In this series we will go through the book(s) by Fr.Tadros Yacoub Malaty, The Catechism Of the Coptic Orthodox Church. This book was written in arabic and first published in 2018 by Hegomen father Tadros Malty, who is widely considered one of the greatest writers in the Coptic Orthodox Church in the 20th and 21st centuries, may the Lord prolong his life for us to emulate his holiness which is rooted in his love for the Lord, asceticism, love of the youth, love for scripture and patrology, and his constant focus on the heavenly.
“Egypt Inside Of Us And The Open Heaven”
As huge numbers of Copts migrated to America, Canada, Australia, and Europe, many of those who live in those countries ask about what the Catechism of the Coptic Orthodox Church is. My heart was filled with desire to paint a simple picture that describes Catechism. I will discuss specifically the Catechism of the Coptic Orthodox Church, not to be bias or to ask for any believer to abandon his citizenship or his culture, but, to highlight what was stated in the Holy Bible about Egypt, how it invites all believers to set their eyes on their inner man regardless of their nationalities, allowing the heart to grow immensely with love towards all people and every nation.
Egypt was mentioned in the Holy bible approximately 600 times (including the books of the Septuagint translation):
1. It is the only country from the Gentiles that the Child Jesus flees to while fleeing from Herod (Matt 2:13-19). Through Jesus’ blessing of Egypt, He is blessing all nations, allowing everyone to enjoy His blessings.
2. Abraham fled to Egypt during the famine (Gen 12:10); also, we, as believers, can open our hearts that are filled with His grace to attract others to the benevolent God.
3. Joseph entered Egypt as a slave, but he filled its warehouses with flour. He became to the Egyptians and to all the neighboring countries a refuge during the famine. Likewise when the believer is attached to God, they open the warehouses of their hearts so that many can be full of the Lord Christ who’s coming from above.
4. With the spirit of prophecy, Isaiah the prophet said, “Behold, the Lord rides on a swift cloud, and will come into Egypt. The idols of Egypt will totter at His presence, and the heart of Egypt will melt in its midst” (Isa 19:1). Likewise the Lord rides on a swift cloud to Egypt to raise every believer so that they may enjoy divine knowledge. “The Egyptians will know who is the Lord on that day” (Isa 9:21)
5. As we read in the book of Isaiah: “And the Lord will strike Egypt, He will strike and heal it; they will return to the Lord, and He will be entreated by them and heal them” (Isa 19:22). We sing with Ephraim the Syrian saying “Blessed is the Physician that amputated the wound without pain, healed our diseases with non-sour medicine, for he revealed His Son as the Medicine healing sinners.”
6. Isaiah concludes his prophecy about Egypt saying: “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance” (Isa 19:24-25).The same Egypt that enslaved the Israelites, and Syria that held the Israelites captive, transformed and became the locations of where the Church of God units believers from the Old and New Testaments as the heavenly bride!
Every believer can relate to this Catechism series, regardless of his nationality since it is about becoming a man of God, His beloved son, his heart may be filled with love for all humankind, praying for everyone, even to those who persecute the Church. This Catechism series invites us to enjoy the heavenly experience with the integrity of faith, and growth in the knowledge and conduct of our Lord Jesus Christ.
South Brunswick: January 2019
Fr. Tadros Y. Malaty
No one wants to follow legends. No one wants to be deceived. We should all seek Truth. Believing isn’t solely based on blind faith. I have a dream… that we all dig, we all discuss, we all seek, so no one is deceived. Let’s discuss, seek, and live in Truth so we can unite in Love… So we can all be fishers of men. This is the Orthodox Project. This is Orthodox Catechism.
In a world where truth is relative and love is conditional, the meaning of life is blurry while depression and suicide are at their all-time high. Society says the world is improving and advancing, but mental health says otherwise. Society says the world is a better place because of education and technology, but what is all of that if we lose our humanity? If we lose what makes us tick? If we lose our purpose and drive?
“…that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me….that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them” (John 17).
In Truth & Love; in Christ ♱
Subdeacon in the Orthodox Church
Coptic Orthodox Diocese