His Disciples returned from Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, rejoicing in the promise of the coming of the Holy Spirit.
O Christ our God, Who ascended in glory, have mercy on us. Amen."
-- The Synaxarion
ምዕዳን (Advice of the day): Overcoming Lust - Guard your hear
Abba Gerontius of Petra said that many, tempted by the pleasures of the body, commit fornication, not in their body but in their spirit, and while preserving their bodily virginity, commit prostitution in their soul. 'thus it is good, my well-beloved, to do that which is written and for each one to guard his own heart with all possible care.'
“Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.”
Why did He not change Judas? Why did He not make him sensible and good? How ought Judas to have been made good? By force or voluntarily? If by force, he would not have become better, for no one becomes good by force. But if, by his own deliberate choice, Judas had wanted to, then Christ would have used all means to amend his will and intent. But if he did not want to take the medicine, it is not the Physician Who is at fault but the one who evaded the treatment. Look at how much Christ did in order to win him over and save him: He taught him all wisdom by deeds and by words; He placed him above the demons; He prepared him to perform numerous miracles; He inspired fear in him with the threat of hell; He impelled him forward with the promise of the Kingdom; He continually censured his unspeakable plans, without making them public; He washed his feet along with the others and shared His table with him. He did not leave anything undone, either small or great, but Judas of his own free will remained uncorrected. -Saint John Chrysostom
ምዕዳን ዘዘውትር (Advice of the day): Monday Events and Readings
Today Our Lord Jesus Christ did two major things: Mark 11:12-24
1- Cursing of the fig tree which had leaves but no fruit. Our Lord did this to teach us that
1) He came to destroy the original sin of Adam that brought him to death and caused him to cover his naked body with fig leaves
2) The wide leaves of fig tree is a symbol of the wide gate that leads us to destruction which is following the desires of the flesh [Mat 7:13; Galatians 5:17]. So he cursed the wide leaved tree to teach us not follow the will of the flesh but rather to live by the will of the Spirit.
3) The fig tree had wide, beautiful green leaves but had no fruit. This is a symbol of a hypocrite. St Mark said it was not a season for figs. On a fig tree the fruit and the leaves appear at the same time. But this one had only leaves with no fruit. Hence this fig tree was giving a false promise that it has fruits. Our Lord by cursing this fig tree is teaching us not to be a hypocrite like the Pharisees but be real, true Christians. Make sure you have the spiritual fruits [Gal 5:22] to give to Lord when he comes to visit your christian life. Don't be a 'fruitless christian'.
2- Cleansing of the Temple.
You can find today's readings on page 9 here - http://www.zeitun-eg.org/paschag2.pdf
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