How to Benefit Spiritually from Pascha Week?

By H.H. Pope Shenouda III

 1. Our behavior inside and outside church:

 It is very noticeable that many people during Passion Week act very differently inside church than they do outside church. Inside church… black curtains, sad hymns, solemn readings, and complete concentration on the suffering of Christ. However, outside of church, we often laugh, joke around, socialize, think and talk about many worldly issues. We lose all the spiritual depth that we gained inside church. Let us concentrate our thoughts, conversations, and meditations around the events of this Holy Week and the passion of our Savior.

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لقداسة البابا تواضروس الثاني

فترة الصوم المقدس من أقدس فترات السنة الكنسية، حيث  نصوم الأربعين يومًا المقدسة كما صامها السيد المسيح عنا،  ونحن نصوم معه.

 ولأهمية هذا الصوم نراه مرتبطًا بثلاثة أصوام أخرى هى :

 1- صوم يونان : وهي بطول ثلاثة أيام، نصومها قبل الصوم الكبير بأسبوعين وهي على نفس الطقس من حيث الانقطاع والميطانيات والنبوات والقداسات المتأخرة، كما تنتهى أيضًا بفصح يونان (يوم الخميس) كمثال لعيد القيامة بإعتبار أن يونان النبى هو الشخصية الوحيدة التي شبه المسيح نفسه بها.

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Subtly, God Spoke to Jonah

Jonah was an eighth century BC famous prophet from Gath-helper, a small Galilean town near Nazareth. Jonah the Prophet is famous for the well-known story about him and the diverse ways in which the Lord spoke to him. Most often, Jonah was spoken to in obscurity pertinent to his needs at the very time he was spoken to. Perhaps this is similar to the way in which the Lord speaks to us all today.

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Author: H. H. Pope Shenouda Ill.

the calm person, through his calmness, can reach the depths, if he has a gift for contemplation. But it is not necessarily the case that a calm person is deep. It would be more correct for us to say that every deep person is calm. Here I marvel at an expression given by one of the spiritual men of letters, which I have probably repeated to you on more than one occasion, which is: "When God cast me as a pebble into the lake of life, I caused bubbles at its surface and circles rippling out to infinity.

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Grief's Unmerited Grace

"The Lord has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted…to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair" (Isaiah 61:1-3)

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