By H.H. Pope Shenouda III
We thank God, that as we are outside the camp, carrying His shame, He established for us a path to the Holy of Holies, as He opened for us His Holy Sanctuary, and gave us His Holy body and blood.
It is a great blessing, that our Lord Jesus Christ has us on His mind during His passion, and cares for us that much, after He purified us through washing our feet.
So, on the day of the celebration of the old Passover, with all its symbols, He offered to us the true Passover that is for the new covenant. That was referred to by St. Paul, “For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us” (1 Cor. 5:7) This way, two Passovers were combined in one day, and on one table. Christ gave this great sacrament to His saintly disciples, and said to them “Do this in remembrance of Me” (Lk. 22:19) And here we are doing this today according to His Holy command.
Midwest Priests gather to celebrate Feast of St. Anthony
On January 30, 7 priests from the nearby area joined Fr. Rewis in celebrating the Divine Liturgy on the feast day of our patron saint, St. Anthony. Following the liturgy, they met together to discuss various issues concerning the service in the Midwest.
The priests joining Fr. Rewis included:
Fr. Youhanna Nasif (St. Mary, Chicago)
Fr. Hedra Bisada (St. Mary and St. Abraam, St. Louis)
Fr. Morcos Daoud (St. Mary, Chicago)
Fr. Pavlos Fahmy (St. Mark, Chicago)
Fr. Samuel Azmy (St. George, Chicago)
Fr. James Mikhail (St. Paul, Chicago)
Fr. Theodore Labib (St. Mark, Chicago)
May God continue to bless their service for many years.