Melchites, Maronites & Copts

Melchite, also spelled Melkite, are any of the Christians of Syria and Egypt who accepted the ruling of the Council of Chalcedon (451) affirming the two natures—divine and human—of Christ. Because they shared the theological position of the Byzantine emperor, they were derisively termed Melchites—that is, Royalists or the Emperor’s Men (from Syriac malkā: “king”)—by …

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poem: on the December Stars

A Book of Christian Sonnets by William Allen, DDS       2. THE STARS.   In the sweet silence of a cloudless night The glory-studded firmament on high With wonder overwhelms my gazing eye, Lost in the wilderness of worlds of light.   Around these suns do systems wheel their flight, All pure and …

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Prophet Joel October 19

  Joel the ProphetReading from the Synaxarion:The Prophet Joel, whose name means "Yah is God," was of the tribe of Reuben, the son of Bathuel, and lived from 810 to 750 B.C. (but some say in the 7th century B.C.). His book is divided into three chapters, and is the second in order of the minor …

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Saint Anastasios the Persian / August 8

I could not find much about this saint  other than  he died  628), also known as Anastasius of Persia & had been a military commander in Asia Minor and Syria. After he was was tortured and Caesarea, he converted to Christianity, as he believed that the Holy Spirit had called upon him to forgive his persecutors.  According to …

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Icon of the Theotokos of Pochaev, Ukraine

The Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos of PochaevThe Pochaev Icon of the Mother of God resides int he Pochaev monastery settled by two monks in  AD 1340. One of the monks went to the top of the hill after he had prayed, and suddenly saw the Theotokos standing on a stone and encircled by …

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Coptic Orthodox and Egypt

The vast majority of Egyptians are now Muslims, forcibly converted over the centures from Coptic Christianity but some have held on with varying degrees of political and economic power over the centuries because of  their once  dominant position.  Many converted though as the Moslems started to win and gain more territory through jihad &  so …

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The Egyptian Copts

Where do Copts fit in Egyptian society?Share on TwitterThe vast majority of Egyptians are Muslims, but Coptic Christians have held varying degrees of political and economic power over the centuries as previously they were the dominant religion until Islam swept through the region, and made the Christian Copts servants who had to pay "dhimmi" or …

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