October 2017 Letter
The church teaches us the importance of praying with Agpeya book. Since the psalms are the backbone of the Agpeya, we quote some of the church fathers sayings about the importance of the psalms:
- Athanasius the Apostolic: “Praising with psalms heals the soul”.
- Father Martyros: “Let praise using the psalms be a continuous process, for the mere mention of the name of the Lord makes the devil flee”.
- Ambrose: “It is shameful for any creature that possesses the five senses not to start his day with a psalm, for even the tiniest of birds starts and ends its days with beautiful hymns”.
- John Chrysostom: “When the Lord knew that the devil will spread deviant songs, He sent unto us through David the prophet these beautiful hymns of praise found in the psalms”.
- St Basil the Great: “The Book of psalm is the treasure for all good commandments … the voice of the church … that includes all theology”.
- Father Theodor: “Many people know little about other Bible books yet keep reciting the psalms at their houses and in the streets and markets, they know it by heart, and feel the comforting power that abides is these holy praises”.
- Athanasius the Apostolic: “I support the view saying that human life, with all its spiritual, emotional and intellectual aspects, is contained within the book of psalms, and there is nothing outside this book that could be possibly said about human nature”.
- Possidius who wrote the life story of St. Augustine: “The seven psalms of repentance were written according to his request, and placed in a way that he could see them while on his bed. During his illness he used to read them in tears and agony most of the times. Thus with his eyes fixed on the psalms, St. Augustine departed to his final resting place”.
- Origen: “Since the psalms are prayers set and spoken by The Spirit, thus they are full of teachings of the wisdom of God, to the extent that the teachings included within them can be summed up in the verse: “Who is wise? Let him understand these things. Who is prudent? Let him know them” (Hosea 14: 9)”.
May the blessings of St. Mary & St. Mercurius, and the new Coptic year, and all the martyrs & saints be with us all.
Belleville, October 1, 2017