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  1. Seraffa

    Protestant's Video Places Mt. Sinai Monks In Grave Danger

    Dr. Jay Smith, renowned in Protestant circles for "busting Islam historically and polemically", states Mt. Sinai Monks themselves forged the "Ashtiname"  in order to protect the Monastery;  leaves his video out in the open on YouTube in plain sight of radical Muslim groups to review and use in...
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    I Am Working On an Independent Project During Lent

    This regards information from the Coptic Church, and information from the Eastern Church; I will cover the information from the Eastern Church by myself. I need a Coptic person who can actually set dedicated time aside with me to help me complete this project. It's not that I cannot  do the...
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    Cool Things Happening At Your Local OO Parish

    So - (for lack of a better explanation to my OC.net Papparazzi out there) -- there are some really COOL things going on at OO parishes around us! Some people will not want to identify the parish they go to on here, for privacy reasons; understood. Others might; whatever category you fall into...
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    Spring Cleaning/Organizing -- Your Help Wanted

    Let's say your'e renting (my) room,  meassuring 6.5 x 5.5 x 7.5 On the east side is a window, with desk and chair underneath. On the northwest corner is a pre-installed icon shelf  :) (sweet!) By the north wall there is a cot. On the west side, there is a garbage can (to hold dirty laundry), a...
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    Your Secret OC.net Valentine

    Ahem......after much debating in my heart.....I felt it would be best to come out an confess my undying love for my most faithful Papparazzi today....since we know not if we will be here, alive, tomorrow ~melodramatic gaze, with hand across my forehead~ I love you, Mike...
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    So....According to Coptic Canon Law, I Wouldn't Be Eligible for Remarriage?

    Or is this subject to the  "Economia" of the Bishop. :(  Not that I'm miserable being Separated! Just asking.....because I prefer thinking about Orthodoxy featuring possibilities for others that go all the way through with divorce, instead of strictly limitations. Ok - that is my Valentine's...
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    World's "Best" and "Worst" Lenten Pantry -- Your Entries Wanted!

    This is a game where you name the most yummy,  or despised items that could appear in - or get cleared out of --- your Lenten Pantry in 2016.  These could be your current faves and disses, or things from the distant past that bring back warm (or totally yuk) memories of old. This was completely...
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    "23 and Me" -- Testing Your Genetic Heritage, and More

    Some people have read my other thread about "Celebrating 50 pounds of weight loss" recently. Thank you for all the congratulations, especially as I am dealing with the difficult issue in my family of my mother beginning to fade out of this earthy life, and all of life's trials and triumphs...
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    Free Prayer Rugs -- Step This Way

    http://www.aboutsaintmatthewschurches.com/P04c_SaintMatthewsChurchesPrayerRugs.htm I've looked all over this site. It's the first time in a long time I've seen actual cartoon illustrations used.....and they talk about the free prayer rugs, but I guess you have to actually DROP BY and get yours...
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    Crusading For EO and OO Informal Visits /Informal Dialogue in Your Area

    I decided to start this thread as a result of the fruit of 7 months worth of personal prayer, and a "miracle" that happened today as the result of following the Heavenly Bridegroom who weds all people unto Himself for the good of the Church worldwide. Not a single EO in my area who knows me can...
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    My Mother Also, and I

    I just got the bad news that mom, who is 91 and with demensia, had another set of seasonal falls at her home but the last time the caregiver was not visiting that day. Those who used forced entry to rescue her found nothing broken but she had had 2 simultaneous strokes - one on each side of the...
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    Celebrating Weight Loss Today : 55 Pounds in 10 Months!

    So happy God granted me this improvement to my health, despite 2 chronic endocrine problems I am continuing to correct under the care of a Naturopathic Physician. Starting weight, April 2015: 220 lbs. Weight as of today: 170 lbs. Average weight loss over 10 months : 5 1/2 lbs per month. A...
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    The 4 Incorporeal Creatures, And Their Inclusion In Coptic Services

    This is quite interesting; something I noticed right away when attending Mass during the Nativity. In EO, we do not include them because of 2 general reasons: A.) being in the OT, and not directly related to the coming of Christ or the Theotokos, and B.) being in the OT, and thought of to be...
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    Collaborative Efforts In Studies: EO and OO

    Maybe this would be a useful sticky -- Here is only one listing I have found about COLLABORATIVE efforts in studies but I would like to find others, especially to become knowledgeable about Clergy/scholars that are reunification-friendly...
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    Severian is Gone.....

    :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( He just wrote in his pm's that he is leaving  :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( I never knew I would be so unhappy here, while talking about my favorite subjects.
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    Another Part Time Job

    I have been struggling for months to find a suitable part time job to do on weekends despite my full time job. I have been sick a long time with endocrine problems and was barely able to make it financially until last September, and I am financially stable with my day job I have now. My debt to...
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    Paging Fr. Peter Farrington.......

    I sent you a PM last week and you never responded.......is it in your inbox?
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    I Need An (Interlinear?) Greek Prayer Book: Your Recommendations?

    Here is a situation that I'll try to put in a nutshell: 1.) Layman picks up prayer book of another Patriarchate not yet in communion with layman's Patriarchate, and begins to appreciate and use portions (but not the full Services) of the said book as part of daily prayer. Layman prays for both...
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    Priests' Wives Who Were Verbally/Emotionally Abused by Fanantical Husbands

    I was one - and still am, in the communications I have with my (legally separated) husband, who is still serving. My children became victims of brainwashing and reprogramming by him after I left, making me the "target" evil parent. Even if i tell him white is white and black is black, no - I'm...
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    An Explanation of the Agpeya's Usage

    Please tell me how the Agpeya is designed to be used in both monastery and Church and the layperson's home. :D Please also tell me about the Service of the Veil. I think it is all a wonderful idea. I can never get through all the Psalms, though  :-[ I never have enough time. Even in one service...
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